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!

Black Sabbath: Dehumanizer (1992)

1992 was a weird year in music. I kept buying music from the usual suspects that put out new music (Iron Maiden, KISS, Jovi, Leppard)  but I was also trying to keep up with the joneses on what was the current sound at the time (Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam).

One band that put out a record was Black Sabbath who were back together with Ronnie James Dio and Vinny Appice for the first time in 10 years or so.

I caught the Sabbath video for “TV Crimes” and I loved it, yet I never took the chance and bought the comeback album from Iommi/Bulter/Appice and Dio. Why? I have no idea.

Until…

January 2023…

Thunder Bay finally has a decent locally owned record shop (Spins) which brings both new and used titles in. One of the recent ones they were bringing in sealed was “Dehumanizer” by Black Sabbath.

I was intrigued so when I spoke to Dan and Kurtis about Dehumanizer (as when I went to originally get it there were no copies) they told me they had sold at that point about 10 copies of this one Sabbath album recently.

Huh? Really? Wow…

So I ordered it and they brought it in and what can I tell you all is why did I wait 31 years to get this brilliant piece of Sabbath Sludge Riff Rock?

I have no answer. Better late then never I suppose.

Along with the other DIO fronted Sabbath records (“Heaven And Hell” and “Mob Rules”) “Dehumanizer” got the reissue treatment on double vinyl with a gatefold sleeve to boot with some great liner notes included.

The opening two tracks(“Computer God” and “After All”) are filled with those iconic Sabbath like sludge riffs that build and build the song up.

“Holy father, holy ghostWho’s the one who pays the mostRock the cradle, don’t you cryBuy another lullaby

Jack is nimble, Jack is quickPick your pocket, turn a trickSlow and steady, he’s got timeTo commit another TV crimeTV crime”

“TV Crimes” is such a great song as I love Vinny’s drumming and Ronnie dials in with that perfect catchy chorus(check his lyrics above). Along with “Time Machine” these two  would be the most uptempo tracks on this record.

“Dehumanizer” is the perfect record for ’92 as there sound could have fit in with all the grunge bands of the day. Hell, I can hear the late great Chris Cornell singing some of these tracks back then.

Some great playing and singing as well I have to add but then again it’s Sabbath as these guys are the originals in doing this kind of deal.

I also like the production that producer Mack brought to this record. The drum sound especially as Mack dialled in those big drums for Queen and Billy Squier back in the day.

The first record is the whole studio album whereas the second record is some single edits along with “Time Machine” which is a different version from the “Waynes’s World” movie.

The remaining songs (six in total) are live and what a killer live version of “TV Crimes” and “Neon Knights”. Ah hell, it’s all great.

Great looking package and set at a decent price. ($41 Canuck bucks)

Considering “Dehumanizer” is a 31 year old record to my ears its a brand new record and why it took me son long to hop onboard with this one who knows as I love “Heaven And Hell” and “Mob Rules”. But as they say better late than never.

deKe’s Vinyl Score of Dehumanizer…..9/10

 

 

Tom Petty: Full Moon Fever (1989)

Back in the 80s I picked up a couple of Petty’s outputs on cassette tape and one of those was “Full Moon Fever” which dropped back in ’89.

Tom was riding high at that time. His band The Heartbreakers became an arena juggernaut while he helped create The Travelling Wilbury’s which did huge business especially “Handle With Care”.

So when “Free Fallin'” was released as the first single. I liked what I heard and bought “Full Moon Fever” right away for the trusty old Walkman at the time.

I have been on the hunt for this album for about 5 years now and my local go to vinyl store “Spins” got it in …sealed and for a good price so it was a quick grab, and off to my  turntable!

12 songs make up the album of which 5 were singles and they were all great songs.

Petty’s right hand man from The Heartbreakers Mike Campbell sizzles the six string on this record. Jeff Lynne of course co wrote all the songs as well as doing co production along with Campbell and Petty.

