Category Archives: SONIC WAVES…Album Reviews

Occasionally I will throw down some reviews of albums that I thought were and still are cool to me…..hope you likey!

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 Editionof 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 treatment 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!

 

 

 

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Kim Mitchell: Rockland(1989)

 

Pretty happy with this album score! Rockland blew into the Record Shops back in 1989 and Kim Mitchell  was selling mega units of all his records at the time. Why not as they were all fantastic releases!

Rockland though shows a different kinda side of Mitchell. A little more older chill like vibe with some of the albums Ten Tracks and kinda a smart move for Kim at the time.

Funny thing though at the time when I scooped this back in 89 on C.D I played it. Liked it but when it came to Rockland which was Kim’s third solo album I was comparing Rockland way to much to  1986’s Shakin Like A Human Being to 1982’s self titled Guitar Extravaganza E.P and 1984’s Akimbo Alogo record.

Kinda unfair I suppose but here we are 30 years later** and what can I tell ya all now. Just like how when I reacquired myself with the ‘Shakin’ record from Kim’s catalogue last year this year it’s Rockland!

Course everyone in Canada still hears the tunes ‘Rocklandwonderland’ and ‘Rock N Roll Duty’ which are Kim radio staples still to this day and in his live show ! Rocklandwonderland features a real slick groove which has some great backing vocals courtesy of Kim’s long-time side kick Peter Fredette along with some ass kicking Strat guitar work from the man himself Kim especially on Rock N Roll Duty! I posted a live clip below of Kim and Band playing the title track in front of a bunch of Canadian Drunks!

But when you dig sonically deeper in Rockland the albums other seven tracks are definitely worth exploring. Second song in titled Lost Lovers Found has Kim lifting his foot off the gas pedal and taking it easy and perhaps maybe looking for a hit perhaps at the time!

Rockland is almost an introspective album at the time. Kim as he always does writes all the music while all the lyrics were handled by Pye Dubois. Relationship songs abound on this album. ‘Tangle of Love/Mood Street/The Crossroads/O Mercy Louise and The Great Embrace’ all tell the tale of relationships gone good or bad!

Now don’t think for a second that Rockland is a mellow affair. It isn’t as Kim as he always does lays down the law with some fine axemanship on this record. Akimbo tosses down some slick picking while chomping down on some power riffs throughout.

Rik Emmett makes a special guest appearance  and plays some slick classical guitar on the fantastic ‘Expedition Sailor’ which combines both Emmett and Mitchell’s talents on the six string!

I have to add the drum work of Lou Molino  is simply amazing. Lou’s drums sound real slick on this record. Crisp courtesy of the production by Kim himself. Molino tosses in some tempo changes which just keeps the songs themselves interesting from the get go!

Rockland was a great revisit and it was one of those finds that once I seen it on the shelf at the local pawn shop it was a quick grab!

**- That’s the 80’s for ya as Rockland was recorded in Five different studios! 

Aerosmith: Philadelphia/Tower Theater- March 26th 1978

 

“C’mon Philadelphia what the Fucks the matter with you? Get up Motherfucker’- Steven Tyler talking to the crowd before “Big Ten Inch Record’

‘You Fucking stiffs down in the front. C’mon will ya. Whats your Mama gonna think when she hear’s you on the radio?- Steven Tyler addressing the front row during ‘Same Old Song and Dance’

When one thinks of excellent Live albums that are actually left alone as Live Albums look no further than Aerosmith’s ‘Live Bootleg’ which many including myself consider it the Ultimate Live Release!

A little ways back I was commenting on Mikey Ladano’s  blog about not only is  Live Bootleg a phenomenal album but another Boot from Aero from 1986 titled ‘Done Live With Mirrors’  which is another fantastic live album that I reviewed as well…

But…

One other Aero Bootleg that I had that kinda slipped my mind is an Aero show from Philadelphia from March of 1978 which is another Radio Broadcast but there is no commercial breaks or interruptions and man I tell ya Aerosmith is on fire…..

UNEDITED as well!

I mean check out the set list below… Is that a Juggernaut of AeroRock or what?

WOWZER’S…..

Originally broadcast on WYSP-FM in Philadelphia

TRACKLISTING :
01. Intro  01:34
02. Rats In The Cellar  03:38
03. I Wanna Know Why  03:00
04. Big Ten Inch Record  03:37
05. Walk This Way  04:05
06. Sight For Sore Eyes  03:41
07. Seasons Of Wither  05:26
08. Sweet Emotion  05:01
09. Lord Of The Thighs  07:21
10. Kings & Queens  05:15
11. Chip Away The Stone  04:06
12. Get The Lead Out  03:18
13. Get It Up  04:00
14. Draw The Line  04:37
15. Same Old Song And Dance  05:00
16. Toys In The Attic  05:14
17. Milk Cow Blues  05:30
18. Train Kept A’ Rollin’  04:22
Total Running Time : 01:18.55
The AeroDudes circa 78!

