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Artist: Roko

Title: Roko

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Roko Roko Album Cover

 

Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1990

Label: Polydor (Germany)

Catalog Number: 843 353-2

Personnel

Roko Kohlmeyer lead vocals, guitar
Jurgen Beitel keyboards
Ricky Lee drums
Andre Pasquier bass
Marc Bugnard guitar

Tracks

1.  One Night Stand  4:28
2.  Jane  4:06  Cover: Jefferson Starship
3.  Satisfaction  4:00
4.  Could You Be My Love  4:33
5.  Take It Easy  4:12
6.  Burnin' Hearts  4:12
7.  Don't Turn Around  3:57
8.  Fantasy  4:52
9.  Looking For Love  4:20
10.  All Over Now  3:42
11.  On My Way  4:05
12.  Why Won't You  4:14
13.  Hold On  4:10
  
Total Running Time:  54:51

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Edwin Date: January 1, 2002 at 10:19
this is a classic much in the likes of the brilliant 1986 Craaft debut. ROKO himself is now known for his excellent production work for acts like Vanden Plas. This album however is a must have for fans of good melodic rock. AAA++++

From: federico Date: February 5, 2002 at 7:43
A great album. Straight melodic hard rock. Strong riffs, egaging chorus. the voice remind me Darren Wharton(Dare). I remember the video of 'One night stand' saw on Headbanger's ball long ago.

From: TIM Date: April 15, 2002 at 6:20
Awesome album! A must have for the melodic metal fans.

From: Scott Date: July 25, 2002 at 1:56
TOP notch melodic/rock, with killer guitar riffs, awesome keyboards, and strong back-up vox. A MUST!!! Empty the piggy bank and buy this CD!!! Collecting for 18 years...

From: David Date: July 25, 2002 at 1:59
Hey Scott, What's their second album like?

From: Scott Date: August 10, 2002 at 1:48
David... The 2nd album, Open Invitation, is right on par with the first (never mind the 5.5 rating on this site! That's insane!). If you don't have that one yet, then empty your kid's piggy bank and buy it!! I'm working on getting the 3rd, Think About Tomorrow. The 4th release, Fantasy, is a departure... more of an AOR solo effort by Kohlmeyer. Stay metal!!

From: robert Date: October 23, 2002 at 10:10
Vaya tema el one night stand!! por favor todos asi!!jjj

From: Jay Date: November 2, 2002 at 9:18
Not being a fan of Euro Melodic metal I must say that this CD is really good!!! It doesn't get as sticky as some Casanova or Pink Cream 69 stuff, If you like Melodic metal then buy this, its great

From: koogles Date: November 16, 2002 at 9:44
One of those CDs where the middle tracks (#6-9) are the most impressive. I even hear a bit of Tony Harnell in Roko's voice at times. All in all, this adds up to a fine release. If you like TNT, Bonfire, Red Dawn etc. check this one out!

From: DP Date: December 13, 2002 at 17:32
Dug this CD out recently when having a clear out at home. Played it just once and instantly got into it again. Good, melodic, catchy rock which will never lose its appeal.

From: TheRipper Date: August 4, 2003 at 19:11
German Melodic Rock at its best, still dig this one. Great stuff, check it out if you haven't already, a must really.

From: Magnus Date: September 7, 2003 at 8:11
A must have!!

From: TYNO / BRAZIL Date: October 20, 2003 at 10:07
EVERYTHING GOOD SAID ABOUT THIS ALBUM IS TRUE AND I INCLUDE MYSELF ON THE LIST. SUPERB STUFF FROM THIS BAND.

From: Border Rat Date: November 29, 2003 at 8:45
I bought this in 1990 when it was first released.This is still one of my favourite CDS in my collection. I hope some record company like MTM re release the CDS from this sadly missed band.The cd has a good balance of rockers and ballads.One night stand and Jane are outstanding tracks.5 out of 5.

From: cherokee1975 Date: March 5, 2004 at 7:12
Increible banda alemana de Hard Rock Melódico, buena voz, buenas guitarras, y vamos bueno de todo, para mí un 11 sobre 10. A ver si vuelven otra vez y disfrutamos todos de Roko otra vez. Muy buena 'Hot nights in Africa', y 'One night stand', y balada romántica 'Could you be my love', saludos a todos!

