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!

Iron Maiden- The Book of Souls/Live Chapter(2017)

 

Mikey Ladano posted on FaceCrack that he was posting his review of Live Chapter the same day it came out but the catch was he was posting it at Two Minutes To Midnight! Awesome Idea so for a first time ever Blogger slider move I have as well  posted my review of Live Chapter  at the Two Minute To Midnight mark as well! Another first is I have never reviewed a new release album on the day it hit the shops or in my case iTunes and today is the day of new  Live Maiden(Nov 17th/17)

As You Were….

Once again Iron Maiden  have taken this fanboy for over 36  years and have delivered an absolute monster Live Album called Live Chapter that has basically knocked me on my ass!

IT’S SOOOOOOOO GOOD! Following protocol there is a ton of “Scream for Me(insert city here) through out as well!

Live Chapter is taken from various cities(15 songs from 14 cities) that Maiden visited on its Book of Souls Tour in 2016/17!

The album opens with Book of Souls opener If Eternity Should Fail. First of all Bruce Dickinson is on fire on this album. His vocals are stellar. Course Maiden have aged. Bruce is about to turn 60 but who can sing and do that scream and have the energy that he has? Yeah exactly…no one! He is the deal throughout this album. I still love the outro of this song with that piped in vocal “Good day my name is Necropolis’ especially when I heard it live pumped at what over a 100,000 Watts  in Minneapolis! Beyond Awesome!

Speed of Light and Wrathchild complete with that Dickinson wail just keep the momentum moving forward! Crank Wrathchild the video that I posted below from  Live Chapter!

Children of the Damned is a great version from Montreal Quebec as Bruce intros the song in French! Nice rip of the guitars during the solos and I have to say Nicko McBrain’s drums mixed by Tony Newton and Maiden Bassist Steve Harris sound exceptionally brilliant! Added points for Nicko’s Gong Smash at the end of the track! Tbone! We need to catch the next Maiden show in Montreal at the Bell Centre! Just saying!

That was the great thing with this tour as they mixed up old classics with a steady blast of current songs and why not as Book of Souls is right up there as a great album in the Catalogue of Maiden! Death or  Glory featuring Bruce telling the crowd to “climb like a monkey” while Adrian Smith actually dabbles with a bit of slide guitar on the solo to shake it up a bit!

Steve Harris starts off The Red and Black with a little jam out on the  Bass and the song is 13 minutes of all things Maiden! Lotsa Vocals/Lotsa Riffs/Lotsa Tempo Changes/Lotsa everything mixed in!  You get the picture right?

Course no Maiden show would be complete with out the inclusion of The Trooper! Song is so powerful live…Great Adrian/Dave Murray soloing while Nicko just drums like its nobodies business!

Ok I gotta say Powerslave has to be in my all time Top 5 ever Maiden Tunes! Dickinson wrote a classic here folks! Love the aggression of the guitars during the verses yet the chill out avenue  the guitars go before the solo’s ramp up and Dave Murray  lifts off as his fingers burn that fretboard during the solo! Not to be outdone I love as the solo’s wrap up and Nicko does his patented McBrian drum rolls. My brother Todd can confirm this as when Nicko played this part at the Minneapolis I basically lost my shit!

The Great Unknown another newbie is a great tune as it builds and builds up to the chorus. More great soloing and holy hell that’s all I can keep saying is the playing is monstrous on here!

Ok just a few paragraphs back I said Powerslave would be in my all time Top 5 Maiden songs of all time! The tune Book of Souls would be as well! Steve Harris and Janick Gers composed a standout track and Bruce’s vocals soar on this song during the chorus! 10 minutes and 49 seconds of pure sonic brilliance all wrapped up in a fantastic track and BAM another smash of Nicko’s Gong and song just shoots into a whole other level! Maiden go bonkers and Gers when he’s not flinging around his six string and doing aerobic workouts delivers an absolute stunner of a solo!

The classic Fear of The Dark has more sizzle in its step live as Maiden just rock it non stop. The chops are huge! Iron Maiden (the song) ends the main portion of the show and we all know  Eddie pops up behind Nickos drums after Harris and Nicko do their bass/drum swirl a whirl and Kaboom Maiden is done!

