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Artist: Shy

Title: Welcome to the Madhouse

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Shy Welcome to the Madhouse Album Cover Shy Welcome to the Madhouse Album Cover


Category: Melodic Metal

Year: 1994

Label: Vertigo (Japan)

Catalog Number: PHCR-1267


Roy Davis bass
Steve Harris guitar
Paddy McKenna keyboards
Wardi lead and backing vocals
Alan Kelly drums, backing vocals


1.  Parasite  
2.  Crazy Crazy  
3.  It's Only Rock 'N Roll  
4.  Tonight You're Mine  
5.  Girls Like You  
6.  Angel  
7.  Don't Know Why I Love You  
8.  Who Do You Think You Are?  
9.  Somebody  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Great Dane Date: January 7, 2003 at 16:40
Just found this one at a sale, 1 USD. brand new and sealed. Its really good. Thick and powerful production. Good tracks and a killer cover of R.Stones Its only RnR.

From: Great Dane Date: January 7, 2003 at 16:42
A question: I once had a Vinyl album by a band called Marseille. Does anyone remember them.????? I think they released two albums. Just around the time when Def Leppard started. Does anyone know if those albums were ever released on CD. ?????

From: Great Dane Date: January 7, 2003 at 16:43
Also: I used to have a vinyl album by a french singer called Stevie. She had Bob and Bruce Kulick + M.Bolton helping her out. Is that out on CD.??? It was awesome.

From: Great Dane Date: January 7, 2003 at 16:55
Ive listened to this one a few times now. ITS a superb cd. Id give it 9,5/10. If this had been released in 1989 it would have been a smash.

From: David Date: April 29, 2003 at 1:53
Very Good cd!, they sound like a direct cross between Brinty Fox and Cinderella. Awesome stuff!, this cd has a real very late 80's/early 90's party hard rock feel to it and I agree with Great Dane on that if this cd was released in '89 they would have been a huge hit. The only problem I have with this cd is that the production is lacking slightly, but I'm usually fussy with production, so it shouldn't cause any problem with most of the rock heads out there. I can't wait to hear their first cd.

From: koogles Date: April 30, 2003 at 17:59
What a head-ripper-off-er!! This isn't the Tony Mills version of Shy, but a different animal altogether. Don't expect soaring high vocals but more of a party rock sound closer to Y&T or Sleeze Beez's 'Powertool'. MASSIVE production to boot and wait till you hear 'Crazy Crazy' & 'Girls Like You'!! Holy crap-my-pants... I thought this band would be nothing without Tony Mills. Boy was I wrong! This is a must-have. It will take you a few seconds to adjust to the different style, but not much longer.

From: the man Date: June 2, 2003 at 14:47
this is absolutely one of SHY`s best records...along with 'excess', and 'unfinished business'.a must for all who loves melodic hard rock.

From: Scandinavia Date: August 24, 2003 at 10:53
Just got this one but with a differnt cover plus 13 tracks...Hmmm What version is that??? Great hardrock though...Too little diversity I guess...But anyway it should have had more attention...

From: vandervelde Date: September 26, 2003 at 18:47
I like Terry Mills ver much but i think this version of SHY is at least equal.......Wardi is great singer....anybody knows his real name or diffrent records....?? I have version with 12 songs and same cover as here...

From: tinlizzie Date: October 14, 2003 at 9:04
How can anybody compare this album to original Shy??? Shy were Tony Mills' vocals, and hardly anything but a good backing band, I've seen them live numerous times in the 80's, supporting Gary Moore, when he was still rocking, and my vote goes for Original SHY

From: CC Date: December 2, 2003 at 23:04
Scandinavia,this album was re-released a few years ago with a new cover and a few live tracks tacked on the end,that is probably the version you have. This is the best album Twisted Sister never made!

From: Scandinavia Date: December 3, 2003 at 10:29
Thanx! But where the hell do you hear the Twisted Sister influences??? Just because both bands did a cover of 'It's only R'n'R' doesn't necessary make them similar sounding...Or what??

From: robert Date: December 3, 2003 at 19:33
Este me falta!! Ta guapo?

From: MJ Date: December 3, 2003 at 20:56
This was my first SHY album and I LOVE it from start to finish! To tell the truth, when I got the other SHY releases, I was SO disappointed....I was expecting the same raspy voice, and it wasn't. Guess it pays to read the line up, eh?? This one is by far my favorite. If anyone has any further information on Wardi, I would love to hear it!

