If you're looking for a last-minute gift item for the vinyl lover on your list who always cranks up "The Kid is Hot Tonite" whenever Rock 101 reckons it's time for another spin, you're in luck.
Loverboy recently released a 40th anniversary vinyl version of it's self-titled 1980 debut album, and it's bright red, just like Mike Reno's famous leather pants.
“Boy did we get lucky in late 1979 to work with the best in the business," Reno is quoted in a Sony Music Canada press release, "Bruce Fairbairn and Bob Rock..... oh and don’t forget Mike Fraser."
Loverboy was produced by Fairbairn, engineered by Rock, and assistant-engineered by Fraser, the Big Three of Vancouver studio personel, who between them have worked on multiplatinum albums by the likes of Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, the Cult, Motley Crue, and AC/DC.
Speaking of Bruce Fairbairn--who died suddenly from unknown causes in 1999--he also produced the first album by another rockin' Vancouver band, namely Prism. I actually liked Prism's 1977 debut more than Loverboy's, because it boasted killer Jim Vallance-penned tunes like "Take Me to the Kaptin", "Spaceship Superstar", "Open Soul Surgery", and "Vladivostok".
Prism has also been given the vinyl treatment of late in the form of the double-disc Anthology: 45 Years, featuring 20 tracks from the band's career, which also included the Fairbairn-helmed albums See Forever Eyes (1978), Armageddon (1979), and Young and Restless (1980).
Anthology: 45 Years comes with a poster, a bumper sticker, and--believe it or not--trading cards.
Me: "Hey, I'll trade you my John Hall for your Lindsay Mitchell."
Some sucker: "Geez, I dunno. Maybe... hey, don't you already have a Lindsay Mitchell?"
Me: "Doesn't matter. I'm not big on keyboards."
Some sucker: "Geez... I'm not sure... Can I trade you my Lindsay Mitchell for your Ron Tabak?"
Me: "No freakin' way, I'm never givin' up my Ron Tabak!"