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Artist: Heavy Bones

Title: Heavy Bones

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Category: Melodic Metal

Year: 1992

Label: Reprise Records

Catalog Number: 9 26990-4


Joel Ellis vocals
Gary Hoey electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, dobro and background vocals
Rex Tennyson bass and background vocals
Frankie Banali drums, percussion and background vocals


1.  The Hand That Feeds  4:04
2.  Four:AM T.M.  4:49
3.  Turn It On  4:58
4.  Anna  4:46
5.  Dead End St.  4:22
6.  Where Eagles Fly  7:05
7.  Enormodome  2:16
8.  The Light Of Day  3:55
9.  Your Love Won't Let Me Down  6:00
10.  Beating Heart  5:20
11.  Summers In The Rain  5:58
12.  Where The Livin' Is Easy  4:54
Total Running Time:  58:27

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Joel Ellis Date: February 8, 2001 at 16:03
Who is selling this CD? Please contact me at charley777@hotmail.com

From: David Spike Date: April 9, 2001 at 21:40
This album totals rocks, hard heavy rockin good music to listen to all the time!! THis is the music that we need back!!!

From: jerry Date: June 5, 2001 at 12:04
one of the best album of melodic hard rock, really great album

From: TIM Date: July 16, 2001 at 9:00
Great album!!! Anything Gary Hoey is involved in is great. The entire lineup works well together. Pick this album up.

From: Tom Date: July 17, 2001 at 6:02
I can tell all of you that Joel is living back in Ohio and is currently working on some new material. I have been trying to talk him into getting this band back together but it does'nt look good.

From: Chris Date: December 15, 2001 at 10:53
Heavy Bones? I Think Subject To Change is much better.

From: Felipe Augusto Date: January 8, 2002 at 11:44
Outro petardo! Grande banda com m'sicas variadas e belo trabalho de guitarra e vocais. Grande cd de hard, no melhor estilo dos bons e velhos anos 80. Richie Zito na produ''o n'o poderia dar outro resultado: um cd OBRIGAT'RIO para quem curte hard rock.

From: WidoMakr Date: February 13, 2002 at 3:44
Their are songs on here u think Stephen Pearcy from Ratt is singing...good band with some good riffs....nothing cheezy...worth a listen...quote the WidoMakr....never more

From: tomcat Date: March 11, 2002 at 17:21
cool album, what happened with that excellent vocalist? tomcat@dolfijn.nl

From: ROCKER81 Date: April 7, 2002 at 10:42
This CD is absolutely one of the best purchases I've had in a while. I've actually never hear Hoey solo before, but I'll definitely look into him. This CD is awesome. It rocks like a mo fo, then changes to a soothing/ballad-like/slow groove thing. These guys were sweet, and they looked KILLER! I just bought the '4 AM TM' video (excellent). Great purchase, great band, highly recomemded. Hasn't come out of the CD player in months. ROCK ON!

From: Tony Date: April 23, 2002 at 9:44
When I first bought this cd in 92' I thought 'not bad' and then kind of forgot about it. About 2 months ago I gave it a listen at random and haven't stopped listening. Great cd with great songs and almost what seems to be a classic '70's' hard rock feel to it. For granted Hoey's playing is amazing but is there a better rock drummer than Frankie Banali? Anything he's on (QR, Wasp) always has that great Bonham-like whoomp to it!! Get this cd.

From: Desslar Date: April 24, 2002 at 12:21
Surprisingly good, if not really distinctive. Fans of Joel Ellis will want to be sure to check out the great Cats in Boots as well.

From: Shane Date: August 18, 2002 at 15:16
I really appreciated this and Frankie's drum thing is the shit as usual! Can someone tell me their intpretation of TM (four am,TM?). The morning???

From: nitrodoll Date: August 26, 2002 at 8:58
there zre some amazing songs on this disc: 'anna','beating heart','turn it on' and 'four am tm ' whatever that means..the vocalist (ex cats n boots') is an amazing vocalist and i wondered if he ever sang again after this release except in his shower? anyone? nitrodoll1974@hotmail.com

From: fretboardfrenzy Date: September 16, 2002 at 18:13
gary hoey is great guitarist n clever musician. he is a talented composer. great album, amazing vocals from joel ellis, crushing drums from ex-quiet riot drummer frankie banali completely brilliant debut alb.

