Soldier of Fortune (Loudness album)
Soldier of Fortune is Japanese heavy metal band Loudness' eighth studio album, their first with American vocalist Mike Vescera. It's the third Loudness album produced by Max Norman after Thunder in the East in 1985 and Lightning Strikes in 1986; the album is co-produced by Fates Warning's producer Roger Probert. Despite the good critical reception and the strong support given by the label, the album failed to chart in the USA. All music by Akira Takasaki. Lyrics are credited to Loudness "Soldier of Fortune" - 3:55 "You Shook Me" - 4:42 "Danger of Love" - 5:02 "Twenty Five Days from Home" - 4:22 "Red Light Shooter" - 4:50 "Running for Cover" - 4:21 "Lost Without Your Love" - 4:56 "Faces in the Fire" - 4:08 "Long After Midnight" - 4:38 "Demon Disease" - 4:34 LoudnessMichael Vescera - vocals Akira Takasaki - guitars Masayoshi Yamashita - bass Munetaka Higuchi - drumsAdditional musiciansClaude Schnell - keyboardsProductionMax Norman - producer, mixing Roger Probert - producer Bill Freesh - engineer Charlie Brocco, Steve Sisco, Dave Carpenter, Joe Barresi, Pat MacDougall, Masanori Ihara - assistant engineers Chris Bellman - mastering
Masayoshi Yamashita is the original and current bass guitarist of the Japanese heavy metal band, Loudness. He first started. A short time his childhood neighbor and close friend, Akira Takasaki, invited him to join Loudness in 1981. In 1991, Yamashita left Loudness. After leaving Loudness, he worked including Spaed and Blood Circus, he returned to Loudness in 2001
Ghetto Machine is the twelfth studio album by the Japanese heavy metal band Loudness. It was released in 1997 only in Japan and recorded at the famous Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California. Only the instrumental "Katmandu Fly" was recorded in 1995 at ESP Guitars rehearsal studio. All music by Akira Takasaki. Lyrics by Masaki Yamada, except songs 1,2,3,6 by Yamada and Stephan Galfas and song 4 by Kayla Ritt and Stephan Galfas "Ghetto Machine" - 4:04 "Slave" - 3:17 "Evil Ecstasy" - 4:10 "San Francisco" - 4:10 "Love and Hate" - 6:41 "Creatures" - 5:30 "Katmandu Fly" - 1:14 "Hypnotized" - 4:44 "Dead Man Walking" - 4:45 "Jasmine Sky" - 5:47 "Wonder Man" - 5:54 LoudnessMasaki Yamada - vocals Akira Takasaki - guitars, producer Naoto Shibata - bass Hirotsugu Homma - drumsProductionDaniel McClendon - engineer, mixing Steve Fontano, Michael Rosen, Galen T. Berens - engineers George Horn - mastering George Azuma - supervisor Masao Nakajima - executive producer
Hurricane Eyes is the seventh studio album by Japanese heavy metal band Loudness. It was released in 1987 worldwide with standard English lyrics. A "Japanese Version" was subsequently released only in Japan in the year with Niihara singing most of the lyrics in Japanese; the album was produced by the famous producer and sound engineer Eddie Kramer, who had worked with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Kiss. The song "So Lonely", a reprise of "Ares Lament" from the album Disillusion of 1984, was instead produced by Andy Johns, another world-famous producer; this was the last Loudness' album to enter the US Billboard 200 chart, where it remained for 4 weeks, peaking at No. 190. All music by Akira Takasaki, all lyrics by Minoru Niihara "S. D. I." – 4:15 "This Lonely Heart" – 4:08 "Rock'n' Roll Gypsy" – 4:22 "In My Dreams" – 4:30 "Take Me Home" – 3:16 "Strike of the Sword" – 3:50 "Rock This Way" – 4:07 "In This World Beyond" – 4:26 "Hungry Hunter" – 4:08 "So Lonely" – 4:43 "Strike of the Sword" – 3:52 "So Lonely" – 4:46 "This Lonely Heart" – 4:05 "Hungry Hunter" – 4:08 "In This World Beyond" – 4:27 "Take Me Home" – 3:18 "Rock'n' Roll Gypsy" – 4:40 "In My Dreams" – 4:40 "Rock This Way" – 4:07 "S.
