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Narita [Original recording remastered]

Riot Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 July 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rock candy
  • ASIN: B0009PQG9K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,521 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Waiting For The Taking
2. 49Er
3. Kick Down The Wall
4. Born to Be Wild
5. Narita
6. Here We Come Again
7. Do It Up
8. Hot for Love
9. White Rock
10. Road Racin'

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a must have 22 Jun 2005
Format:Audio CD
Dear Reader, this has to be one of the most down to earth and honest rock albums of all time. This opinion is one which is echoed in every rock fan forum you visit - a full 26 years after it was originally released.
Ebay has this selling in excess of £20 whenever it's auctioned, and that's for a version which hasn't been remastered. I've had the pleasure of listening to this newly remastered CD and it is simply fantastic. Each and every track is a classic. The cover version of Steppenwolf's Born To Be Wild is unforgettable (I think it's better than the original). Guy Sperenza's voice coupled with the masterful Mark Reale on guitar is a real tonic compared with what's seemingly passed off as rock these days.
I saw them live twice, once supporting Saxon on their Eagle Has Landed tour, and also at the Heavy Metal Holocaust at Port Vale FC (line up included Vardis, Frank Marino's Mahogany Rush, Triumph, Motorhead and Ozzy Osbourne with Mr Randy Rhoads) - Riot were without doubt one of the more lively bands you would see on stage - drums and equipment were regularly seen flying across the stage.
Ever thankful to the Rock DJ Neal Kay (of Bandwagon & Soundhouse notoriety - [...]) for introducing this New York band to the UK all those years ago.
Check out Riot's Rock City and Fire Down Under.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars White hot riot 16 Nov 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This incredible shot of late 1970s hard rock might not contain the best collection of songs, but for barnstorming intensity it's hard to beat. What I'm wondering is, how did this band manage to maintain such a high tempo while pushing through so many chord progressions and drum fills without falling apart? It's fierce and unrelenting, to the point that it's almost exhausting listening to it.
'Waiting For The Taking' opens the album breezily, though it isn't the best track by any means. Vocalist Guy Speranza establishes his high register, which is the only way he can be heard above the buzzing twin guitars and brutal rhythm section. '49er' kicks harder, followed by the aptly-named 'Kick Down The Wall,' a resolutely defiant highlight. 'Born To Be Wild,' the token cover song, is taken at a quick tempo. Whether they needed to do this song is debatable, but I guess it fits in with their manifesto. The instrumental title track has to be heard to be believed, however, its lead guitar lines fronting a blistering assault. 'Here We Come Again' features more great lead guitar and 'Do It Up,' while a good track, suffers in having to follow it. The opeming to 'Hot For Love' is the one quiet moment on the album, but it soon bursts into life, an anthemic rocker with hit potential. 'White Rock' resumes their customary style and 'Road Racin'' provides a fitting closure, another highlight. Anyone who likes fast, exciting hard rock should own a copy of this album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the Past 6 May 2011
Format:Audio CD
I spent forever trying to find Road Racin, all I could get was the live version which I really did not want, I heard Riot when I was a young teen, and my dad had a metal tape we listened to int he car, so I was determined to get a copy of the songs on it, for a few songs I could download, was going to be really expensive, until I found the album on here, and what a buy it was! Road Racin on the way home from work! These guys are legendary! I lent the album to my dad, and so far, I have not been given it back, so I guess that means we are sharing it then.

I was so pleased to be able to get this, you have to hear it to appreciate it, yes they are a little odd, but the music is incredible, and its real music not made on a PC.

Fantastic buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars File under Heavy Metal! 8 Aug 2013
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Man, Riot were the band that should have, would have and could have become a household name but somehow were never properly promoted by a record company that just didn't understand heavy metal at the time. In the late 70s punk and disco as well as new wave were making a huge impact on the youth who wanted something louder, faster and downright dirtier than what the prog rockers and ageing bastion of funksters had to offer. Year:1975 and enter Riot! Here was a band that had a charismatic singer with a huge set of pipes in Guy Speranza, a solid as a rock rhythm section and possibly the most gifted guitarist of his time, Mark Reale. In 1977 Riot were fully formed and ready to rock almost from the word go when Steve Loeb and Billy Arnel discovered them in a downtown New York club doing their set. They believed sufficiently in them to offer a production deal and got them signed to Capitol. Now thats any band's dream huh?, . . . Rock City followed and debuted in 1977 showcasing their chops and enormous skills particularly Warrior which was a pure power metal nugget and spearheaded the thrash/speed metal that was to come. They went back into the studio and produced which would become their finest hour and that is NARITA!