From: rocky Date: April 13, 2004 at 9:18
just bought this from Schmankerl records for 40 euro, it is absolutely worth every penny.........get it there if you don`t have it already.

From: Rycheage Date: June 21, 2004 at 23:00
In my opinion, this rates as one of the best German AOR/melodic rock albums of the era. It's got everything really .. power, melody, songs, and a red hot production. The pomp powerhouses of 'Take It Easy' and the immense 'Looking For Love', the rather AOR radio friendly 'Burnin' Hearts' and 'Fantasy', the subtle intensity of 'Don't Turn Around' and two magical ballads in the form of 'Could You Be My Love' and the awesome 'Hold On'. The choruses on both of these are KILLER!!!!! Get this NOW!!

From: TIM (2) Date: July 2, 2004 at 12:54
If you like early Bonfire or Craaft or No Credit or Fair Warning's debut then you're really missing something if you don't have this. The ballads are incredible, and only 'Satisfaction' is anywhere near a filler track. 'Open Invitation' is pretty good, and worth having too, but do not miss this. 9.5/10.

From: Rocker76 Date: July 2, 2004 at 14:46
Hey Tim, how do Roko compare to bands like Bonfire, 220 Volt, Treat, Dalton, Europe, etc?

From: TIM (2) Date: July 5, 2004 at 4:42
Hey Rocker76, they're probably a touch heavier than some of those bands, except 220 Volt (who I really don't like anyway). Seeing as you love Bonfire I'd be very surprised if you don't like this, it really isn't a million miles from 'Fireworks'. The vocals are a touch heavier on the accent, but otherwise is fairly similar. Of those you mentioned, probably Dalton's 'Injection' is the best comparitor...

From: TIM (2) Date: July 5, 2004 at 4:44
p.s. As a Bonfire fan, make sure you get the first (at least) Casanova album, is in a similar vein to the 2nd and 3rd Bonfire albums (although not quite as good). Their later albums are pretty decent too, but the first is essential.

From: Rocker76 Date: July 6, 2004 at 14:22
Thanks for the info Tim! I have Casanova's 'One Night Stand' album (great stuff) and have heard similar raves about their debut. This Roko album sounds like it's right up my alley. I'll definitely keep an eye out for both of them...thanks again!

From: Cafru Date: August 9, 2004 at 0:42
Hold On..... what a great ballad man, great album, great voice.....

From: Geoff Date: September 22, 2004 at 18:37
Skimming through the comments I saw Koogles mention tracks 6-9 is where it picks up and I was going to say myself that the album doesn't really kick in until track 6. From there on it's quite impressive, but I much prefer the album that came next. I expected a lot but would be lying if I said I wasn't let down a little. Good solid melodic hard rock, but not the best ever.

From: ashen_light Date: December 31, 2004 at 8:59
Excellent debut!!!

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: February 19, 2005 at 19:51
Yeah Other great album of Hard melodico/AOR, compare to Bonfire or Dalton(not so good like this but is a great band) is well, All album have good songs, i don't have fav song in this case, a complete album. Si otro muy buen album, similares a Dalton(no tan bueno como este) o bonfire por ejemplo. Temas todos buenos, eso si no encuentro 1 o 2 temas que sobresalgan del resto, que casi siempre encuentro en un buen album, caso de Dalton por ejemplo. Pero realmente recomendado 100%. Un clasico para mi

From: GlenRavine Date: March 21, 2005 at 15:29
Not bad - I guess was expecting more - from all the positive feedback. Enjoyable but noting really special.

From: z4roxx Date: March 22, 2005 at 14:27
ahahahaha not bad??ahahahaha!!Write me some cd better of this one please....

From: Kim HP Date: June 7, 2005 at 10:25
This is indeed a good melodic hard rock album, BUT... the thing that bothers me is that many of these songs (particurarly in the second half of the CD) sounds far too "samey". Choruses, song structures etc... a little more variation could not have hurted. A shame, since the band have a lot of potential. Still, as mentioned previously, this is a good CD and recommended if you like Bonfire, Craaft and bands in that vein.