Always loved Campbell’s riffing on “Runnin’ Down A Dream” as for a song that I have heard a million times since 1989 its one I have never tire of hearing.

I love the stripped back sound on this album as thats the charm as late 80s albums could be overproduced yet “Full Moon Fever” hits ya right in that sonic sweet spot.

One of my faves is “Love Is A Long Road” which wasn’t a single but could have been as the opening reminds me of an early 80’s Who song.

“Depending On You” is another great track as I love the guitars on this one and of course the vocals are great and what can you say about album closer “Zombie Zoo” which is just a fun damn song.

That folks right there is the key to “Full Moon Fever” its a fun listen through with no skippers!

deKe’s Vinyl Score of Full Moon Fever…..10/10

 

Aerosmith: Nine Lives (1997)

For some like myself this is  the last good studio album that came from Boston’s very own Aerosmith.

We all know the backstory as Aero had a hard time getting this album done. They scraped a bunch of tracks that were recorded with another drummer (Steve Ferrone) as well as some additional production by Glen Ballard which was tossed aside when Columbia Records who had just lured Aero away from Geffen had paid them millions of dollars didn’t like hearing what they had invested in.

So there were issues, but when “Nine Lives” hit the street back in March of ’97 upon first listen I really liked this album and of course it was purchased back than on CD.

So fast forward to December 2022 and upon my visit at a local record shop (Spins) I saw “Nine Lives” on double vinyl for a very good price sealed. ($31)

Too be honest I have not listened to “Nine Lives” in years but looking at that track listing above I figured what the hell and bought it.

Some real great cooking tracks on here like the opener “9 Lives” which goes into the first single that came from this record “Falling In love (Is Hard On The Knees)”.

Course it being the 90s and let’s not fool ourselves kids that Aero-ballads became a thing for the band (some I liked, others not so much) and basically it was about putting rear ends in the seats when the Aero-Express came to town.

“Hole In My Soul” I like as Steven Tyler sings for his supper on this track which is quite good whereas “Full Circle” kinda misses the mark and of course there is another ballad on this vinyl copy which wasn’t on the original release which I will get to later). “Fallen Angels” could have had 4 minutes shaved off of its running time (8 minutes long) instead of it meandering around in some sonic landscape that really goes no where. “Ain’t That A Bitch” is ok not a skipper but I dunno maybe tomorrow I will think otherwise!

Amazing when you look at that track listing that Steve and Joe Perry along with their various cowriters liked using the  title  Falling and Fallen for three different songs. Why I pick up on shit like that I have no idea!

I will add that when Aero ramps up on the rock stuff on “Nine Lives” I’m all in. The title track is an ass kicker along with “Somethings Gotta Give” (featuring Tyler ripping out a cool distorted sounding harmonica on it) and “Crash” which zips along at a 110 mph clip.

Even when the pedal isn’t pushed at a high speed the other rock tracks are great especially “Taste of India” ( great pre chorus that goes into an even better chorus)  and the wacky “The Farm”.

“Pink” was a big single and I got tired of it as it was played continuously on Much Music but it was an ok song to be honest.

With this reissue on vinyl the two bonus tracks are the excellent Joe Perry sung “Falling Off” but the other one, that Disney written balled is so out of place on here that I will tell ya that track will never be played on my turntable (deKe’s house rules). Should have left it off boy’s. I can’t even type the title of the track but you all know it.

One last thing is I caught this tour along with the Boss (my wife Sue) and Tbone back in the summer of ’97 and it was a great show almost at times it ranks as my favourite Aero  live show ( I have seen the band 6 times) as they went and played of course the singles but also went deep on some other tracks like “Taste of India” and “The Farm” (which I loved) and even Joe sang his tune the already mentioned  “Falling Off” live which was not on my CD copy!

Crazy that this album is almost 26 years young!

deKe’s Vinyl Score of Nine Lives….8.5/10

 

deKe’s Top Spins in 2022

Here’s what I picked up which were new releases this year on Vinyl (except for one, keep reading) that got serious time on my turntable.

