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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B0050AUOG0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Riot Narita UK vinyl LP

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic 70s Riot November 16, 2005
Format:Audio CD
After their debut, Rock City, Riot came back with an even stronger album called Narita. For those of you who don't know, Narita is the name of the international airport in Japan just outside of Tokyo. About half the songs on this album are classic and the rest of the songs are decent rockers. My favorites are 49er (cool riff), Kick Down The Wall (great chorus), Here We Come Again (good time rock), Hot For Love (smokin!), and Road Racin' (up-tempo rocker). Mark Reale's guitar playing was always very underrated, as were front man Guy Speranza's vocals. Riot should have gotten much more attention than they did. Mark still continues to put out solid albums. I highly recommend Born In America (1983) and The Brethren Of Long House (1996).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Russell
Format:Audio CD
I don't know why this album is import only, its just as good as Fire Down Under. Amazingly catchy in that early-80s way; a very tight band that kicked down the walls and then was gone (I know the guitarist is still going, but it was over after "Riot Live".

Metal, rock, whatever you want to call it ... this album does what music should: get the blood pumping, heart racing, and sounds great when you're speeding in your car.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have some wine, love some women.. April 5, 2009
By Mark H.
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
`Narita' was probably the album that should have signaled to the metal community that New York's Riot was the next best thing. The record showed the band at the peak of its powers as the support band that headliners would cringe to follow. Capitol Records thought so and had the band support Sammy Hagar and then royally screwed them when it came for a follow-up to `Narita'. The title track was an homage to Japan, named after their controversially placed airport, and was a blistering instrumental which showed the potential of whatever band Mark Reale and Guy Speranza put together. Best songs on this most unsung of LPs included "Road Racin'" (an absolute barnstormer!), "Waiting for the Taking", "Kick Down the Wall", "Hot for Love" (with its porno-sounds sped up coda!), "Do It Up", "Here We Come Again" and "White Rock" could definitely peel paint and could also do battle with many of their more successful contemporaries. Legend has it that the band had some subpar live performances in the UK (home of their label) due to infighting with management that may have sunk their chances at the big time. Regardless `Narita' and its successor demand your attention if you love classic hard rock. Van Halen may have been shakin in their high heeled shoes if Riot ever reached their true potential!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Being that there are so many fine detailed reviews focusing on RIOT-"Narita" already, I'm going to take a slightly different approach and examine RIOT as a phenomenon. Particularly, as a phenomenon that could and should have been so much larger.

RIOT has brought me SO many years of pure joy. Yet, everytime I pull out one of their masterpieces I can't help but get a little angry, sad, and begin to think about how unfair things can turn out. It's almost like somehow RIOT were cursed. They were cursed with playing hard rock with proto-metal(or flat out heavy metal) leanings in mid-70's America. Now certainly, America in the mid-late 70's wasn't adverse to hard rock, one need only listen to AEROSMITH-"Rocks" LP '76 and '77's "Draw The Line" LP(by far that band's heaviest and at times VERY hard rockin' releases), '78's amazing "Struck Down" LP by YESTERDAY & TODAY(better-known as Y&T), STARZ '76 debut and "Violation" LP from '77, TED NUGENT's way-underated "State Of Shock" LP from '79, and others. Also, remember that in the 70's metal underground there were god-like bands like PENTAGRAM and by the late-70's legit-metal bands like CIRITH UNGOL and MANILLA ROAD were already toiling away in obscurity, readying themselves for the decade to come. But RIOT were different...They were just a little too ahead of their time. Many of the songs were fast("Road Racin'", "Do It Up", "Narita", etc.), some were straight up proto-metal("Warrior", "Overdrive", with its monstrous riffage and blaze-out finale, and if you include tunes off RIOT's undisputed masterpiece "Fire Down Under" LP from '81, nearly EVERY song), and others were maybe a bit too risque in the sex and drugs department("Hot For Love", "White Rock", etc.). But one would think this would be an ASSET!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite October 10, 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is one of my "must have" albums from the 80's. I couldn.t wait for it to be released on CD. They were a bigger hit in Japan, but there was a kind-of cult following in the U.S. "Hot For Love" is a jammin' song; "White Rock" and "Road Racin'" are great driving songs; while "Flying Tigers" can seem to make a statement. The recording itself shows the time period, so just add a little extra bass.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the breed April 7, 2007
By Brendon
Format:Audio CD
"Narita" has always been my favorite of the Riot albums. While I like every song on the CD, my top picks are "Hot For Love" and "Do It Up". If you like Riot's following release "Fire Down Under", I think you'll enjoy "Narita" as much--or more. I'm surprised that this album isn't as readily available as the others, but it's still worth the price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar 80's Rock not to be ignored January 30, 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album. Any fan of early MSG (early 80's, with either Barden or Bonnet on vox) will enjoy this no-frills hard rock album from the highly underrated RIOT band. With Speranza in the lineup, this band just could do no wrong. The musicianship is outstanding, and his vocals have some kind of magic. If you are unfamiliar with RIOT, get 'Fire Down Under' first. Then, when you fall in love with it and need another Speranza-era RIOT album, get this one and be satisfied yet again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars better than fire down under
This is a great hard rock-early metal album. The production is great. Fire Down Under gets more praise but Narita has better drumming and bass playing.
Published 22 days ago by jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best rock bands of the 70's
I was heavily into Riot in the 70's and early 80's. This and Fire Down Under, are their 2 best cd's. I don't know if you can find Narita anywhere but Amazon. Read more
Published 2 months ago by michael schuh
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally on CD and back in my collection!
Yes finally on CD! One of my favorite bands back in the day with Road Racin', White Rock, 49er, and many more. Read more
Published 5 months ago by purecarver
5.0 out of 5 stars A killer I always loved
What should I say? A marvellous record. It's simple as that. It reminds me about a time when you found fantastic heavy metal-bands every week. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Per Gustafsson
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Riot albums!!
Excellent album from a good band. A must have for all rock fans. One for all the collections.
Great singer Guy .
Published 10 months ago by Bobby Rock
5.0 out of 5 stars Riot rocks!
Had this record way back when, great to have it on CD
now. Good, solid hard rock album. Live to Rock!
Published 13 months ago by Patti Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars There will never be another RIOT!
To this day im deeply saddened by Mark Reale's passing he was a true talent that will shine on forever in the hearts and minds of many fans world wide. Read more
Published on February 29, 2012 by S. Frank
5.0 out of 5 stars Narita by Riot
Very happy with the product, sounds great! Songs that I have never heard before, love reliving the late 70's with some good Rock!
Published on February 21, 2012 by Rory66
5.0 out of 5 stars RIOT great metal band from america!
Riot new york rock metal band was before their time!
the first three albums are classics! I bought this
after they opened for KISS in 1977! Read more
Published on January 26, 2012 by Bela
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Great Period It Was In Rock History
Riot was an outstanding rock band. Their first four albums were some of the best heavy metal of the time, but their second & third albums "Narita" and "Fire Down Under" were... Read more
Published on January 6, 2012 by Michael Fab
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