Kinda….

Number of The Beast leads off the encore and Bruce blows out our eardrums with that wail! Wail away! The Boys play this track like its 1982 all over again! No dip whatsoever  in the Maiden Music Chops Section folks!

Blood Bothers is another newer Maiden track but when I say that its already 18 years old! Blood Brothers is a fantastic Irish Jig like boot up you backside and Bruce delivers the chorus in spades. Tons of solos and Tons of Bruce dipping and diving in the upper and lower registers of his voice!

Wasted Years wraps up the whole shebang! Adrian Smith wrote this tune which is my Bro’s fav  Maiden song! Love the riffing at the beginning of this song and its basically Maiden writing a single but with a sledgehammer taken to the side of your noggin! But man give it up for Adrian Smith as he has a flair for writing a real cool rock single without pussing out!

Well what can I say! This album is brilliant from start to finish! The production is crisp with a little roughness added to it to not make it sound weak! Steve Harris bass is mixed deadly! I think its the best live album mix of Harry’s bass tone since 1985’s Live After Death! Bruce is brilliant! Janick/Dave/Adrian fling wicked leads throughout and Nicko holds down the fort and as well his drums sound deadly!

Live album of the Year! Easy Peasy! 

 

 

 

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Kim Mitchell/Shakin’ Like A Human Being(1986)

A little ways back when I reviewed Def Leppard’s  1992  release Adrenalize album it was one of those albums that was good to revisit but I had kinda moved on from it.

Here’s what I wrote..

“Up til recently I have not listened to this album in a real  long time. It’s like when you bump into someone you haven’t seen in a long time  and you get caught up and then move on. That’s what Adrenalize is to me!”

Another one of those albums I thought  would resonate this way with me as well would be Kim Mitchell’s 1986 release Shakin’ Like A  Human Being. 

Now if we roll back in time. 1986 I was 18 going on 19 and in the summer of that year Akimbo dropped the Shakin album and I bought it right away on cassette tape and it became my Summer of 86 go to tape in the Sony Walkman for my bike rides to and from my job that summer in the local hospital. I very seldom bought tapes. It was always vinyl so…….

The fact that Kim was riding high with the current single Patio Lanterns  in the charts as well as the album selling like hotcakes! (Shakin is certified triple platinum in Canada). Plus Kim was bringing his 1986 Tour to Tbay at our local Gardens that summer as well was another score! (I reviewed that show a ways back)

So yeah to make a long story even longer this cassette got played to death. Once the end of summer came and Kim’s Arena rock show passed I was onto other albums. One being Iron Maiden’s Somewhere In Time release which came out in September of 86 and derailed my school studies for that month as I was staring at that cover when spinning it continuously like a lunatic when I would get home from another hard day of academic studies!

86 had some stellar releases as in Maiden/Van Halen/Judas Priest/Dave Roth/Bon Jovi/AC/DC with Who Made Who/Boston/ZZ Top/RATT  and I’m sure many more so eventually Shakin slipped through the cracks and got replaced by my listening buds with all the above bands and others as well!

Perhaps one reason was that over time my go to Kim albums are the superb excellent 5 song Ep from 1981 and 1984’s Akimbo Alogo record that has Kim blazing huge ball’s of sonic mastery on his 6 string. In other words the Master of his own Domain! Ha…

Shakin though is a different record. Opener Get Lucky Boys & Girls is as good as an opener Kim track as any. Great driving bass line/drums synced with Kim’s guitar and his cool laid back rock voice make this an absolute winner! Second track In my Shoes features drummer Paul Delong smacking those tom’s like no one’s business! Almost a ZZ Top like Afterburner synth sound pushes this albums tracks as well

Kim’s rock tracks on this albums are excellent.  Thats The Hold/Hitting The Ground and the very quirky City Girl (with the line of “City Girl likes to keep her Meatloaf warm”) Keeps the Kim Rock Machine rolling at full tilt.

Basically its the other 5 tracks that take this album into a whole other level which I can say I was a noob towards for what…31 years!

