08/07/19: Alien – Alien (25th Anniversary, 2 CDs)
Jim Jidhead (vocals)
Pete Sandberg (vocals)
Tony Borg (guitar)
Ken Sandin (bass)
Jimmy Wandroph (keyboards)
Toby Tarrach (drums)
Produced by: Chris Minto, Mark Kearnley
Engineered by: Chris Minto, Bernhard Lohr
Mixed by: Ray Pyle, Karl Gruenewald
Remastered by: Uffe Borjesson
6 in stock (can be backordered)
ALIEN 1986-1989 – In late 1986 ALIEN recorded two songs; “Headstrong” and “I’ll Survive” at Studio Bohus. Virgin Scandinavia signed the band and released those two first singles. In the meantime, while touring Scandinavia, they wrote the album. Virgin believed in Alien to appeal to audiences in further territories, and hence rewrote our contract into a worldwide deal! Late 1987, at ABBA’s Polar Studio, the Swedes cut three songs with producer Mark Dearnley (AC/DC, Def Leppard). One being “Only One Woman” went on to top the charts and sell platinum.
The B-side, “Somewhere Out There”, also got to #1 in the charts, for instrumentals!
After that the group relocated to the renowned Sound City Studios in Los Angeles, with producer Chris Minto (Pat Benatar, Rick Springfield, Kiss), to record the album. Two songs featured in the 1988 remake of the 50’s Sci-Fi movie “the Blob”; “Feel My Love”, plus “Brave New Love” in the end credits. Back from the US, with “Only One Woman” sky-rocketing the charts, we brought the album on tour, beating box office records, being all over Swedish media! While in London doing promo, ALIEN shot cover photos with Simon Fowler, and signed with Steve Barnett /Hard to Handle Management (Gary Moore, AC/DC). For the international launch Virgin America made a new album cover and some remixes by Duane Baron and John Purdell. Songs were cut out to include the first single with new singer Pete Sandberg, “The Air That I Breathe”/”Now Love”. Pete replaced Jim in the fall of 1988, making his first appearance performing live on Swedish national TV.
New promo and cover photos were shot in LA as well as the video for “Tears Don’t Put Out The Fire”. Director Dough Freel was chosen mainly for his work on the Def Leppard (Hysteria album) videos.
Promotion, TV and a full summer of touring followed in 1989, bringing ALIEN’s biggest production to date on the road. “Tears Don’t Put Out The Fire” was chosen as the international single release. A couple more songs written during pre-production for the album were later published on the 1997 “Best & Rare” 2CD collection.
EMI Music Sweden released the back catalog, re-mastered for digi/download with some unreleased demos as bonus. “Alien – 25th Anniversary” 2CD deluxe edition highlighted the celebration of ALIEN’s debut album, selling out as well. AOR Heaven will release this 2 CD set as a limited edition of 1000 copies through their mailorder.