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!

 

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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!

 

 

 

Greatest Guest Post’s: 2loud2oldmusic

Well this is my last Guest Post for this month as I’m taking a wee break! Actually I basically took this whole month off as I let Blog Nation take over and I hope you all dug these Post’s! Next December I will feature a batch of other Blogger’s posts so stay tuned! 

I hope everyone has a Merry  Christmas and as always Thanks for reading!

Hailing from North Carolina is the fantastic Blog ‘2loud2oldmusic’ written by John T Snow. John’s site is one of my early am go to’s before I start my day off especially on Fridays as he always posts what the new releases of the week are. Sometime’s new stuff comes out that I have no idea about but thanks to John he’s covering all bases!

John as well goes beyond and above, that extra mile as when he   reviews an album or song sometimes he ranks a bands whole catalogue from ‘Worst to First’. 

For John’s entry I went with RATT…Check it out and Follow Mr Snow!

Ratt – The Albums Ranked Worst to First

 

Greatest Guest Post’s: Heavy Metal Overload

HMO who hails from Scotland is a Fantastic Writer of all things Metal/Black Metal/Death Metal/Glam Metal basically all things Metal!  HMO loves the heavy stuff period but he does have a soft spot in his Metal Heart for the Melodic Side of Metal/Hard Rock!

Below is one of my Fav’s of his which is a  review of Dokken’s Tooth and Nail album which garnered a lot of comments especially  in regards to George Lynch’s Hair colour!

Check out Scott’s stuff and do follow ….

Dokken – Tooth And Nail (Review)

Greatest Guest Post’s: Mike Ladano

Ok folk’s! Here’s one for the ages!  From Kitchener Ontario!  The one an only Mikey Ladano in which Mikey’s was the first blog I ever discovered about 5 years ago when I was surfing the internet and came across Mikey’s WordPress Site!

I commented on his Helix interview with Brian Vollmer and after that cruised his site and seen that he reviewed about 400 KISS Albums hahaha Twice over hahahaha… I thought this  guy’s whacked! 

Seriously though I was impressed and told him that and he laughed and told me he dated a girl from Tbay who took a bunch of his cassette tapes to our local dump here in Thunder Bay! So that has become a running gag at times over the years…

What has to go down as one of my all time fave blog reads was when Mikey reviewed Ace Frehleys 1988 Second Sighting release in which Mikey gave it a 4.25/5 review!

What really is a hoot is when the Drummer on this Frehley album(not telling you his name you need to read this post and find out for yourself!) commented on what was being said about his drumming….

I tagged Ladano as a Troublemaker in which he really isn’t but hell it’s fun and he  hasn’t told me to shut my pie hole about it…YET!

So as you will find out you never know who will show up and comment…. So kick back..read the post and the comments as well! 

Shit folks pour yourself a strong drink….and enjoy!

REVIEW: Frehley’s Comet – Second Sighting (1988)

Greatest Guest Post’s: 1001 Albums In 10 Years

1001 Albums In 10 Years is a fabulous written blog that is run by Geoff Stephen. Geoff every Sunday posts a Quiz on WordPress on an artist/band and it’s a good mind scratcher at times as I don’t have any idea but it’s still ok at my age to learn about new artists!  To be Fair to Geoff he does feature Metal Acts in his quiz along with Hip Hop/Rap/Country you name it it’s there..

For this Guest Post I wanted you all to see how Geoff incorporates the use of Graphs in his reviews. It’s amazing really as I’m still trying to figure out Spell Check after 5 years on WordPress! HAHA!

If you’re wondering where Geoff lives here’s my quiz for ya! A song real famous here in Canada by a band that’s career was cut short Tragically! Do you recognize this opening line or the band name for that matter?

They shot a movie once in my home town
Every body was in it from miles around
Out at the speedway some kinda Elvis thing
Well I ain’t no movie star but I can get behind anything

CLICK-ENJOY-and FOLLOW as well as Verbalize the Positive!

https://1001albumsin10years.wordpress.com/2017/06/29/bob-dylan-time-out-of-mind-1997/

Greatest Guest Post’s: Keeps Me Alive: James Kayln and Mr Books

Keeps Me Alive is a Blog that is run by both Aaron (Mr Books) and James. I think they have been running Keeps Me Alive for about 20 years! ( James lives in Saskatchewan and Aaron is in Ontario)I could be wrong but I think I’m close! They are both fantastic writers and just plain good ol fashioned Canucks! Once again Click the link and follow these guys! It’s truly some amazing stuff ….

For this post I went with James and his excellent review of when Jack White rolled into his hometown recently. Whats truly amazing about this piece is that James did it on memory! No Cell phone/ No Cheating! Click the lInk below and read on…

https://keepsmealive.wordpress.com/2018/11/17/slcr-328-jack-white-november-5-2018/

For Mr Books I went with his huge ball of enthusiasm when he documented minute by minute/word for word the time he went and  seen the Mighty Iron Maiden  for the first time!

https://keepsmealive.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/iron-maiden-2016-04-03/

 

 

Hard Rock Album and Concert Reviews! (Odd Book Review as well!)