Legion – Red Square – The Bootleg

Legion
Red Square – The Bootleg
1986 JLT Records
Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Side 1:

  1. Still Falls
  2. Red Square
  3. Days Before Night
  4. [Unknown Song] [cut short]

Side 2:

  1. Wild Rivers
  2. What’s Going On
  3. Short of Glory

This tape says “The Bootleg” on it, and it is missing the cover when apparently the original had a cover. However, the original demo is basically a cleaned up live recording. So what is this tape? It appears to be a copy of the official release in some way. The crowd clapping at the end of the first song is not there. Also, I think the first 30-ish seconds of the first song got taped over accidentally here when someone was driving, as you just hear a vehicle taking off for a while, and then the song starts in the middle of the first verse. FYI – this is the same Legion that released Evening Dance (not the metal Legion). Then there is the issue that Song 4 cuts off a minute into the song, so I don’t even know what it is. It’s not on the official version. “What’s Going On” is a cover of the famous Marvin Gaye song. The sound is an alternative rock / progressive rock sound, similar to Common Bond in that there is a Rush influence. “Still Falls,” “Wild Rivers,” and “Short of Glory” were all re-recorded for Evening Dance. This is the best version of the original cover I could find:

Tanzen – Piece by Peace

Tanzen
Piece by Peace
1988 JLT Records (8601C)
Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Side 1:

  1. Games Girls Play
  2. Change
  3. Hangin’ on a Wire
  4. Only a Dream Away
  5. On and On

Side 2:

  1. Send Out a Message
  2. Chains of Love
  3. One Night Friend
  4. Piece by Peace

For some reason, I keep thinking Tanzen is a jazz/pop rock band. I have heard this tape before, and I know they are a hard rock/heavy metal band. Just some weird incorrect association in my head. The sound here is slightly glam metal in places, but also slightly keyboard-y AOR hard rock in other ways. Kind of a mixture of the two in some songs. Like the first song – its starts off with keyboards that sound straight out of a Petra album, then some commercial metal guitars kick in, then the vocals have a slight glam metal rasp to them, but the keyboards keep breaking through more than they would in glam metal. Overall, a quality effort. It even saw a CD re-issue in 2017 with four bonus tracks. For some reason, I can’t find the names of who played on this anywhere. But you can dig around and find the songs to listen to on YouTube or other places if you like.

Missing Information: who played on this?