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Existing comments about this CD
|From: PJ Blade
||Date: March 14, 2001 at 18:21|
|This Is by Far The Best Hard Rock CD To Come Out In In 1989 If Highly Suggest It To Fans Of The 80's Los Angeles Rock Scene, Not A Bad Song On the Whole Disc
||Date: May 19, 2001 at 12:13|
||Date: May 25, 2001 at 19:24|
|Gee, I haven't been lucky enough to hear this album, but what PJ Blade is saying is a huge call, but on the other hand I hope your right!
||Date: July 31, 2001 at 11:55|
|Fantastic album!!! "The Chain" didn't really impress me, but it wasn't bad. Overall this album is tough to beat.
||Date: August 3, 2001 at 0:58|
|Would someone just re-release this album, before I go insane!
||Date: August 31, 2001 at 12:28|
|I used to have this album and let a friend borrow it, it never came back to me! I have been looking for this and it's very hard to find. GREAT ALBUM ALL AROUND! PS: The singer also has another abum with a band called CONTRABAND along with Bobby Blotser on drums, Tracy Guns and Michael Shenker on guitars and the basist from Vixen.
||Date: December 5, 2001 at 6:52|
|This is truly a great album. Every song is a classic hard rock song. Plus, the singer, Richard Black, has an album coming out next year with Jake E Lee of Ozzy and Badlands fame called Bourgeous Pigs.
||Date: February 12, 2002 at 19:23|
|"Solid Mega Groove from start to finish an MASTERPIECE. Fav song-ALL OF THEM...Smile! I like PASSION TO ASHES the best, I tune it up 10 fold! RICHARD BLACK has an Great Vocal Range 'love his Voice!!! 'Why Should I Believe' is an teary blue ballad w/an raw edge to it, very 'TUFF! When I 1st heard 'Paris Calling'..I thought I was listerning to BILLY IDOL..Smile I lOve IDOL 'but' this song is Certified SHARK*ISLAND and MR.BLACK has an too 'tuff edge on him. CAN'T WAIT FOR his works w/BP!-shadow
||Date: March 11, 2002 at 11:11|
|I can only agree with what everyone has said a excellent rock album,but there debut called s'cool bus which i am very much in pursuit of is just as good as i once had the pleasure of hearing..
|From: geordie graham
||Date: April 7, 2002 at 17:51|
|aye a champion album.a toast of broon ale to shark island.
||Date: April 8, 2002 at 20:42|
|Not between my favorites, but a good album. Some songs really rocks. I often played "Shake for me" when I had a program on a local radio. That was long ago.
||Date: May 9, 2002 at 10:45|
|This cd should have gotten more recognition, but got buried under Poison, Motley, G-N-R, and other bands of the same time period. Getting harder to find these days. Good grab for any 80's rock fan
||Date: May 10, 2002 at 13:53|
|This is just an ok album from a band that isn't special. The best song is the cover of Fleetwood Mac's The Chain. If you really want a copy I have one on cassette and I will have no problem making it into MP3's and share it with you. It's not like the band will lose any money from it. Just the bastards that dropped for Nirvana clones!!!! Oh I want their cover of Bang A Gong!!!!
|From: Ted Poley
||Date: May 15, 2002 at 1:22|
|I have this album but i dont' like it. i think that's not the same hard rock style i used to hear....it´s almost a sleaze band with very bad songs.... if anyone is looking for that... talk to me firstname.lastname@example.org
||Date: July 25, 2002 at 5:50|
|It's ironic that these guys were supposed to be THE band coming out of LA in the late eighties and G-N-R was just another band with flyers everywhere. I don't know what happened but solid effort here. Anyone who spent too much time in strip clubs can appreciate "Shake For Me". A killer version of "The Chain". Should have done more.
||Date: July 30, 2002 at 13:23|
|Anyone who likes Richard's vocals ought to try out a band called No Sweat s/t. The group is more aor than hard rock but they are fun to listen to. They're not too expensive either.