From: ROB GARCIA Date: January 29, 2004 at 13:53
english band playing american hard rock!...aint that funny? but... hang on! this really kicks some serious ass,great hooks & excellent production makes this cd a real winner!!.

From: Shy-england.4t. Date: April 6, 2004 at 14:27
Shy official website. If you like SHY check out www.shy-england.4t.com for everything Shy, don't forget www.shy-england.4t.com

From: Geoff Date: September 6, 2004 at 2:01
I'm glad I don't have this cover! Looks like a Tigertailz album! This, however, is huge melodic hard rock. Much heavier than previous Shy, but such an awesome sound. I like the majority of the songs on this one and rate it very high. Huge hooks, awesome songs. Great stuff!

From: Richard U.K. Date: January 9, 2005 at 12:37
Welcome To The Madhouse - is definately one of SHY's best albums But almost a different band. Changing vocalist with such a different voice does this and there was a change of writing approach. I love Tony Mills - SHY - but in it's own right this album is just full of great tunes and a great production by Neil Kernon (Excess All Areas). Okay this isn't classic SHY - but it is one of the most consistent/excellent albums I've heard - Wardi kicks ass in a more rock n roll style and if you haven't s

From: Richard U.K. Date: January 9, 2005 at 12:42
Welcome To The Madhouse - 3 versions available - Original U.K. rtelease (Purple clown cover) , Japanese version - Nipon Phonogram (rare) - only 9 tracks - unusual for Japanese release as they normally have at least one bonus track, and the re-release through Pheonix Records - with 2 extra live tracks - Money & It's Only Rock N Roll. check out my website for SHY , AOROCK.com for more details about this album.

From: z4roxx Date: January 10, 2005 at 20:30
Hey!"welcome to the madhouse"is not the best Shy album but it's one of the best hard rock/glam releases ever heard!!but it's too far from the Shy's kind of music..The Shy's masterpiece is"excess all areas",maybe one of the best cd ever heard before!!By the way,the original press of this cd is "Granite records"I think....

From: Deenfan Date: January 19, 2005 at 2:57
A few bands have lost their charismatic singer and got away with it. Marillion, because H too is charismatic, and a better singer than Fish by most definitions. Van Halen, because Sammy Hagar crushes Dave in every aspect but the clownery. But Shy has this problem: They don't come any better than Mills. Comparing personalities is difficult, but they rarely, if ever, come any better than Mills. When the music can be compared to Sleeze Beez instead of Journey and Foreigner... It doesn't sound good.

From: MAURICIO Date: January 29, 2005 at 16:18
hi-from COSTARICA.muy buen disco de estos SHY con otro cantante y sin TONY MILLS.sin duda,esta muy bien esa vuelta TRIUNFAL 8.6 COMPRALO

From: AdryA [Hungary] Date: February 6, 2005 at 7:29
Where is the previous singer with that extremely clear voice??? Not bad music, but it's not what I've expected from Shy. ("Everybody wants some" is almost a copy of a Danger Danger song with the same title... As I see it must be a bonus track because I can't find it in the track list above...)

From: AdryA [Hungary] Date: February 6, 2005 at 7:34
Sorry, the song I thought of was "Everybody", but the Danger Danger song I mentioned was "Everybody wants some"...

From: JUAN SG Date: April 10, 2005 at 21:35
Tengo q decirte ROBERT,q si,q esta wapo wapo este "WELCOME TO THE MADHOUSE".De entrada un sonido mas compacto y potente,donde las guitarras suenan mas pesadas,conjugando perfectamente con la desgarrada voz de WARDI,y contrastando con sus clasicos teclados y pegadizas melodias.En general buenos temas de principio a fin,desde la cañera y pegadiza "CRAZY CRAZY",a "DON´T KNOW WHY I LOVE YOU" o la preciosa "TONIGHT YOU´RE MINE".Un disco diferente al resto de su discografia.9-10.ALTAMENTE RECOMENDABLE

From: JUAN SG Date: April 10, 2005 at 21:49
Insisto en mi comentario del disco en directo de SHY....DONDE ESTA EL "MISSPENT YOUTH" ???????? Es un disco lo suficientemente bueno como para haberse olvidado de el!!!,...tendria q estar justo antes q este!!...mi favorito con permiso de "EXCESS ALL AREAS"

From: JUAN SG Date: April 10, 2005 at 22:47
Solo aclarar de "WELCOME TO THE MADHOUSE" q cuando digo...altamente recomendable me refiero al disco como tal, sin ponerle etiquetas, no para los fieles seguidores de SHY porque no suena a los SHY de siempre, sino mas bien un poco GLAMMY y muy "HARD-ROCK". Solo hay q escuchar el pedazo de version del "IT´S ONLY ROCK´N´ROLL" de los ROLLING STONES, que se marcan. Tremendo.

