Quiet Riot's best selling records, Metal Health and Condition Critical, have been reissued by Rock Candy Records. They will both come complete with the usual Rock Candy trimmings: 24-bit remastering from original source tapes, lengthy essay's about the making of the album, full artist involvement, new interviews, enhanced artwork and additional photos spread out over large full color booklets. Both records are available at a limited time discounted price at www.rockcandyrecords.com.
For a while there, back in 1983/84, Quiet Riot were arguably the biggest band in the world. Not something many music critics would like to acknowledge, but the fact is they spearheaded the wave of Los Angeles rock and metal acts which would change the face of music on both a national and international level. They were actually the frontrunners in a movement which would transform the American charts from new wave to metal, and sway the rock pendulum away from British heavy metal to American hair metal -- yes, an insulting term maybe, but a convenient label to characterize all that was to follow.
It's easy to sit back now and feel that they made it on the back of covering a Slade track -- Come On Feel The Noise -- but with royalty checks in hand Noddy Holder and Jim Lea were surely not complaining, and neither were the millions of people who bought the Metal Health album. At the last count, there were over six million of them.
Let's not forget also that guitarist extraordinaire Randy Rhoads was once a member of the band before taking up a position in Ozzy Osbourne's Blizzard Of Oz, blazing a trail for Carlos Cavazo, Frankie Banali, Rudy Sarzo and outrageous frontman Kevin DuBrow to muscle their way to gold and platinum. Originally issued in 1983, Metal Health is a classic slice of American metal and comes complete with 5 bonus tracks, enhanced artwork and additional unseen photos spread out over a 20 page full color booklet.
Quiet Riot's second record, Condition Critical, also sold a huge amount of copies (in fact at the time over two million), but, looked at from a broader perspective, it seemed to mark a significant disappointment, especially after they had turned the music scene on its head by exploding out of Los Angeles with their six million selling Metal Health record. In addition, those statistic hides the fact that Condition Critical is generally regarded as a much stronger work, with a reputation that has continued to grow exponentially amongst critics and fans alike.