|From: jason (FA - Q)
||Date: July 30, 2002 at 16:38|
|You can also check out Richard Black in Contraband. The album came out in 1991 and they had a video for the song "All The Way To Memghis." Also in the band are, Bobby Blotzer (Ratt), Tracii Guns (LA Guns), Share Pedersen (Vixen), and Michael Schenker (MSG). I don't know?........... Maybe that album is here on H. Harmonies?
|From: richie t.
||Date: August 8, 2002 at 23:58|
|i don't care what anyone says--shark island changed the face of hard rock! i still have all the original vinyl and bootlegs from the first L.A. shows and I still listen to them on a daily basis. shit, i lost my virginity to paris calling, man.
||Date: August 9, 2002 at 1:10|
|Hey Richie T you big Shark Island fan, could you please give a review on their first album "S'Cool Bus"?
||Date: August 16, 2002 at 4:14|
|What about this one Purrfect Kat?
||Date: August 16, 2002 at 8:58|
|David, just get this one. It'll cost about $25 on Ebay but well worth it. Highly recommended!
||Date: August 16, 2002 at 9:00|
|I have tons of music but this gets many repeat listens.
||Date: August 19, 2002 at 3:59|
|TIM, do you think you could find a copy of shark island's first album "s'cool bus" because no-one can seems to find it?
||Date: August 19, 2002 at 11:41|
|I don't own the 1st one David. I hear it's not as good. I do see it on Ebay from time to time though. If you want some of these, just make a wantlist and send it to me.
|From: Andre Tekken
||Date: November 12, 2002 at 12:17|
|Classy,quite pomp,groovy,California type of hard rock band!Neat melodic doubled guitar work!razor edged vocals and solid striking drums.Good raunch`n roll songs melted with up- tempo melodies.Charming atmosphere works as a chemesty all toghether with the entire other elements in perfect harmony!This album sounds like G`n Roses met MSG.Paris Calling is a great opener and remarkable pomp-rock anthem!85 out of 10!!
||Date: December 13, 2002 at 5:20|
|Gotta agree... this is a great album! I remember the band getting a fair amount of hype around the time of this release. They were supposed to be one of THE bands on the rise, but they never followed through. Too bad... I would have loved to hear another album from these guys. Contraband was OK, but not as good as this.
||Date: December 23, 2002 at 23:02|
|nothing original here.they did the same thing every other band was doing at the time.but they did it well.if you like the cheesey style of 80's rock,you'll like these guys,if you want something with originality....pass this one by.
||Date: March 3, 2003 at 3:11|
|If you dig Shark Island, don't forget to check out 'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure' soundtrack. There is some good shit on there, really. Shark Island has two tracks on that soundtrack that can be found nowhere else--"Dangerous" and "Father Time". Both tunes are pretty good. Check it out.
||Date: March 26, 2003 at 3:13|
|"Paris Calling" is an awesome 80's metal song!
||Date: April 24, 2003 at 23:36|
|Very cool and catchy melodies are written all over this. Shake for Me has a chorus that will stick in you head, Bad for each other is a great ballad. Underated band which were never as popular as they should have been. Jay from Australia.
|From: Pam L.
||Date: April 29, 2003 at 2:37|
|I had the priveledge of winning this recently on Ebay. This cd JAMS! Richard Black has a killer vocal range.Paris Calling,Shake for Me, and Spellbound ROCK! I also have their very rare "Listen to this Axle" 3 cd set.The first two cds are demos from '92 and the 3rd cd is an extended version of "Live at the Whisky Bastille". This band was very good and should have been famous! I also liked Richard in Contraband. Rock on!
||Date: May 2, 2003 at 13:45|
|Somebody pls reissue this album!!!!Been waiting for ages!!!!
||Date: August 9, 2003 at 4:27|
|Good news! This classic album will finally be reissued as a 2CD set by Bad Reputation Records in Europe. CD1 will contain the 10 tracks above plus the 3 soundtrack tunes (2 from Bill's & Ted and 1 from Point Break), meanwhile CD2 is Alive At The Whisky with two more live tracks added.