Steven Tyler – Vocals, Harmonica, Percussion

Joe Perry – Guitar (Right)
Brad Whitford – Guitar (Left)
Tom Hamilton – Bass
Joey Kramer – Drums
Mark Radice – Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Now if you quickly look at that set list you might be wondering where is Dream On?  Dunno maybe it was edited out or maybe they skipped it that night which would be hard to believe but with AeroDrugs floating around at the time who knows what was going down back than….

For all the stories of Aero being totally fucked up which I’m sure they were they always pulled it together for the Radio Broadcast Shows. This Philly one is no exception.
The band hits the stage to the strains of a prerecorded Psycho /Jaws Theme and are off and running with a one two punch of Rats In The Cellar/I Wanna Know Why.
Walk This Way the biggie Aero Track at the time (radio wise)  which is the 5th track played shows you how many classic tracks the boys in Aerosmith had accumulated in less than 5 years of a recording act!
Eight of the songs featured on this broadcast are songs that didn’t end up on the official Live Bootleg release that same year in 78!
Perry/Whitford are like two grizzled guitar slinging patrons of the Lone Star Saloon! They are locked in and you know it’s live when the guitars come a little unhinged during Same Old Song And Dance. Being the pro’s they are Joe and Brad get the AeroBus on track!
Touring in support of 1977’s Draw The Line album has Aero playing 6 tracks from their current release at that time. Whitford deals out a brilliant solo on I Wanna Know Why while Perry plays some wicked slide on the classic title track from Draw The Line.
This is one brilliant release and if you can’t track a copy down it’s all on Youtube. Just click Aerosmith Philadelphia March 78 and Bam the whole show is there!
Also of note Aerosmith returned a few months later to Philly in November/78 and the show was cut short as someone hit Tyler in the head (during Sight For Sore Eyes)with a bottle and the show was done after 6 songs…Check out the audio below…

Aero did not return to Philly until 1983 after this incident perhaps it was someone Tyler was yelling at in the front row  at the March show who clunked Tyler in the head with the bottle at the November show??

Def Leppard:The Collection- Volume One(2018)

Talk about a Mega Set. Pictured above is indeed  Def Leppard The Collection:Volume One box set released last June in which this past Christmas I received  as a Christmas Gift from my Daughters(Lexie/Lauren & Kylee)  on Vinyl!

So psyched to get this set as it features for me the Best of the  Leppard output from the Mini 3 Song E.P release from 1979 all the way through to 1988’s Mega Selling Hysteria. Also must add the excellent Double Live Pyromania Show recorded in Los Angeles back in September of 1983 is included here! You want to hear a band firing on all it’s cylinders look no further than this show!

The real huge score for me is the first three albums on Vinyl those being On Through The Night(1980) High N Dry(1981) & Pyromania(1983) and even back in the day I only owned High N Dry on vinyl and the other two on cassette tape.

Course when CD’S took over in the late 80’s I snapped up these titles on disc but here we are in 2019 and It’s finally nice to secure these early Leppard albums on record!

So instead of me showing you this Slick Looking Unit. Click the link below and head over to my pal John T Snow’s site as he went into great written  detail (last June when this was released) and took  fantastic looking pictures of the set as well. Plus I’m writing up this review during the Christmas Holidays  and I’m kinda lazy! Here’s John’s link…

Def Leppard – The Collection, Volume One – Album Review

Thanks Mr Snow for that awesome review! If you don’t want the vinyl version you can buy this set in a CD set as fellow blogger HMO took the plunge and was gracious enough to send me the stuff I was missing when HMO got his box set last June.

Funny thing was I told my daughter Lexie that when I was buying single and double albums like a lunatic in the 80’s, Box Set’s weren’t that common in the 1980’s. I can think of one box set that came out in November of 1986 and that was Bruce Springsteen- Live 1975-85. I actually got this for Christmas in December of 1986 from my parents on cassette as they told me it had sold out on vinyl. Tbone  got the Bruce box set on cassette as well. Springsteen was dominating two households in Tbay  32 years ago!