Yeah there was the goofy Easy To Tame video. Alana Loves Me which the song does pick up speed in the chorus along with Peter Fredette’s backing vocals. Speaking of which Peter is a great vocal foil for Kim’s laid back rock voice at times. Patio Lanterns the mid tempo track that MuchMusic played the heck out of the video  back in 86 as well picks up some steam in its chorus as well. Cameo Spirit a great track featuring some real good backing vocals makes this album take another sonic turn one in which you don’t expect! In Your Arms that leads off Side 2 features Kim picking a clean sound guitar and this song borders on a mid tempo like summer breeze. A whole different vibe here folks. Actually the whole second side is one big chill pill except for City Girl and Hitting The Ground.

Pye Dubois writes all the lyrics while Mitchell handles the music end of things and this partnership lasted for a real long time from Kim’s old band Max Webster through to RockLandWonderland I believe. (Actually for all Max Webster/Kim solo questions ask Mikey Ladano as he’s a great source of this stuff)

Revisiting this album 31 years later and checking the lyrics out a little more closely this album is dripping with a ton of lost love in its words. Holy Hell whose disaster of a relationship ended up as the main source of inspiration on this album? Kim or Pye? Yikes….! As shitty as life can be at least Alana Loves Me! Ha!

So after all those years away and once I seen this album in Montreal it was a no brainer to pick up!

An album that for all intent and purposes I filed away as a couple of great tracks ends up being full of Great Tracks! Basically one of those good to see you’s followed by an actually  great to see ya!

Thats Shakin Like A Human Being!

 

 

Whitesnake/Evolutions(2017)

 

Whitesnake and more importantly David Coverdale has  been in the press lately promoting the huge mega selling 1987 album that featured the classic Still of the Night single amongst others!

This reissue intrigued me as to Dave went the extra mile and added bonus tracks that were not on the Canadian version originally along with a live show from 1988(more thoughts on that below) and as fellow blogger Destroyer of Harmony states the real ticket here are the demos that were finally made available 30 years later to hear how these tunes were constructed!

This is a monster reissue  with 44 tracks, clocking in at 3 hours and 57 minutes!

The Demos as of right now I cannot stop listening too.

What you get is Coverdale and John Sykes creating the songs we have heard a million times over yet at their earliest stages with just Dave and John jamming with Dave jibber jabbing words trying to make sense and add words to the guitar riffing of Sykes.

You can hear as the song progresses from its earliest stages as Coverdale has basically dubbed in as the song goes along to the actual demo form with the whole band playing. Basically the evolution as the title implies.

The 11 songs that make up the demo portion are as Destroyer stated are GOLD!

Sykes is a fuckin monster on these demos! His playing is ferocious on these demos! He alone is worth the listen as you hear him figure stuff out and as the song progresses to the solo sections he takes off!

Beyond a doubt he is brilliant!

Still of The Night begins and you can hear Dave figuring out words and John noodling around. Whats even cooler you hear an actual telephone ring in the background  and Dave adds “he hears the bells ringing” Amazing stuff with  Coverdale clapping along to keep a beat as Sykes riffs and before too long you hear the song advancing to the actual demo stage and the solo is magic!

Bad Boys has a drum machine and at the beginning is in slow mo but as the song progresses you hear them speed up to the point that its faster than the studio version that we all have heard!

Straight from the Heart has a whole different chorus as Dave sings Love Drives You Crazy. I cannot believe these stayed buried for 30 years! Dave noodles around on a keyboard while John and him fool around with vocal lines.

Crying In The Rain is an absolute monster on the demo. Sykes destroys the six string during his solo as drummer Anysely Dunbar and bassist  Neil Murray hold down the fort!

Listen to the song posted above which is Is This Love where Sykes blazes a huge solo at the end of the demo. So friggin good!

Children of the Night in its earliest form is a great track. I have always loved this tune. Sykes just cranking out huge riff after riff….

I never understood Coverdale’s motive for firing John Sykes/ Anysley Dunbar/ Neil Murray and producer Mike Stone as soon as their parts were done but after listening to these demos I see why!

Sykes is the deal here and it sounds like Coverdale wanted all the fame which is what he got but don’t forget the dude who wrote the riff’s!

Sykes though was smart. To this day he collects 50 percent of the publishing off of this album and perhaps thats why he doesn’t do too much publicly!

