BlueMurder When it comes to hard rock contenders no band was more feted than Blue Murder. Masterminded by British-born super guitarist John Sykes, who had previously played pivotal roles in the Tygers Of Pan Tang, Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake, the birth of Blue Murder triggered huge anticipation amongst the hard rock community. At this time, Sykes’ stock was at an all time high and his dismissal from Whitesnake at the peak of their success with the multiplatinum 1987 album seemed utterly senseless.

Quick to maintain momentum, Sykes pieced together the fledgling Blue Murder by enlisting A-grade support in the form of bassist Tony Franklin (from the Firm) and seasoned drummer Carmine Appice (Ozzy Osbourne, Jeff Beck). It was a classic power trio set-up with a musical direction influenced by both modern and traditional styles, from Led Zeppelin to the bluesy bluster of Whitesnake.

Signed to Geffen Records, the album was produced by studio mastermind Bob Rock (Metallica, Bon Jovi, The Cult) and mixed by Mike Fraser. It stunned critics and fans alike, containing long, often complicated, tracks with ambitious arrangements and a panoramic production that emphasized creativity over commerciality. As a statement of intent the album massively succeeded in establishing Sykes as a major creative force with a rock solid reputation that has served him well over the subsequent years.

With 24-bit remastering from the source tapes, a 3,500 word essay about the making of the album, a new interview with John Sykes, enhanced artwork and photos spread out over a 12 page full color booklet, Rock candy Records is bringing the 1989 self-titled debut album to the masses once again. The ten track release can be purchased now at

Watch the videos for Blue Murder’s Valley of the Kings and Jelly Roll below.


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  • Geno on

    Sykes is the embodiment of a Rock Star!

    • Dana on

      Amen! I am very excited to hear this remaster. In my humble opinion, the debut Blue Murder album is one the best rock albums of all time. But, I admit I am biased. I am a HUGE John Sykes fan.

    • Eddie on

      Can’t wait to get it myself!

    • Will Wallner on

      On the Rock Candy store it says theres an also an extra track called COLD HARBOR?!?

  • Candy on

    Will definitely be getting this!

  • Richard on

    does anyone know if they already released it?!

    • Will Wallner on

      I just ordered a copy from the rock candy webstore. I’m assuming its available now as it didn’t say otherwise

  • Neil Pears on

    Just received my copy this morning in the post, comes with a sticker, with new track listing and there are no bonus tracks, no new song Cold Harbor, just the original 9 tracks, disappointing but still a killer album

    • Eddie on

      Typo on the sleeve

    • Richard on

      NO WAY! No cold harbor song? The official page of Sykes there’s ten tracks on it ?
      Why the fuck would they lie? I HATE THIS KIND of lies!

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