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Violation

Starz Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 May 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Beat Goes On Records
  • ASIN: B0002U4ELO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 368,400 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the first album 1 Sep 2004
By Nick C VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Violation was Starz second release and what an excellent follow up to the debut! Kicking off with the infectious pop metal of "Cherry Baby" the album sets it's stall out straight away. Next up is Rock Six Times which is a great kick out and have a good time song. Throughout this album you just cannot resist picking up the old air guitar/microphone whatever and having a real good rock!
The album is loosely based around a society where music has been banned and tells the story of a dissaffected youth. Violation the monster of a title track deals with the authorities in charge trying to quell the guys rebellious ways.
This album is nothing short of a masterpiece and ends with the haunting Streetlight or the Moon which still after all these years sends a shiver down my spine.
When presented to Capitol records back when it was originally released, the track order was different to what made the shelves, so the tale being told no longer moved logically along, Capitol records having decided that they wanted a somewhat different running order resulted in the storyline being diluted somewhat. But when every song is a sure fire gem then no problem! Well done to BGO for releasing this beauty. What chance the album being released with the original track order (whatever that was).
EXCELLENT STUFF!!!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The brightest Starz of all. 19 Jan 2007
By Paul M VINE VOICE
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With Violation,Starz should have been serious contenders in the world of Seventies heavy rock.They pushed all the right buttons,they had the songs,and crucially they had an instantly recognisable logo!Yet somehow they missed the big time,and in doing so left behind this half forgotten gem.Revered by a select few,Violation takes on the likes of Kiss and Aerosmith with such swagger and gusto,its hard to believe that this album barely troubled the U.S.charts.

Mixing pop with hard rock[a trick Kiss and The Sweet had perfected earlier in the decade],Violation sounds fresh and inspired,as well as the work of a band believing they were fulfilling their destiny.Ironically,the influence of Starz can heard a decade later in bands like Ratt,Motley Crue,and Poison,just as Violation had joined the ranks of also rans.

Now reissued on Ryko,with some curious demos and a sonic clean up,Violation again has a chance to strutt its stuff and rekindle the rock fires of old,giving the curious,and the converted another chance to hear this long lost classic.Its the least Starz deserve!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is simply one of THE classic rock/metal albums of all time. So good that even NME loved it at the height of punk. It's right there with the first Montrose or the first Van Halen albums. Sad that Starz never made it big as they were not only great songwriters but pretty spectacular musicians too. Buy with complete confidence. Did I also mention that the production is amazing on this album.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Mild rock 9 Nov 2007
By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Having read a few eulogies to this band, I thought I'd take a chance on what is reputed to be their best album. Unfortunately, it's largely tame stuff, falling halfway between hard rock (without the guts) and The Rubinoos (without the melodies). 'Cherry Baby,' supposedly a classic, is ordinary as are several of the songs. There are exceptions: 'Sing It, Shout It' and 'All Night Long' are rousing, well-crafted tracks, while 'Cool One' and 'S.T.E.A.D.Y.' are more individual. In truth, though, this music is pretty redundant. It probably sounded quite fresh in 1977, but has long been overtaken by dozens of more imaginative guitar pop bands. A competently-made but underwhelming album.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classy Follow-up 5 Aug 2005
By Clark Paull - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Striking while the iron was hot, Starz' "Violation" is another parade of smart, tightly constructed and compressed bursts of six-string effervescense, lean, dirty and riff oriented as the band, feeling their oats, let their creative psyche run wild, another Jack Douglas knob job, not as brawny as the debut but targeted with a purpose at middlest America.

Shoulda-been-huge summer heartland single "Cherry Baby" is confident jangle pop with a metallic basecoat, ringing guitars, an insistent, loping bass line courtesy of the late Peter Sweval, and harmonies and a melody you may need to scrape off your cerebellum with a spatula, quite likely the greatest song these guys ever wrote. To his eternal credit, Michael Lee Smith doesn't try to overpower or overstate his vocal delivery, but, like any great front man worth his salt, plays to the camera nonetheless, in turn creating a chorus for the ages.

"Sing It, Shout It" opens with deceptively jazzy Brenden Harkin strumming remniscent of Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "Blue Collar" before positively blossoming into another solid-as-oak Starz shouter, brimming with another strutting, euphoric Smith turn at the mic. Kiss may have had the stage props, but Starz fed 'em their lunch when it came to songwriting.