After Sykes was booted Coverdale hit the road with a whole new version of Whitesnake which featured Vivian Campbell/Rudy Sarzo/Tommy Aldridge/Adrian Vandenberg.  Added on to this deluxe 87 album  is a live show from Tokyo from 1988.

This audio show is ok to say the least as its heavy on the 1987 and Slide It In albums but the guitar work especially during the solos are disappointing to say the least as neither Vandenberg or Campbell have the firepower that Sykes brought to the table!

Basically Adrian and Vivian took these solos to the shop! A butcher’s shop that is. I don’t get it as Vandenberg on his own solo material is awesome as was Campbell in DIO/Def Leppard but in Whitesnake its a different sloppy ball game. Maybe a bad night in Tokyo? Too much hairspray? Too much Tawny?

Dunno…..

I wonder if Sykes has ever heard this live show? If so he is probably laughing and he must have really laughed when on the 1988 MTV Music Awards (I think it was) when Vandenberg used a violin bow during their performance of Still of the Night!**

No wonder Robert Plant went bat shit crazy when he seen that!

** I checked and watched  Vandenberg as he does indeed use the violin bow during the Snakes appearance on the 87 MTV Awards! Watching it gave me a chuckle how Coverdale took what he and Sykes created and flushed it down the crapper by this performance just to sell a few more million copies!

I miss the 80’s!

HAHAHA!

Greta Van Fleet/Black Smoke Rising(2017)

You know it takes a lot for me to purchase any new rock nowadays but in 2017 it has been two bands that have made me take notice.

The first act was Royal Blood and now the second is Greta Van Fleet.

At work we have a radio playing our local rock station 94 Fm that I swear to god are funded by 3 Doors Down as they play those guys continuously to the point where my head feels fuzzy and I get nauseous whenever I hear “Kryptonite” or that “Hear Without You” sap track!

Having said that!  One afternoon with the radio blaring a song came on that my pal Frank The Tank commented with a “Holy Shit these guys sound like Zeppelin!”

I agreed it did sound like Zeppelin and what not but I had no idea who it was as myself and Frank where saying these fella’s sounded decent!

Maybe a day tor two later Frank spun into work and said “Those Zeppelin like guys names are Greta Van Fleet!

Highway Tune is the track that is elbowing its way to a ton of play here in Tbay when 3 Doors Down isn’t hogging the airwaves!

BINGO! We got a winner! Thanks Frank The Tank!

Off to iTunes and for $4.96 I purchased the debut 4 song EP from these dudes who look real young but have dug deep into the old school sound of rock and hey for sure there are a ton of snippets of Zep smatterings throughout! Who cares! A good song is a good song and these Cats have the chops to back it up! Must also mention that down the road GVF will be releasing two more EP’s to make one full album. Kinda a smart move for a new band. Make your EP available at half the cost of a full LP! Interesting……

Dudes of Greta…

  • Josh Kiszka – lead vocals
  • Sam Kiszka – bass guitar
  • Danny Wagner– drums 
  • Jake Kiszka – lead guitar

Cool that the band features 3 brothers so there must have been some real serious jamming going on down in Mom and Dads basement!

The 4 songs…Highway Tune/Safari Song/Flower Power and Black Smoke Rising are all killer tracks, Huge Drum sound/Killer guitarist/Bassist and excellent Lead Vocals. The production has indeed a total 70’s vibe. I read an interview with one of the guys and he said they grew up listening to a ton of vinyl so that  explains the Zep deal but I’m sure as they move forward they will carve out their own identity  and figure it out..

For now though this is a great little ass kicker EP that you should all check out….

KISS/Dynasty(1979)

Folks! This is my 500th Post! Kinda Bizarro that my very first review 500 posts ago was my first ever Arena show which was KISS (1979)and here we are at numero 500 and it’s another KISS review! This was not planned but when it comes to KISS they sure are fun to write about as they have taken me to the cleaners more than a few times over the years but this Blog gives me the opportunity to say what I wanna say about em! Good and Bad! Thanks to you all that have been along  for the ride!

As you were….

Being Halloween and being the month that I first seen Kiss years back in 1979 why not a Makeup Review ..Trick or Treat ….

