Phenomena (band)

Phenomena is a rock music concept formed by record producer Tom Galley and his brother, Whitesnake guitarist Mel Galley. During the recording of Phenomena I, they were joined by Metalhammer founder Wilfried Rimensberger. Contributors were leading rock musicians such as Glenn Hughes, Brian May, and John Wetton, amongst others.[1]

Phenomena
OriginEngland
Genres
Years active1984–
LabelsQEDG For Phenomena I, II and III rerelease
Associated actsGlenn Hughes, Ray Gillen, Trapeze, Brian May, Scott Gorham, Kyoji Yamamoto, Cozy Powell
MembersTom Galley, Wilfried Rimensberger
Past membersMel Galley
Glenn Hughes
John Thomas
Neil Murray
Ted McKenna
Cozy Powell
Don Airey
Richard Bailey
Ray Gillan
Brian May
Scott Gorham
Kyoji Yamamoto
John Wetton
Leif Johansen
Max Bacon
Michael Sturgis[1]

History

In a cover story run by Kerrang! magazine in 1985, Phenomena's production of rock songs based on a story line running through a whole album, attached to artworks and other multi-media aspects, was credited for the "return of the concept album" in the 1980s. Phenomena released three albums in the 1980s and early 1990s,[1] and had a number one hit single in South America with "Did It All For Love", while the album charted in Europe, Japan, and Brazil.

In 1993, Tom Galley sold his rights to the recordings and the brand concept to former Wishbone Ash member Merv Spence of Parachute Music Ltd, releasing Phenomena 3, with Spence singing and playing bass, under the name Inner Vision. In 2017, the rights to the recordings of the Phenomena trilogy of albums were obtained by Daniel Earnshaw of Explore Rights Management Ltd.

Discography

Singles

  • "Phenomena II Did It All For Love" (BMG/RCA, 1987)

Albums

  • Phenomena (Bronze, 1985) - UK #63[2]
  • Phenomena II: Dream Runner (BMG/RCA, 1987)
  • Phenomena III: Inner Vision (Parachute Music, 1993)
  • Psycho Fantasy (Escape Music, 2006)
  • Blind Faith (Escape Music, 2010)
  • Awakening (Escape Music, 2012)

Compilation albums

  • Phenomena Project X 1985–1996 (1997) (Creative World Entertainment)
  • The Complete Works (2006 CWE) (first three albums partly remixed, plus bonus tracks, but omitting three tracks inadvertently)

References

  1. Colin Larkin, ed. (1995). The Guinness Who’s Who of Heavy Metal (Second ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 275. ISBN 0-85112-656-1.
  2. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 425. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
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