So I’m thinking that was it for Box Set’s back in the 80’s(that I had gotten). The only other one I can think if is the Led Zeppelin one but that came out in 1990 and that was bought on CD! The hype for that Zep box was huge when it was released in September/1990. I paid close to a cool $100 for the four disc box set! I had no problem with that price as I had no Zeppelin at that point on disc and buying new release CD’S in Thunder Bay back In 1990 you were basically paying anywhere from $17.99-$24.99 for a new release anyways!

But back to Leppard! All the stops were pulled out for this Vinyl Box Set in which I think the years 1980-88 were Lepp’s high-water mark!

Now the price of this Box Set came in at $200 Canadian for all 8 albums. On the same page on Amazon.ca that is selling the box set some Yoko is selling a single copy of High N Dry for $507 Canadian as well as another seller has Pyromania listed at $58 Canadian! So considering my daughters paid $200 which is still ton of cash I’m thinking they got the better deal wouldn’t ya say?

Pete Wilis was a great guitarist whose solo’s shaped those first two Leppard studio albums. His playing is on fire I mean just check out You Got Me Runnin & No No No from High N Dry! I give full props to Joe Elliot and company as when they kicked him out during the recording of Pyromania they left all of Pete’s Rhythm Guitar parts on the album. Plus Willis co wrote Photograph so a case can be made how important of a writer Pete was with his time in the band.

Speaking of which….

I have said it before and I’ll say it again when Stephen Clark passed away back in January of 1991 the Riff’s went with him to the grave….

I will add that Joe Elliot whom Executive Produced this Box Set did a superb job of piecing this set together alone with the Hardcover Cover Booklet included with it. Roman McHugh as well did a superb job in remastering these albums on 180 Gram Vinyl! The audio on the album is superb so much so you can actually hear Rick Savages Bass  pretty damn clear now!

Leppard still puts out decent stuff (Slang being exceptional) and what not but nothing comes close to what those first four records produced…..

 

 

 

Reviews of the first Three BulletBoys Album In One Sentence!

 

 

A little ways back  at ‘Destroyer of Harmony’s’ site. Peter posted a review on this old past its due date band called “Wildside” which he reacquainted himself with a listen and jotted down some words on them sounding generic but in a good way….

Anyhoo…. In the comments we had a little discussion about other bands kinda ripping  off another bands deal…

Here’s the ‘comments’ check it out..

  • deKE

    deKE

    I think I read about these guys(Wildside) in Metal Edge magazine back in 1992 maybe before that. There were so many bands coming out it was ridiculous! Haha..
    Course in 92 was a shift in the musical climate as well!
    Cool that you reacquainted yourself with Wildside…
    Take a walk on the Wildside! haha

  • destroyerofharmony

    destroyerofharmony

    Lol
    To be honest the reason why I picked the band cassette was because of the nod to a Motley Crue song. And I was surprised.

    But you are right, so many bands coming out with the same sound and the same lyrical themes.

    Roxy Blue comes to mind. They had a Geffen deal and I remember seeing their album advertised on the same flyer with Nirvana, Galactic Cowboys and Sonic Youth.

  • deKE

    deKE

    Yup Roxy Blue man they kinda bugged me with the whole Halen look…I kind of got tired of these knock off Halen type bands…
    Having said that the first Bulletboys album I dug the second not so much and third I didn’t bother with…haha
    Hows that for a review?

    Reply
  • destroyerofharmony

    destroyerofharmony
    deKE

    Brilliant review on Bullet Boys and I don’t dispute it all because it’s spot on.

    Reply
  • deKE

    deKE

    hahaha..thanks..I may do post on this actual conversation at some point! 

 

Top 10 Live Albums of 2018!

Well here’s my Top 10  Live Releases of 2018!  Some pretty cool Live Albums and some surprises here I’m sure…

Thanks for reading…

1-JOHN CORABI:Live 94 (One Night In Nashville)- Corabi last year recorded live the lone Motley Crue album that everyone in the Crue has ignored except John since 1994! Thank God Corabi  listened to what we as fans having been saying for two decades now that the Motley Corabi album from 94 is perhaps the best Crue album that Nikki Sixx doesn’t want to know about! John plays the whole Crue 94 album front to back and it takes the second track in when John tosses down a wicked version of Uncle Jack that you know Crabby isn’t fucking around! Bravo!

