After a short but highly successful stint with the bands Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow and MGS, Graham Bonnet formed a band Alcatrazz. Scooping up a rather unknown guitar Yngwie Malmsteen, they started work on what would become No Parole From Rock n Roll.
Those familiar with Bonnet’s days in Rainbow and MGS will be very familiar with what is on No Parole From Rock n Roll. The album boasts a very similar style of hard rock and heavy metal, very typical of the time period in which it was released. The album being a solid forty minutes long was wall to wall with good songs, but nothing that could be considered mind blowing.
The album may not be ground breaking or hall of fame worthy but, Island In The Sun and Jet To Jet, are seriously catchy songs that will will always have people flocking to them. It has a lot of good hooks whether it is vocally and musically, providing a mindless good time if anything. The highlight of the album is of course Bonnet’s soaring vocals and the wizardry from the guitar maestro Yngwie Malmsteen. They certainly pull out all the stops on this record and their overall performance is most definitely respectable.
If there is one weakness on this album, it is most definitely the production. Unfortunately this record was cursed with a very sterile sound, this making the album lack in power compared to a lot of the other rock bands at the time. But even with that issue, No Parole From Rock n Roll is still a very fun album to listen to and I do recommend obtaining if you like a lot of Graham Bonnet’s other material.
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Track Listing :
- Island in the Sun
- General Hospital
- Jet To Jet
- Hiroshima Mon Amour
- Kree Nakoorie
- Too Young To Die, Too Drunk To Live
- Big Foot
- Starcarr Lane
- Suffer Me