June 2, 2023
Vixen's album 'Rev It Up' remastered and available via Rock Candy Records

Vixen’s album ‘Rev It Up’ remastered and available via Rock Candy Records

Rock Candy Records is at it again as it has unearthed another great album from the ’80s and given it its special treatment. Vixen‘s sophomore album Rev It Up has been remastered and is now available for purchase.

Track List for remastered Rev It Up:
01. Rev It Up
02. How Much Love
03. Love is A Killer
04. Not a Moment Too Soon
05. Streets In Paradise
06. Hard 16
07. Bad Reputation
08. Fallen Hero
09. Only A Heartbreak Away
10. It Wouldn’t Be Love
11. Wrecking Ball

Rock Candy Records‘ website indicates:

Vixen were the target of numerous sexist clichés when they first appeared on the scene back in the late ’80s, much in the same way as previous female acts had suffered from such disrespectful male misogyny. But the band’s musical virtuosity soon affirmed their place in the hard rock pantheon. Formed in St. Paul Minnesota and later based in Los Angeles, the band eventually consisted of vocalist and guitarist Janet Gardner, lead guitarist Jan Kuehnemund, bassist Share Pederson and drummer Roxy Petrucci. Attracting major management they signed to EMI records, issuing their debut album in 1988, which surprised many of their doubters by quickly achieving Gold status and allowing them to tour extensively.

Buoyed by this flush of success, the band returned to the studio to record ‘Rev It Up’, produced by Randy Nicklaus (Shark Island) and released in July 1990. Receiving positive reviews, and achieving good chart positions, the album was regarded as a step above their debut, signalling a significant musical development and a far more direct approach to the recordings. Rough and raw, the record contained a number of high points and helped to secure them a following beyond North America, touring with Deep Purple and KISS. Sadly, however, due to the eventual emergence of grunge and management problems the band’s initial run was short lived and they elected to split up at that point rather than carry on in the face of overwhelming odds. Versions of the band continued the work later, and still do, but sadly Jan Kuehnemund passed away in 2013.

24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 4,000 word story of the making of the album, full involvement by the band, rare photos all spread out over a superb 16 page full colour booklet.”

Vixen‘s “How Much Love” video:

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