LEATHERWOLF - self-titled 1987 12" LP ALBUM VINYL

Album Description: This is the 1987 self-titled album by Leatherwolf (not to be confused with the 1984 release with the same title)


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Album Description & Collectors information:


Leatherwolf Self-Titled is the first official full-length album released on the "Island Records" label. It was produced and engineered by Kevin Beamish and Bruce Barris.

Collector's notes ( detailed background information on the persons working on this album)

Album Fact Sheet: LEATHERWOLF - self-titled 1987

Music Genre:

 Speed Metal / Heavy Metal 

Album Production Information:


The album: "LEATHERWOLF - self-titled 1987" was produced by: Kevin Beamish, Bruce Barris

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Kevin Beamish, Bruce Barris, Roy Sweeting

This album was recorded at: Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas

Compass Point Studios, founded in 1977 by Chris Blackwell, the visionary owner of Island Records, stands as a pivotal and iconic institution in the realm of music production, particularly during the vibrant decades of the 1970s and 1980s. Nestled in the picturesque Bahamas, just outside Nassau, this studio emerged as a tropical oasis that not only offered a breathtaking setting but also fostered a distinctive creative atmosphere that left an indelible mark on the global music scene.

The 1970s and 1980s witnessed a plethora of influential albums recorded at Compass Point Studios, spanning various genres such as rock, reggae, funk, and pop. Artists like Bob Marley, Grace Jones, Iron Maiden Talking Heads, and The Rolling Stones all left their mark on the studio, contributing to its legacy as a hub of musical innovation.

Mastered by Greg Fulginiti at Artisan Sound Recorders, Hollywood, CA

Logo and border design - Wendy Sherman

Album cover photography: Dennis Keeley

Additional information on the people producing this album:

Kevin Beamish is an American music producer, sound engineer, during the 1980s he has produced and engineered several heavy metal albums for bands like: Leatherwolf and Saxon.

Bruce Barris (Sound Engineer, Producer) during the 1980s he has been producing and engineering music albums for the Heavy Metal bands like: Leatherwolf, Sanctuary, Saxon, Shok Paris..

During the 1980s Kevin Beamish and Bruce Barris have been working together on the albums for Leatherwolf and Saxon. This is the list of Heavy Metal albums on which both have cooperate:

1984 Crusader, Saxon
1984 Do It All for You (Single), Saxon
1984 Just Let Me Rock (Single), Saxon
1984 Sailing to America (Single), Saxon
1987 Cry Out (Single), Leatherwolf
1987 Leatherwolf (self-titled), Leatherwolf (USA)
1987 The Best (Compilation), Saxon
1987 The Calling (Single), Leatherwolf
1988 Anthology (Compilation), SAXON (GBR)
1989 Concrete Killers, Shok Paris (USA)
1989 Street Ready, Leatherwolf

Record Label Information:

 ISLAND 208 897

Record Format:

 12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

  1987 Germany / Netherlands
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: LEATHERWOLF - self-titled 1987
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Mike Olivieri - Vocals, lead guitar, growls and howls (Michael Olivieri - singer and guitarist with the American Heavy Metal band "Leatherwolf" since 1981. He also performed in the bands Hailmary, Michael Olivieri Band, Soul Sign.)
  • Geoffrey Gayer . Guitars
  • Carey Howe - Guitars
  • Paul Carman - Bass
  • Dean Roberts - Drums
Complete Track-listing of the album "LEATHERWOLF - self-titled 1987"

The detailed tracklist of this record "LEATHERWOLF - self-titled 1987" is:

    Track-listing Side One:
  1. Rise Or Fall 6:22
  2. The Calling 4:00
  3. Share A Dream 4:32
  4. Cry Out 5:02
    Track-listing Side Two:
  1. Gypsies & Thieves 4:38
  2. Bad Moon Rising 2:36
  3. Princess Of Love 3:20
  4. Magical Eyes 3:02
  5. Rule The Night 4:30

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Leatherwolf: The Vinyl Years (1980s Discography)" - featuring album cover photos of their self-titled debut album and "Leatherwolf"

Band Information:

  Leatherwolf is a heavy metal band that formed in the early 1980s in Orange County, California. They are known for their powerful and melodic sound, combining elements of traditional heavy metal with progressive and neoclassical influences. With their technically proficient musicianship and catchy songwriting, Leatherwolf has earned a loyal following over the years and remains an important presence in the metal scene.


 Leatherwolf was formed in 1981 by lead vocalist/guitarist Michael Olivieri and drummer Dean Roberts. The original lineup also included bassist Carey Howe and guitarist Geoff Gayer. They quickly gained a following in the local metal scene with their high-energy live shows and unique sound. In 1984, they signed with the independent record label Tropical Records and released their self-titled debut album, which received critical acclaim and helped establish the band as a rising force in metal.

 In 1986, Leatherwolf signed with the major label Island Records and released their second album, "Leatherwolf", which featured the hit single "The Calling". The album showcased the band's technical prowess and strong songwriting skills, and solidified their place in the metal world. However, the band experienced some internal tensions and lineup changes over the next few years, leading to a hiatus in the early 1990s.

 In 1999, Olivieri and Roberts reunited with guitarist Carey Howe to record a new album, "Wide Open", which featured a revamped lineup and a more modern sound. The album received positive reviews and helped re-establish the band's presence in the metal scene. Leatherwolf continued to tour and release new music throughout the 2000s and 2010s, with Olivieri and Roberts remaining the core members of the band.

 Musical Style

 Leatherwolf's music is characterized by its powerful, melodic riffs, soaring vocals, and intricate guitar solos. The band's early sound drew heavily from traditional heavy metal and NWOBHM bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, but they also incorporated neoclassical and progressive elements into their music, adding a unique flavor to their sound. Leatherwolf's musicianship is highly technical, with the band members showcasing their virtuosity through complex solos and arrangements.

 Lyrically, Leatherwolf often explores themes of personal struggle and perseverance, with many songs touching on topics like loneliness, addiction, and self-doubt. The band's lyrics often have a relatable quality, and are delivered with an emotive and powerful vocal performance from Olivieri.


 Leatherwolf has been cited as an influence by many metal bands over the years, and has inspired a dedicated fanbase of metal enthusiasts. Their technical musicianship and catchy songwriting have earned them a place in the pantheon of metal legends, and their influence can be heard in the work of many bands in the genre today.

 Despite some lineup changes and challenges over the years, Leatherwolf has remained a vital force in the metal scene, and continues to tour and release new music. Their legacy is one of dedication to their craft, perseverance through adversity, and a commitment to delivering powerful and memorable metal music to their fans.

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