Taking the name of a Japanese airport that was built on hallowed ground they meant business as opener Waiting For The Taking proves with all its dynamics and riffage illustrate. Guy Speranza is a one of a kind vocalist, he reaches all those impossible notes; sure his high pitched wailings ain't to everyone's taste but when the rock is this fresh and good he kinda grows on you. I remember a friend playing me a cassette in the mid 80s and i was gobsmacked and soon rushed out to get a vinyl copy filed under Heavy Metal in my local second hand store.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic 70s Riot 17 Nov 2005
By Christopher Fryer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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).
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as "Fire Down Under" ... how did this get overlooked? 29 Jan 2006
By Russell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have some wine, love some women.. 6 April 2009
By Mark H. - Published on Amazon.com
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`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!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Another Dimension RIOT Are The Most Famous Hard Rock Band Of All-Time!!! 8 Dec 2012
By T. Kasuboski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Being that there are so many fine detailed reviews focusing on RIOT-"Narita" already, I'm going to take a slightly different approach and examine RIOT as a phenomenon. Particularly, as a phenomenon that could and should have been so much larger.

RIOT has brought me SO many years of pure joy. Yet, everytime I pull out one of their masterpieces I can't help but get a little angry, sad, and begin to think about how unfair things can turn out. It's almost like somehow RIOT were cursed. They were cursed with playing hard rock with proto-metal(or flat out heavy metal) leanings in mid-70's America. Now certainly, America in the mid-late 70's wasn't adverse to hard rock, one need only listen to AEROSMITH-"Rocks" LP '76 and '77's "Draw The Line" LP(by far that band's heaviest and at times VERY hard rockin' releases), '78's amazing "Struck Down" LP by YESTERDAY & TODAY(better-known as Y&T), STARZ '76 debut and "Violation" LP from '77, TED NUGENT's way-underated "State Of Shock" LP from '79, and others. Also, remember that in the 70's metal underground there were god-like bands like PENTAGRAM and by the late-70's legit-metal bands like CIRITH UNGOL and MANILLA ROAD were already toiling away in obscurity, readying themselves for the decade to come. But RIOT were different...They were just a little too ahead of their time. Many of the songs were fast("Road Racin'", "Do It Up", "Narita", etc.), some were straight up proto-metal("Warrior", "Overdrive", with its monstrous riffage and blaze-out finale, and if you include tunes off RIOT's undisputed masterpiece "Fire Down Under" LP from '81, nearly EVERY song), and others were maybe a bit too risque in the sex and drugs department("Hot For Love", "White Rock", etc.). But one would think this would be an ASSET!!! Also, RIOT were from freakin' NEW YORK CITY!!! Yet for all intensive purposes, their strongest 70's fanbases resided in San Antonio, Texas and Japan. Following their '80 appearance at the first "Monster's Of Rock" fest in the UK during which they thoroughly blew the minds of tens of thousands of NWOBHM-primed Brits(just listen to RIOT-"Live '80") and then the release of "Fire Down Under" in '81 their fanbase grew substantially. But by '82 it was over....Well, not quite, but the magical original line-up with Guy Speranza at the mic was done as he was quickly whisked away and replaced by Rhett Forrester(another equally doomed soul).

So here's this group of New Yorkers called RIOT. Killer frontman with good looks, great stage-prescence, and a perfectly saleable and unique voice named Guy Speranza. Two flat-out awesome guitarist in Mark Reale(who to his credit would keep the RIOT flame burning until his recent death in January 2012) and Rick Ventura(Louis Kouvaris played on "Rock City" LP, but Ventura would tear-things up with Mark Reale on "Narita" through "Born In America"), killer bassists Jimmy Iommi(on "Rock City" and "Narita"), Kip Leming(on "Fire Down Under" through "Born In America"), rock-solid drummers Pete Bitelli(on "Rock City" and "Narita") and Sandy Slavin(on "Fire Down Under" through "Born In America").

