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Riot - 1979 Narita

ALBUM: Narita
LABEL: Capitol
SERIAL: ST-12081
YEAR: 1979
CD REISSUE: 2005, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY001


LINEUP: Guy Speranza - vocals * Mark Reale - guitars * Rick Ventura - guitars * Jimmy Iommi - bass * Peter Bitelli - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Waiting For The Taking * 02 49er * 03 Kick Down The Wall * 04 Born To Be Wild * 05 Narita * 06 Here We Go Again * 07 Do It Up * 08 Hot For Love * 09 White Rock * 10 Road Racin'


New York's Riot were probably the best description of underground metal for an American band from the late 70's. They were far more popular in Europe and Japan rather than their home base of America. Revered to this day, the band released their first two records between 1977 and 1979, 'Rock City' and 'Narita'; both these albums were pretty heavy for their time, and compared favourably to British bands like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. In fact, Riot were one of the few American bands to embrace the NWOBHM, back on the cusp between 1977 and 1980. Those two aforementioned albums go for silly money these days, but thankfully 'Narita' was reissued in 2005 on the Rock Candy Records label out of Britain, but even so, that CD is still pretty hard to find, as it was the very first release from Rock Candy at the time.

The Songs
The best known song off 'Narita' is 'Road Racin', which was featured on the Castle Donnington Monsters Of Rock LP, where they played support to Rainbow, along with that other American band: Touch. Other recognisable songs on the album include the opener 'Waiting For The Taking', plus a cover of the Steppenwolf chestnut 'Born To Be Wild'. The title track 'Narita' is named after a Japanese airport and is an instrumental on this album.

In Summary
Released by Capitol Records in 1979, Riot would find difficulty with the label in relation to their third album 'Fire Down Under'. It would become a huge task to overcome, as Capitol were not very keen on releasing it, deeming it to be far too heavy for their liking. So instead, Riot left Capitol, and took the album to rival label Elektra, and released it through them, much to everyone's relief. The 'Fire Down Under' record label saga was a well publicized bit of drama from 1981. If you remember reading all the rock magazines from the time, it was huge news. Everyone was glad that it was resolved. As mentioned, 'Narita' is a pretty heavy album for its time, and is a welcome and very much overdue addition to the GDM archives.

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#1 | tompa on April 10 2014 16:28:48
Although there were many great bands around at the time of their first two albums, Riot were certainly one of a kind. Yes indeed, they were certainly heavier than others and that's what I love about them. My favourite on the album was always HOT FOR LOVE, especially the fast part at the end.
#2 | sabace on April 10 2014 19:38:38
my first Riot lp and my fave - brilliant hard rock! R I P Mark Reale and Guy Speranza .
#3 | david on April 11 2014 09:45:47
For me, Riot was one of the finest bands to come out of the USA. Those first three releases and the live recording are timeless classics.
#4 | rkbluez on April 12 2014 00:49:28
Remember buying the Rock City album in this expensive record store in the was an import on Attic Records...thought the cover locked cool so I picked it up and boy did it rock...been a fan ever since and own all of their albums on disc...favorite song on Narita is Road Racin'...some serious high octane rock 'n sad that Mark and Guy have passed on but what a legacy they've left behind.
#5 | david on April 12 2014 09:26:22
John Kibble was the guy that instigated the Riot petition, in the UK to get FDU released. I remember standing outside Hammersmith Odeon on a wet evening prior to an Iron Maiden gig getting people to sign. Some months later John did not turn up for work one day and on a whim took a flight to New York. I seem to remember him stay with Steve Loeb. He came back with a pre release tape of FDU, when i heard Altar of the Kings it just blew me sideways. I had the good fortune of meeting Riot at Hammersmith odeon in 1981, when the supported Saxon. Great memories, apart from their midget size roadie who tried to hook up with my then girlfriend.
#6 | Eric on April 14 2014 01:57:08
Riot blew past me way back when. Remember this LP at Sam Goody and thinking what the fuck??? but I bought it years later and.... all good...
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