||Date: August 14, 2003 at 10:12|
|Thanks man!!!I saw the update in MelodicRock.com too.Riverdogs are also in the list.Everybody must get this one too.Brilliant!!!!
||Date: September 4, 2003 at 5:52|
|I heard this band first time in Metal Hammers collection album, Hammer Rocks(1990). There is previously unreleased live version of Somebody´s Falling. I later bought this album and there´s very catchy tunes on it, like Paris Calling, Shake For Me, Spellbound and Get Some Strange. Good vocalist. Never heard their debut, but it´s shame that they never released album after this...
||Date: November 6, 2003 at 19:53|
|POR FAVOR: ¿Hay alguno q me pueda decir en español q tal esta este disco? Muchos Thankius!!
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|From: Blue Charvel
||Date: November 25, 2003 at 11:50|
|Hmm, just picked this up a few days ago, different than I remember. It's good solid rockin' stuff, kinda reminds me of a cross between Bang Tango and Billy Idol in many places...
||Date: December 21, 2003 at 15:47|
|Pues Robert este es un gran cd de Hard Rock de finales de los 80 muy en la línea de Babylon AD o Baton Rouge , a mi me encanta
||Date: December 21, 2003 at 19:57|
|Muchas Gracias Pablo!! Lo q pasa q las 2 bandas q has citado no me gustan demasiado la verdad... tengo varios discos d esos grupos y no me acaba d convencer ninguno... Muchos Saludos desde Barna!!
||Date: January 11, 2004 at 10:34|
|i bought this album off the net for £20 and after hearing it would pay 200 for it , by far the best album ive heard i agree with the other comments when they say the best heavy rock group from the La scene of the late 80s , damn if i could i would get the group to reform to make more matieral ,im now in search for school bus and alter ego and any other matieral of theres i can
||Date: January 20, 2004 at 8:55|
|I ONLY HEARD "SOMEBODY'S FALLIN" AND LOVE IT
||Date: January 22, 2004 at 7:16|
|Yo escuché Paris callin´, somebody´s fallin y why should i believe y molan. Además escuché father time y también mola. Yo estoy buscando este disco pq tiene muy buena pinta
||Date: February 2, 2004 at 4:45|
|No los he escuchado mucho...me parecén,muy aceptables...si alguien puede informar más de estos señores,gracias...email@example.com...
||Date: March 12, 2004 at 13:56|
|Hi all, Heard the track Paris Calling back when Contraband was starting off on a late night UK rock show - never was able to get the album. If anyone's got a link to purchase the album (or has got an mp3 of Paris Calling(at least!)) can they please email me at Northwinds@blueyonder.co.uk Cheers all! :-)
|From: Metal T
||Date: March 15, 2004 at 12:34|
|This band is terrible !---The songs are are horrible !---I wouldn't even call these guys a hard rock band,they're a light-weight pop act,ala Bon Jovi .Avoid !!
||Date: March 15, 2004 at 16:00|
|Metal T-You must live in Bollockslavia because you fluantly speak bollocks!! This album is a classic-Nuff said
||Date: April 8, 2004 at 17:15|
|One of the best albums of 89 considering it their first major release from one of THE BEST BANDS out of LA period. Seen them all & heard them all can't even compare those lucky under talented pussy bands bands like ratt/poison/warrant/bullet boys to these guys. Shark Island got screwed, if they were given a comercial chance like those other hacks they would still be rocking today. Metal T you are an idoit or you must be a pipe smoking poison fan considering your comments.
|From: Metal T
||Date: April 11, 2004 at 10:28|
|Hey Rob--This disc makes a nice coaster----Ratt could've F**ked up these guys any day of the f**king week !--Though I will agree with you that Poison',Warrant',and the Bullet Boys' are indeed shit !!!
||Date: October 10, 2004 at 12:41|
|Only found out about this album a month ago(Sept/04) through a friend, who is also lost in 80's rock music. Man, I couldn't believe how good this album is!!!!!I can't believe that I had never even heard of these guys!!! It ROCKS from from front to back!!!! Get your copy as you won't be dissapointed!!!!!
