Girder Records have announced the reissue of Shout’s debut album “It Won’t Be Long + 4 Song Demo.” The album was originally released in 1988 via Frontline Records.
* Features original Shout demo (4-Songs) 1986.
* AOR Melodic Hard Rock/Metal with Blazing Guitars and Huge Vocals
* 2019 Jewel Case Release
* 8 Page Booklet Full of History, Photos and Lyrics
* Re-mastered by Rob Colwell at Bombworks Sound
* Pre-Order releases in Feb.
Read more about the DEMO below.
Shout was a 80’s metal band formed by Ken Tamplin and Chuck King. Shout’s first album “It Won’t Be Long” was released in 1988 with their sophomore follow-up “In Your Face” releasing in 1989.
Both of these albums have been completely re-mastered by Rob Colwell of Bombworks Sound and come with song lyrics, in depth band insights provided by Chuck King and Ken Tamplin in these handsome 8 page booklet jewel case re-issues.
The stories the Ken and Chuck share are nothing short of amazing and explain the miracle that almost never was, stories from the road as well as photos and even some surprises which we are not announcing quite yet, but will soon.
In 1987 Chuck was playing with the band Idle Cure but looking for more of a permanent role in music and simply trying to find the right path. Ken Tamplin was a guitarist in the band Joshua and was himself wanting to try something new. Shout was born.
Shout signed a deal with Frontline Records in 1987, after submitting a 3 song demo to Frontline and went on to record their first album, “It’s Won’t Be Long”. It was recorded with session musicians including Lanny Cordola (Magdalen), Marty Friedman (Megadeth) and Michael Angelo (Nitro) but soon after recruited the bassist Loren Robinson and drummer Joseph Galletta from his former band Joshua.
Tamplin and King made quite the duo and were able to not only put together amazing harmonies, but had the screaming guitar hooks and vocal chops that rival some of the biggest bands of the day. Shout commanded immense and almost instant respect from the growing mainstream metal community the second “It Won’t Be Long” hit the market. Very few bands even came close to touching this masterpiece. Shout focused its efforts on music quality, something that the Christian rock fans were really clamoring for. Too many bands of that era focused 90% on ministry and 10% on music. Shout had no interest living ministry behind, but new that the industry needed top quality musicianship. The Encyclopedia of Christian Music cites them as begin even more competent than Stryper.
“It Won’t Be Long” begins with the fast paced Never Stop that includes one of the best bridges you’ll ever find on an album. Winners and Loser, the 2nd song was an anthem that took fans by surprised. It included over the top melodies and fist-pumping onslaught of drums and duo-guitar work. But when the title track It Won’t Be Long starts off, you find out that this album is going to have one hit after another, with power metal anthems through-out and one of the best front-to-back run of songs of any album to come out of the 80’s. The song Shout summed it all up with it lyrics “Shout it out, never let it take you down. Shout it out, livin’s what it’s all about.”
The much anticipated follow-up “In Your Face” sold in excess of 40,000 copies within the first month of its release and was exactly what it states, loud and in your face. The title track IN YOUR FACE won a dove award for hard music song in 1990. Every track in the album is strong, leaving nothing held back. Flying guitar work at its best.
Ken Tamplin, Chuck King and I (Greg) worked long and hard to not only locate the original demo but get it transferred off of 1/4 tape and added to the release, but we did it and you are going to FLIP YOUR LID when you hear these 4 songs.
Timeless Love (Demo)
Find a Way (Demo)
Without You (Demo)
We will be adding the Demo to Shout – It Won’t Be Long. This almost didn’t happen. Chuck thought he had the demo on a 24 track 2″ reel-to-reel however after sending it in to be baked (a precess necessary on old original reel-to-reel tapes before you pull off the audio) we found out that it wasn’t the original demo, so we went back to 2 old 1/4 reels to see if either of those were it, but we thought it wasn’t, then yesterday the miraculous happened, we got a call from AV Transfer House which told us there were 4 complete songs on one of the reels. After getting the files delivered, I was able to confirm with Ken Tamplin and Chuck King that in-fact these were it. But… I will warn you… they sound incredible. They do not sound like bad quality demos at all, they are in-fact the exact demos that Ken shopped to Altantic, Enigma and Capitol Records looking for a mainstream deal after landing a deal with Frontline.
Shout, fittingly the first demo song is a bit stripped down, more raw without all the flying guitars and straight up in your face heavy-rock-hitter and it has a really cool guitar solo version on the tail end right before the bridge. It’s really great.
Timeless Love, the second song on the demo it a bit faster a more peppy that the finished album version. Ken’s vocals are clear and crisp with little over-production. Some keyboards were added through out this song giving it more of that mid-80’s feel especially when the song breaks 3/4 of the way through. No, there is no break down, don’t panic. The song stops for a second and restarts, just like the album version did. This song grooves.
Find a Way, the third song and ballad has a bit of a different layout and arrangement although it starts and ends almost exactly like the album version.
Without You, the last song is heavier and much more edgier with this incredible since of urgency. I was stunned this first time I listened to it. Ken stated that it really captured the magic and energy that often comes with your first takes of a song. He said it’s like going to Time Square for the first time with all the wow factor. The album version although it’s great is more like re-visiting time square. It’s still cool but not over the top.
1. Never Stop
2. Winners Or Losers
3. It Won’t Be Long
4. Find A Way
5. Dancin’ Round The World
8. Timeless Love
9. Without You
Includes original Shout demo from 1986
10. Shout (Demo)
11. Timeless Love (Demo)
12. Find a Way (Demo)
13. Without You (Demo)