LOUDNESS Guitarist To Release Eighth Solo Album; Audio Sample Available

Legendary LOUDNESS guitarist Akira Takasaki will release his eighth solo album, "Black Brown" (cover artwork), on September 26 via Tricycle Entertainment. The track listing for the effort is as follows:

01. Midnight Train
02. Live or Die
03. Black Brown
04. High-Top
05. Today's News
06. Funky Babe
07. Wild Spending
08. Fire Dance
09. Heavy Stone
10. Touch Your Skin
11. Back In Kawachi
12. Bass Man
13. Slow Drive To The Moon
14. Apologize

Check out an audio sample of the title track at this location (click on "Play" next to track No. 3 to launch audio).

LOUDNESS released a 25th-anniversary box set in Japan in April, entitled "Loudness Complete Box", featuring its complete Columbia Records catalog. The package includes the following albums: "The Birthday Eve" (1981), "Devil Soldier" (1982), "The Law Of Devil's Land" (1983), "Disillusion" (Japanese and English versions) (1984), "Thunder In The East" (1985), guitarist Akira Takasaki's solo album "Tusk of Jaguar" (1982), drummer Munetaka Higuchi's solo album "Hakai Gaisen Roku", the "Loudness" and "Eurobounds" DVDs, and a singles CD compilation, entitled "Single Collection", featuring unreleased tracks. All CDs have been remastered and come in a deluxe box featuring a plastic case and replica tickets.

To view the complete track listing, visit Amazon.co.jp.

LOUDNESS' latest album, "Breaking the Taboo", was released in December via Tokuma Communications. The band also issued a live DVD, entitled "Loudness in America 06: Live Shocks World Circuit 2006 Chapter 1", on August 23, 2006. The disc features footage from the band's North American tour, which took place in early 2006.

Crash Music Inc. released LOUDNESS' "Rockshocks" CD, a collection of re-recorded versions of some of their classic songs from their early years as chosen by the fans. Originally issued in Japan in October 2004 via Tokuma Comunications, the CD includes material from the "The Birthday Eve" (1981), "Devil Soldier" (1982), "Law of Devil's Land" (1983), "Disillusion" (1984) and "Thunder In the East" (1985) albums.

Watch LOUDNESS performing their classic track "In the Mirror" on April 27, 1984 at the Paradiso in Amsterdam, the Netherlands:

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