for the first time on CD in Europe !
contains two classic albums from CJSS,
‘World Gone Mad’ and ‘Praise the
Loud’. CJSS was formed by guitar wizard David T. Chastain during early 1984
with two other members of the band Spike,
drummer Les Sharp and bassist Mike
Skimmerhorn, and vocalist Russell
Jinkens who had gained fame for his
stint in local Cincinnati cover band Prizoner.
World Gone Mad was recorded in late
85 and released in early 86. David Chastain
comments, “These were the tracks we had
been playing since the band's beginning
in late 84. "Communication Breakdown" was
really just a track leftover from our cover
band days in Spike that always seemed to
go over well so we decided to include it
on the Cd. I would say my personal favourites
on the CD would be "No Man's Land" and "Living
In Exile." The solo sections are still something
I play in my practice routine. The track
“Destiny" was always a big favourite with
the female fans. For a first effort I thought
it was pretty impressive”.
Praise The Loud was recorded in mid
86 and released in late 86. Chastain states,
“This recording was a little better produced
than WGM. Personal favourites include "Citizen
of Hell" and "The Bargain." The track "Metal
Forever" became the theme song for many
radio stations during that era. "Out of
Control" was usually the concert opener
and rocked the house”.
Considering both CD's hit in the same year,
needless to say, CJSS was a hot commodity
during that time. In 87-88 they worked on
material for a third CD but Chastain shifted
his efforts towards his Chastain band as
he had greater creative control. CJSS did
release a third CD "Kings of the World"
in 2000 but those songs were actually written
back in 85-88. The band occasionally still
plays reunion shows but no new recordings
David T. Chastain continues his assault
on record buyers worldwide and today has
well over 20 titles in his catalogue.