Skid Row: Skid Row -1989(Deluxe Edition-2019)


Well look what came out of sleaze ball gutter and caught everyone by surprise! Yup Skid Row the self titled debut that came out around this time back in January 1989 is given the Deluxe Edition status almost 30 years to the day of its initial release…

Hot off the press folks! This was just released yesterday (Jan 18th 2019)…..

I purchased the Debut in January of 1989 and so did you! My reason for checking these guys out was simple. They had on vocals a real young and skinny singer and a Canuck to Boot named Sebastian Bach  and man could he sing and scream when duty calls  when fronting the rest of the Skid Rows…

We all know the story of these guys right…

Skid Row as I have mentioned at various times at this blog got on all the big tours I had seen at the time.(89-91)  From August 1989 to May of 1991 I seen Skid Row open for Bon Jovi (Once) Aerosmith(twice) and Guns N Rose(once) all on the debut album alone!

No wonder Skid Row sold 5 million records!

Good opening act and I’m sure they were pushing some of those ticket sales along with the headliners as well..

The debut is a slick polished hard rock album with some pretty good well written tracks. Rachel Bolan and Snake Sabo could write that’s for sure. 18 & Life was a one of those clever written tunes. Power Ballad  that starts off that way but the chorus is the money shot when the song ramps up. For a single I dug 18 & Life  even more so than the deliberately written I Remember You which was a little too much of a processed cheese ball track that back in 1989 (at the age of 22) I was not buying too much stock in what Snake and Rachel were trying  sell me with  that track.

Having said that many did like I Remember You so good on ya if you were one of those! But I prefer tunes like RattleSnake Shake with some crafty lyrics found within. See below….

Juicy Miss Lucy always diggin’ on junk
She’s on the corner talkin’ trash with the punks
Her buried treasure is so easy to see
‘Cause talk is cheap and so is she…

“Skid Row: 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition” track listing:

01. Big Guns
02. Sweet Little Sister
03. Can’t Stand The Heartache
04. Piece Of Me

05. 18 And Life 
06. Rattlesnake Shake 
07. Youth Gone Wild 
08. Here I Am 
09. Makin’ A Mess 
10. I Remember You 
11. Midnight/Tornado 
12. Forever (bonus track)

Live at the Marquee, Westminster, California (April 28, 1989):

01. Makin’ A Mess
02. Piece Of Me
03. Big Guns
04. 18 And Life
05. Sweet Little Sister
06. Rattlesnake Shake
07. I Remember You
08. Here I Am
09. Youth Gone Wild
10. Cold Gin

So there ya have it…Pretty cool Live show  sounding unfixed and left alone and when I first listened to it was like I was transported back in time where Life was way simpler and music was still music and I still had all the hair on my head!

Bang bang shoot ’em up, the party never ends..

Well it did for these guys for sure…Bach went one way in 1996 and Rachel and Snake took their band the other way with about 7 Singers since than…

For the record this is the first Skid Row album I have purchased since  Subhuman Race back in 1995!

It will be interesting to see where this release goes since right now iTunes and other streaming services have it. No physical product  available for the Deluxe Edition of this  yet but maybe in time the hollering that they will hear will be from Ladano whose Screaming for Vengeance errr make that Screaming for  Physical product! We shall see…

Considering Bach was going on about none of the Skid Row albums being issued the deluxe way. This one drops out of the blue….

Does Sebastian even know? Do Snake and Bolan know or did Money Bag Jovi who is still making money off of that debut(I think) reissue it himself? Hell why not JBJ has not put out a decent studio album in decades himself so why not  cash in a little bit of that investment he made in  Skid Row 30 years ago.. I checked around no one in Camp Bach Or Skid Row even mentioned this release!

Anyways I thought it would be fun to post a bit of the conversation Mikey Ladano and I had about this release and the reunion maybe?

DEKE-U would think the Money would be better…
DEKE-Well playing  the bowling alleys must get to them(Skid Row) Ego Man..
Michael-Some of the best burgers I ever had were at bowling alleys” – Terry Cahill

DEKE-I did it damn it(bought it!)

DEKE-Sounds good…live it sounds..raw
Michael-You know sometimes stuff like this is how reunions start. Halford started speaking to Priest again when they did their box set.
DEKE-Well they need to do something…I watched a few Skid Row clips and Bolan looks fuckin bored…HAHA
Michael-He always has looked bored though. Like a dour goth.
DEKE-I Like that..I’m gonna steal that man! Dour Goth haha…
Mikey makes the great point about Halford going back to Priest. Makes sense but maybe we will hear how this release happened and see if any of the band had any say in it…
Still whatever the case may be its a cool revisit …
Check it out!




