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Hollywood Stars

Shine Like a Radio: The Great Lost 1974 album

Release Notes
  • Remastered sound, released for the ?rst time ever
  • Features original versions of King of the Night Time World (covered by Kiss) and Escape (covered by Alice Cooper)
  • Extensive story of the Hollywood Stars lost album, in Kim Fowley’s own words
  • Crammed with rare and unseen photos
  • Gatefold jacket
  • Limited 1000 copies worldwide

The Hollywood Stars “King of the Nighttime World” from Brian Phares on Vimeo.

Los Angeles 1973…
In the morass of indulgent singer/songwriters and post hippie platitudes, Kim Fowley
had a dream: A re-invention of mtid 60s energy and ethics adapted for hard rock kids in a way “little girls could understand” The Hollywood Stars were born. The great white hope of Rock ‘n’ Roll and the ultimate Teen Band infused with Powerpop hooks, killer Proto Punk riffs with a sprinkling of Glitter and the right attitude. With monster tunes by Kim Fowley, Mars Bonfire (Born To Be Wild) along with band originals (King of The Night Time World and Escape were later covered by Kiss and Alice Cooper respectively), the band were bound to be the Next Big Thing. Amongst all the excitement the band were signed to a major label and the scene was set for world domination. Only it never was…

Fast forward to 2013.
A ¼" tape containing a rough mix of this legendary record has been found. Unexpurgated and untainted by any superfluous effects, but mastered with the right care and attention, the album is finally released for the first time – 39 years too late!