Mama's Boys - Power And Passion

Limited Edition 180 Gram Vinyl LP Reissue

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Power and Passion is the fifth studio album by Northern Irish hard rock, heavy metal band Mama's Boys, released in 1985 via Pussy Records and Jive Records.

Mama's Boys were a 1980s hard rock/heavy metal group from County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland featuring the three McManus brothers Pat, a.k.a. "The Professor", (guitar and occasionally fiddle), John (bass and vocals), Tommy (drums).

Later in their career they became a four-piece adding Rick Chase on vocals in 1985 who was later replaced by Keith Murrell in 1987 due to Rick's ill-health. Keith was later replaced with Mike Wilson in 1989.

By 1980 Mama’s Boys had a bootleg circulating and were touring extensively in Ireland. In 1981 they were invited to support Hawkwind on their UK tour. They recorded and self-financed their first album, a raw blast of rock power entitled Plug It In in 1982 and achieved a hit single in Ireland with the most pop-oriented song on the album, "Needle in the Groove".

The second album Turn It Up was released in 1983. The same year they toured with Thin Lizzy on that band’s farewell tour, played at the Reading Rock Festival and signed a worldwide record deal with Jive Records. The first album released on Jive was a self-titled compilation of Plug It In and Turn It Up with a few new songs added. One of the new songs, a cover of Slade's "Mama Weer All Crazee Now" was released as a single and reached number 54 in the American charts. The video for the song got a lot of airplay on MTV and helped the band to become known in the US which they toured in 1984. On Tuesday 24 January 1984 Mama's Boys played at The Odeon, Birmingham, UK when they were the warm up band to the German heavy metal/rock band Scorpions. They were booed and beer canned off the stage. Coincidentally, the American heavy metal band Quiet Riot also released their cover version of the song at the same time as Mama's Boys, but Quiet Riot's version gained more airplay.

1985’s Power and Passion album broke into the Billboard top 100 in the US and the band toured in the US, Europe and Japan. During the European leg of the tour Tommy had a relapse of leukemia which he had been treated for as a child and a replacement drummer Jimmy DeGrasso was brought in to complete the tour. The recovering Tommy rejoined the tour in Ireland but had to be rushed back to hospital after another relapse.

Check out a couple of tracks from the album:  Hard 'n' Loud, Lettin' Go, Run and Power & Passion.

This is a 2013 Reissue on 180 Gram Vinyl, pressed in Europe.




Hard 'N Loud



Straightforward, No Looking Back               



Lettin' Go



Needle In The Groove






Power And Passion



Don't Tell Me Mama



The Professor II



Let's Get High


SKU 886922656910
Record Label Pussy Records
Label / Model # SPV
Catalogue Number SPV 265691 LP
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 12 June 2013
Original Release Date (Year) 01 January 1985
Barcode # 886922656910
Shipping Weight 0.2650kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition 180 Gram Vinyl Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Hard Rock

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