This is a great look at early Riot and a must have for all Riot fans. the remaster returns this release to the prominence it deserves. I think it’s far better than Narita but not quite at the level of Fire Down Under which was nothing short of brilliant. This album rocks though and is a worthy investment!
No Description Available.Genre: Popular MusicMedia Format: Compact DiskRating: Release Date: 16-FEB-1993
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Riot was a band very much before their time and they would have fit in very well if they hadn’t hit their peak about 3 to 5 years too early in the American metal scene. They actually had a very commercial sound but very rarely had the benefit of a big record company push. Japan seemed to bite early which seemed to help them gain a larger following but it is still strange that a band from New York with an arena rock sound didn’t become huge in the late `70’s early 80’s. `Rock City’ was released in the summer of 1977 on a small label is a very good late 70’s hard rock record. They would improve but you could see the potential in the songs and the performances. Mark Reale as lead guitarist showed a prowess in his chosen field of blistering hard rock and he had the perfect foil in the late Guy Speranza, as talented a vocalist as one could find. The title track featured a killer riff and top notch efforts from Reale, Speranza and their cronies who would not make it past album number two (inconsistent lineups may have been their biggest problem besides indifferent record labels. “Gypsy Queen”, “This Is What I Get” and “Rock City” were insanely catchy while “Warrior” and “Overdrive” proved to be the metal monsters on the de but. Riot would continue to rise in quality with the next two lps but then one more major lineup change too many forever stalled the momentum of this woulda , shoulda contenda.
True Hard Rock at its finest. All the pieces are in place on this debut album. Mark Reale’s guitar is excellent from riff to solo; Guy Sperenza on lead vocals is amazing! From “Desperation” to “Overdrive” to “Angel” this album ROCKS the entire way. If you’re are looking for that void between Sabbath and Priest of the mid to late 70s and the NWOBHM movement, this is it. Good old american (NYC) rockers! An early metal “must have.”
Riot was one of those great bands that was somehow tragically overlooked by the media. From Guy Speranza’s killer vocals to Mark Reale’s scorching guitar, ROCK CITY was a very assured debut effort from this band. The debut just teased on how great this original line-up could have become. The lyrics were great, the songs were outstanding, but this is only the tip of the iceberg for this sadly overlooked metal band. Their later releases showed flawless execution of heavy metal material.ROCK CITY is a great starting point for anyone who wants to find out how great Riot was.
It’s hard to believe with the production on this disc how good the music is, but that just goes to show how good the band actually is at this point in their career. From looking at the list of tracks I can actually say I remember all of these songs even though I first heard them over 25 years ago! The weakest part of this disc is “Heart of Fire” and a few lyrics from “Overdrive”. Then again I never sold a record, so, what do I have to gripe about.Despite those few weaknesses this is an excellent release, particularly for a first album on such a small label (Firesign/Attic). I must admit, I bought it because Triumph was on Attic records at the time. It was worth every penny, too! Classics include “Desperation”, “Warrior”, “Tokyo Rose” and “This Is What I Get (For loving You)”. Truthfully, every song here is worth listening to over and over. This is the first of three great releases in a row for Riot, but good luck finding “Narita”, I’m still listening to my album!