From: ROBERT Date: June 7, 2005 at 10:37
Muy Bueno el primer tema como dije anteriorment, no os lo perdais, es una pasada el tema en si: One Night Stand Alucinante Hard Rock Super Melodico!! Saludos From Barcelona!!

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: June 7, 2005 at 23:22
Queee como pude cometer el error de decir que no hay temas que sobresalen, acaso Looking For Love no es la mas completa y magistral del disco IMO y Take It Easy no es la que tiene la inyeccion de teclados de otro mundo sin duda mis 2 favoritas y claro One Night Stand, Don't Turn Around y On My Way son los otros cortes que siguen a este par de Temazos. un saludo a todos los hermanos del AOR y el Rock Melodico.

From: Swazi Date: March 8, 2006 at 17:23
No need to repeat what has already been said above. But: this CD rocks !!

From: rene Date: March 18, 2006 at 15:19
My fave song on this album is SATISFACTION. Very good song that sound very much like AXXIS (from their debut album), nearly melodic heavy metal. The rest of the album is good too but that is my fave ROKO song ever.

From: SangreAzulForever Date: June 28, 2006 at 10:38
No he escuchado los últimos discos, pero los dos primeros me parecen simplemente geniales: buenas melodías, buenas guitarras, excelente producción... 9/10

From: metalizzer Date: May 3, 2007 at 20:49
another shity album , in the vein of fair warning, casanova (let´s simply say the school of bonfire, tnt, etc...) why do you guys keep on saying that this is jewels!! bull shit! the most you can say is that they´re.... (fuck i don´t know.. i always think of :shit) the drums are so basic , the guitars are similar, no bass, and the vocals are german trying to sing in english. i don´t know what is heppening with your ears........but try to clean them,... at least once a month!!!

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: May 8, 2007 at 10:06
shity album? Fair Warning no problem but Casanova or Roko specially 2 first albums shity?? hahaha

From: Heavy.AOR Date: May 8, 2007 at 14:05
metalizzer:you really idiot you love metal go to BrutalMetal site or shut the fu....up idiot.10/10

From: metalizzer Date: May 8, 2007 at 20:06
why don´t you 2 idiots join your shit music and eat each other listening casanova and roko ballads. that would be very matcho/rocker isn´t it haevy.aor?

From: Heavy.AOR Date: May 8, 2007 at 22:52
metalizzer:i dont know why i not kill you you is a one of the best specialist in this music.

From: z4roxx Date: May 9, 2007 at 5:00
Metalizzer,I would your comment about the greatest Us death metal bands in the start of 90's such as Suffocation,Gorguts,Disincarnate,Nocturnus,Immolation,Monstrosity,Vital Remains,Cannibal Corpse,Necrophagia etc..or european answer like Entombed,Carcass,Dismember,Crematory(SWE),Pestilence,Gorefest,Massacra,Loudblast,Absorbed,Edge of Sanity,Vader,Excruciate,Epitaph(SWE),Mordicus ect..It's"holy"or real shit for you?Just curiosity,bands like them are GODZ for me like some bands of this site,too!!!

From: z4roxx Date: May 9, 2007 at 5:00
Metalizzer,I would your comment about the greatest Us death metal bands in the start of 90's such as Suffocation,Gorguts,Disincarnate,Nocturnus,Immolation,Monstrosity,Vital Remains,Cannibal Corpse,Necrophagia etc..or european answer like Entombed,Carcass,Dismember,Crematory(SWE),Pestilence,Gorefest,Massacra,Loudblast,Absorbed,Edge of Sanity,Vader,Excruciate,Epitaph(SWE),Mordicus ect..It's"holy"or real shit for you?Just curiosity,bands like them are GODZ for me like some bands of this site,too!!!

From: metalizzer Date: May 9, 2007 at 10:09
my friend as i said i don´t have godz,that´s not my type of music, i know some stuff of some of these bands . in they´re gener they are very good. specily carcass in grindcore. but let´s call it off and stop this non-sence shit you guys like what you like and i like what i like.