I used to rate these albums but I didn’t want to give myself an headache overthinking this stuff, so here’s a batch of rock that I  dug and maybe you will find something  here to check out….

‘Dirty Honey’ came out in 2021 but fell into my lap early 2022 so I tossed it into this pile of records. These guys are your straight ahead four piece that sizzles a real cool vibe of rock. No frills just get to it kind of rock. A great young band and I look forward to hearing what they have up their sleeve in 2023.

Dirty Honey tracks to check out: “The Wire”, “No Warning”, “California Dreamin'”

An album that I was surprised that I would buy on vinyl was the ‘Scorpions’ who stomped back with the stellar “Rock Believer” opus that had the boy’s digging deep into their bag of tricks. Parts of this album sound like it could have been recorded back in 1982! That my friends is a great thing.

Scorps tracks to check out: “Roots In My Boots”, “Peacemaker,” “Gas In My Tank”

‘RUSH’ released the 5 Lp “Moving Pictures” 40th Box Set. What can you say about that unreleased Toronto show from 81 that was included here? Friggin amazing is what I can tell ya! The packaging, the booklet and Peart’s drum solo from the T.O show has to be the best drum solo I have ever heard. Yeah, I just typed that.

RUSH tracks to check out: “YYZ (live)”  “Working Man Cygnus X-1 Grand Finale”(live), “2112”(live)

Tobias Forge for me is one brilliant crafty singer, songwriter producer as when he puts out his stuff as ‘Ghost’ I’m in! “Imperia” is another fine release from the man and full out credit to the slick layout of this record and booklet included.

Ghost tracks to check out: “Spillways”, “Hunters Moon”, “Twenties”

I have been waiting for a long time for an official ‘Georgia Satellites’ release and that came out this year. “Lightin’ In A Bottle”  was recorded in Cleveland back in ’88. Plain and simple this double vinyl lays down the law of barroom boogie rock! These guys were the best at doing that. All hail Dan Baird as one the all time great lyricists.

Georgia Satellites tracks to check out: “Down And Down”, “Sheila”, “Railroad Steel”

‘ZZ Top’ lose the great Dusty Hill but that didn’t stop Frank n Billy for putting out the classy recorded live off the floor “RAW” as it was basically the soundtrack to their documentary from last year.  Love how this is ZZ Nasty. Just the three amigos playing there own brand of Texas Taco Rock.

ZZ tracks to spin: “Heard It On The X”, “Thunderbird”, “Tube Snake Boogie”

Fans are a funny bunch when it comes to new music from the Ozzman. People go on about auto tune this and that. Who gives a shit what Ozzy is doing other than cooking up a stellar bunch of tracks with a bunch of buddies of his on guitar. “Patient #9” is a great rock record and now that he has turned 74, Ozzy just keeps rocking!

Ozzman tracks to check out: “Dead And Gone”, “Degradation Rules”, “Patient #9”

Give ‘Def Leppard’ credit as they were playing stadiums in 2022 and had a new album to plug as well. “Diamond Star Halos” was better than I expected. Its pretty rocking but they should have put those two Alison Krauss tracks at the end of the album. Why these guys have to try and crossover at times makes no sense. Then again they are not going to take advice from a hack like me.

Leppard tracks worth checking out: “Take What You Want”, “Kick”, “Fire It Up”

T’he Cult’ released the trippy “Under The Midnight Sun” which to be honest was not an album I was expecting from Duffy and Wolfchild. With these guys though they are always shifting gears from album to album so I do appreciate that fact as they always bring the goods. A different vibe here as if you’re looking for “Lil Devil” or “Sun King” like tracks just keep passing by. If your looking for a  deep listen and are in that kind of mood check this album out.

Cult tracks worth checking out: “Cut Inside”, “Give Me Mercy”, “Knife Through Butterfly Heart”

Snake and Bolan out of all the albums here, perhaps “The Gangs All Here” may be my favourite as I was not expecting this album to be Great! New singer Erik Gronwall has a stellar voice and these guys have put out one ass kicker of an album that doesn’t let up.