May 23rd 1979 Kiss unleashes Dynasty an album that finds KISS at the cross roads. A new disco like sound on a single/ a Drummer on his way out the door(Anton Fig drummed on all the tracks except for one tune/ a Lead Guitarist with a new-found creative outburst that probably irked the two founders/ a band that thought they could do no wrong and a 12-year-old kid named Deke that was buying everything up on site that said KISS.

From the outside things look hunky dory but that could be further from the truth!

From 1974-1979 Kiss released 7 studio albums. 4 solo albums. 2 Double Live albums and One Double Greatest Hits album.

That is a boatload of music and KISS kept cranking them out and we known as the KISS ARMY were buying into the Kiss game plan which for KISS  was push product. People will buy and being a young age I wouldn’t know good from bad …well ok Peter Criss’ solo album was a complete disaster and back in late 78 I even figured that one out as an 11 year old!

So when Dynasty hit the streets I was onboard as in my world Paul Stanley/Gene Simmons/Ace Frehley/Peter Criss could do no wrong or could they….

I Was Made For Lovin You with that Demon thumping bass driven tone leads off the festivities  and Paul Stanley hooks up with the sounds of the disco clubs and gives KISS a huge hit. This song when I was 12 I dug as I got older it tired on me as it really wasn’t KISS but KISS fishing for a hit which worked. Desmond Child gets the co write and this begins a string of co write hits with a ton of artists throughout the 80’s. So for that Stanley succeeded but if I was 17 at the time maybe I would have thought different of this track. Who knows. Over time though this track has grown on me as I see what these guys were trying to accomplish and for that I’m ok with it. I don’t want to listen to it right now but if it comes on the satellite radio in the vehicle I’ll listen to it but on my iPod I skip it! HA!

Ace Frehley the one with the new-found creative drive grabs The Rolling Stones song 2000 Man and makes it his own track like he wrote it! Ace slips an slides on this song as his street like demeanour comes through in spades. Anton Fig drives the drums (weird saying that) on this track and Ace doubles up a great vocal with a great solo and for me this is where Dynasty begins! 2000 Man is the opening song on Dynasty. In my world that is…..

Melodic Rock Paul steps up with Sure Know Something. This track is a pretty decent song that has radio written all over it. The chorus is the money shot which is kinda syrupy in spots but will give you that a few minutes hum along after the song has ended. Or maybe not…

The soon to be punted Peter Criss gets the fourth track Dirty Livin all to himself as he sings and makes his only drum appearance on Dynasty. Course at the time I had no idea that Dirty Livin would be Petey’s final hail mary toss to the end zone on a KISS studio album at the time. This isn’t a bad track. Not great, not forgettable as its just there!

What the Hell??! Side Two begins with Demon Gene Simmons finally getting a track and that track is Charisma. This track cracks me up as Genie Gene mumbles and growls his vocals like the God of Thunder just conquered Cher. Oh yeah he did but this tune is full of what I call dumbo rock but I can still listen to this and walk around afterwards saying “What is myyyyy…..Charismaaaaaa!” Funny stuff!

Whoah Starchild steps right up with a real slick guitar riff in the form of Magic Touch. Great track that KISS should have played live back in this era. Well constructed song.

Space Ace fresh from his new creativity outburst from a year earlier (1978) gets his due and delivers in Spades a track that is very autobiographical if there ever was one with Hard Times. Great hard rocking track as Ace knows his strengths and considering Gene and Paul thought Ace was a mess at times when the chips were down Ace just cranks out one of those end of the album Gems! Plus I love the way his vocals sounded like they were recorded live in one take!

Not to be outdone Demon steps up with X-Ray Eyes that is a real good Gene track but whoah only two Gene tracks on Dynasty? Yup Gene  blew his ego fueled load all over that crazy solo album of his of which some of it was good and some not so… Who was gonna tell these guys back in the mid to late 70’s “Ah these songs aren’t that good!” Exactly! No one as if you were on the Aucoin Payroll I’m sure you were told to keep your trap shut!

Ace kicks in the studio door with another sure-fire winner with Save Your Love which rockets this album with a spectacular Ace solo as well as KISS step up and deliver a super-duper 3 pack end of the album  send off!