The manic title track would fit snugly on The Sweet's "Desolation Boulevard" or "Give Us A Wink" with an opening drum pattern copped from "Ballroom Blitz," a cautionary tale set in the not too distant future where "The Committee" has decreed that something as harmless as listening to rock and roll music is, uh, a violation. Even though Son of Sam killer David Berkowitz, who now maintains his own web site from within prison walls, didn't do his dirty work on the tube, "Subway Terror" will forever bring him to mind, four-string thunder courtesy of Sweval.

From there it's down the home stretch and back to the shed with the classy "All Night Long," the sleazy flamboyance of "Cool One" (chicken soup for the soul - "She reached over and she squeezed on my rocks/I lost it all in the popcorn box, yeah"), and the vaguely Aerosmithesque "S.T.E.A.D.Y.," the band kicking up a fair amount of dust before coming to a screeching halt with the flaccid theatrics of "Is That A Street Light Or The Moon?" What were they thinking?

At that point, Starz appeared indestructible, but despite an upward spike in sales to 350,000, the wheels came off after "Violation" in what smells suspiciously like our heroes caving in to record company demands for a hit with the soft, flirtatious radio rock of "Attention Shoppers!" "Coliseum Rock" was a slight return to form, but by that point the band was done like dinner, at least in Capitol's eyes.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked Classic From An Overlooked Band 29 Oct 2005
By PJM - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Starz was seemingly poised to hit the big time...make that the big, big time...when this album appeared. Everything was in place. Great band, good songs, top notch stage act. Somehow, it just did not come together. Was "Violation" a disappointment? Sales wise, yes. As far as the music is concerned, however, it delivers the goods on all counts. The should-have-been-a-smash-single "Cherry Baby", "the title track, "All Night Long", and the hilariously naughty "Cool One" show a band hitting it's prime. For all you metal fans out there who missed out the first time around, pick this one up and give it a listen. You may find yourself wondering why this band disappeared after only four studio albums.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is their brightest set! 3 Nov 2004
By Hellion Zephreid - Published on Amazon.com
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I remember buying this LP at a Murphy's Mart when I was in High School when we went shopping as a family. The sticker said "Featuring the hit song 'Cherry Baby'", but I never heard that song on the radio. The songs "Subway Terror" and "Violation" are just brutal. S.T.E.A.D.Y. takes awhile to grow on you but then becomes one of the best tunes on the album. "Rock Six Times" is another fine rocker. Except for the strange "Is that a Street Light.......", every song is a winner here. The lyrics to "Cool One" still crack me up, "She reached over and she squeezed on my rocks, I lost it all in the popcorn box, yeah." One complaint: NO BONUS TRACKS! Richie Ranno has been selling all kinds of Starz demos and live shows on their website for years. Why not treat the diehard fans with some cool stuff not offered on the Metal Blade reissues a decade ago. This is less than 40 minutes long. Or you could have combined the debut and this on one CD for a true collection. Anyway, Starz lost it after this CD and went looking to test the AOR market with the follow up to this with "Attention Shoppers." Why????? The band sounded tight and had the songs. I saw them live on this tour. To switch musical directions like that was insane. That is why they never made the big time. Fan confusion. This "Violation" was simply their best album. Find it used if possible. Then BUY IT! The album is great, it just could have been a better package with more songs. Great for fans of 70's Aerosmith, Kiss, Nugent. Check out their debut as well.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Hard Rock from an underrated Band!!!! 13 Mar 2005
By Joseph Werner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album put Starz into the FM radio spotlight and some am play also!! Songs like Cherry Baby and Sing it,Shout it made the hit charts!!I love Rock 6 times, Subway Terror, and the bonus tracks are excellent also. Better deal than the Medal Blade release!! More music for the money!! This cd and the Starz ~Starz cd are gems with Coliseuim Rock!! Buy them all now before they are out of print again!!!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good cd but save your money 13 Jan 2004
By Michael Yates - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Great CD from somewhat ignored band; however, for those of you who would like to purchase the original 4 cd's, I suggest you enter Starz into your search engine and if you muddle through the first couple of pages you will notice you can still buy these discs for about $15.00 plus shipping. Just a little capitalistic advice.
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