2- DOKKEN: Return To The East-Geez for a Live Album that feature’s sloppy sequencing/Totally doctored up Lead Vocals/Crowd fade out’s and a Lead Singer babbling on about some mumbo jumbo before launching into the big power ballad hit (Alone Again) I have to say I love this album even though with all the flaws on it sounding live it’s the songs that count.   Dokken were a big listening curve for me back in the early to late 80’s and the fact that they had brilliant songs like The Hunter/Breaking The Chains/Dream Warriors/Paris Is Burning all makes this such a worthwhile listen. George Lynch is a huge reason why this album lifts off. Lynch smokes the guitar on this album and lets us all know that in 2018 George is still a beast!  If Lynch wasn’t on this album ‘Return To The East’ would have perhaps been a no show here as I have zero Interest in a Lynch-less Dokken! Plus if it wasn’t for all the facts that I had listed against this album in my first sentence this would have been Numero Uno for the year! Oh well…..

3-ALICE COOPER: A Paranormal Evening With- I don’t have much Live Coop other than his 86 Comeback Show but this Live album released this past August has the Coop firing on all four Cylinders! What a great band and set list. It also helped that the Coop rolled into Tbay two days before this album came out so it was Coop Week at my House! 

4-RUSH: Live at the Pink Pop Festival- This has to be the rawest sounding Official Release ever! (Pink Pop is the added portion to the Hemisphere’s Deluxe Edition) The mix is excellent. The musicianship is without a doubt mind-blowing and what else can I add other than  it’s RUSH!

5-THE ROLLING STONES: Voodoo Lounge: Uncut- The Stones not only release one but two excellent albums from 1994 and 1999! Voodoo Lounge Uncut is the one I will go with  at #5 as it’s a full show from the biggest stadium show I had ever seen still to this day! 28 Live Tracks! 

6-THE ROLLING STONES: San Jose 99(From the Vault Collection)- Another fine live album from the Stones from 1999 released this past year!  The Stones know how to do it. Release actual live albums and leave it  alone. At one point in the show  Keith is talking to the crowd while Ronnie Wood’s guitar is buzzing loud. Keith tell’s him to ‘Settle Down over there Ronnie!” and Keith just laughs! See that’s the great thing don’t edit that shit out it’s Gold! Well Done Chaps!

7-THE KILLER DWARFS: Live No Guff- The Dwarfs slam dunk one fine live album out and Gerry Finn dials up some stellar 6 string work while the rest of the boys blitz and rip through a classic set of Dwarf Nuggets! Good Hard Rock songs and Hard Luck Town is a Friggin brilliant song that can stand toe to toe with a lot of bigger named acts songs! Yeah I’m serious!

8-TEENAGE HEAD: Endless Party- In what would fall under the ‘My Blog My Rules’ category would be this ripper of a recorded Live album from 1985 that was recently released here in Canada via Ladano’s format of choice iTunes! The late Frankie Venom sings and snarls his way through from the get go and you get cranked up versions of classics like Tornado/Drivin Wild/ Let’s Shake/Disgusteen  and many more. Such a great revisit…

9-GUNS N ROSES: Sound City Sessions: Gunners in that massive box reissue of Appetite for Destruction released a 12 song section of the album called Sound City Sessions in which a bunch of tracks that made up the ‘Appetite’ release are played live in the studio back in 1986 a year before the finished album was released. It’s awesome. Guns being young and broke and going for the throat…

10- L.A GUNS: Made In Milan: When I feel like listening to some straight ahead goof ball Rock LA Guns delivers it in spades in which they recorded this live album in Milan. Traci Gunns a guy no one talks about but let’s face the facts folk’s that Traci can still  rip out some decent solo’s and LA Guns deliver some fun listening dumbo rock and at times that’s just what the doctor ordered! Now I read that there are two versions of this band that are going to be touring next year which makes for great old dude drama! See! Goofball Rock is alive and well heading into 2019!

There ya have it Folk’s My Top 10 live albums of the year!

 

Top 10 Studio Albums of 2018!

It’s funny that ever since I started this blog come  every January I wonder how many new releases will come out in that given year! 2018 was no exception as there was some serious Rock N Roll that came out! Posted below are my TOP 10 Studio albums that I purchased from January to December 2018! 

Without Further Ado!

CAN CON @ #1!!

1-MONSTER TRUCK: True Rockers- When Monster Truck released the first single ‘Evolution’ everyone was confused as it sounded like Nickleback. I was one of the doubters as well. Over time though Evolution has grown on my old battered ears and is a great hard rock track… Period!  It was fellow blogger Brian ‘BOP’ Zinger when he reviewed True Rockers  a day before its actual release date that  I was onboard, Sure there are two tracks on here that have a modern sound but MT on the rest of the album jack up the Marshall/The Hammond/Drums/Vocals and deliver what I can honestly say is the best record I have heard this year! No Filler all Fuckin Killer! The old saying ‘Never Judge a Book by its Cover’ holds true with Music! Don’t Judge an Album by its First Single!  Nuff Said!