From: The Fizzy One Date: September 23, 2002 at 21:33
I always thought Frankie Banali was wasting his talent in Quiet Riot, and hearing him playon W.A>S.P.'s Headless CHildren album proves it.

From: drummerfish Date: December 19, 2002 at 10:36
in answer to shane's question above: 'tm' means 'the morning',as in 4 in the morning,like it says in the first verse of the song '4am tm'.frankie's one of my drumming influences and when i met him,i asked him about why the band broke up.he said there were 'problems' with the singer which lead to the extinction of the band.drag.

From: born exile Date: January 29, 2003 at 23:59
i have been loking for turn it up for 11 years,never until recently knowing who sang it or the actual name of the song.At last i can soon have it.now if only 1 of the 1,391,000 people in imesh would have it.

From: tzagi Date: March 3, 2003 at 7:33
I know this album as the 1993 Burton Snowboard soundtrack demo video. Beautiful songs (and video too!)

From: Rocknroll Date: April 22, 2003 at 0:48
It totally blew me away! The best musics 'the hand that feeds', '4 AM', 'Beating Heart' and 'Turn It On' A must for melodic metal fans!! Rocknroll voices, speed guitars and good lyrics, rock hard!!

From: fengwei Date: June 27, 2003 at 3:27
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From: fengwei Date: June 27, 2003 at 3:40
sorry!my eamil is fengwei4250125@hotmail.com

From: John Date: September 4, 2003 at 15:03
Gem of a hard rock release. Rarely does a band put out a debut as consistent as they did here.

From: just a girl Date: October 27, 2003 at 22:40
'4am TM' (TM stands for transdental meditation) i knew Joel when he was in heavy bones, but have lost contact, he was an amazing vocalist! glad to hear all the postive feedback..... take care!

From: BORDER RAT Date: December 20, 2003 at 7:52

From: Big Papa K Date: June 13, 2004 at 2:09
Too bad this band slipped under the radar when this was released. A pretty diverse album with some great tunes like '4am TM' and the monster power ballad 'Turn It On'. Joel Ellis has the perfect sleaze rock voice (but this is not really sleaze rock) and you could tell Gary Hoey would go onto greater success. 8/10

From: Kip Date: September 10, 2004 at 2:47
Wow how did I forget this one!? One of my all time favorite CD's. Gary Hoey was a melodic metal monster who could craft a killer riff AND a romantic, melodic feel. 'Anna' Has to be one of the best ballads ever written, and it's in my top 25 songs of all time. The Hand that feeds is a killer way to open the CD and it has awesome riffs and a subperb vocal preformance By Ellis. the only knock I give this CD is for a band that could rock so good, they stuffed this full of ballads...

From: Kip Date: September 10, 2004 at 2:51
But that's not such a bad thing when the ballads are all so good. Turn It On, Where Eagles Fly and Burning Heart are all top notch tunes. 'Eagles' is also one of my all time favs, and I really love how it slowly builds from an acoustic piece to an all out rockin' emotional cracendo. I'd describe it as a cross between Spread Eagle's 'Through These Eyes' and Seventh Key's 'Always From The Heart' There is a little bit of filler here, but it's still very enjoyable music. 9.5/10

From: Carmine Rose Date: October 25, 2004 at 13:31
This is without a doubt one of my all-time favorite albums of all time. Joel Ellis is in top form here, he sounds much better here than he did in Cats In Boots (which is saying something, because he did pretty damn good there too). Gary Hoey is kickin' ass here! I have to say that I think the year which had the best 80's style hard rock was 1992. Too bad it was losing its thunder to Nirvana (please wash my mouth out with soap for using that awful word!).

From: Daniel Date: December 1, 2004 at 4:22
great album! but go and compare the chorus of 'Dead End St.' with 'Out in the Cold' by JAGGED EDGE... ;o)

From: Trick Taylor Date: January 12, 2005 at 15:33
This must rank among the top 10 forgotten hair gems of all time. This group, though dysfunctional, is musically lethal. Joel Ellis wins the John Corabi 'Why the Hell Ain't I Famous' award. Frankie bangs with creative passion and Gary Hoey shows many styles while shredding throughout. This is a mature release, on a par with later Lillian Axe or PC69. Zepplin can be heard, insuring this thing rooted in the right places. Stunning and ballsy.

