First Stop [UK Import] (Remastered Deluxe Collectors Edition)
Rock Candy 0397713.2
Released on June 22, 2018
Digitally remastered edition of one of the greatest and most requested AOR albums of the '80s. Includes 12 page full color booklet with 4,000 word essay, enhanced artwork, new photos and new Interviews. The road to fame and fortune is littered with fallen heroes, musicians that just couldn't get a shot at the big time, languishing in the shadows, forgotten and broken by a fickle turn of fate. Many of these artists came very close to realizing their dream but were let down by circumstances that were entirely out of their control. Shelter worked so hard to score a major label record deal, but this scenario was exactly what happened to them, and the band's sole album was totally ignored. Signed to the Polydor label, this classy East Coast outfit were signed via a production deal with the owner of the famous Hit Factory recording studio in Manhattan. It was, for a short moment in time, a dream come true. The band had and impressive style, like a knock out combination of Foreigner and Survivor. Issued in 1982, First Stop showcased a sound that was fast becoming the biggest thing on US radio, and Shelter appeared to be act that could step up to the plate and easily knock it out of the park. Sadly, that was not to be. The album was released with virtually no marketing or publicity, crash landing with the muted fizzle of a damp firework. Unbeknownst to them, however, import copies made their way to Europe, generating a seed of appreciation that, tragically, in the pre-internet age, could not be capitalized on. Eventually, the band split up, but their music lives on; tracks such as 'On The Line', 'Tricks' and 'Who Do You Love' resonate with pure spit and Polish. And Listen out for ex-Steeplechase frontman Joe Lamonte's hugely impressive vocals.