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Present From The Past [Nuclear Valdez]



Nuclear Valdez
Present From The Past
Release Date: 4/22/2017
Format: LP
Label: AEC Imports/Sinical
Quantity: 2000
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

"More than 20 years since our first album was released, we are frequently flattered by fans expressing how much our music meant to them. We are often asked if we have a new album in the works. So far, the answer has been no. But for a while now, we’ve been thinking of issuing an album of unreleased songs for our fans around the world. With the encouragement of a few close friends, the idea grew and soon we were rummaging through our old tape archives. So, what you have here is not an album of new songs, but a collection of old songs from the time of our previous albums. Songs that never went beyond the demo stage. We hope and hope and hope that you will enjoy them in all their low-hi-fi glory." --Nuclear Valdez

Present From The Past
01 Give Up On You
02 Trapped in Time
03 Queen
04 Tear for a Smile
05 19
06 Come Inside
07 Rose Colored Glasses
08 Dead Siobhan

Rock band Nuclear Valdez was formed in Miami in 1985 by singer/guitarist Froilan Sossa (aka Fro Sosa) and bassist Juan Diaz. They gigged around building a grassroots following and linking up with lead guitarist Jorge Barcala and drummer Robert Slade LeMont. Contrary to a common assumption, their moniker had nothing to do with the Exxon oil tanker disaster, but was simply a joking nickname for a former coworker of Diaz’s with an explosive temper. The band signed with Epic Records at the end of the ’80s and released their debut I Am I in July 1989. I Am I’s ringing guitars and earnest political themes quickly linked them with socially conscious rockers like the Alarm, with whom they would soon split a stage on an early episode of MTV Unplugged. Lead single “Summer,” a soaring commentary on the Cuban revolution of 1959 (Diaz, Barcala, and LeMont are all Cuban-American), received substantial MTV airplay but was not a chart success.

Their follow-up, 1991’s Dream Another Dream, was far more complicated in structure, drawing on the band’s Latin roots; the shift in style failed to click with U.S. fans and the group went on an extended hiatus. At the end of the ’90s they began writing together, and in 2000, with Dan Ceratelli taking over Barcala’s guitar duties, they began recording the tracks that would become their 2002 indie label release In a Minute All Could Change.

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