From: tomcat Date: January 13, 2005 at 3:23
wow,some really fantastic songs are on this forgotten disc..'turn it on', 'anna' and 'where eagles fly'...this is a must have disc for every self respecting rocker/musicfan..

From: Geoff Date: January 13, 2005 at 3:52
I never really got into Cat n'Boots, mostly due to Joel's voice, but I must say he made me a believer with this CD. Vocals sound great with this more melodic style of music and 'Turn it on' in one of my favourite songs of all time. Such a perfect mid-paced ballad - musically perfect and a great song. 'Dead end street' is also a fave and 'Beating heart' is a nice ballad. Overall, just a good solid hard rock CD.

From: headbanger4life Date: December 6, 2005 at 3:46
I never heard anything by Gary Hoey, but I love this release. Joel Ellis's vocals are awesome. This is a must have for any 80's melodic metal fan. I really love 'Turn It On' and 'Where Eagles Fly'. It's a shame that this one came out to late on the scene and there was never a sophmore effort from these guys.

From: meathook Date: January 23, 2006 at 10:26
What is the 'Subject to Change' that Chris is telling about?!? He says : 'Heavy Bones? I Think Subject To Change is much better.'

From: manicmurderdoll Date: April 25, 2006 at 23:56
I can't quit playing 'Turn It On', I'm a bit obsessed. That tune is so much better than 900f the drivel that was deemed successful. The whole album is good but this one song won't get out of my mind. I love it. I'll probably get flogged for saying this, but Heavy Bones was way better than Cats In Boots, as far as melodic rock goes. I like both bands but...Heavy Bones pops my rocks more.

From: sluss528 Date: June 5, 2006 at 9:48
this thing smokes, dont no how this got by me in 92! just spent some bucks on ebay for this and it was well worth it! has to be the best rock disc of 92. joel ellis sings his ass off on this. and what can you say about banali. this guy is one of the best rock drummers of all time imo. if you dont have this get it now because this bitch is getting hard to find! 9/10

From: metalguf Date: June 9, 2006 at 9:47
Turn it on is a very good song. I throught his album was very heavy, but is not heavy at all.I don't like his voice very much only in the song 'turn it on'. His voice is to gloomy.

From: z4roxx Date: August 19, 2006 at 12:13
Fantastic cd,the sleaze answer to Firehouse IMO with a grea singer and awesome moments here.Personally I consider'Turn it on'my fave here,I must say only there maybe some fillers but of an high quality anyway'.9,5/10

From: STAS Date: September 1, 2006 at 10:03

From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 22, 2007 at 21:46
Frankie Banali in it????...Great hard rock/Hair metal 4 sure!!!!.This album is a good one definetely and shamely they disbanded after it.

From: TangieTown Date: February 18, 2007 at 18:31
Yeah, it's a shame this group wasn't able to get a talented vocalist or at least a half-way horrible front man. I don't know how many drugs Joel Ellis was hoped up on at the time but it wasn't enough. Hopefully he will spare further public humiliation and at long last do the right thing for once in his life. He manages to bring down a talented and respected guitarist and drummer into his self-delusional impotent cacophony. [Quote] Can we resolve the past Lurking jaws, joints of time? The Base To

From: TangieTown Date: February 18, 2007 at 18:32
Can we resolve the past Lurking jaws, joints of time? The Base To come of age in a dry place Holes and caves. We live, we die & death not ends it Journey we more into the Nightmare Cling to life Our passion'd flower Cling to Cunts & cocks of despair We got our final vision by clap Columbus groin got filled w/green death (I touched her thigh & death smiled)

From: rallen399 Date: February 24, 2007 at 5:24
This is the best cd that nobody has heard about.This and Wildsides-Under the Influence.Gary Hoey is a monster rock guitarist and Joel Ellis really shines here much better than Cats In Boots,I didn't realize how good he was from just hearing CIB,and what else can you say about Frankie Banali on drums.My favs are 4 AM TM,The Light Of Day,Your Love Won't Let Me Down,Where The Living Is Easy,The Hand That Feeds,and Dead End St. all great rockers and Turn It On and Where Eagles Fly are great ballads.