||Date: October 16, 2004 at 21:40|
|Great live band...better than studio record. They opened for La Guns on the cocked & loaded tour. It seemed everyone was really waiting for Guns. They didn't sound good at all. I told the band that afterwards they sounded a hell lot better. La Guns didn't impress me at all live. The record sounded different than most records of the time. Production and mixing I assume..the drums were more out front from what I gather. Good record not great for me.
|From: TIM (2)
||Date: November 22, 2004 at 5:24|
|Quality album, now re-issued on a great value double-CD with the "Live at the Whiskey" album and some soundtrack tunes. Despite the fact that the CDs have been pressed on the wrong discs and the bonus tracks are all in the wrong order (and are pretty average IMO) the re-mastering job is excellent. Great commercial hard rock. 8.5/10.
|From: METAL MAN
||Date: December 1, 2004 at 15:44|
|KICK ASS BAND WITH KICK ASS JAMS!!!!!!!!!!!!
||Date: December 13, 2004 at 17:13|
|TIM I have bought reeditions and song 6 on the album (not live one) has an error in 1 channel. It sounds bad for 2-3 seconds, and at the end of the song it also has a strange short click. If someone of you have an original copy say to me if it's only in my original please. Thanks http://www.cityofdreamsweb.tk
||Date: January 9, 2005 at 4:02|
|Back in the 80's, these guys were THE backyard party band in my area (Arcadia/Pasadena, CA.) after Van Halen hit it big. Of course they were called The Sharks back then. I am a little disappointed with this cd after growing up listening to The Shark's "Altar Ego" LP. Altar Ego was more raw, not produced as well, but captured the band's energy better than this does. Seek out a song called "My City" off the Point Break soundtrack. It rocks!
||Date: January 19, 2005 at 18:20|
|Considered an AOR classic? I don't get it. Most people really like this but it just seems all over the place with little substance.
||Date: February 14, 2005 at 19:55|
|hmmmmmm, not sure why I got this, I heard some good info, for some reason, this one does nothing for me, I can think of a hundred other obscure bands better, hmmmmmm, don't know why???? tried to give this one several listens and no go. hehehehehe
||Date: February 16, 2005 at 8:20|
|Hey Swriter,is it that bad, mine is on the way.I waited for this since the 80s
|From: Trick Taylor
||Date: February 16, 2005 at 8:55|
|Hey ace66- I wouldn't rely on anyone else's opinion of this release. It really is a matter of individual taste with this one. What Shark Island lacked in image and flash they more than made up for in hooks, depth, and feeling. Think of an energetic marriage between Baton Rouge and Dokken. It still gets plenty of plays from me.
||Date: February 16, 2005 at 9:02|
|Thanks for your comment Mr Taylor.I hope the production is good.
||Date: February 16, 2005 at 15:34|
|Hi ace!!!! well, maybe this is one of those grow on u albums, the first time did not do much, I will listen again and keep in touch, not that it is bad, it is not, very good musicianship, just the songs did not hit me, I will listen again a few more times !!!
|From: Trick Taylor
||Date: February 22, 2005 at 12:57|
|I revisited this one in earnest over the weekend. Not your typical crunch and flasher from LA. The instrument production is very clean, almost mechanical in places. Reminds me of Neverland or Rockhead. The good stuff here comes from Richard Black's emotive growl, like Stephen Pearcy meets Jim Morrison. The mid-tempo stuff is a bit lacking, but the rockers hit the mark. "Passion to Ashes" is my favorite. Unique.
||Date: March 7, 2005 at 10:38|
|I just got this one recently, this cd Rocks!! I had heard of them(Mostly from Contraband) but never heard any of their songs. Its a shame these guys didnt do better than they did!!
||Date: March 13, 2005 at 8:04|
|Finally got it.....this is ok for my collections.After several spins it is similar to Babylon A.D's but with much less kick.But the badass attitudes are there.
