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Joe Geesin at Record Collector Magazine wrote a feature article on Eloy for the magazines May 2012 Issue. A small snippet of the article can be read here with the full article available online for subscribers of the magazine. The Magazine hits the streets today (26th April 2012)
An extract below features an interview with Heavy Metal Records and Revolver Records Managing Director, Paul Birch who talks about how the HMR deal with Eloy came about!
Paul Birch (FM Revolver)
The deal came through MIDEM in Cannes, France, the bands manager at the time was Wolfgang Rott – he came to our stand at the MIDEM around 1982. We had already signed Accept from Dieter Dirks in Cologne so we were known to the music industry there. Birgit Wiritz from EMI Electrola was in touch with me, I flew out to Cologne and watched them perform at a gig. I had an idea about how the band could be introduced here. I signed them for Planets, Time to Turn,Performance and Metromania. I would have done earlier albums but somehow the moment passed.
I was working with Rodney on other albums sleeves, he had done Predator for me by Bitches Sin, Diamond Head’s Am I Evil, I felt he was exactly the right artist to work on Eloy and the band commissioned him directly to work on Metromania. There new manager after Wolfgang was Jürgen (Yogi) Dramm, who ended up running our German office.
Metromania was a CD release as well as LP and cassette. The LP releases were all specially grained by Delga Press in Bromley, who still do our print today. The one thing I felt about their existing artwork was that it let them down. They were a complex group and there album art needed to reflect that.
I loved the band then, still do. I am disappointed they didn’t come back to the label following Metromania but Frank and the band knew their own mind and probably had opportunities that came along as a consequence of the new markets they were now reaching.
EMI Electrola were about to drop the band when we signed them. EMI continued with them until Performance when the band moved to SPV. Manfred’s label was located in Hannover, it was on the rise at that point and it was likely by then that the relationship at EMI would have come to a natural end.
Many thanks to Joe for this! Be sure to pick up a copy of Record Collector Magazine to see the full feature on Eloy and much more.
HMR new boys GYPSY PISTOLEROS are celebrating in true rock ‘n’ roll style with their single and album launch on the 23rd March 2012 at the FIXXION WAREHOUSE PROJECT in Wolverhampton at 7PM. Tickets for the launch are £8 and can be reserved via Arc Management at the following location; https://www.facebook.com/events/224323317664632/
The party will give fans a preview of the Pistoleros upcoming album release ‘FOREVER WILD, BEAUTIFUL AND DAMNED – THE GREATEST HITS VOL. 1’ with support from LOVEBITES and DRAGSTRIP JUNKIES and special guest appearances from legendary names in the rock world this is event is certainly not to be missed by Rock fans in the Midlands!
A spectacular London launch show is also in the works – stay tuned for more details. You can also catch the Pistoleros in Nottingham on the 6th April 2012 at the WILDSIDE CLUB and U.S fans can go insane at the stroke of midnight on the AEG Hard Rock Stage at ROCKLAHOMA festival on the 26th May 2012!
Heavy Metal Records’ recent signing, GYPSY PISTOLEROS, have been added to the line-up of Rocklahoma Festival which takes place from the 25th-27th May 2012. The annual hard rock music festival held in Pryor, Oklahoma showcases a wide range of bands from current stars to 1980s era classic rock acts over a three day period. This year marks the sixth consecutive year that the PISTOLEROS will perform at the festival. They will appear alongside a host of acts from various genres of the rock and metal world including; Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Slash, Queensryche, Hellyeah, Trivium, Art Of Dying, Volbeat and many, many more. Check the poster below for a complete list of bands performing at Rocklahoma 2012 – you don’t want to miss this!
Towards the tail end of 2011, HMR announced the signing of the flamenco laced glam rocksters, Gypsy Pistoleros. The Pistoleros will release ‘Forever Wild, Beautiful And Damned! Greatest Hits Volume 1′ in March 2012. As a taster of things to come the Pistoleros will release their first single on the HMR label, a stellar cover of the 90s chart-topping hit, Ricky Martin’s ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca’. The English translation meaning ‘Living The Crazy Life’ perfectly personifies the bands unique blend of latin rock.
In celebration of the release, a single launch and album preview will take place on the 23rd March at the Fixxon Warehouse Project in Wolverhampton, a party certainly not to be missed!