This month, locally based Gotta Groove Records
will kick off its new OH Wax Series, which will be dedicated to reissuing "lost" albums that are collectible and have a high demand in the used market due to the limited amount that were originally pressed, with a reissue of Salem’s Rise
, a 1985 album by the Dayton hard rock band Witch.
The album came out on Eargasm Records, and the original pressing from 1985 has long been sold out and sought after by heavy metal collectors. The Gotta Groove folks tracked down the original label’s founder to re-release the disc, and the black vinyl reissue edition will be limited to 500 copies worldwide. You can pre-order the album through the Gotta Groove website.
“[Witch’s] Ted George and I were introduced in 1984 when he came to my studio in Dayton asking me to produce a single for him,” says Eargasm Records founder Tim Grogean in a press release announcing the reissue. “He was a shredding guitarist and songwriter from Versailles, Ohio.”
Eargasm released the band's first single, "Chained Heat" B/W Rock-N-Roll Dreams," in 1984.
“After the completion of 'Chained Heat,’ George yearned to write a full-length album, and I was looking for a project to present to larger record companies in L.A. and New York,” says Grogean. “Songwriting and rehearsals [for Salem's Rise
] started in Versailles, Ohio with many nights jamming in the basement of brothers [drummer] Tony and [bassist] Dave Chappie. We went to record one hell of a heavy metal album."
An album release party took place at Hara Arena in Dayton, and the album sold out almost immediately.
"Most of the musicians involved on Salem’s Rise
continue to play and record to this day," says Grogean. "Ted [George] went on to front many bands and work with other artists, including Rick Derringer. He is now known as 'Fast Eddie' due to his freakish speed on the guitar. The Chappie brothers eventually became businessmen. I went on to work with bands like Rush, Sponge, Days of the New and Sun, and I continue to record and tour in my band Amplified."