RotN to the Core CD News:
CD's available off the shelf at Vision Guitars,
Castleford. At more outlets later. Please check out the
merchandise page. Or
Rock of the North
Well here we are and the CD is ready
for delivering to you. I am very happy with this CD and it has something for
everyone. I've posted this extra page because we are getting hits from
worldwide after the leading song "Hope" was posted on the
www.numberonemusic.com site under the Shield of Steel group of tracks
from their Communion CD. At the 23rd September Hope was sitting at #1 in the classic rock chart
and remained there for a week. It's not the final
master but it's just about the same. They will be £10 plus £2 post and packing. I will
consider posting overseas. ALL Proceeds go to Cancer Research UK to help
them fight this scourge of mankind. Some of the contributing bands might
carry some to gigs where you will be able to buy them. At the present time
the distribution agreement with the manufacturers has not been finalised but
it is thought that the CD will be available in HMV in the United Kingdom.
Every track on this CD is as worthy as the next, there are no "fillers".
Some quotes from those who've received
the CD this morning and it's absolutely brilliant!!"
" Looks and sounds fantastic! There's some great stuff by some talented
people on there. Hope you raise S**t loads of cash!!!"
" Had a good run through it yesterday and have to say I found it most
enjoyable. Its been presented really well and mastered seamlessly."
" had a good listen on the way back from the Cross Keys tonight and it looks
and sounds the dogs nuts. Fantastic!"
" Having a first listen atm. It's excellent so far !"
Joe Corrigan, "The RoTN to the Core CD
is awesome, I was well impressed by it, when you get albums there is usually
some tracks you're not keen on, but I can honestly say I like every song"
Howard Gibson, "Go Kommando's track 4
on the ROTN CD is quite frankly the best track I have heard in years."
Those wanting information about the CD please read on.
The press release is below:
RotN to the Core RotN 001
This CD is the RotN to
the Core Campaign release in aid of Cancer Research UK. The Wakefield based
Rock of the North website (RotN) has for the past few years supported the
local semi-pro musicians of the Yorkshire area of the UK. Mainly rock covers
and blues covers bands, and a few tribute bands have become a community of
like-minded individuals who have enjoyed a community spirit under the RotN
It soon became apparent
that it would be easy to work together to make charity funds for many causes
whilst at the same time having a lot of fun. Charity events were organised,
some by Rock of the North and others by the good people of our rock
community. Many thousands of pounds have been raised for a number of
The idea of a charity
record came to me a while ago. I considered recording the cover bands of the
community doing their own thing live, but realised that royalty issues and
licences would be restrictive, profit-wise.
After I heard If You
Love Me , an original song by The Invisible Idols I realised that the
joint talents of breaking stars Chantel McGregor and The Invisible Idols
would do this song a lot of justice with it’s AOR feel and undeniable
“hook”. The song was initially captured live at a specially arranged session
at the Lion pub in Castleford and recorded on the spot by Col Challinor, a
respected musician with a great reputation for recording live performances.
Vocalists Chantel McGregor and Matt (Black) Cooper were also recorded
separately as was Chantel’s guitar solo and everything came together at the
home of Col Challinor.
Before this the local
guitar hero Gavin Coulson was working on a song called Hope with
Audio Mangle owner/drummer/singer Tim Gillespie. The song took it’s lead
from the mid eighties Hear’N’Aid project We’re Stars where a number
of the world’s rock stars made a song together for the starving in Africa.
Gavin and Tim’s original song came to me in a roughly mixed MP3 and I was
I began to recruit local
“superstars” who were more than willing to record this song in the format
that Gavin and Tim had proposed. The band has been dubbed The RotN All Stars
for obvious reasons. So one Saturday morning in the late spring of 2009,
singers and guitarists turned up at an unlikely “studio” which was The
Miners Arms public house in Altofts, ‘tween Castleford and Wakefield. As a
concession to professionalism, the pub was closed to the public!
A backing track had been
prepared and performed by Gavin on guitar and bass and with percussion by
Tim. The assembled artists had rehearsed their parts and one by one they
played their solos or sang the whole song as Tim Gillespie recorded every
take. Bradford’s Chantel McGregor has the distinction of singing and
playing the guitar on the track. Those who couldn’t make it that day were
recorded later, then the unbelievably talented Tim Gillespie took all the
components which included 12 guitar solos and mixed them at Audio Mangle
into the amazing Hope, a track of over 8 minutes in duration and with
the singers taking a phrase apiece!
