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Riot - The Official Bootleg Box Set Volume 1 - 1976-1980
Nick C
Just got an email from Spin records with details of a Riot - 6 CD box, although the tracklisting they have is for something completely different.
The release date is saying 29th September and here's the 'blurb'...not sure who is releasing it but I suspect Cherry Red or an affiliated label especially considering the 'Please Note' comment regarding quality at the end.

Riot's story is one of what might have been, and to some degree, a band being (or not) in the right place at the right time. What this 6 CD live collection does offer is unique, and often raw, insights into the growth and development of an influential hard rock and heavy metal band, as they graduated from small clubs in 1976 through to huge festivals in 1980.

Riot formed in 1975, in New York City, when Kon-Tiki guitarist Mark Reale and drummer Peter Bitelli teamed up with bassist Phil Feit and vocalist Guy Speranza. Recording a four-track demo, they added Steve Costello on keyboards, and were subsequently picked up by New York producers Billy Arnell and Steve Loeb, who owned the independent label Fire-Sign Records.

Adding second guitarist Louie Kouvaris, whilst replacing Feit with Jimmy Iommi on bass, they released their debut 'Rock City, in 1977. But by 1979, on the verge of splitting up, they were thrown a lifeline by highly influential New Wave Of British Heavy Metal DJ, Neal Kay, who set about promoting Riot in the UK. Re-engerized, the band issued second LP, 'Narita, in 1979, at which point Kouvaris was replaced by their roadie, Rick Ventura.

Signing to major label Capitol Records, this subsequently led to a UK tour in 1980 supporting Sammy Hagar (from where the Bristol show here was taken), and eventually a slot at the legendary 'Monsters of Rock Festival, at Castle Donington the same year, on a bill featuring Saxon, Judas Priest, Scorpions and headlined by Rainbow.

Mastered from tapes in the collection of the estate of founder member and guitarist Mark Reale, 'The Official Bootleg Box Set Volume 1, captures the band at their formative, early club stages in 1976,where much of their repertoire included songs by the bands that had influenced them, such as their covers on Montrose's ‘I Got the Fire', ‘Good Rockin' Tonight' and ‘Rock Candy', to UFO's ‘Shoot Shoot'and Deep Purple's ‘Highway Star', included amongst Riot originals, ‘Angel', ‘Overdrive' and ‘Tokyo Rose'. This 6 disc set concludes with their aforementioned Castle Donington slot in 1980.

Riot would release their most successful album, 'Fire Down Under,, the following year, but that's another story…

PLEASE NOTE: Whilst every effort has been made to produce the best possible audio, limitations in the material drawn from various, non-standard, and unofficial sources means that the quality may not be up to the standard usually expected. All tracks have been included for their historical importance, and to present an alternative anthology of RIOT live on stage from 1976-1980.
Edited by gdazegod on 25-07-2017 22:47
On the advance release schedule email from Cherry Red, it's quoted as...

RIOT - The Official Box Set Volume 1: 1976 - 1980 - 6CD - 29/09/2017 - Hard Rock / Heavy Metal

Note, the omission of the word 'bootleg'...

And yes, that warning does come word for word with any Cherry Red set carrying live material of questionable quality.

Should be interesting....
It's being issued through Cherry Red's Hesr No Evil imprint. Interesting that it'll feature the Donington 1980 set, where they were - according to David Shaw's ex Facebook friend, the only - and thus first ever - American band to play that event... Grin
Oh well, at least their is a disclaimer, regarding the quality.
Nick C
I'll be getting it I reckon, sucker for early Riot up to and including Rhett Forrester and especially since there's a gig from the tour where they supported Sammy Hargreaves (Hagar... an old joke between mates from years ago....which I just can't stop saying...same with Ron Maiden) as I saw them on that tour, pity it wasn't the Manchester date, I'm sure I had that on tape though.
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