From: Metal T Date: June 30, 2008 at 18:20
Well...despite the "fengwei" post above sending me into convulsions.I always liked Frankie's drumming and Gary's guitar on this disc.They'd later hook up on Gary's "Animal Instinct"."Fengwie" buddy don't ever let me catch you out.......

From: metalmastermusic Date: July 1, 2008 at 7:51
This may be one of the best albums to never get some play. Hoey is unbelievable on this album !! Joel Ellis, seems he was with another band called Cat N Boots maybe if I remember correctly and their first album rocked pretty well too. Anyway this album has a geat mix of rockers and ballads. Wish they had done more than one disc for sure. Grab this one up if you can find it. This is one of the most under-rated bands out there. 9.5/10

From: RageXIII Date: July 11, 2008 at 23:11
FourAM, Light of Day, Summers in the Rain, and especially Where the Livin Is Easy are my favorite tracks. I discovered this from listening to Cats N Boots, however, Where the Livin Is Easy is the only song that comes a little close to CNB music (IMO). A lot of people seem to like Turn It On, but it sounds like Def Leppard lite. Nothing wrong with that, just not my cup of tea. The 4 songs first mentioned make this cd worth buying.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 12, 2008 at 2:34
What exactly is a "4AM T.M.?" I hvae all sorts of ideas about what "T.M." might stand for, but ... anybody know?

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 12, 2008 at 2:34
What exactly is a "4AM T.M.?" I hvae all sorts of ideas about what "T.M." might stand for, but ... anybody know?

From: krisglam Date: October 18, 2008 at 12:43
Joel Ellis es un cantante excelente, aunque en Cats In Boots tiene menos melodia. kriss

From: ghettonation73 Date: December 14, 2008 at 8:31
T.M. Means The Morning. I Actually bought this cd because of the song "Turn It On."

From: True Believer Date: May 2, 2009 at 9:59
An absolute masterpiece, melodic, rich in arrangments, perfectly played. The chameleon-like voice of the singer is incredible. Summers In The Rain is a little bit similar to Warrant's "UncleTom's Cabin", "Turn It On" can be described by the sentence "Firehouse meets Def Leppard", but my personal favourite

From: True Believer Date: May 2, 2009 at 10:00
is the epic balad "Where Eagles Fly". The other ballads belong to the best in all genre. 10/10

From: happy2849 Date: November 2, 2010 at 17:32
Looked for this one for a long time, and as luck would have it, I found 2 of them in the same music store very cheap. Bought both of them. I'm keeping both in the event something would happen to one of them. One of my all-time favorites. You can't go wrong here!

From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 12, 2011 at 19:32
Very nice to chat with the great Frankie Banali on the facebook...kinda humble person...this album offers some great tracks,shamely the band lasted only 4 an album ..."The Hand That Feeds" is a great starter,"Turn It On" nice song with some AORish feel,"Dead End St" solid as a rock track,"The Light Of The Day" pretty one & "Where The Living Is Easy" ends the whole thing rocking and rolling real good /m/ ...86/100

From: shoemaker Date: May 6, 2011 at 11:00
Where Eagles Fly !!! Is the reason to buy this album.

From: Wardy Date: April 22, 2013 at 3:13
Buried by flannel but needlessly so, HeavyBones was another great outfit that could survived and indeed thrived in the 90's had they been given deserved support. This album is nothing short of magnificent. Was a gift on a whim back when released which paid dividends, the album chock full of quality. Faves remain TurnItOn (bettered anything Leppard attempted after Hysteria) TheLightOfDay (heavier and better than anything the 'popular' acts managed at the time) & WhereEaglesFly (should've been a hit too). Not many acts managed such diversity, Anna & BeatingHeart further examples... Hindsight being what it is, perhaps this was a tad ballad heavy, some of the heavier moments not as far reaching as the softer tunes perhaps more typical of the day, but a captivating album nonetheless. Band fired on all cylinders too Joel Ellis finding much more light and shade here, his vocals peaking with this release! In truth this was borderline classic and has aged well (super production helps!) Rating 9

From: CLOUD FORCE Date: November 30, 2013 at 8:51
absolute masterpiece!!to my ears sounds like a Dokken-esque Led zeppelin.Banali rocks and tipo notch line up!!

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