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Mayday - 1982 Revenge



ARTIST: Mayday
ALBUM: Revenge
LABEL: A&M
SERIAL: SP-4900
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: 2016, Rock Candy Records, CANDY289

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Steve Johnstad - vocals * Randy Fredrix - guitar, vocals * Charles Mas - bass, vocals * Danny Shmitt - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Revenge * 02 First Impressions * 03 Middle Of The Night * 04 Cherry * 05 Ready Or Not * 06 Mystery * 07 Identify * 08 Cruisin' * 09 This Girls On Fire


Background
Call me sympathetic, but when I hear stories of bands getting screwed over, either through internal fractions or record company hi-jinx, I shake my head in amazement. Some twenty plus years later, the amazement has turned into amusement. You can add the New York band Mayday to the wreckage of yesteryear shenanigans. A tale of woe indeed. As always, these collaborations start out with a hiss and a roar, but by the end of it all, the band members usually end up being strangers to one another.


The Songs
Mayday, as mentioned in an earlier review of the 1981 debut album on this site, has had their earlier history covered, so we won't rehash it here. Described as a pop-metal band that sounded like a rough version of Journey is an apt description I guess. Chuck in some power-pop leanings from the likes of Starz and you're about there. The most notable change for the sophomore effort 'Revenge' was the replacement of keyboardist David Beck with a fulltime drummer Danny Shmitt. The 'Revenge' sessions was an exercise in separatism by the sounds of it. That is, Randy Fredrix and his management team versus the rest of the band. The recordings were conducted in isolation, with Fredrix holding all the aces in terms of production and the final mix. Much of the recordings were doctored to suit Fredrix, and in fairness, he did write much of the material, but a band situation it was not.


In Summary
As a result, the album died a death at the box office, not that the songs weren't any good, because they were. It is a thoroughly enjoyable album to listen to, but admittedly it was difficult to buy into the album knowing it was recorded and produced under duress. If I was none the wiser, I may have written this review differently. Johnstad then took his rhythm section and hooked up with a new guitarist and keyboardist for the Mark III version of the band during 1985. A new writing deal was struck, but unfortunately no new record deal, despite a wealth of good songs being made available. In passing though, both official Mayday albums should be part of the AOR Konnesieur's kollektion! Surf on over to Sleaze Roxx.com to read an extensive (correction.. exhaustive) interview with Steve Johnstad. Great reading nonetheless.


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#1 | ZEUS on November 06 2009 12:44:55
Thanks for the comments and reviews on MAYDAY! Although I've put the MAYTAG tools back in the box, I felt it important to note that my new band PROJECT GEEZER has once again headed into the studio.
I've recently posted songs from this band located here in Los Angeles, along with all the songs from both MAYDAY and MAYDAY 'Revenge' as released in 1981 and 1982 on AandM records. Also, songs from MAYDAY 1985 reformation. These songs along with many others I've written / recorded can be heard, as well a few live performances and showcases over the years, including the band I formed with Rudy Sarzo, Tommy Aldridge, Lanny Cordola, Philip Wolfe called NRG in 1986 just before Rudy and Tommy left to join WHITESNAKE for the 'Still Of The Night' video etc..
Another not before mentioned is the song I co-wrote with Mandy Mayer for HOUSE OF LORDS titled 'Wanna Be Loved' which became their first single. I later wrote a song called 'TALKIN BOUT LOVE' which was released on their third record. Ironically Tommy played drums on that song, which I personally felt was the best song on that record.
As you've mentioned, I co-wrote many songs over the years with LOUDNESS including several on their last record, and a couple of years ago I collaborated with Karl Cochran and Joe Lynn Turner on a song called 'Over The Top' for Joe's solo record SECOND HAND LIFE. Although the videos are home baked, and many of the recordings are basically low end demo in quality, it's great fun to share some of the countless songs I've been fortunate to have written with both on my own and with others over these past several years.
Please feel free to check out my YouTube.com site @ http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=COUSINHEAVY
I will try to keep you better informed in the future. Again, I appreciate your reviews and comments. Take care Steve Johnstad-Zeus.
#2 | super80boy on February 03 2013 05:14:41
What a killer album. Every song is a standout, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be the infectious 'Identify'.
 
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