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Thorpe, Billy – East Of Edens Gate


Billy Thorpe (vocals, guitar, keyboards)
Earl Slick (guitar)
Pat Regan (keyboards)

Bill Cuomo (keyboards)
Jim Johnson (bass)
Frankie Banalli (drums)

Produced by: Spencer Proffer
Engineered by: Duane Baron
Mixed by : Duane Baron
Mastered by: Steve Marcussen
Digitally Remastered by: Andy Pearce

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Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition . Fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology. 12 page full colour booklet – 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork and photos. The name Billy Thorpe may not have made much of an impact in the UK but in Australia he is a veritable legend, having carved out a highly successful career since the late sixties in a seminal and raucous hard rocking band called the Aztecs. By the 1970’s he’d outgrown his home grown popularity and moved lock, stock and barrel to Los Angeles, recording a gold selling album helmed by producer Spencer Proffer, titled ‘Children Of The Sun’, that established him in the USA as a rising star. Indeed, if it were not for the collapse of his record company, Capricorn, Billy’s follow up album ’21st Century Man’ might well have established him as a major star. But retreating to Spencer Proffer’s studio, Billy cut two further albums for the CBS backed Pasha label. The last of these two works was the brilliantly crafted ‘East Of Eden’s Gate’, a record that allowed Billy to fully blossom by crafting a magnificent opus that actually owes as much to Pink Floyd as it does to Ted Nugent. Originally issued in 1982, the album is a stunning example of melodic hard rock, with a panoramic, almost cinematic, lustre that has dated not a jot. With musical support, including guitarist Earl Slick (David Bowie) and drummer Frankie Banalli (Quiet Riot) the album is loaded with wide-screen triumphant epics such as ‘Dogs Of War’, ‘Edge Of Madness’ and the title track itself.

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