Michael C Dragon - 1997-2010 - Dragon Of Transilvania
2. Transsylvania Calling (New Version)
3. Still Loving You
4. Fire In Your Eyes
5. Stop The Countdown
6. Transsylvania Calling (Video Version)
7. Beyond – The Blue Of The Sky
8. Ghetto Blues
9. Song Of Hope
10. Gladiator - No Time To Cry
Last week I recieved a revamped version of Michael C. Dragon's "Transsylvania" via Yesterrock !!
Michael C Dragon’s album ‘Transsylvania’ originally was released as private pressing on the artist’s own label in 1997 and is one of the best Melodic Rock records from this era.
Today, the original Michael C Dragon's 7-track album is one of the most sought after collector’s item of the genre and especially appeals to fans of early Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and Blue Tears material.
This new version is called "Dragon Of Transsylvania" and now has to offer 10 instead of 7 pieces. What struck me right on the first glance, the omission of the 7th song "Helden", so there are actually 4 previously unreleased songs on this new version. "Beyond - The Blue Of The Sky" is an acoustic ballad, "Ghetto Blues"- as the name suggests - a cool blues track, which according to the accoustic opening section takes up quite a ride, while "Song Of Hope", a quiet ballad, again reassured the pulse.
The bonus track "Gladiator - No Time To Cry" is a duet but seems a bit over-produced.
Too bad that the song "Helden" by the original publication is missing, because with the spoken middle part of this piece it was really good. Most of the 4 bonus songs are a real plus for the album anyway!
I have excavated a very curious piece of rock music, or so it seems. When digging in the depths of my CD shelf I came across this private pressing from 1997, which I originally heard by chance once in a disco. His real name is actually Dragon's Manfred Michael Seiler!
Musically, "Transsylvania" is a mix of AOR and Melodic Rock with great feeling and great melodies. The brilliant ballad "Still Loving You" is reminiscent of the best times of Blue Tears and the straight rocker "Fire" is the perfect counterpart, a perfect mid-tempo masher.
Some sounds, some parts, for example the transition between intro and song in "Transsylvania Calling" and "Stop The Countdown" are a bit bumpy and the sound of each song is quite different, suggesting that the album was not recorded at once.
The closing "Soldiers (Eisenhertz)" is a German-sung ballad.
As for the rest of the songs (except "Stop The Countdown") I feel treated to a very well-done effort.
Last Updated (Sunday, 28 November 2010 10:53)