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St Paradise - 1979 St Paradise

ARTIST: St Paradise
ALBUM: St Paradise
LABEL: Warner Bros
YEAR: 1979
CD REISSUE: 1998, Warner Bros, BSK 3281 * 2011, Wounded Bird, WOU-3281 * 2017, Rock Candy Records, CANDY285


LINEUP: Derek St Holmes - vocals, guitars * Rob Grange - bass, vocals * Denny Carmassi - drums, vocals * John Corey - guitar, piano, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Straight To You * 02 Gamblin' Man * 03 Jackie * 04 Miami Slide * 05 Hades * 06 Live It Up * 07 Jesse James * 08 Tighten The Knot * 09 Beside The Sea

Here's some straight ahead hard rock, with a nice production courtesy of Mike Flicker. The potential for this outfit considering their historical backgrounds was promising. There are numerous standouts on the album: the grunty vocals of Derek St Holmes, like a US equivalent of Glenn Hughes, and of course the majesty of ex Montrose and Sammy Hagar drummer Denny Carmassi. Prior to St Paradise, St Holmes and Grange had been with the Motor City Madman Ted Nugent, and had played on his late seventies albums. Personal clashes between Ted and Derek ended that gig, so Derek formed this shortlived outfit St Paradise. John Corey a great session player (who went on to Silver Condor, The Eagles etc) also contributed to the album, and I did see a promo shot of the band with four members in it. One can only assume that fourth member was Corey.

The Songs
There are some neat songs here. 'Jackie' is a standout, hard rockin', bright, and upbeat. 'Miami Slide' is similar. They get down and funky on 'Live It Up', while 'Tighten The Knot' has a solid blues rock edge to it. It's all helped by St Holmes' powerful vocal delivery, where you can tell he's learned a thing or two with 'mad Ted'. As ever, there's the ever present drum prowess of Carmassi, which gives the rhythm section some oomph.

In Summary
As I mentioned, St Paradise were a shortlived project at best, but they did get a European jaunt supporting Warner Bros labelmates Van Halen. That is until Denny moved on to bigger fish (the initial startup of the Michael Schenker Group then Gamma then Heart). Apparently St Paradise recorded two albums, but I've not heard sight nor sound of the missing second one. When the band folded, Derek hooked up with Aerosmith's Brad Whitford for the Whitford/St Holmes album in 1981, and has played with various bands since.

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#1 | sabace on March 30 2006 14:41:01
this is a excellent lp, worth getting if only for tracks gambling man and tighten the knot . The rest of the lp is superb as well . Derek st Holmes has the rock voice of the 70s .
#2 | Eric on February 08 2008 01:08:12
Not only a Euro tour with Van Halen, but a few dates on Journey's 'Evolution' tour in the U.S as well. A big cut out bin, no holds barred rock album that is somewhat lacking in the song department but has a lot of charm and has a permanant spot in my collection.
#3 | rostoned on June 28 2008 18:57:59
I've always wondered how the puritan US market could accept and not heavily censor this artwork, a masterpiece of double entendre *blushing*
#4 | reyno-roxx on June 28 2008 19:09:20
I love this album! I can only wish that Wounded Bird or Rock Candy get the go ahead to reissue this on CD some day soon.
Always been a big fan of Derek St. Holmes' vocals.
I think the second album is still gathering dust in a Warner Brothers vault. I seem to recall having a live tape from a King Biscuit show knocking about somewhere. Or was that a Whitford St. Holmes show? Must seek it out.
#5 | sabace on November 13 2010 14:03:15
i agree with reyno rox . it is available on a warner bros cd released in 1998
#6 | gdazegod on February 17 2011 22:38:20
Coming soon on Rock Candy. Well overdue. Surprising that Wounded Bird did not pick this up for reissue. Also, I can't seem to find any reissue details to Warner Bros that sabace mentions in his post above (from 1998). John, do you have any other details?
#7 | rkbluez on February 24 2012 23:46:29
Good stripped down hard rock with excellent vocals and some nice riff's and groove...Wounded Bird did it...probably one of the last cool rock albums they've done in a we need to see Whitford St. Holmes get reissued.
#8 | sabace on February 26 2012 19:46:16
sorry for the late reply the cd details are as follows BSK3281 warner bros usa 1998
#9 | gdazegod on February 26 2012 20:47:48
St Paradise, live at Oakland Coliseum, Jul 21, 1979.

#10 | reyno-roxx on February 27 2012 09:22:47
The Warner Brothers CD reissue is one of those (now) legendary German bootlegs.
#11 | swazi on February 27 2012 13:13:13
Yup, that's the one I've got. But I didn't know it was a bootleg at the time I bought it. It sounds and looks good, though.
#12 | sabace on February 27 2012 18:51:55
I agree with swazi who cares if its a bootleg!
the cd is perfect soundwise and otherwise . also for anyone interested there is great cd with st holmes on vocals - BLOOD OF THE SUN ' DEATH RIDE' on brainticket records this an excellent cd
#13 | reyno-roxx on February 27 2012 18:55:18
Agreed too. Most of those German made boots are excellent. I recently added a Sabu one too, featuring the MCA mini LP and the disco record.
#14 | sabace on February 27 2012 18:58:30
yea reyno rox Ihave cd-r of that with the inserts
#15 | super80boy on July 05 2015 19:24:52
A killer late 70's melodic hard rock one off by a talented bunch. 'Miami Slide' and 'Beside The Sea' are big standouts for me, but the entire album just flows really well.
#16 | gdazegod on August 05 2017 22:05:00
Only six years late, since I first announced that this album gets a Rock Candy reissue (see above). Better late than never I guess.
#17 | reyno-roxx on August 06 2017 09:35:03
This is a point worth noting regarding licensing. The Angel and Morher's Finest 'Iron Age' releases are two other examples of how protracted things can get. So while I understand the frustrations aired by members as to why RC do some reissues and why not others, it is often that things ARE wanting to be released but the issue over rights prevents things from happening.
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