TITLE: No Parole from Rock ‘n’ Roll
YEAR RELEASED: 1983
CHART ACTION: #128
SINGLES: Island in the Sun, Jet to Jet, Hiroshima Mon Amour
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Deep cut metalhead researchers – probably. Or Yngwie Malmsteen fans.
LINEUP: Graham Bonnet, Yngwie Malmsteen, Gary Shea, Jan Uvena, Jimmy Waldo
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Graham Bonnet picks up pieces and parts after he was fired from Rainbow, lucks into Malmsteen, can’t write for shit.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Graham Bonnet has a very distinctive voice. He has range and power. Yet, I think he may be an acquired taste. He was a bit under control in Rainbow, but here his voice is more out front and that’s a problem for me.
It sounds a little off – like he’s a bit outside of the song, if that makes sense. He doesn’t exhibit any subtlety either, not that these songs demand it much. But he seems to shout-sing a lot.
Another issue is the songwriting. Yes, Malmsteen can play a mean axe yet that doesn’t translate into songwriting ability outside of ‘listen to this riff, man’ Bonnet wrote the lyrics and they’re not the best. The band also sounds a bit like re-heated Rainbow or Not-So-Deep Purple.
Their cover of Ultravox’ “Hiroshima Mon Amour” was quite popular in Japan. It’s OK.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Bonnet was the lucky one to replace Ronnie James Dio in Rainbow, and recorded a sorta decent album with them, but was fired after one gig because of drunken tom-foolery on stage. Of course, being in a band with Ritchie Blackmore and Cozy Powell may cause you to drink…
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, instrumental demos. Hooray!?!?!?
GRADE: C+: I don’t know how highly I’d recommend this outside of those who dig Malmsteen. Without him, there wouldn’t be any reason to keep it. Right now, I am keeping it around just for his guitar work.