||Date: March 21, 2005 at 10:58|
|I thought Shark Island did a great job doing their own thing, at a time when so many bands were competing for the recognition. 'Paris Calling' and 'Somebody's Falling' are great hard rock tunes, and 'Why Should I Believe' is an unbelievable power ballad, one of my favorite tunes from '89. Could have done w/o the Fleetwood Mac cover, but even it's not bad considering. All in all, a great 80s metal album and certainly worthy of a listen for any fan of that decade's metal contributions.
||Date: March 21, 2005 at 12:38|
|I havent listened to this album in ages, but it is great...cant believe some think it isnt so good. Paris Calling is such a good tune! This isnt as instant as some albums granted but the vocals are killer and the musicianship is as solid as you will find. Give it more time and you will believe.........
||Date: March 26, 2005 at 14:33|
|I have the jap version with the extra track(make a move)fantastic music great singer and jack ponti songs what more could you ask for!
||Date: April 18, 2005 at 15:30|
|I know everyone has their opinion, and here's mine...this album is horrible. The only good thing about it is Richard's voice, and the ballad 'Bad For Each Other'. The rest is just horrible. I've had the CD since it came out, and NEVER listen to it. Maybe it's just me, but none of the songs sound good. Just a bunch of thrown together crap. IMHO spend your money on another CD. This one just disappoints on every level. Rating: 1/10
|From: Metal T
||Date: April 18, 2005 at 18:02|
|Next time don't hold back Malebolgia ! Lets us know how you really feel.You were much too kind to this disc.I agree with you i think its horrible as well.Even though the majority of the above comments are positive on this one,it doesn't matter -If you believe an album on HH to be a gem,call it a gem.If you believe an album to be sh*t,by all means you don't to have to call it crap....call it sh*t.--Later !
||Date: July 6, 2005 at 14:36|
|This is by far the best Hard Rock album I ever heard.First I had it on tape and after many years I managed to have the Cd.It's a perfect 10 from me and it will be always my favourite album!
||Date: January 5, 2006 at 7:53|
|Metal T's comments here are laughable! 'Lightweight pop act aka Bon Jovi'??! yeah right...if the end of Pashion to Ashes is lightweight Im a monkey's uncle. And as for comparing this class hard rock act with the music by numbers of the boring and very irritable Ratt...well? Ive it all now. Pick this up - great hard rock album. Fantastic vocals. Cool songs.
||Date: July 1, 2006 at 13:08|
|Good news, SI fans! New Shark Island CD out-should be available at the major online places. It's all new material, but haven't heard any comments on the quality of it. Hopefully it's on this site soon so we can discuss.
||Date: July 4, 2006 at 15:56|
|just to let you know melodic boy the cd is out now. ist not like there older stuff but it does have great sound.
||Date: March 13, 2007 at 17:49|
|Its passed quite a long time since i got that album.But when i heard 1. song "paris calling" i was amazed.This one is my fav. ofcourse.I also like very much "why should i believe"which is damn good ballad,much better than "bad for each other",which is good too."get some strange"is a great rocker" too.Overall that album is very good,very melodic-and thats what i love most of all.
||Date: June 6, 2007 at 23:11|
|I like the Contraband version of Bad For Each Other better. Paris Calling is a cool song.
|From: juan carlos
||Date: August 2, 2007 at 0:30|
|Gran, Gran disco de HardRock Melódico. "SOMEBODY´S FALLING" es un Mega-Temazooo! y esas "Paris Calling" "Shake For Me" MHR de gran factura, La voz excelente y la producción buena. "Bad for Each Other" y "The Chain" tambien de los mejor. Recomendadísimo. 9/10
||Date: November 7, 2007 at 17:32|
|still believe this disc is underated.so many worse albums at that time had much more succes,why not them?they rock hard
||Date: January 14, 2009 at 20:06|
|Excellent album of AOR/Melodic Rock. "Shake For Me & Paris Calling" My Favorite Songs..