D. I." – 4:21 LoudnessMinoru Niihara – vocals Akira Takasaki – guitars Masayoshi Yamashita – bass Munetaka Higuchi – drumsAdditional musiciansGregg Giuffria – keyboards Steve "Zeus" Johnstad, David Glen Eisley, Tod Howarth – background vocals and assistance with English lyricsProductionEddie Kramer – producer, mixing Tory Swenson – engineer Thom Cadley, Hidemi Nakatani, Masashi Goto, Stan Katayama – assistant engineers Scott Mabuchi – mixing Andy Johns – producer and mixing on "So Lonely" Bill Freesh – engineer on "So Lonely" Ted Jensen – mastering at Sterling Sound, New York Sam Nagashima – coordinator Toshi Nakashita – executive producer
A music video is a short film that integrates a song with imagery, is produced for promotional or artistic purposes. Modern music videos are made and used as a marketing device intended to promote the sale of music recordings. There are cases where songs are used in tie-in marketing campaigns that allow them to become more than just a song. Tie-ins and merchandising can be used for food or other products. Although the origins of the music video date back to musical short films that first appeared in the 1920s, they again came into prominence in the 1980s when the channel MTV based their format around the medium. Prior to the 1980s, these kinds of videos were described by various terms including "illustrated song", "filmed insert", "promotional film", "promotional clip", "promotional video", "song video", "song clip" or "film clip". Music videos use a wide range of styles and contemporary video-making techniques, including animation, live action and non-narrative approaches such as abstract film.
Some music videos combine different styles with the music, such as animation and live action. Combining these styles and techniques has become more popular because of the variety for the audience. Many music videos interpret images and scenes from the song's lyrics, while others take a more thematic approach. Other music videos may not have any concept, being a filmed version of the song's live concert performance. In 1894, sheet music publishers Edward B. Marks Joe Stern hired electrician George Thomas and various performers to promote sales of their song "The Little Lost Child". Using a magic lantern, Thomas projected a series of still images on a screen simultaneous to live performances; this would become a popular form of entertainment known as the illustrated song, the first step toward music video. In 1926, with the arrival of "talkies" many musical short films were produced. Vitaphone shorts featured many bands and dancers. Animation artist Max Fleischer introduced a series of sing-along short cartoons called Screen Songs, which invited audiences to sing along to popular songs by "following the bouncing ball", similar to a modern karaoke machine.
Early 1930s cartoons featured popular musicians performing their hit songs on-camera in live-action segments during the cartoons. The early animated films by Walt Disney, such as the Silly Symphonies shorts and Fantasia, which featured several interpretations of classical pieces, were built around music; the Warner Bros. cartoons today billed as Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, were fashioned around specific songs from upcoming Warner Bros. musical films. Live action musical shorts, featuring such popular performers as Cab Calloway, were distributed to theaters. Blues singer Bessie Smith appeared in a two-reel short film called St. Louis Blues featuring a dramatized performance of the hit song. Numerous other musicians appeared in short musical subjects during this period. Soundies and released from 1940 to 1947, were musical films that included short dance sequences, similar to music videos. In the mid-1940s, musician Louis Jordan made short films for his songs, some of which were spliced together into a feature film, Lookout Sister.
These films were, according to music historian Donald Clarke, the "ancestors" of music video. Musical films were another important precursor to music video, several well-known music videos have imitated the style of classic Hollywood musicals from the 1930s to the 1950s. One of the best-known examples is Madonna's 1985 video for "Material Girl", modelled on Jack Cole's staging of "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" from the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Several of Michael Jackson's videos show the unmistakable influence of the dance sequences in classic Hollywood musicals, including the landmark "Thriller" and the Martin Scorsese-directed "Bad", influenced by the stylised dance "fights" in the film version of West Side Story. According to the Internet Accuracy Project, disc jockey–singer J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson was the first to coin the phrase "music video", in 1959. In his autobiography, Tony Bennett claims to have created "...the first music video" when he was filmed walking along the Serpentine in Hyde Park, London in 1956, with the resulting clip being set to his recording of the song "Stranger in Paradise".