KISS 79 was in shambles. Not that I noticed. I kept buying whatever they were selling and after the tour was finished for this album it was adios amigos Catman!

 

Whitesnake /1987

 

Today (Oct 27th) is when the 3Oth Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Whitesnakes classic self titled 1987 is re-released! I will give Coverdale credit as the deluxe looks cool with a bunch of demos/unreleased studio tracks  and a live show from 1988 included as well along with the original running track of the album

I thought it would be a good time to repost this as I  had originally had posted  it back in November 2014! Course I have cleaned it up and added and subtracted a few things but basically I kept the vibe of it the same! Yup I preordered the deluxe off of iTunes and I gotta thank Da Heff for that!!

ENJOY….

So back in April of 1987 I tuned into that radio online show Rockline that was on 94 Fm here in Tbay on Monday nights at 1130pm – 1 am. David Coverdale was going to  be on plugging the soon to be released 1987 album and new single Still of The Night! So Bob Coburn(RIP) intros Coverdale and they play Still Of The Night and I’m blown away. Holy shit! David  and John Sykes (guitar and co writer) have blasted off a bunch of heavier up Zep riffs complete with complimentary violin bow! And man. Mine and Tbones socks were blown off!

But here comes the shocker. Ol Cov tells me the listener that there is a new Whitesnake in play! I already knew Cozy Powell had left 2 years earlier due to $$$$ but now Ansley Dunbar(drummer on the 1987 album)….. gone. Neil Murray on bass…..,.gone. The biggest shocker of all John Sykes who cowrote 7 of the 9 tracks on 1987….gone! David canned the whole band after he recorded the album( this explains no pics of the band on the album. They were all fired!) Filling the disposed members spots were Rudy Sarzo(x-Quiet Riot) Vivian Campbell (x-Dio) Tommy Aldridge(x-Ozzy ) and Adrian Vandenberg(x- of his own band Vandenberg) all good players but for fucks sake man! Whitesnake or more importantly ol Cov was turning over musicians like he was running a McDonalds!

Dave rolls different lineups on pretty much every Snake studio album. 1987 is no different from any others. Check out destroyerofharmony a WordPress blog where he describes in great detail what went down with Sykes And Coverdale. Click link below!

https://destroyerofharmony.com/?s=john+sykes+firing

Having said all this …. Whitesnake is like a soap opera man…..

Let’s check out how Sykes took Coverdale into new territories and the thanks Sykes gets is the BOOT!

CRYING IN THE RAIN-This is Covs tune from years earlier but Sykes,Murray and Dunbar tighten it up into a big rock sound and they push the sonic’s and it’s pretty clear early on that this is gonna be a big sounding rock album and  it was sounding huge on my Walkman! Sykes sets himself up a guitar hero here and its huge riffs after riffs! No fooling around with Snake 87! Bombastic let’s say!

BAD BOYS- Sykes continues his dominance with super-duper riffs and he rips right out of the opening gate with Bad Boys! Dunbar lays down some super crazy double bass and Whitesnake is shifting gears and going into parts unknown! Coverdale lays down some serious singing on this tune and well it’s great! Also of note me and Tbone went almost deaf blasting this song all summer long in his car in 87! We were cool back than! Or so we thought!

STILL OF THE NIGHT-Here it is. The song that Robert Plant hates! But that many loved and still do as its played on rock radio all the time! This is epic Snake…when Cov launches into his vocal delivery with ‘In The Still Of The Night….” Bammo Sykes kicks Jimmy Page in the nuts and steals the riff and Psyches(Sykes) us all out! Man this song is crazy good! 7 minutes of big riffs,big drums,Cov yelping ‘get over here’ and the middle section of the song that probably irked Plant most was the part  where it sounds like the violin bow which I think they used in the video for Still Of The Night! Hahaha…let it go Bobby Plant. Where all  trying to make a livin here! Now speaking of the video the hired guns are in this live video that I posted and not the real dudes that recorded the studio track! So let’s do the math here, I betcha at this show back in 87 about 98% of the people would not know the difference that these weren’t the studio guys on the record with the other 2% hollering ‘Scabs!’