From: z4roxx Date: May 14, 2007 at 12:43
Hey metalizzer,I would know your personal fave bands(if exist)and your age,you've spoken about 50/60's period,are you older or it's your fave music period?BTW first 2 Carcass discs are considered cult in gore/grind scene,their 3rd and 4th releases were among the most original and personal death metal new sound-approach,the last one"swansong"was an excellent way of how to play death'n roll..I would find some more extreme metal stuff here'cause on"metal-archives"you can find lots of melodick bands

From: erik Date: June 9, 2007 at 8:03
Finally got this (orginal) cd. This is truly one hell of a cd. Similar to another favorite of mine Coracko. Both brilliant albums. Love this kinda stuff. 13 songs that rock from start to finish. Cant want much more. 9,5/10

From: metalhead4life Date: September 4, 2007 at 21:25
Big sounding hard rocker; produced pretty well; catchy songs with a hard edge; Roko's voice is pretty good also; has a higher range; pretty good musicians all around; disc is satisfying if you're in to 80's catchy hard rock with keys and plenty of hooks; Could You Be My Love and Burning Hearts are my 2 favorties from the disc; some other good songs too; 13 catchy melodic hard rockers - the majority of which are pretty good; I would say though you can get bored with a few. 78/100

From: cesar Date: December 6, 2007 at 19:06
con escuchar "all over now" está todo dicho, una puta joya

From: hernanHRM/AOR Date: January 7, 2009 at 16:52
Great Album of Rocko is Killer Killer!!

From: sandro cro Date: June 10, 2009 at 8:14
after this album,u must feel happy-great melodies,i call this romantic passionate melodic hard rock,kick ass album

From: 123charpenay Date: January 5, 2010 at 14:03
super class hard fm album.no fillers only killers.super singer super guitarist super songs varied.absoluty total pleasure start to end.production by bob marlette excatly the same than his production on steve thomson.the best roko album without a doubt!!!!

From: Delbert Date: January 6, 2010 at 12:16
Looks like the overwhelming majority like what they hear here. Chalk me up as well.....What you get is very good kick-a** hard rock in the vein of VICE meets BONFIRE with the addition of keyboardist Jurgen Beitel. You get some great guitar riffing and backup vocals which add to the total package. Just guessing, but anyone who is turned off by this album must not really be a melodic rock devotee.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 26, 2011 at 22:00
I remember seeing Roko live as a support act(if my memory does not fail)to Helloween(they had just edited this debut album)...the previous band Roko Kohlmeyer had,JOJO,didn't help him at that time mainly because of the different music direction(JOJO was more into the Hi Tech AOR side)and many of the expectators that assited and dind't know this new act thought probably Roko was in the same line as JOJO..so many expectators were drinking beers in the hall of the Hammesmith Odeon...kinda funny anecdot ...anyway talking about this album,well it has great songs IMO...my favorites are the ones that are more into the AOR territory("Burnin' Hearts","Don't Turn Around","Fantasy","Looking For Love" & "On My Way")plus the extra goodie ones "One Night Stand","Jane"(nice J.S. cover),"Satisfaction" & "Take It Easy"(these last 2 songs rock!) & "Hold On"(nice ballad)...anyway a matter of tastes but for me this debut album smokes!!!...recommended...93/100

From: Hysteria87 Date: June 5, 2011 at 11:01
Excellent cd,worth owning for the opening salvo of "one night stand" & great cover of "jane" alone...oh and big ballad "could you be my love" top stuff 86/100

From: halfordhughes Date: November 11, 2011 at 19:35
good songs....and very good singer...

From: 123charpenay Date: November 12, 2014 at 13:59
what a great record!13 killer songs absoluty no fillers at the horizon.all songs will hooked you immediatly cause all have some irresistibles choruses .big sound ,big guitars and some very smart keyboards which are placed exactly at the good place.i can add that mr roko kolhmeyer is a real excellent singer.roko kolhmeyer is the brain of the band cause so he play guitars and have writing all the songs (except jane of course)(superb cover).this jewel is a masterpiece essential in all serious melodic hard rock collection.i ve never find this album in japan import cause each time the price is totally crazy for this exceptionnal raritie.

From: hair metal again Date: June 3, 2018 at 6:44
very good debut for ROKO in the early 90 s ,with a perfect commercial hard rock sound &production and many good songs without being great though!the musicianship is excellent ,but i cant find any really big songs that could make impact!"on my way","take it easy","burnin hearts" are the highlights and i d say that this one wont dispoint anyone!


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