Skid Row tracks worth a crank : “Time Bomb”, “Resurrected”, “Tear It Down”

Well, well, well. Mean Gene and Starchild between the soundboard releases and this “Creatures” set took a good chunk of my change this year. To be honest I’m totally cool with it as KISS has made this stuff interesting. The “Creatures” super deluxe box set is a must own and I’m glad I got this as “Creatures of the Night” is in my top 3 all time KISS records. This box was a must buy for me even though its on the shitty format known as CD. They went all out on this set. Demos, live stuff with Vinnie Vincent, posters artwork and a killer 80 page hardcover book that is worth the price. I will add kudos to Gene and Paul for giving this album another shot of life as back upon its initial release in 82 Creatures was D.O.A on the charts. Yet in 2022 you realize how important Eric Carr was with his drumming and the sound that producer Michael James Jackson got. 103 tracks here folks!

Creatures tracks to check out: “Saint And Sinner (demo)” “Deadly Weapon”, “Keep Me Comin (live)”, “God of Thunder live (with Eric Carr drum solo)” “Rock N Roll Hell (live)”

Alex Lifeson and Andy Curran formed a new band called “Envy of None” with Alf  Annibaliani  and Maiah Wynne and released a solid album that has nothing to do with RUSH or Coney Hatch. So props for that as Andy and Alex have zero things to prove and they can do what they want. E.O.N like the “The Cult’s” latest don’t play it safe and for that you have to respect em.

E.O.N tracks to spin: “Shadow”, “Dog’s Life”, “Dumb”

Late to the Vinyl Party!

Iron Maiden: “Number of the Beast 40th Anniversary Reissue”: Harry and Bruce know how to do it up right and this triple vinyl set ticks off all the boxes. “The Number of the Beast” (studio record) is reissued with one exception that being “Gangland” is taken off and the brilliant “Total Eclipse” is added in its place. Steve Harris wrote very detailed liner notes detailing this and also gives some great backstory about the double live show included from the February ’82 Hammersmith show.  Brilliant set list and performance by the boys and its great to hear a young Bruce Dickinson chirp from the stage the Capitol/EMI suits in the crowd!

All Hail Maiden and there use of the triple gatefold!

Bruce and Harry tracks to listen to- The whole damn thing!

Big Sugar : Heated- Got this one for Xmas this year and could it really be 25 years since “Heated” came out? Beautifully coloured green double gatefold on coloured vinyl with liner notes by Warren Haynes. Gordie Johnson rocks on this album as he fuses up reggae/rock mixed with a dose of old school ZZ Top and this is a winner. Check this one out as GJ has added a few unreleased tracks and a cool cover of “Let Me Roll It” by Macca!

Heated Tracks to crank out- Better Get Used To It, The Scene, Let It Ride (featuring Warren Haynes)

Thanks folks for checking out what I rocked to in 2022. I bought a lot more records this year but they were basically records pre 2022 and what not but maybe as I already mentioned, you may  find something here to spin or stream!

Cheers…C ya in 2023!

 

 

 

OASIS: Knebworth 1996

Thanks to my pal Da Heff for gifting me this album… Cheers Sir!

1996!!  Oasis were big and and this is going back to a time before there was internet that every two weeks when Rolling Stone would come out in print I could read about  the shenanigans of  those wacky Gallagher brothers who it’s safe to say caused quite a ruckus and that was within there own band!

Noel and Liam were funny guys not really giving a fuck about anything yet with all the zaniness that followed them Noel crafted a bunch of great songs and his bother Liam would convey that message into a microphone.

North America got onboard with Oasis and there albums sold real well especially here in Canada yet it was there own home country England where the word massive would come into play and you don’t need to look any further than this 3 LP set.

Knebworth is a place of course I heard of due to the whole deal of Led Zeppelin playing there back in 1980 yet in August of ’96 Oasis packed it out and this album makes up those two dates that this album was recorded.

