Devils in Heaven

Devils in Heaven - Say a Prayer (One Departed) (EP) (Front)

Artist: Devils in Heaven
Title: Say A Prayer (One Departed)
Year: 1992
Genre: AOR, Melodic Hard Rock
: EP
: Compact Disc
Label: Columbia
Catalog No: 657910 2
CD Matrix: MADE BY DISCTRONICS B ** 657910.2 ** #02
Comments: Cardboard Sleeve
Collectors Status: Extremely Rare
Estimated Value: ~$500 AUD

Devils in Heaven - Say a Prayer (One Departed) (EP) (CD)

Track List
01. Say A Prayer (One Departed)
02. The Night is Over

Devils in Heaven - Say a Prayer (One Departed) (EP) (Back)

Line-Up & Album Credits
David Whitney (lg, lv)
Nelson Tabe (k, bv)
Phil Crothers (d, bv)
Matthew Shield (b)

(Produced by Garry Frost)

Devils in Heaven - Liberation (EP) (Front)

Artist: Devils in Heaven
Title: Liberation
Year: 1993
Genre: AOR, Melodic Hard Rock
: EP
: Compact Disc
Label: Possum Music
Catalog No: pdscd529
CD Matrix: PDSCD 529 SM 2248
Comments: Cardboard Sleeve
Collectors Status: Extremely Rare
Estimated Value: ~$500 AUD

Devils in Heaven - Liberation (EP) (CD)

Track List
01. Liberation
02. Ships in the Night
03. Ain’t it a Wonder

Devils in Heaven - Liberation (EP) (Back)

Line-Up & Album Credits

(Produced by Sir Arthur Payson)

Devils in Heaven Various Promo Photos

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Devils In Heaven were an Australian group often seen touring around the east coast of Australia during the late 80′s and early 90′s. They had a strong following and in 1992 they were on a talent show called Star Search, they took out the major prize, had a single released called ‘Say a Prayer (One departed)’ and then basically disappeared. They should’ve taken the music scene here by storm as to this day there are still questions asked about the band, what happened to them? What are they doing now? Well, after my quest over many years to track down this man, I was absolutely stoked to be able to talk to Devils front man Dave Whitney about pretty much everything and get these questions answered. No holds barred here and truly some interesting things I never knew about the industry or these talent shows.

© 2011 Troy Culpan @ May the Rock be With You

Visit here to read the full interview with Dave Whitney at May the Rock be With You.

As you can see from the above cover scans, both of my Devils in Heaven EPs are well worn, but the music itself remains pristine.  In fact to my ears Devils in Heaven are one of the finest offerings in Australian music history and are certainly the best Aussie band who never released a full length album.  However, while their recorded output was minimal (just five tracks across two EPs), several years ago the band launched their own website, pleasing fans with the offering of an additional ten unreleased and hard to find Devils in Heaven songs.

Devils in Heaven - Unreleased & Hard to Find Devils in Heaven MP3's (Front)

Image (above): Unreleased & Hard to Find Devils in Heaven MP3’s

If these additional ten songs weren’t enough, fans could track down the rare David Whitney solo album titled ‘Heart, Mind & Soul‘ – a mellower yet equally beautiful collection of melodic rock songs from 1993.  Among the 15 tracks here are different versions of the three songs from the Liberation EP.

Whitney, Dave - Heart Mind and Soul (Front)Whitney, Dave - Heart Mind and Soul (Back)

Image (above): Cover artwork for David Whitney’s solo album: Heart, Mind & Soul

Sadly Phil Crothers passed away following an accident in 2013.

YouTube: Devils in Heaven TV Appearances

YouTube: Dave Whitney Originals

Shotgun Alley – Growing Menace (EP)

Shotgun Alley - Growing Menace (EP) (Front) Shotgun Alley - Growing Menace (EP) (Booklet Front)

Artist: Shotgun Alley
Title: Growing Menace
Year: 1993
Genre: Hard Rock, Glam/Sleaze
: 6 Track EP
: Compact Disc
Label: Solid Music
Catalog No: SA 001
CD Matrix: –
Comments: Digipak
Collectors Status: Rare
Estimated Value: ~$25 – $50 AUD

Shotgun Alley - Growing Menace (EP) (CD)

Track List
01. White Flame
02. Soul Resurrection
03. Yesterday’s Gone
04. When the Beat Comes Knocking
05. One More Night
06. You’re Mine

Shotgun Alley - Growing Menace (EP) (Back with Spine)Shotgun Alley - Growing Menace (EP) (Inlay)

Line-Up & Album Credits
Mark Cinque (v)
Spider (g)
Tony Wilson (g)
Andrew Dunstan (b)
Chris Burke (d)

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Melbourne hard rock band Shotgun Alley formed in 1990 and it was during this year that the band played to a lively crowd of 4000 people in support of Jimmy Barnes at Bendigo Basketball Stadium. However it was not until 1993 that this debut six track EP titled ‘Growing Menace‘ was released, followed by a CD single featuring ‘Because I Love You‘ in 1994. There seems to be little other information out there about Shotgun Alley, although some of the band members were involved in other projects which might be of interest.  In particular, band drummer Chris Burke has played with a host of Aussie hard rock bands over the years including Phase, Redback (also featuring Spider), Lix and Kill Johnny.  Redback released a hard to find 7″ single titled ‘Goodtime Girl‘ in 1988 (Thanks to Andrew S. for this piece of information). Another project which can be linked to Shotgun Alley is Melbourne commercial / hard rock band Wood N Dogs which featured guitarist Tony Wilson. Wood N Dogs released a CD single titled ‘Same Old Story‘ in 1995.

Wood N Dogs - Band Photo 1

Image (above): Wood N Dogs – Early promotional photo

Wood N Dogs - Same Old Story (CD Single) (Front)

Image (above): Wood N Dogs – Same Old Story CD Single