“The Lost Boys: Hard-To-Find ’80s Albums” gives you exactly what the title implies: a rare or out-of-print album from the ’80s in its entirety. Some will be from CD, but most will have been lovingly transferred from pristine vinyl culled directly from the Analog Kid’s vast collection. Whatever album I choose, it will be one that you can’t easily find a physical copy for sale on Amazon or in your local record store (if you even have one anymore). Death…by stereo!
I was flipping through some of my vinyl recently, and I was quite surprised to find a rare live Loverboy album. I found Loverboy Live! From Dayton, Ohio about 15 years ago at my local Half-Price Books, and for some reason I had completely forgotten all about it. Of course, it went right to the front of my ripping stack– and since I just finished the rip about 15 minutes ago, I thought I’d keep the ball rolling and send it straight to the blog for your listening pleasure!
Loverboy will always hold a special place for The Analog Kid, as they were the first band that I ever saw live. The date was November 7, 1981, and Loverboy opened for Journey at Reunion Arena in Dallas. Loverboy Live! From Dayton, Ohio was recorded about five months earlier, near the end of the band’s first U.S. tour in support of their debut album. The promo LP features live versions of every track from 1980’s Loverboy, with one exception: there’s no “Teenage Overdose.” I love that song, so of course I included it as a bonus track.
I’ve never seen another copy of Loverboy Live! From Dayton, Ohio, so I’ll go ahead and assume that this promo-only release is pretty hard to find. It’s also pretty damn good– Loverboy was getting really tight as a band from constant touring, and their big breakthrough was right around the corner with Get Lucky.
Loverboy: Loverboy Live! From Dayton, Ohio [U.S. Promo LP]
Columbia Records, 1981
Recorded live at the Dixie Electric Company in Dayton, Ohio (June 15, 1981)
Vinyl rip courtesy of The Analog Kid
1. “Little Girl” (Paul Dean)
2. “Always On My Mind” (Paul Dean/Mike Reno)
3. “Prissy Prissy” (Paul Dean/Matt Frenette)
4. “Lady Of The 80’s” (Paul Dean/Mike Reno.Doug Johnson/Vernon Wills)
5. “D.O.A.” (Paul Dean/Mike Reno/Doug Johnson)
6. “It Don’t Matter” (Paul Dean/Mike Reno)
7. “Turn Me Loose” (Paul Dean/Mike Reno)
8. “The Kid Is Hot Tonite” (Paul Dean/Mike Reno)
The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.
Loverboy: “Teenage Overdose” (Paul Dean/Mike Reno/Doug Johnson)
From the album Loverboy
Columbia Records, 1980
Loverboy: “When It’s Over” (Paul Dean/Mike Reno)
From the album Get Lucky
Columbia Records, 1981