Rosanna’s Raiders – We Are Raiders – 1985

This was a self released Demo from Rosanna’s Raiders in 1985. They also had one in 1984 with mostly different songs. This shows that they had a very good selection of songs before they were ever signed to a record deal. If you are familiar with Rosanna’s Raiders you might be a little surprised by this demo. I found it to be a little toned down from their label releases and in fact I think I prefer this toned down style. I was also pleasantly surprised by the quality of this demo. More often than not demos do not have the best engineering and production but in the case I found both to be excellent. This may actually be my favourite demo from the 80’s, at very least it’s in my top 10.

Tracklist
1 – We Are Raiders – 3:23
2 – Reflections – 2:50
3 – When You Woke Up This Morning – 4:50
4 – Spotlight – 4:24
5 – Masks – 3:56
6 – You Are My Rock – 3:42
7 – Why Don’t People Care – 4:28
8 – Hiding Behind Closed Doors – 4:51
9 – Whose Side Are You On – 4:26
10 – Mr. Magic – 6:02
11 – He Is Coming (Are You Ready?) – 2:44

Credits
Dave Palmer – Bass
Johno Zaffarese – Drums
Rosanna Palmer – Guitar, Vocals
Phil Butson – Producer, Engineer

Companies, etc.
Recorded At – Studio 250

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Rosanna’s Raiders – Clothed In Fire – 1989

The second and last album from Rosanna’s Raiders was an improvement from their previous album.

It is much better produced and is more of a hard rock/heavy metal mix. Not only is the production quality better but the musicians have matured. The quality of the music went up a notch as well as the lyric writing.

This was an excellent follow up album and was well received at the time.

Track Listing:
1 – He Is The King 3:54
2 – Blind Eyes 4:26
3 – You Are Special 4:11
4 – Crying In The Night 4:05
5 – Hell On Earth 4:28
6 – I’m Ready 3:17
7 – Crazy World 3:45
8 – Do It Right 4:04
9 – The Loser 3:32
10 – Love The Lord Your God 3:56

Credits:
Backing Vocals – Carolyn Nieto, Dave Palmer, Gary Roz, Jo Clayton, Jonathan Pagano
Bass – Dave Palmer
Cover – Boris Vallejo
Drums – Johno Zaffarese
Engineer – Doug Oberkircher
Guitar – Gary Roz, Rosanna Palmer
Keyboards – George Small
Producer – Joey Powers
Vocals – Rosanna Palmer

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Various – The Axemen – 1988

This is a 1988 sampler from Pure Metal Records (a division of Refuge Music Group). It features some of the best heavy metal bands of the late 80’s.

Track Listing:
1 – Whitecross – Shakedown – 4:13
2 – Bride – Hell No – 3:50
3 – Saint – Returning – 4:45
4 – Force 3 – Warrior Of Light – 5:32
5 – Lightforce – Babylon – 6:54
6 – Jerusalem – Covered By Blood – 3:34
7 – The Daniel Band – Party In Heaven – 2:57
8 – Rosanna’s Raiders – Serve Someone – 4:04
9 – Novella – Running Home – 4:49
10 – Scarlet Red – You Live Fast – 4:46
11 – Bjorn Stigsson – Come Together – 2:59

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Rosanna’s Raiders – Calling Down Fire – 1988

Rosanna’s Raiders were/are an Australian hard rock band.

Lead by the vocals of Rosanna Palmer this album has a Lita Ford sound on some tracks and Patty Smyth on others. I think the best comparison of this album is to Barnabas, though much more highly produced.

It is a well produced hard rock album that fit in nicely with it’s release period.

Track Listing:
1 – We Are Raiders – 3:48
2 – Just Like A River – 3:52
3 – Serve Someone – 3:24
4 – Good News – 4:02
5 – So Far Away – 3:38
6 – Breakaway – 2:45
7 – No Reason – 3:32
8 – Run The Race – 3:21
9 – Inside Is Living Hell – 3:42
10 – Not Gonna Let You Go Again – 3:58

Credits:
Backing Vocals – Dave Palmer, Phil Butson
Bass – Dave Palmer
Cover – Boris Vallejo
Drums – Johno Zaffarese
Engineer – Phil Butson
Graphics – Jeff Spencer (2)
Guitar – Rosanna Palmer
Keyboards – Dave Palmer, Phil Butson
Layout – Jeff Spencer (2)
Producer – Phil Butson
Vocals – Rosanna Palmer

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