From: Sergio Date: April 11, 2005 at 9:31
JUAN SG: vas a encontrar MISSPENT YOUTH en SHY ENGLAND (ese es el nombre que adoptaron para este lanzamiento)

From: Randy Date: November 9, 2005 at 17:00
LOL @ CC ... that was funny cp'n! I'll probably get rocks thrwon at me for not being a Shy purist, but I like this CD the best of all of them ...*ducks*... they should've kept Wardi.

From: Mediaab Date: February 25, 2006 at 10:54
Yes, this is not the same Shy sound as on Excess all areas, but nevertheless it's a killer album! Production is once again super (after the disappointing Misspent youth whose fantastic songs! Roy Thomas Baker destroyed with a terrible mix!) and the songs are really cool. Great album for sure. Drums sound awesome! Together with Excess all areas and Unfinished business, this is the best recording Shy ever made! Highly recommended.

From: juan carlos Date: April 22, 2006 at 0:22
Buenísima produccion, buenos coros, un buen cantante a lo Tom Keifer y por momentos recuerda a Jon Oliva(en tonight your mine). Buenísima version del clásico de los Stones. Hardrock party al cien por cien! me quedo con la 3,4 y 5. bueno. 8/10

From: Metal T Date: May 1, 2006 at 15:51
Never had a big interest in this band....However,John "Wardi" Ward (Oliver Dawson Saxon) makes an otherwise dull band and dull album sound pretty d*mn good.(They F'd up letting him get away)Sounds a h*ll of a lot better than their last singer who sang like he had a clamp on his testicles .Always hated the Stones' but the cover sounds good with John on vox.The ODS stuff he did is without a doubt-highly recommended .

From: Remastered Reason Date: March 15, 2007 at 20:00
Man, get the ripped jeans on, put the dice on the mirror, fuel up the Firebird & rock on down the highway with the speakers blasting out this killer hair metal.

From: Lovedrive Date: June 28, 2007 at 12:05
Me encanta este disco, Crazy Crazy, It's only rock n' roll.. lo más vacilón y rockero que ha sacado SHY

From: poser forever Date: January 8, 2010 at 15:22
wow!! great stuff by the shy guys even without tony mills. man, i would call it their best to date! they americanised their sound and the result is a great melodic up tempo hard rock. a big surprise. excellent!!

From: rick kerch vzla Date: July 20, 2010 at 21:54
For the sake of Shy this shouldn't have been recorded under that name because honestly Shy is not Shy without Tony Mills(that's my personal opinion) but let me tell you this guys,this album is simple a KILLERRRR ALBUMMM!!!...Wardi is a hell of a singer!!!and all the songs of the album are simple amazing!!!(this case reminded me of Accept with that famous "Eat The Heat",i mean,new singer,not being the original ones(Tony Mills in Shy/Udo in Accept) but doing a great job-in Accept's case was david Reece)anyway..."Parasite" simply rocks brutally,"Crazy Crazy" is just about the same,"It's Only Rock 'n' Roll" is way 2 cool,"Tonight You're Mine" is a solid ballad,"Girls Like You" has a catchy chorus,"Angel" rocks 2,"Don't Know Why I Love You" is raunchy Rock'n' Roll ala The Quireboys,"Who Do You Think You Are" is ala Warrant kinda stuff and "Somebody" closes in a rocky and catchy way...great album indeed!!!.100/100.

From: hair metal again Date: January 30, 2014 at 4:14
excellent release by SHY which i bought back in the day !the mighty Neil Kernon in production does a great job and SHY achieve their best ever sound and approach!this is as commercial as it can be and the songs are great too!"tonight you re mine" is a piece of art and "crazy,crazy","what would your daddy do" ,"girls like you" and "somebody" great rockers!essential in every collection

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