RACER X SECOND HEAT 12" Vinyl LP Album

"Second Heat" emerges as Racer X's second studio masterpiece, encapsulated in a 12" Vinyl LP Album. This pivotal record, introducing new members Bruce Bouillet and Scott Travis to the lineup, showcases Racer X's evolution. The album's sonic prowess, combined with the fresh energy of the new additions, solidifies "Second Heat" as a hallmark in the band's catalog, marking a dynamic chapter in the history of the American rock and metal scene.

Album Front Cover RACER X SECOND HEAT Vinyl LP

Album details:

Heart of a Lion, written by Glenn Tipton, K.K. Downing, and Rob Halford

"Moonage Daydream", was written by David Bowie

Music Genre:  Shred/Speed Metal Music
Album  Production information:

Produced by Steve Fontano,

Executive Producer: Mike Varney

Sound Engineer: Dino Alden

Dino Alden, a prominent American sound engineer, made his mark on the music industry during the electrifying era of the 1980s. Renowned for his exceptional skills and passion for heavy metal, Alden played a pivotal role in shaping the iconic sound of numerous bands, leaving an indelible mark on the genre.

Early Life and Passion for Music:

Born and raised in a small town in the United States, Dino Alden was captivated by music from a young age. As a teenager, he found solace in the soul-stirring sounds of heavy metal and instantly knew that he wanted to be part of the magic behind the scenes. Alden's innate curiosity about sound engineering led him to experiment with recording equipment and immerse himself in the technical aspects of music production.

Career Breakthrough and Collaboration:

In the early 1980s, Alden's talent and dedication caught the attention of some of the most promising heavy metal bands of the era. With his unique ability to capture the raw energy and intensity of their music, he soon became a sought-after sound engineer in the industry. Alden's career breakthrough came when he was approached by the legendary guitar virtuoso Marty Friedman to engineer his debut solo album, "Dragon's Kiss".

Notable Works and Discography:

Following the success of his collaboration with Marty Friedman, Dino Alden went on to engineer a string of influential heavy metal albums throughout the 1980s. Some of the bands and musicians Alden worked with include Apocrypha, Attitude, Cacophony (a collaboration between Marty Friedman and Jason Becker), Dr. Mastermind, Joey Tafolla, M.A.R.S. (featuring Tony MacAlpine, Tommy Aldridge, Rob Rock, and Rudy Sarzo), Mordred, Racer X, Tony MacAlpine, Vicious Rumors, and Vinnie Moore.

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Alden's contributions to these albums were remarkable, as he skillfully blended the aggressive guitar riffs, thunderous drums, and soaring vocals to create a sonic landscape that became the signature sound of the heavy metal scene at the time. His meticulous attention to detail and innovative techniques allowed the music to come alive, captivating listeners worldwide.

Legacy and Impact:

Dino Alden's contributions to heavy metal music during the 1980s cannot be overstated. His engineering prowess and technical expertise helped shape the sound of an entire generation of metal bands, leaving an enduring legacy in the industry. Through his work, Alden played a crucial role in pushing the boundaries of the genre and solidifying heavy metal's place in the world of music history.

Beyond his technical accomplishments, Dino Alden's humble and collaborative nature endeared him to the artists he worked with. Many of the bands he collaborated with spoke highly of his ability to understand their vision and bring it to life through his engineering skills. His dedication to capturing the true essence of heavy metal music earned him the respect and admiration of musicians and fans alike.

While the 1980s marked the height of Dino Alden's career, his impact on the world of music continues to resonate to this day. His innovative techniques and passion for heavy metal music have influenced subsequent generations of sound engineers and continue to shape the genre.

Dino Alden's unwavering commitment to his craft and his ability to create awe-inspiring sonic landscapes have left an indelible mark on the heavy metal genre. His name will forever be associated with some of the most iconic albums and bands of the 1980s, solidifying his place as a legend in the realm of sound engineering.

 

Mastering; George Horn

Collector's Notes:

  Mike Varney - a music producer and founder of "Shrapnel Records", in the rock and heave metal music, known as producer of several W.A.S.P albums.

