`Narita’ was probably the album that should have signaled to the metal community that New York’s Riot was the next best thing. The record showed the band at the peak of its powers as the support band that headliners would cringe to follow. Capitol Records thought so and had the band support Sammy Hagar and then royally screwed them when it came for a follow-up to `Narita’. The title track was an homage to Japan, named after their controversially placed airport, and was a blistering instrumental which showed the potential of whatever band Mark Reale and Guy Speranza put together. Best songs on this most unsung of LPs included “Road Racin’” (an absolute barnstormer!), “Waiting for the Taking”, “Kick Down the Wall”, “Hot for Love” (with its porno-sounds sped up coda!), “Do It Up”, “Here We Come Again” and “White Rock” could definitely peel paint and could also do battle with many of their more successful contemporaries. Legend has it that the band had some subpar live performances in the UK (home of their label) due to infighting with management that may have sunk their chances at the big time. Regardless `Narita’ and its successor demand your attention if you love classic hard rock. Van Halen may have been shakin in their high heeled shoes if Riot ever reached their true potential!
Saga’s breakthrough album in North America from 1981 produced by Rupert Hine. Featuring Jim Gilmour on keyboards. Remastered 2003 version includes the video bonus track ’Wind Him Up’. Steamhammer.
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This is one of my “must have” albums from the 80’s. I couldn.t wait for it to be released on CD. They were a bigger hit in Japan, but there was a kind-of cult following in the U.S. “Hot For Love” is a jammin’ song; “White Rock” and “Road Racin’” are great driving songs; while “Flying Tigers” can seem to make a statement. The recording itself shows the time period, so just add a little extra bass.
“Narita” has always been my favorite of the Riot albums. While I like every song on the CD, my top picks are “Hot For Love” and “Do It Up”. If you like Riot’s following release “Fire Down Under”, I think you’ll enjoy “Narita” as much–or more. I’m surprised that this album isn’t as readily available as the others, but it’s still worth the price.
I don’t know why this album is import only, its just as good as Fire Down Under. Amazingly catchy in that early-80s way; a very tight band that kicked down the walls and then was gone (I know the guitarist is still going, but it was over after “Riot Live”.
Metal, rock, whatever you want to call it … this album does what music should: get the blood pumping, heart racing, and sounds great when you’re speeding in your car.
After their debut, Rock City, Riot came back with an even stronger album called Narita. For those of you who don’t know, Narita is the name of the international airport in Japan just outside of Tokyo. About half the songs on this album are classic and the rest of the songs are decent rockers. My favorites are 49er (cool riff), Kick Down The Wall (great chorus), Here We Come Again (good time rock), Hot For Love (smokin!), and Road Racin’ (up-tempo rocker). Mark Reale’s guitar playing was always very underrated, as were front man Guy Speranza’s vocals. Riot should have gotten much more attention than they did. Mark still continues to put out solid albums. I highly recommend Born In America (1983) and The Brethren Of Long House (1996).