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Starz|Violation (Expanded Edition)

Violation (Expanded Edition)

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Starz' sophomore album, Violation, was quite similar to its predecessor. Jack Douglas was still the band's producer, and Starz continued to favor the type of slick, commercial hard rock that would be called pop-metal in the '80s and early '90s. This 1977 LP didn't establish Starz as major players in the pop-metal field; the New Yorkers did have a small following, although not a huge one. Nonetheless, this is an enjoyable record. It doesn't contain any pop-metal masterpieces like Kiss' "Shout It out Loud" or Sweet's "Ballroom Blitz," but tracks like "Cherry Baby" and "Rock Six Times" are certainly decent. Most of the time, Starz vocalist Michael Lee Smith sings about the same things that Kiss and Sweet were singing about in the '70s; namely, all-night parties and wild young women in tight dresses. Starz's lyrics, as a rule, were meant to be fun, not profound, and while Violation didn't go down in history as one of pop-metal's all-time classics, it's worth hearing if you're a fan of the style.
© Alex Henderson /TiVo

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1
Cherry Baby
00:03:47

Jack Douglas, Producer - Michael Lee Smith, Composer - Joe X. Dube, Composer - Pieter Sweval, Composer - Starz, MainArtist

℗ 1977 Capitol Records, LLC

2
Rock Six Times
00:03:13

Jack Douglas, Producer - Michael Lee Smith, Composer - Joe X. Dube, Composer - Pieter Sweval, Composer - Starz, MainArtist - Richard Ranno, Composer - Jeffrey Warren Grob, Composer - Brendan Harkin Jr, Composer

℗ 1977 Capitol Records, LLC

3
Sing It, Shout It
00:05:13

Jack Douglas, Producer - Michael Lee Smith, Composer - Pieter Sweval, Composer - Starz, MainArtist - Richard Ranno, Composer - Jeffrey Warren Grob, Composer - Brendan Harkin Jr, Composer - Prentice John Delaney II, Composer

℗ 1977 Capitol Records, LLC

4
Violation
00:04:28

Jack Douglas, Producer - Michael Lee Smith, Composer - Joe X. Dube, Composer - Pieter Sweval, Composer - Starz, MainArtist - Richard Ranno, Composer - Brendan Harkin Jr, Composer

℗ 1977 Capitol Records, LLC

5
Subway Terror
00:03:43

Jack Douglas, Producer - Michael Lee Smith, Composer - Joe X. Dube, Composer - Pieter Sweval, Composer - Starz, MainArtist - Richard Ranno, Composer - Brendan Harkin Jr, Composer

℗ 1977 Capitol Records, LLC

6
All Night Long
00:03:29

Jack Douglas, Producer - Michael Lee Smith, Composer - Pieter Sweval, Composer - Starz, MainArtist - Larry Gonsky, Composer

℗ 1977 Capitol Records, LLC

7
Cool One
00:03:41

Jack Douglas, Producer - Michael Lee Smith, Composer - Starz, MainArtist

℗ 1977 Capitol Records, LLC

8
S.T.E.A.D.Y.
00:05:40

Jack Douglas, Producer - Michael Lee Smith, Composer - Joe X. Dube, Composer - Pieter Sweval, Composer - Starz, MainArtist - Richard Ranno, Composer - Brendan Harkin Jr, Composer

℗ 1977 Capitol Records, LLC

9
Is That A Street Light Or The Moon?
00:03:18

Jack Douglas, Producer - Michael Lee Smith, Composer - Starz, MainArtist

℗ 1977 Capitol Records, LLC

10
Do It With The Lights On (Demo)
00:03:34

Michael Lee Smith, Composer - Joe X. Dube, Composer - Pieter Sweval, Composer - Starz, MainArtist - Richard Ranno, Composer - Brendan Harkin Jr, Composer

℗ 1977 Capitol Records, LLC

11
Cool One (Demo)
00:03:21

Michael Lee Smith, Composer - Starz, MainArtist

℗ 2005 Starz

12
Rock This Town (Demo)
00:02:47

Brian Setzer, Composer - Starz, MainArtist

℗ 2005 Starz

Album Description

Starz' sophomore album, Violation, was quite similar to its predecessor. Jack Douglas was still the band's producer, and Starz continued to favor the type of slick, commercial hard rock that would be called pop-metal in the '80s and early '90s. This 1977 LP didn't establish Starz as major players in the pop-metal field; the New Yorkers did have a small following, although not a huge one. Nonetheless, this is an enjoyable record. It doesn't contain any pop-metal masterpieces like Kiss' "Shout It out Loud" or Sweet's "Ballroom Blitz," but tracks like "Cherry Baby" and "Rock Six Times" are certainly decent. Most of the time, Starz vocalist Michael Lee Smith sings about the same things that Kiss and Sweet were singing about in the '70s; namely, all-night parties and wild young women in tight dresses. Starz's lyrics, as a rule, were meant to be fun, not profound, and while Violation didn't go down in history as one of pop-metal's all-time classics, it's worth hearing if you're a fan of the style.
© Alex Henderson /TiVo

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