Rock City (Riot album)

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Rock City
Riot - Rock City.jpg
Studio album by Riot
Released November 10, 1977
Recorded Big Apple Recording Studio, New York City, November 1976 - June 1977
Genre Heavy metal
Length 33:15
Label Fire Sign Records
Producer Steve Loeb, Billy Arnell, Richard Alexander
Riot chronology
Rock City
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Rock City is the name of the first studio album by New York City based heavy metal band Riot released in November 1977.

It was first released independently by Fire Sign Records, run by the band's producers, Billy Arnell and Steve Loeb, who also owned the Greene Street Recording Studio, before the album was picked up for wider distribution by Canada's Attic Records and by VIctor Entertainment in Japan. Vinyl copies of Rock City can be differentiated by the color that frames the front cover artwork. The original Fire Sign pressing is framed in white; later editions are framed in black or lack this feature altogether.

American label Metal Blade Records re-issued the album on CD in early 1993.

Rock City is the only Riot album to feature writing contributions by original bassist Phil Feit who went on to join acts such as Billy Idol, playing on his hits Hot in the City and White Wedding, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, and Adam Bomb, where he briefly crossed paths with another Riot member, drummer Sandy Slavin.

Track list[edit]

Side one
  1. "Desperation" (Phil Feit, Mark Reale, Guy Speranza) - 2:43
  2. "Warrior" (Steve Costello, Reale, Speranza) - 3:50
  3. "Rock City" (Feit, Reale, Speranza) - 3:29
  4. "Overdrive" (Reale, Speranza, Kouvaris) - 4:12
Side two
  1. "Angel" (Feit, Reale, Speranza) - 3:37
  2. "Tokyo Rose" (Reale, Speranza Kouvaris) - 4:20
  3. "Heart of Fire" (Reale, Speranza, Kouvaris) - 3:00
  4. "Gypsy Queen" (Reale, Speranza, Kouvaris) - 3:56
  5. "This Is What I Get" (Reale, Speranza) - 4:09


  • Guy Speranza - vocals
  • Mark Reale - guitars
  • Lou A. Kouvaris - guitars
  • Phil Feit - bass (1, 3, 5)
  • Jimmy Iommi - bass (2, 4, 6-9)
  • Peter Bitelli - drums


  1. ^ Anderson, Jason. "Riot Rock City review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-09-01.