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Artist: Starz

Title: Violation

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Starz Violation Album Cover


Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1977

Label: Metal Blade

Catalog Number: 9 26559-2


Dube drums
Brenden Harkin guitars
Richie Ranno guitars
Peter Sweval bass
Lee Smith lead vocals


1.  Cherry Baby  
2.  Rock Six Times  
3.  Sing It, Shout It  
4.  Violation  
5.  Subway Terror  
6.  All Night Long  
7.  Cool One  
8.  S.T.E.A.D.Y.  
9.  Is that a Street Light or the Moon?  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Shadow Date: September 4, 2001 at 12:54
"I always liked STARZ, they had an oldschool Harmony beat to their Groove* 'AND' their lyrics Dirty*Bad*Boy! ALL THE WAY(often times got in trouble 'cause of their sleazy ways)...THEY WERE GREAT* Michael Lee SMITH, Richie RANNO, Joe X. DUBE', Brendan HARKINS, & Peter SWEVAL! Had ALL their LP'S...VIOLATION IS ONE OF THEIR VERY,VERY BEST 'Rock Six Times, Violation' totally kicks, Subway Terror-scary & MY FAV'song 3rd Times The Charms*from ATTENTION SHOPPERS & fav' LP is STARZ*COLISEUM ROCK!"

From: Gar Date: July 27, 2002 at 20:06
Solid album! Lots of good songs on this one. Especially like "Cherry Baby" and the title track. This band should have ben bigger.

From: Desert Rat Date: August 31, 2002 at 19:07
If you were the right age in 1977 and 1978, this band was all the rage, at least for a short time. They're worth a listen, either for old times sake or just to discover some good late 1970s rock. "Cherry Baby" was a hit and will evoke instant memories of the summer of 1977. The album kicks butt, especially the title track. Starz wasn't always this solid (the Attention Shoppers album was a misfire and Coliseum Rock just slick product), but on the Violation album the chemistry clicked, and the res

From: JIFFI ENEMY Date: September 3, 2002 at 23:32

From: freddy de keyze Date: September 9, 2002 at 7:44
Fantastic band, fantastic hardrock, fantastic songs. Bands as these are no longer made. This is class all written about it. Don't miss their first CD, it's even a better hardrock masterpiece. Simply superb !!!!!!

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From: Dan Date: November 11, 2003 at 1:42
I'm glad to hear that I wasn't the only one that thought this band kicked ass...and they should have been more successful, very over looked.

From: Sonic Mike Date: November 14, 2003 at 19:34
These guys were rock gods that deserved way more than they got. Richie Ranno is one of the purest, most underrated guitar players of all time. Pull the Plug, Too Much Monkey Business, Cherry Baby, and of course, Outfit...rock songs for the masses that missed the boat

From: AOR freaky Date: November 24, 2003 at 7:09
Fantastic seventies hardrock act ! And don't miss their debut ! Hardrock as it should be ! SUPERB !

From: Rockhead Date: April 16, 2004 at 7:55
The Legendary Starz released 4 official-this the 2nd is an awesome slice of 70's American hard rock that sounds truly awesome some 30 years later. Listen to this and see how the big boys do it. Sensational!!

From: Foe Vig Date: May 27, 2004 at 19:56
A real flashback to my tean years. Love the band. They are part of the history of great rock-n-roll.

From: Foe Vig Date: May 27, 2004 at 19:57
A real flashback to my teen years. Love the band. They are part of the history of great rock-n-roll.

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From: Jez Date: September 13, 2004 at 14:02
Another Re-issue iv'e just updated from vinyl, and my favourite Starz release of the 4. I remember playing to death my nice gold 7" single of 'Sing It, Shout It' at the time (still have it too). When i finally got the LP - Blew my tiny young mind. 'Violation' still sounds great today, and with the nice remastering job done to it, it is even better. Bloody Marvellous.

From: Nick C Date: December 24, 2004 at 7:51
Here I am stuck at work on Xmas Eve at 2 p.m. (U.K. time) finishing up all the work while everyone else is out having fun or whatever!!! Right now I'm wishing that I had a copy of this with me cause it would cheer me up no end!!!! Superb album from a brilliant brilliant band! I remember playing this over and over again years ago whilst building myself a bass guitar speaker cab!! Ho hum! Merry Xmas everyone !

From: Swriter Date: April 7, 2005 at 21:43
very cool to see the 4 remasters of the Starz catalog, Coloseum Rock is a masterpiece of hard rock/with an aor element but not listed here, great one, so, Violation is my second fav and probably the most aor Starz got. Cherry Baby and Sing it are in the top Starz tunes ever. good one but we still need to get C. Rock listed!!!

From: AOR freaky Date: April 8, 2005 at 3:54
Fantastic CD from a fantastic band ! I only like the debut a bit more ! And to be honest : the first three records are killers, the fourth is rather crap, I'm afraid, and it hurts me to say so !

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From: Jez Date: April 8, 2005 at 4:24
Freaky - Just wondering - do you mean 'Attention Shoppers' (3rd album) is crap or 'Coliseum Rock' (4th album). If it's 'Attentioin Shoppers' then i do think that is their worst album by a mile, while 'Coliseum Rock' was a welcome return to form.

From: Rockhead Date: April 8, 2005 at 7:13
Starz not becoming huge is one of the great mysteries of our time. In honesty ALL there albums are worthy but I agree with Jez Attention Shoppers is the weakest. However it still contains 5 great tracks IMO and along with Angel and The Godz they still get regularly played on my stereo. This Cd is simply awesome and should have sold gazzillions-Glad to see a remastered series at affordable prices.

From: swriter Date: November 23, 2005 at 17:14
what a great album this is, although C.Rock(catchier and the most aor type Starz) is a bit stronger for me, this is a great one, Cherry, Sing, Violation, not sure why the band never broke much, why isn't CRock on here??? great band!!! and the Remasters r out!!!!

From: CLUTCH Date: October 5, 2007 at 23:25
Classic rock of the best kind. This band should be one of the cornerstones on which all rock collections are built. Gritty and glamorous, loud and catchy all at the same time. My favorite of the catalog but all are soild balls of rock. 30 years later and still knocking dicks in the dirt.

From: StarChildBlade Date: June 23, 2011 at 20:07
The non-Kiss DESTROYER record.....this is a fucking fantastic testament to the altar of rock and fucking roll!

From: Reverend Mayhem Date: January 25, 2014 at 17:18
This second album began Starz' infusion of the pop touches that would eventually take over and ruin the band. But here the sweetening is only a surface factor, because beneath the Raspberry-like sonics, "Violation" is actually a veiled concept album about a delinquent youth running amok in a "Clockwork Orange"-type post-war future where a totalitarian Committee has outlawed rock music and uses an "electro-shock" S.T.E.A.D.Y. method to maintain a compliant populace. Don't believe me? Listen closely to the lyrics and put it all together -- or don't, and simply enjoy the tunes for what they are: nuggets of well-crafted, pop-infused '70s Rawk. It weakens after the title track, devolving through the goofy '50s-ish "Cool One" and the awful "Is That A Streetlight" finale, but it's worth it for the terrific first half alone. "Cherry Baby" is pure pop class, "Sing It, Shout It" a fantastic singalong chorus with jazzy verses. It was all downhill from here, so pick this one up, amigos. 85 / 100

From: rick kerch vzla Date: October 7, 2018 at 21:39
A bit weaker than the debut IMHO...tracks # 1,3,6,7 & 8 are the ones i picked up outta the release.70/100 :-)

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