|From: rick kerch vzla
||Date: December 14, 2009 at 15:45|
|In completely agreement with most of the comments already written about this album...great album that was released at the end of the glorious 80's..solid melodic rock/hard rock and probably the best album ever recorded by this lot..."Passion To Ashes"(superb!),"Somebody's Falling","Spellbound"(some AOR in here),"Get Some Strange" are really good tracks and so is the rest of the album.90/100
||Date: December 26, 2009 at 17:06|
|i am very surprised by the advices on heavy harmonies.some people says very good album others says it is horrible.i respect all the comments.but hey guys wake up!we are on a hard rock site.i think that this cd s is maybe the best hard rock album of the history.these guys are genius.the european version with 2 cd s studio bonus tracks +alive at whiskey + bonus track is a wet dream for all people who loves melodic rock and good music in general.i had a cd r by a friend in paris who have the démos version of their previous album after law of the order.sound was bad but songs were extraordinary like in law of the order.a masterpiece look on you tube the video of "paris calling" you will understand what i say.
||Date: January 6, 2011 at 19:21|
|great album like SAINTS?SINNERS or .......no plan because it´s ideal!!
||Date: November 26, 2011 at 16:55|
|in 2002 ted poley was very sick.is it the real ted poley.impossible to say.or he is jealous or he need a good doctor.ted poley s solo s record are very very average shark island album is a jewel you can bring with you in your grave.greg ellis the drummer is extraordinary look at the video of paris calling.never see a drummer so strong.class!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
|From: the rocker
||Date: January 3, 2012 at 13:04|
|One of my favorite cds. One of the BEST ballads on here in Bad For Each Other. I don't know what it is about the drum sound on this cd, but I love it! Other good tracks are Paris Calling, Somebody's Waiting, Get Some Strange, Ready Or Not & spellbound, but they are all good! I recommend.
||Date: November 1, 2012 at 17:37|
|on you tube i see 2 songs of a concert in columbus in 1990.it s simply extraordinary .richard black is the best frontman i never see axl rose and others clones can take lessons.i confirm the official video of "paris calling" is the best video ever of a hard rock band.greg ellis the drummer is absoluty fantastic!!!!!he have the CLASS!!!!!!!!i would like top be american and one day have the chance to see shark island in concert.fabulous.
||Date: May 2, 2013 at 11:39|
|receive today from china the japan import of the reissue of "law of the order" plus three bonus tracks and "alive of the whiskey" plus two bonus tracks.it s the japan version (complete whith obi) of the super class french reissue from bad reputation.a wet dream for me cause this record is one my fav in my collection.100/100 of course.
||Date: May 28, 2014 at 18:41|
|iknow that on this site many peoples are from u s a.for me shark island is the best hard rock band of the history.of course they never plays their fabulous music in my country (france).but on you tube they there is the two first songs "make a move" and "spellbound" of an extraordinary (a dream for me)from a concert in colombus ohio 3.30.1990.if someone had the chance to be present at this event....he could share his ...emotions... cause with shark iskand we touch the ......light
|From: Doghouse Reilly
||Date: May 28, 2014 at 20:45|
|They were never played that much in America eitheer, Charpenay. They weere one of those bands who weere big in the club scene in Los Angeles (a lot of people who were there claim Axl Rose "borrowed" his stage moves ffrom Richard Black, circa '84). They got signed and put out this album after most everybody else, which really lessened its impact, and they ended up being "just another Sunset Strip band." "Paris Calling" got a bit of MTV airplay, but not much.
|From: Doghouse Reilly
||Date: May 28, 2014 at 21:34|
|The Axl Rose thing comes from Stephen Davis's book, Watch You Bleed, and as full of small mistakes as it is, the quote is from GnR's early manager Vicky Hamilton. As for Law Of The Order, it was one of those deals where, when the album failed to catch on, their Hollywood fans blamed it on the production not really representing how the band actually sounded. I guess guys like you (in France), and me (just a kid growing up on the East Coast at the time), we're never really gonna know.
|From: hair metal again
||Date: March 20, 2017 at 10:13|
|SHARK ISLAND s debut was an excellent hair metal release that had everything in the right measure !top class from start to finish ,with 3 big songs and the rest being pretty good,it will rock you for sure ,as it did with me when i bought the vinyl back in the day!unfortunately it didnt sell much ,but for us die hard fans this one is a cult release that stands the test of time
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