46 thoughts on “Skid Row: Skid Row -1989(Deluxe Edition-2019)”

    1. Man Scott I can’t even tell you how long its been since I listened to the debut from these Guys until Yesterday…
      To be honest I still haven’t! Just a snippet of Big Guns (studio version) to hear how the remastered sounded.
      Forever I did check out as I heard that song before and its quite good…
      The live stuff is the deal and it sounds live…Good job on whoever put this together and it was available for a decent price!

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    1. Agreed…
      Amazing this dropped without anyone knowing…
      Wondering if they wanted to test the waters to see what the market would be if anyone would be interested in buying this..
      Who knows..
      Interesting move to say the least…

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      1. I just listened to Eddie Trunk say that he called someone at Rhino Records yesterday and they flat out told Trunk no physical product will be available for the Debut…
        Could be a B.S move who knows…I’m waiting to see what the two camps are going to say about it…
        Yes I seen on FaceCrack about that Harem Scarem box set! Talk about mega and one stop shopping for all your Harem needs!

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      2. Sounds like only a 100 copies are available in North America John…check out the link on Harems facebook page…
        Preorder this upcoming Wednesday I believe…

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  1. Great post! I think a physical edition will come. It’s bound to. Isn’t there a Record Store Day coming in a few months? That would be a perfect excuse to release one.

    Aaaanyway I recently reactivated my iTunes account so I could download that Def Leppard EP, so if left with no alternative, I’ll buy it and burn it to CD in a double case with my original.

    My original was a gift from Mr Books!

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    1. Thanks Dude!
      Good ol Mr Books! Great idea to burn them to CD Mikey…A physical copy without the packaging! Kinda of…
      Take that Dour Goth!
      Real bizarre that they wouldn’t reissue it in product form. I had no idea this was out until Olivier at Sleaze Roxx posted it..
      I was like “WHUT?’
      Even iTunes at first didn’t have it in with the other Skid Row albums. So I typed in Skid Row Deluxe and Bam it popped up at $11.
      This morning iTunes has it with all the other Skid Row release’s….
      This new released even puzzled Apple! haha

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      1. Yes I saw it on Sleaze Roxx first too.

        It was a surprise release for sure…I may buy it later today. Hope they do Slave too though. Skid Row always recorded extra material. Drew Masters used to drop unreleased titles in Meat magazine

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    1. I have a real hard time when these singers flip out singers as quick if you were flipping pancakes.
      I have zero interest in the current incarnation but the YouTube clips I watched were a hoot as Bolan looks beyond bored….
      ‘Yada Yada another show Yada Yada”
      Now if Bach would get back thats a different story…
      Personally they should have reunited a few years ago. Who knows if anything it gets us talking about Skid Row again..

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    1. I know they opened for KISS around 1999-2000 so to be fair to Skid Row they were touring with another lead vocalist and not the original guy Bach..
      That may have had something to do with it

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  2. This is great news, I’ve been on the search for an old original LP of this for Brother Wilf for ages (‘cos he can’t have my copy haha!). This would be worth it though, for the live stuff. Sweet, thanks for the infor, the convo with Lebrain, and the heads-up on this one. I’m off to tell brother Wilf about it!

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  3. Never really listened to these guys. They were kind of big and gone just before I started getting into music. I love Bach on Trailer Park Boys though! I didn’t know he was the only Canadian. I thought they all were.

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    1. These guys had a great run. Kicking Bach out was a Dumb Ass move on their part. I totally lost interest as it was another lead singer change blah blah blah!
      I will add as I have mentioned this live show is warts n all…feedback from the monitors…loud guitars/muddy Bass and Drums and Bach rips apart the joint with his pipes…
      Simply put= Brilliant !


      1. Maybe didn’t feel real confident that folk would snap up the physical product, eh? That wee bit cheaper to throw out a digital only product… see what the appetite is.

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      2. Yep testing the waters ….
        I will always give Skid Row credit as they were a platinum selling act and still showed up here to Tbay even after they postponed the original concert by a week….

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      1. This is the track list on that demo from 86 with Fallon on vocals. You can see it’s got some Skid Row classics there.

        Walk With A Stranger was also recorded by Trixter many years later for an album.

        01. Midnight/Tornado
        02. Forever
        03. 18 And Life
        04. Youth Gone Wild
        05. Rattlesnake Shake
        06. Rescue You
        07. Walk With A Stranger

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