Ton’s of great tracks opening with a great three pack of songs (“Columbia, Acquiesce and Supersonic”). The band and there wall of sound is loud as is the crowd and you even at times get Liam and his between song banter whatever it is he’s going on about.

Pretty cool that they road tested “My Big Mouth” a good year before it was released on the “Be Here Now” record.

Below is the triple gatefold layout of this album. Sweet!

The band at this show is in peak form and you can hear it and that’s something you should all do and thats give Oasis Knebworth 1996 a spin or a stream!

deKE’s Vinyl Score….8.5/10

Whitesnake: Come An’ Get It (1981)

If you want to do a deep dive into the Whitesnake catalog, head over to my pal Snowman’s blog and you can read a proper review of this album for one thing!

Click the link below…

https://2loud2oldmusic.com/?s=Whitesnake

So back in ’81, maybe it was early ’82 my pal Muk was the first one to get this album. (I had gotten the live Whitesnake “Ain’t No Love In The Heart of The City” around the same time).

I remember hearing this album and liking it. I liked it so much so that I taped Muk’s copy onto cassette way back when for the Sony Walkman. Crazy thing is when 1984 rolled around and “Slide It In” came out we were all buying it as we did with the “1987” yet for some unexplained reason I never bought “Come An’ Get It” on any format.

Until…

This past August when I was at a local record fair there it was in the bins, a Canadian pressing in mint condition for $20!

Quick grab…

David Coverdale back at the start of new decade (’81) must have been scratching his head as North America was ignoring for the most part his company of Snakes. Who knows why. Maybe lack of promotion or the fact that they already looked like a bunch of old farts  by this point!

Still though Whitesnake was a huge draw in Europe so I guess that softened the blow for the most part until he told North America to take it “Slow An’ Easy” a few years later.

What a band  as Davey had Ian Paice (Drums) and on keyboards Jon Lord (Deep Purple) along  with Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody bending the strings on Guitars with Bassist Neil Murray holding down the fort slapping da Bass.

This whole album is pretty good for the most part as the title track which is the opener  gets the party started.

To be honest Side 1 is pretty stellar especially “Don’t Break My Heart Again” and the piano honky tonk vibe of “Wine, Woman An’ Song”!

Side 2 starts off decent but isn’t as strong as Side 1. It still has its moments with “Child of Babylon” and “Till The Day I Die” being top notch Snake tracks in my book.  “Girl” and “Hit and Run” are there. Not bad tracks not great but kinda in between if you catch my drift.

The way I view this album is “Come An’ Get It” was the stepping stone Dave needed to get to the “Slide It In” release three years after “Come An’ Get It” hit the streets. Come to think of it if Coverdale had some bird flipping and flopping on the hood of his Jaguar maybe success would have happened earlier than later. Oh wait MTV was just getting off the ground in ’81.

dEke’s Vinyl Score…7.5/10 

So the inside sleeve had this  stamped on it (see below). This album has traveled a bit from Regina to Thunder Bay. Going by the fact that there is no website only fax and phone I’m thinking this album has toured the western provinces of Canada until I gave it a home! I googled this place and it’s still open (by vehicle its a 14 hour drive from Thunder Bay to Saskatchewan) if you need a hemp run so to speak!

 

SKID ROW: The Gang’s All Here (2002)

If you would have asked me 6 months ago if I was going to purchase the new Skid Row studio album “The Gang’s All Here” I would have told you “No”!

Reason being is I tend to check out of bands that rotate lineups especially when it involves lead singers.

Funny thing is that when Apple Music released a couple of tracks before the Skid Rows official release last month (October 15th) I was intrigued as when I played the title track ( a co write with Wingers Paul Taylor) for the first time I was impressed.

So when the full “The Gang’s All Here” did indeed drop I streamed the album in its entirety. I really dug it so it was off to Amazon and a click quick to purchase it on vinyl.

I have to add that out of all the new releases this year that I have heard Skid Row may be the best of the bunch.

