Narita (album)

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Narita Riot cover.jpg
Studio album by Riot
Released 1979 (Japan)
October 5, 1979 (US)
Recorded Early 1979
Studio Big Apple Recording Studio, New York City
Genre Heavy metal
Length 38:43
Label Victor (Japan)
Producer Steve Loeb and Billy Arnell
Riot chronology
Rock City
(1977)Rock City1977
Fire Down Under
(1981)Fire Down Under1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Narita is the second album by the New York City heavy metal band Riot.[2][3]

The album was initially released only in Japan, and was available only as an import in the USA until its American release in October 1979. It became out of print in the late 1980s and was only being pressed in CD format in Japan in 1989 until the early 1990s. It was finally issued on CD outside Japan in 2005 by UK-based Rock Candy Records, run by former Kerrang! writers Derek Oliver and Dante Bonutto.

Narita was also the name of a short-lived San Antonio, Texas-based Riot offshoot, featuring guitarist Mark Reale along with former S.A.Slayer members vocalist Steve Cooper, dummer Dave McClain, and bassist Don Van Stavern, who would later appear on the Thundersteel and The Privilege of Power albums and is a member of Riot V. They recorded a 3-song demo in 1985, including an early version of "Thundersteel", before Reale reformed Riot in 1986.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Guy Speranza and Mark Reale except where noted.

Side one

  1. "Waiting for the Taking" (Speranza, Reale, Rick Ventura) – 5:01
  2. "49er" (Speranza, Reale, Lou A. Kouvaris)- 4:36
  3. "Kick Down the Wall" – 4:32
  4. "Born to Be Wild" (Mars Bonfire; Steppenwolf cover) – 2:47
  5. "Narita" – 4:38

Side two

  1. "Here We Come Again" – 5:58
  2. "Do It Up" – 3:44
  3. "Hot for Love" – 5:00
  4. "White Rock" (Speranza, Reale, Kouvaris)- 2:33
  5. "Road Racin'" – 4:32


  • Guy Speranza – vocals
  • Mark Reale – guitar
  • Rick Ventura – guitar
  • Jimmy Iommi – bass
  • Peter Bitelli – drums

Cover versions and appearances[edit]

  • American metal band Night Demon covered "Road Racin'"[1] on their 2015 album Curse of the Damned; the song is included on the CD digipak version on Century Media and the 12" vinyl version on SPV/Steamhammer.
  • The songs "Narita" and "Road Racin'" are featured in the video game Brütal Legend.


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Riot Narita review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-09-01. 
  2. ^ "Riot – Narita". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2011-09-01. 
  3. ^ Narita (LP Sleeve). Riot. Los Angeles, USA: Capitol Records SN-16271. 1979.