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Roxus - 1991 Nightstreet



ARTIST: Roxus
ALBUM: Night Street
LABEL: Melodian (Aust), Savage (USA)
SERIAL: D24003, 74785-50203-2
YEAR: 1991
CD REISSUE: 2011, AOR Heaven Classix, AORHC0013

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Juno Roxas - vocals, guitars * Dragan Stanic - guitars * Andy Shanahan - keyboards * John Nixon - bass * Darren Danielson - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Rock 'n' Roll Nights * 02 My Way * 03 Bad Boys * 04 Midnight Love * 05 Where Are You Now? * 06 Nightstreet * 07 This Time * 08 First Break Of The Heart * 09 Stand Back * 10 Jimi G


Background
Perhaps one of Australia's best melodic rock efforts ever. An institution in their hometown of Melbourne, where they enjoyed local success and supported the big touring bands to Australia such as Bon Jovi. The only notable pedigree within the band was Croatian guitarist Dragan Stanic who enjoyed a modicum of success with AOR cult band De Arrow, alongside bandmates Paul Gleeson and keyboardist Noel Hart. This is a classy affair, and ended up with respected producer Mark Opitz at the helm. The sound is brimming with pulsing melodic rock where the keyboards/synths are layered to perfection and are the perfect foil for Stanic's incredible guitarwork. Juno's vocals are great too, and though there is a fair bit of Jon Bon Jovi in his style it's complimentary.


The Songs
'Rock 'n Roll Nights' is the opening track, and is one of two De Arrow songs brought through from their demos, the other being 'First Break Of The Heart'. 'My Way' is fantastic melodic rock, the guitar and keyboard interplay most notable. Things heavy up a bit on 'Bad Boys' where the guitar crunch is on overload. Things get melodic again on 'Midnight Love' where the keyboards get another chance to shine through with some atmospheric layers by Andy Shanahan. The hit single/ballad from the album 'Where Are You Now?' was a co-write with the Randalls (Robyn and Judithe), and this song blazed it's way across the radio in Australia and New Zealand during 1991. The title track 'Nightstreet' is fairly straight ahead rock with some parping keyboards. The aforementioned De Arrow track 'First Break Of The Heart' is a deadringer for MTM band Stone Soup (or French Lick as they used to be known), while another great track is 'Stand Back' where again a strong chorus is full to the brim with guitar and keyboard interplay.


In Summary
Apart from a live EP released a few years before this effort, this is the only recorded material from Roxus, though I am sure there are live outtakes of the band from their many shows and performances. It's a pity this band didn't go on to greater things, though it was probably due in part to the changing musical landscape in the early nineties where melodic rock was on the way out. Some of the members moved onto stints with Chocolate Starfish and Pseudo Echo. Juno Roxas now resides in Los Angeles, and is still involved in music and songwriting. Bring it on back to the style of the late 80's Juno - I'll buy your CD's.. lol!


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#1 | george_the_jack on May 06 2009 18:15:55
'Rock N' Roll Nights'. 'Stand Back' and 'Where Are You Now' are killers! Absolutely great piece of melodic hard rock driven with commercial keyboards! A nice blend of Tyketto, Warrant, Trixter and Firehouse. Awesome album. A pity these guys disappeared ingloriously.
#2 | gdazegod on September 04 2016 10:56:07
Roxus - 1991 Where Are You Now
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[url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBWcHHtU3X0]Direct to YouTube[/youtube]

Roxus - 1991 My Way
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[url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcFhxYyHQtY]Direct to YouTube[/youtube]

Roxus - 1991 Midnight Love
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[url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6G3_mfYZwlY]Direct to YouTube[/youtube]
 
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