Main songwriters Dave “Snake” Sabo and Rachel Bolan inner channel that throwback sound that put Skid Row back on the map back in 1989 yet keep the sound fresh in 2022. (Former singer ZP Theart has three co-writes as well)

I can honestly add that there is not a skipper amongst the albums 10 tracks. Skid Row 2002 have pushed the pedal to the metal and have released a full out hard rock record and for an added plus-No Ballads!

Perhaps track nine “October’s Song” may somewhat be considered that but to me it falls more in the line of a “Quicksand Jesus” (from ’91’s “Slave To The Grind” record) like track that builds. Great vibe actually.

The performances and production courtesy of Nick Raskulinecz is stellar.  The band musically flex’s its musical chops perfectly as the solos are neat and tidy as the drums and bass keep it all together perfectly.

Kudos to these guys even doing up a gatefold in regards to the packaging which is really an added plus!

How about those lead vocals you ask?

Well let me tell ya, as I mentioned earlier  when bands change singers multiple times I lose interest….FAST. Snake, Bolan, drummer Rob Hammersmith and guitarist Scotti Hill came across singer Erik Gronwall and have struck GOLD in the lead singer category.

Gronwall takes those catchy hooks that Snake and Sabo came up with this for recording and sings for his supper. The dude can hit those notes high yet not to the point of overdoing it.  One of my favourite tunes from this release (amongst the many) is “Time Bomb”.

“Tick Tick Tick ….Boom”!

Erik has recharged this band and I have to say I’m onboard with this as I hope this lineup will continue as to be honest I never thought in 2022 I would be buying a new Skid Row album.

deKe’s Vinyl Score of ‘The Gang’s All Here’….9/10

October 2022 Scores!

My pal Snowman every month  posts all his findings on Vinyl, Compact Disc, Cassettes and even 8 tracks at time’s.

I made the comment when Johnny posted his October Scores that this may be the one month I actually outscored him in his purchases.

We had a laugh and he told me to post my stuff…

Challenge accepted Sir!

Here’s John’s post and if you haven’t already give his excellent site a follow!

https://2loud2oldmusic.com/2022/10/31/october-2022-purchases-vinyl-cds/

Here we go…

So it was off to Toronto back on October 8th with Tbone coming along as we were going to see Iron Maiden on the 11th.

Other than seeing Maiden live the other bit if business we had to take care of was scoring Vinyl.

‘Sonic Boom’ and ‘Kops Records’ were our two focal points of dropping serious cash in which we did.

It was a no brainer for me to buy vinyl but I was glad to see Tbone jump both feet in and grabbed what turned out to be 11 albums of his own!

Atta boy Old Man!

The day before we left (Oct 7th) Amazon dropped off an album at my house that was a gift from Tbone which was The Cult’s latest release ‘Under The Midnight Sun’ which is a fantastic record. What a way to start our trip the following day.

So here are the scores from ‘Kops’ and ‘Sonic Boom’ posted below..

Some more T.O finds except for ‘Skid Row’ which I ordered from Amazon.

As I mentioned earlier we were there to see Iron Maiden and of course a visit to the merch table is a must…

We also hooked up with Brent Jensen who brought us gifts including T shirts, books and for myself basically what is a demo version of Brent’s ‘Leftover People’ book before he sent the final copy off to get published. What a gift and its the only one is existence!

One other thing and that was the latest copy of ‘Rock Candy Magazine’ which I have been a subscriber since Day 1. Always a great read!

There ya have it folk’s…

Coming up..

November 12th- Record Fair

November 18th- Iron Maiden Triple LP vinyl set of ‘The Number of the Beast’ and the super deluxe box set of KISS ‘Creatures of the Night’ on (ugh) CD!

November 22nd- Headstones live in Tbay and kicking off there Canadian tour here of all places!

 

KISS: OFF THE SOUNDBOARD (Des Moines Iowa-1977)

Holy Moly.

Let’s step back into the KISS time machine and for that matter dump more money into Simmons and Stanleys pockets as they nailed one out of the park in regards to this continuing  “Off The Soundboard” series.