They release three flawless masterpieces: 1977's "Rock City", '79's "Narita", and '81's "Fire Down Under". All three receive great press(with "Fire Down Under" being recognized upon its release as an instant masterpiece). The band tours and opens for AC/DC, BLACK SABBATH, KISS, etc., and the English debut was at the first "Monsters Of Rock" fest where they opened for SAXON, JUDAS PRIEST, SCORPIONS, and RAINBOW. Many to this day still readily admit that RIOT(and SAXON, at that point a very young band) stole the show from the heavy-weights atop the bill. So all the ingredients were there...RIOT should have been super-stars on the top-tier of hard rock/heavy metal. But it didn't happen.

Yes, RIOT is beloved by probably millions of fans worldwide(and since Reale's death a new generation has seemed to discover the band). But they were saddled with bad contracts and completely screwed overed by Capitol Records(who made the band literally jump through hoops, almost preventing the release of "Fire Down Under"). They received little if any promotion via Capitol Records and therefore the all-important DJ culture of the day were often never sent promo copies of RIOT to play on the radio. If it weren't for RIOT guru/manager Billy Arnell and producer-engineer Steve Loeb RIOT may never have even gotten the pittance of support from their labels that they received. Loeb even went so far as releasing "Born In America" with his own money on his own label(thankfully it was picked up and eventually released worldwide)when Elektra would not renew RIOT's contract because they were "commercially unacceptable". WHAT A JOKE!!!!! Ya, tunes like "Warrior", "Rock City", "Overdrive", "Gypsy", "This Is What I Get(For Loving You"), "Here We Come Again", "Do It Up", "Hot For Love", "Road Racin'", "Swords & Tequila", "Fire Down Under", "Outlaw", "Don't Hold Back", "Run For Your Life", etc., had NO commercial potential....whatever!!! If the idiots at Capitol(and to a slightly lesser extent Elektra) would have just put some money into the band and got them radio play I KNOW that RIOT had the potential to take America and the UK by storm!!!! They'd already done it in Japan! But no, instead RIOT never achieved the level of fame(and its perks) that they truly deserved. And this is where I get angry. To think that Guy Speranza, one of in my opinion the greatest voices in rock history ended up spraying for bugs as an exterminator following his departure from RIOT in '82, and died of pancreatic cancer(almost certainly due to his exposure to chemicals)at the age of 47 in 2003 just makes me sick and livid!

But like the title of this "review" states, in some other dimension RIOT DID make it to the top and receive all that they deserved. Here on this Earth we're left with a glorious musical legacy. RIOT is a band that spreads like a disease...They were just so infectious that once you heard them you couldn't resist getting sucked in. This is a testament to their greatness as songwriters and musicians. So if you have never heard RIOT before but love 70's hard rock, early heavy metal, NWOBHM, classic 80's American metal, or just simple kick-ass rock and roll then RIOT is an ESSENTIAL addition! Probably the best starting point is 81's "Fire Down Under" LP, but both '77's "Rock City" LP and '79's "Narita" LP are also flawless gems. Once you've explored this Speranza-era RIOT then you can decide if you wish to move on to the Rhett Forrester-era(I have a feeling you will, cause "Born In America" from '83 was one hell of a killer record). If you already have RIOT's albums play 'em for your friends or a younger family member. And if you're a young metalhead who heard one RIOT tune somewhere and thought it sucked I offer you a challenge: pick any of the first three RIOT LPs("Rock City", "Narita", "Fire Down Under"), if it's your thing crack a beer or three or take a few puffs, put the headphones on, crank it up, sit back, and when the album's over tell me with a straight face that RIOT still sucks. I dare you...

In conclusion, with Guy Speranza, Mark Reale, and Rhett Forrester now all departed from this Earth it's our honorable duty as RIOT fans to keep kickin down the walls of people's minds and helping them to discover maybe the most under-rated hard rock/metal band of all-time: RIOT.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite 10 Oct 2009
By S. Dekleine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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.
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