Check out the live clip of Still of the Night below! The end of it is classic as the Snakes take their bow and as their running off stage Tommy Aldridge bends over in front of Coverdale and tosses something back(drumstick?) and nails Ol Coverdale right in the noggin! HAHAHA….. Classic Coverdale holding his head as he heads off stage for I’m sure a good yell at Aldridge!  You can’t make this shit up!

HERE I GO AGAIN- The video of that crazy Ol Cougar and Cov getting it on like a bang a gong and shit people fell for it. Whitesnake became a household name in North America cuz of this track which is another remake from an earlier Snake album that no one in North America heard! If anything Bernie Marsden who had long been booted from Whitesnake must have enjoyed the payday as he’s the co writer on here with Cov. I remember and I’m being honest here about liking this track and man when I heard it on the radio they jacked up the keys on it and it sounded like crap! Leave it the fuck alone will ya’s! But I know why Cov and Kalodner ( guy who signed  Whitesnake to Geffen in the US) did it. They wanted radio play and well it worked but I’m sure I’m not the only diehard  alienated by this move! Must mention that it was Adrian Vandenberg that laid  down the solo on this song and who knows why? Perhaps Sykes already had gotten the boot!

GIMMIE ALL YOUR LOVE-Sykes /Dunbar/Murray kick off side 2 with a flurry and man this song rocks and Sykes once again peels off a monster solo! You know by the 5th song here it’s like Sykes must have had to contain himself from overplaying on the Slide It In album. This album so far is full of bombastic riffs that just soar!

IS THIS LOVE?- Cov and the boys slam on the breaks and ask the lady’s Is This Love? Umm ok,this tune is really not my kind of deal but it’s ok and I know the game that is being played here. Cov and Sykes want to impress the soccer moms out there. Actually were there even soccer moms back in 87? Sykes as well must have smoked a couple of huge fattys before he did the solo as the guy slams on the breaks with his power riffing and shows us all he can chill at times! Take a bow dude!

CHILDERN OF THE NIGHT-Boom where back to mega riff central and the Snakes just riff and roll thru this blazing track! Cov sounds good on this record and man I couldn’t believe it that he had a ton of vocal troubles for a few years previous too 1987 being released!

STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART- How could this not be a single? This is a great song and Sykes gets a real cool tone out of his guitar on this right of the gate! Man its 80s Rock guitar once again but you know what? This is one of those sleeper songs!  No  surprise huh? No surprise !

DON’T WALK AWAY- Cov bids adieu to 1987 Snake with this slow closer but I like it! It’s good and probably why I like it was for the fact that it wasn’t a single and overplayed to friggin death! Thanks for not getting greedy Mr Coverdale!

IN CONCLUSION- DC and Sykes created a masterpiece and people bought this thing like hotcakes and it sold millions and of course the videos further propelled the album sales but man 30 years later I can’t fathom watching that crazy chick do her thing with ol Cov.  Must say I always dug this cover as it was far away as  a Metal looking cover as possible! Kudos to artist  Hugh Syme. I’m sure John Sykes must have laughed somewhat watching those vids and I’m sure the payday he received somewhat compensated from him getting turfed! The guitar playing is just plain sick on this! Kudos to John Sykes….

 

Damon Johnson/Birmingham Tonight (2017)

Damon Johnson is one talented cat folks! No only did he front his own band Brother Cane (excellent debut) but he also was a member of Alice Coopers band and is currently playing with some Thin Lizzy dudes in an act  called Black Star Riders.

It was on Facecrack that rock scribe/podcast guy Mitch Lafon had a post about DJ putting out a live album with a bunch of Solo/Brother Cane and some other musical nuggets along the way!

My only concern was this going to be an whole unplugged kinda deal as I’m burnt out on the whole acoustic thing.

This my friends is not! This album rocks from the opening track Horses & Needles to the last track a blistering harmonica driven rocker Got No Shame. 

The production is live sounding. Direct from a bar stage!

Basically 16 tracks of Hard Rock. Great vocals the band that backs Johnson is  tight. The guitars of Johnson and Tony Higbee are wicked as at times they play like there is no tomorrow!

A ton of highlights here including  Hard Act To Follow/Fools Shine On and a scorching hot cover of Lizzy’s Boys Are Back In Town make this album a must own!