  Guy Aitchison has been designing and drawing Heavy Metal album covers during the mid to late-1980s. During this period he has drawn numerous album covers. Since 1988 he apprenticed in Chicago at Bob Olson's Custom Tattooing and became a tattooist. Guy Aitchison has been working often together with Steve Fontano, Dino Alden, and George Horn on the same heavy metal albums.

After the dismantling of "Racer X" in 1989, "Bruce Bouillet", "Scott Travis" and "John Alderete" continued in a band called "The Scream".

Steve Fontano, born Stephen M. Fontano, is an esteemed American producer, sound engineer, and mixer who has left an indelible mark on the music industry. Known for his exceptional work in the realm of 1980s Heavy Metal, Fontano has collaborated with numerous iconic bands, showcasing his unparalleled talent and contributing to the creation of several groundbreaking albums.

Born and raised in the United States, Fontano's passion for music developed at an early age. Fascinated by the intricate technicalities of sound engineering, he embarked on a journey to master his craft. With dedication and a keen ear for detail, Fontano honed his skills and quickly gained recognition for his exceptional abilities in the studio.

In the vibrant era of 1980s Heavy Metal, Fontano rose to prominence as a sought-after producer and sound engineer. His extensive discography is a testament to his immense talent and his significant contributions to the genre. He has had the privilege of working with some of the most influential bands of that time, elevating their sound to new heights.

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One of Fontano's notable collaborations was with the iconic band W.A.S.P. Known for their theatrical performances and energetic music, W.A.S.P. entrusted Fontano with capturing their raw power and intensity in the studio. Together, they crafted albums that resonated with fans worldwide, leaving an indelible impact on the Heavy Metal scene.

Fontano's expertise extended beyond W.A.S.P., as he lent his talents to numerous other acclaimed bands. Racer X, Apocrypha, Chastain, Hexx, M.A.R.S, David T. Chastain, and Tony MacAlpine are among the notable acts that benefited from his technical prowess and creative input. Fontano's skillful mixing and production played a crucial role in shaping the sonic landscape of these albums, showcasing his versatility and adaptability as a producer.

Throughout his career, Fontano consistently demonstrated a commitment to excellence and a deep understanding of the nuances of Heavy Metal music. His meticulous attention to detail, coupled with his ability to capture the essence of each band's unique sound, made him a trusted collaborator in the industry. Artists relied on his expertise to translate their artistic vision into sonic masterpieces, resulting in albums that are celebrated to this day.

Steve Fontano's impact on the world of Heavy Metal cannot be overstated. His work has stood the test of time, and his contributions continue to inspire generations of music enthusiasts and professionals. His dedication, technical expertise, and creative vision have firmly established him as one of the most accomplished producers, sound engineers, and mixers in the history of Heavy Metal music.

 

Record Label: 

Shrapnel Roadrunner RR 9601
Varney Metal Music

Record Format

12" LP Vinyl Gramophone Record 

Year & Country 

1987 Made in Holland

Album cover photos of : Racer X Second Heat

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RACER X SECOND HEAT Vinyl LP
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Band Members and Musicians on: Racer X Second Heat
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • John Alderete, bass guitar
  • Bruce Bouillet, lead and rhythm guitar
  • Paul Gilbert, lead and rhythm guitar
  • Jeff Martin, vocals
  • Scott Travis, drums

Collector's notes:

Jeff Martin (real name: Jeffery Louis Martin) is a singer and drummer. As drummer he has played for Paul Gilbert, George Lynch, Michael Schenker, Dokken and P.K. Mitchell, the last band he played drums in (before starting in lead vocals) is "Surgical Steel".

  Mike Varney - a music producer and founder of "Shrapnel Records", in the rock and heave metal music, known as producer of several W.A.S.P albums.

  Guy Aitchison has been designing and drawing Heavy Metal album covers during the mid to late-1980s. During this period he has drawn numerous album covers. Since 1988 he apprenticed in Chicago at Bob Olson's Custom Tattooing and became a tattooist. Guy Aitchison has been working often together with Steve Fontano, Dino Alden, and George Horn on the same heavy metal albums.


Track Listing of: Racer X Second Heat
    The Song/tracks on "Second HEat" are:
  • Sacrifice
  • Gone Too Far
  • Scarified
  • Sunlit Nights
  • Hammer Away
  • Heart of a Lion
  • Motor Man
  • Moonage Daydream
  • Living the Hard Way
  • Lady Killer