November 29th 1977.  The Kiss Army descended in Des Moines Iowa and watched what would have been an amazing spectacle as the original 4 greasepaints were going strong on the back of the “Love Gun” studio album.

The audio of this show is a great time capsule as its KISS live. No fixing up in the studio like the first of, well all of the “Alive” albums that came before and after as this show that has KISS going for it.

Look at that setlist. Stellar stuff. Like any live KISS album you get those funny Stanley raps and Paul back in 77 asking how many 16 year girls are out there in the crowd. Cue “Christine Sixteen”.

Silly old buzzards!

Peter Criss and Ace Frehley are the party guys and Peter drives a quick tempo on these tracks.  Meanwhile, Ace lays down those catchy very short yet effective solos in the songs and as you know gets his turn at the mic for “Shock Me”.

Even “Beth” on here is good and to be honest with you all I’m sick to death of this tune. However, I will add that Pete and his raspy voice carry the tune while Gene and Paul are backstage counting how much cash they were pulling in that night in Des Moines as Peter sings for his supper. Ace meanwhile is slamming back beers and whatever else he can get his hands on. Thats how I pictured it anyways.

Kinda neat to see that this was more of an Alive 2 show than anything and kudos to these guys for making this one a must own!

dEke’s Vinyl Score of KISS Des Moines….8.5/10

Coverdale-Page (1993) Bootleg

One of those must own vinyl releases that I was on the hunt for was the one and  done studio album from David Coverdale and Jimmy Page titled simply enough “Coverdale-Page”.

Back in 93 I was psyched to get this on CD as the leadoff single “Pride And Joy” had me hooked with its Zep like mashup with Whitesnake and hey, I’m a sucker for that stuff…

Now in 2022 for some cray cray reason Coverdale-Page is not available on Apple Music to stream which is silly. Why not? I have no idea but it wasn’t until this past August when I went to a record fair that my pal Probie came across this copy of the album while we were digging and asked me if I wanted it before he was to put it back down into a crate.

HELL YES! I want it!

The seller of the album Chris was honest and upfront and told me that this certain copy was a bootleg yet he had a copy himself and said you wouldn’t even know it was a bootleg  when spinning it.

I was sold and even though it was a little on the pricey side I really didn’t care and paid for it.

Chris was right as this boot sounds GREAT!

How about the packaging eh folks? Looks pretty damn good to me.

Love this record. Back in 93 this album should have done big business and at first it did as it went  both platinum in Canada and the U.S. They pulled the plug on touring in North America due to Kurt Cobain and his tattered cardigan ruling the charts as the masses were not buying into that  Arena Rock kind of music that ruled the 80s.

They did tour Japan, so some shows came out it which is a shame as they need to re-release this record via a box set.

Mike Fraser along with Coverdale and Page produced this record and last year Fraze told myself and Ladano the issues that went down while recording this record like…

Coverdale and Page being locked out of Little Mountain Sound Studios in Vancouver due to an issue between the landlord of the building and the tenant that owned the recording studio.

Moving the recording down to Miami where it took another nine months to finish the record.

How Page tuned up Fraze in a polite way about not messing about Page’s guitar tracks  after they were put down to tape.

Considering the headaches and what not it took to get this album done it sure is worth the listen.  Coverdale pulls off some great singing on this record even on the slower tunes like “Take Me For A Little While” and “Whisper A Prayer For The Dying”.

But for my bang for the buck I really like those Page like riffs that soar on tracks like “Shake My Tree” and “Waiting On You”.

Killer stuff and Fraze dials in a stellar production job as well. I did ask him what it was like telling a guy like Jimmy Page to redo something in which Mike told us that Page was a total pro in working in the studio.

You can’t beat hearing stories like that I tell ya!

If the day ever comes that a reissue of Coverdale-Page hits the streets I will be all over it as will guys like John Snow!

deKe’s Vinyl Score of Coverdale-Page…..9/10