In other related Trucker News!

I see The Truckers have a Canadian Tour coming up (Feb/March 2019) called the “Down N Dirty” Tour. Yeah about that for a second.  How can you play all these places in Canada and not play the real ‘Down and Dirty’ place of em all that being Thunder Bay? 

2-GHOST: Prequelle- When Ghost main man Tobias Forge dropped ‘Prequelle’ back in June I stated this was the best album of 2018 so far that  I heard up to that point. Tobias wrote a record with Big Riffs and Catchy Satanic Hooks but not to the point where it would nauseate me with silliness! Prequelle when you strip away the gimmick Forge actually knows how to write kick ass songs! I mean Tobias tapped into the Classic Hard Rock Sounds of the 70’s/80’s/90’s and twisted it all around with a modern sound and released a near perfect record! Forge wants  Ghost to  sound like a Devil version of Kansas! Hell, there’s some Satanic Saxophone as well floating about on this album…. Carry On My Wayward Satanic Son!

3-QUEEN: Bohemian Rhapsody(The Soundtrack)- In what has to be a first here ever at this site is a Soundtrack denting no less in my Top 3. Well for starters its Queen. Plus this soundtrack has a bunch of Live Stuff I have never heard! Sequencing is a big thing that has been alluded to between Ladano/HMO and Moi! Brilliant album and I love it! What a talent these Cat’s were! All Hail John Deacon!

4-JUDAS PRIEST: Firepower- Another album I was skeptical about as the videos that were released before the album came out  were ummm…. goofy. Still though Blog Nation with HMO stating that Firepower was a decent spin. I bought it and HMO was right. Its  a pretty decent record from Priest especially as you get deeper into the albums 14 tracks. Standouts include Spectre/Traitors Gate/Lone Wolf. I always worry nowadays about albums going anything over 10 tracks but Priest man totally step up and well I guess what I’m getting at it is I can listen to this album and not skip tracks……

5-Slash with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators: Living The Dream- Slash and Myles whip up a batch of great tracks(12 in all) that if you’re looking for good old-fashioned hard rock, Living the Dream will tackle that for ya! Myles as he always does delivers a stellar vocal performance and along with Todd Kerns handling all the backing vocals and Bass is the unsung hero in this band.  Also give Slash props for keeping this lineup intact for the last 3 studio albums. None of that silly Whitesnake stuff that Coverdale does with his band…..

6-Ace Frehley:Spaceman- In what could count as another album that I had zero interest in until that troublemaker Ladano and John T Snow wrote on their excellent site’s how good the Spaceman record was! On their reviews I took the plunge and purchased it and Ace totally stepped up. Wrote a batch of great catchy Hard Rock Tracks and Ace basically did the whole album himself except for the drums just like how he recorded his all time great debut solo album from 40 years ago!  Well done Space Ace!

7-SLOAN:12- Sloan released a brilliant album delivering 12 power rock pop ditties as 12 signifies  the 12th album from Sloan and each dude of the band got 3 song’s each. Cool idea and all wrapped up neat n tidy  in under 40 minutes!

8-Myles Kennedy: Year of the Tiger- Myles released this brilliant solo album where he went outside the box of heavy rock and did the whole album himself along with a few friends. Year of the Tiger is a personal album of loss that Myles endured at a young age when his Father passed. Now before you think that it’s a real mellow yellow record. It’s not! Myles displays all his fine talents as a singer/songwriter/guitar player. Kennedy is the deal man!

9-RUSH:Hemispheres(Deluxe Edition)- Sure it’s 40 years old this year! But to me its a new release for two reasons! One being I have never owned this album and Two the fact this is given the Deluxe treatment is worth a spot in my TOP 10! I mean all I have to say about this album I can sum up in two words……‘LaVilla’ 

10-RED DRAGON CARTEL: Patina- A real late addition here to my list and out of all the acts/artists  this one is the biggest surprise as Jake E Lee has without a doubt sliced and carved out one big piece of Hard Blues Rock. Man, this album I was not expecting much like the Frehley album but this Patina album walloped me outside the noggin! YUP that good!

Well there ya have it folks! My Top 10 for the Year that was 2018! I want to thank all my Blog pals throughout the world who have taken the time to read/comment and generally have a good laugh round these parts! Even if your just a reader and don’t comment thats cool as well.

Check back in a few days time for my Top Live Albums of 2018!