The lyrics were written
by Gavin especially for this CD, as a fund raiser for Cancer Research UK.
The lyric “Together we will find the way” echoes Cancer Research UK’s motto
“Together we will beat cancer”. Together is what this whole CD album
is about. However the closeness of the mottos was not intentional!
Recognising that two
songs do not make an album, I asked selected bands to offer their original
material to be a part of this CD. I wasn’t disappointed as the bands
forwarded some great tracks.
Gav Coulson dug out one
of his solo recordings from his locker, which is Sweet Little Girl, a
ballad with guitar playing of epic proportions and with exceptional skill
and melody, providing a showcase for the Wakefield legend’s talents.
Go Kommando offered an
arena band style Find Our Way, a mellow rock ballad with more lyrics
especially written to suit the context of this album. Coz McCossins wrote
and recorded this at his Bridlington home with band members of Go Kommando.
The melody sounds familiar but the song is original, and a credit to one of
Yorkshire’s top covers bands.
Another of Yorkshire’s
elite bands are Motus who had already recorded David, subsequently
had it re-mixed by the famed producer Beau Hill (who wrote songs for Stevie
Nicks and produced American bands Winger and Ratt), and sent the track to us
which was gratefully received. Written by husband and wife team Liz and
Graham Charman with the band’s bassist Mike Stringer, David is a break from
the classic rock mold but remaining in the rock genre and indicating why Liz
has for years justifiably been known as “The First Lady of Rock” in West
Gavin Coulson and Tim
Gillespie feature once more as they teamed up with vocalist Pete Goodfellow
in Shield of Steel and their previously released All I Need Is You.
This is from their CD album Communion on the Casket label. Tim, Pete and
Gavin have been exceptionally hard working during the production of this CD
and this track is a very mellow rock ballad with great guitar and meaningful
vocals from Pete Goodfellow.
Changing genre slightly
comes Red Light from Flyz. Originally released on their own CD
Aphrodisia, it represents South East Leeds, specifically Rothwell where the
songwriters hail from. Johnno Hudson and Simon Boardman were arch rivals
with their 1980’s teenage bands from the South Leeds suburb then in later
years teamed up to form Flyz, a high quality original material band. Red
Light is typical of all their compositions, jaunty rock with a hook.
Again the genre changes
to include Sheffield’s real rhythm and blues combo Do$ch. Composers Ian
Bartrum and Andy Hinkler, (brother of The Mission’s Simon Hinkler) wrote
this comical tale of a band member’s woes at rebuilding a Triumph Bonneville
motorbike. Unsurprisingly entitled Bonneville Rebuild Blues the track
is complete with sound effects from a real Triumph Bonneville and some great
slide guitar. This track is from the band’s first CD Money to Burn and was a
must-have inclusion on this CD album as the band are at the forefront of
charity fund raising in South Yorkshire, and are damned good at their style
Go Kommando supplied the
riffy rocker Rise Above It to accompany their other submission Find
Our Way. Again this excellent song was written by Coz McCossins and recorded
in Bridlington with lyrics aimed at beating the deadly disease that this
CD’s fund raising is intended to fight against.
A shortened radio mix of
Hope closes the album .
Rock of the North is
licensed by Cancer Research UK. Rock of the North and RotN to the Core logos
are copyright of Steve Lally. Steve Lally is a cancer patient at
Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield, and is the Editor of Rock of the North,
and organiser of the RotN to the Core Campaign. The RotN All Stars are
Chantel McGregor (Chantel McGregor Band), Matt Black (Invisible Idols),
Shane Haigh (Piston Broke), Matt Duggan (Scooby), Coz McCossins (Go Kommando),
Andy Hayward (Go Kommando), Mick Norbury (Broken Angel), Jonny Crossland (Mr
Chief), Pete Goodfellow (Shield of Steel), Danny Firth (Reetyus) , Gavin
Coulson (Shield of Steel) and Tim Gillespie (Telegram Sam).
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