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  • Vinyl (11 Nov. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metal Mind
  • ASIN: B005T3BAB6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 748,778 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Several hundred years ago, I used to see La Paz on a fairly regular basis, as they played every toilet between Edinburgh and Glasgow, in an attempt to convert the world to their brand of melodic hard rock. Of course, the world decided that the Americans did that sort of thing better, and politely ignored them. They bunged out a couple of tapes before their singer headed off to join Midnight Blue, alongside guitarist Alex Dickson. That's Alex Dickson who ended up playing with Robbie Williams, fact fans! Of course, the singer, Doogie White, ended up in Rainbow, before heading off into a varied career taking in Cornerstone, Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force, Praying Mantis, Tank, Michael Schenker and hundreds more.

However, a couple of years ago, Doogie and La Paz guitarist Chic McSherry got together to play at a radio shows birthday party, and all of a sudden plans were afoot to finally release a La Paz album. So, here it is. And very enjoyable it is too. Of course, I would say that because it's harking back to the kind of music that I grew up with. Although my vague memories of the early eighties recall a lighter La Paz. Whereas this album is beefy to say the least. What they've done is look back to their early material, pick the best of the songs they had then, and add in three new tracks to round things off. Most of the older songs are a lot better than I remember, with 'Too Good To Lose' and 'What Do You Say' the best of them. Add in top quality new songs 'Young And Restless' and 'Shame The Devil', and things have turned out very nicely indeed.

Whereas Mr White has ended up specialising in the heavier end of the hard rock market, there is a commercial sheen to the music on offer that would have stood them in good stead back in the day.
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I saw these guys numerous times in the early-to-mid 80s playing in the central belt of Scotland, before Doogie White went off and eventually made his mark with Rainbow. In my opinion, they were THE best rock band around the Glasgow scene at that time. So, when they resurfaced after some 20+ yrs to do a few gigs and then produce this album, consisting of 6 the early days, plus three new tracks, it was time to get all misty-eyed. Wrong wrong wrong. The passage of time, modern production and a hungry-sounding band = Most of the tracks on this little beauty are belters. The oldies; Too Good To Lose [belter], This Boy [belter], Lesson In Love [belter], Amy [Hmmm....but the vocals at the end and the guitar play-out are great], What Do You Say [belter], Still In Love [belter]. The new ones; Just For Today [belter], Young And Restless [think fire alarms], Shame The Devil [if you like anything to do with Rock, Heavy Rock, Neo-classical Rock, trust me, you WILL like this].
If you want 3-4 min commercial radio-friendly rock songs, you've got it. If you want a harder edge, you've got it. If you want a sprinkling of the darker heavier side, fantastic guitar playing + keyboards, tight-as-a-duck's a** powerhouse rhythm unit and of course Mr White's vocal acrobatics, then this is going to make you happy. Although he's better known in the world of heavy rock and metal, his vocal performances on the more commercial tracks on Granite are just brilliant. I don't like comparisons; I think they just sound like La Paz, but you probably won't know of them, so if you need a reference point and you've ever liked any of Deep Purple, Rainbow, Thin Lizzy, Foreigner, Montrose, then this is for you.
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Buy it !! This is one of best albums I have bought this year - these guys just sound great - good old fashioned well crafted hard rock. Would truly love the opportunity to see these guys live. Long Live Rock & roll!
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Very good first album, capturing the essence of the band as it was in the 80's, with 3 new tracks thrown in. However, very good as it is, their second album is even better.
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I bought this after getting the 2nd cd this is nearly as good as The Dark and The Light the sound is brilliant and the more you play it the better it gets.
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