Joined Forces’ ‘Anthology’ album feat. Autograph guitarist Jimi Bell available for pre-order

Joined Forces’ ‘Anthology’ album feat. Autograph guitarist Jimi Bell available for pre-order

Many Sleaze Roxx readers will know guitarist Jimi Bell from House of Lords and Autograph but the guitarist was also a part of the group Joined Forces in the ’80s. Joined Forces have a new compilation album titled Anthology, which will be getting released via FnA Records and which includes all tracks that the group has ever recorded.

Track List for Anthology (remastered songs):
01. When The Lovins Good

03. Sad Boy Blues
04. One More Time
05. The Wildside
06. Don’t Get Me Started
07. Angel
08. Alone Tonight
09. Johnnys On The Bad Side
10. I Want To Take You Home
11. Shy In Love
12. Phantom Love 1985
13. Nobodys Foll
14, Show & Tell
15. Get Hot
16. Moonchild
17. Phantom Love 1983
18. Hands Off
19. Never Fail

FnA Records‘ website indicates (with slight edits):

Joined Forces, A Connecticut powerhouse of five individuals, formed in 1981 and started out as a cover band. However, that didn’t last long as the band got into writing their own music and this was a new path for them that paved the way into solid songs.  The band then turned into a four-piece band.

Joined Forces influences were deep and varied. Anything and everything from Zep to The Beatles, Deep PurpleRolling Stones to name a few. Many thought of them as a combination of Van Halen and Aerosmith. According to the first singer in Joined Forces, Mark Diamond says, “We were heavy without being metal.”

In 1983-84, Joined Forces were packing the clubs and had a stranglehold on the Northeast Music scene. The shows were 90 minutes long and consisted of 15 songs including the power ballad “Phantom Love”.

The heart of the first incarnation of the band was: Mark Diamond (vocals), Jimi Bell (guitar), Marc Franco (bass), and Michael (Vain) Karpiak (drums). The band had already previously recorded a three track demo cassette at Mel Brooks Studios with the songs “Get Hot”, “Phantom Love”, “Moon Child” – Eventually, Michael Karpiak was replaced with drummer Joe Aparo which led up to their first “real” professional recording, an EP called Show & Tell. 1985’s Show & Tell was recorded in White Plains, N.Y. and consisted of the tracks “Shy In Love”, “Phantom Love”, “I Want To Take You Home”, “Nobody’s Fool”, “Show & Tell”.

Joined Forces had the good fortune of opening for Joan Jett, so when they needed a backing band for Joan Jett in the movie Light of Day (with Michael J. Fox) – Joined Forces got the call to step in and become “The Hunzz”. The band was performing like a well-oiled machine firing on all cylinders; they also acquired management and a publicist.

The band honed their skills for years to come, continuing to secure loyal legions of fans. However, things were changing and the band took a brief haitus. Guitarist Jimi Bell got the call to go out to L.A. and to see if he was a fit for the current incarnation of Ozzy Osbourne’s band. Many tried out, but when it came down to it, it was Jimi and Zakk Wylde still standing. Although the gig went to Zakk, Jimi would wind up playing with Geezer Butler from Black Sabbath.

It was time for a new lead vocalist as Mark Diamond exited and Livio stepped in (1987). Livio was able to write dynamic melodies and the band gained a harder edge in the vein of Whitesnake. In 1989, Joined Forces entered the studio and recorded 10 tracks. The first 5 tracks, “Love Reaction”, “Alone Tonight”, “When The Lovin’s Good”, ”Don’t Get Me Started”, and “Sad Boy Blues” were produced by James Christian (House of Lords) and Jeff Cannata. The second set of 5 tracks, “Johnny’s On The Bad Side”, “Angel (I Wanna Fly)”, “Taste My Honey”, “One More Time”, “The Wild Side” were produced by Paul Sabu. The 10 tracks are featured here as the first 10 tracks of this album.

Welcome to Joined ForcesThe Anthology. This CD that you hold in your hands features EVERY piece of music Joined Forces ever recorded. Besides the three track cassette, the Show & Tell EP, and the last tracks they recorded with Sabu, Christian, and Cannata, there is a surprise unreleased track from Show & Tell, and a never released track from the vault entitled “Never Fail”. All 20 songs have been remastered and given that special touch which will feel just right to the ears.

Jimi Bell is the only member of Joined Forces who was there when it started, when it ended, and through the two monsterous reunion shows. Jimi is a self-taught guitarist who is influenced by Ritchie Blackmore, Al Di Meola, and Johnny Winter.  Currently (2023), Jimi is part of four bands: House of Lords, Autograph, Beyond Purple (Deep Purple Tribute Band), and Demons Down. Jimi has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from All The Shreds Magazine, has been inducted into the New England Hall of Fame, and has won best guitarist six times from the Hartford Advocate (95, 97, 99, 00, 01, 03).  You can find out all things Jimi Bell at

Livio still performs out.  He has other projects: American Zeppelin and Free Spirit Society.

Joey Aparo is part of a band called Spirit Shaker.”