The clip was sent to UK and US television stations and aired on shows including Dick Clark's American Bandstand. The oldest example of a promotional music video with similarities to more abstract, modern videos seems to be the Czech "Dáme si do bytu" created in 1958 and directed by Ladislav Rychman. In the late 1950s the Scopitone, a visual jukebox, was invented in France and short films were produced by many French artists, such as Serge Gainsbourg, Françoise Hardy, Jacques Dutronc, the Belgian Jacques Brel to accompany their songs, its use spread to other countries, similar machines such as the Cinebox in Italy and Color-Sonic in the USA were patented. In 1961, for the Canadian show Singalong Jubilee, Manny Pittson began pre-recording the music audio, went on-location and taped various visuals with the musicians lip-synching edited the audio and video together. Most music numbers were taped in-studio on stage, the location shoot "videos" were to add variety. In 1964, Kenneth Anger's experimental short film, Scorpio Rising used popular songs instead of dialog.
In 1964, The Moody Blues producer, Alex Murray, wanted to promote his version of "Go Now". The short film clip he produced and directed to promote the single has a striking visual style that predates Queen's similar "Bohemian Rhapsody" vid
The Law of Devil's Land
The Law of Devil's Land is the third studio album by the Japanese heavy metal band Loudness. It was released in 1983 only in Japan and distributed in Europe by Roadrunner Records; the CD reissue of 2005 contains two extra songs coming from the English version of the band's third single. All music by Akira Takasaki except "Black Wall" by Masayoshi Yamashita. Lyrics by Minoru Niihara Side one"Theme of Loudness" - 1:52 "In the Mirror" - 3:41 "Show Me the Way" - 6:05 "I Wish You Were Here" - 3:45 "Mr. Yes Man" - 6:57Side two"The Law of Devil's Land" - 4:56 "Black Wall" - 5:06 "Sleepless Night" - 4:48 "Speed" - 5:322005 Japanese CD edition bonus tracks"Road Racer" - 4:25 "Shinkiro" - 4:01 LoudnessMinoru Niihara - vocals Akira Takasaki - guitars Masayoshi Yamashita - bass Munetaka Higuchi - drumsAdditional musiciansEve - chorus on track 1ProductionDaikoh Nagato, Mikio Shimizu - producers Daniel McClendon - engineer, mixing Akira Ohmachi - tape operator Kenichi Kishi - label executive Keisuke Tsukimitsu - art direction
Devil Soldier is the second studio album by Japanese heavy metal band Loudness. It was released in 1982; the American Daniel McClendon was called to engineer the sound of this album, because there was no Japanese technician experienced enough in heavy metal records at the time. The album won the award for Best Heavy Metal record of the year in Japan; the reissue in CD of 2005 contains two bonus tracks. All music by Akira Takasaki, all lyrics by Minoru Niihara Side one"Lonely Player" - 4:51 "Angel Dust" - 4:47 "After Illusion" - 5:59 "Girl" - 2:34Side two"Hard Workin'" - 3:30 "Loving Maid" - 4:55 "Rock the Nation" - 3:23 "Devil Soldier" - 7:082005 Japanese CD edition bonus tracks"Geraldine" - 4:00 "Lonely Player" - 5:02 LoudnessMinoru Niihara - vocals Akira Takasaki - guitars Masayoshi Yamashita - bass Munetaka Higuchi - drumsProductionDaikoh Nagato - producer Daniel McClendon - engineer, mixing Kenichi Kishi, Masao Nakajima - label executives Keisuke Tsukimitsu - art direction