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Brother Cane/Brother Cane(1993)

Brother Cane put out a real solid debut album and it gained a bit of traction but the big problem for this album was the year of its release which was 1993!

Growing up a Hard Rock Fan in the 80s and by the time the Grunge Tidal Wave hit in 1991 Music had changed. We all know the culprits from the Pacific Northwest that basically took the whole Hard Rock/Metal Scene and flushed it down the toilet for a few years.

What did I do you ask? Hey! Thanks for asking! When Maiden/Leppard put out there releases at this time I still purchased but as a whole the millions that did in the 80s went the other way.

In certain circumstances though some albums would trickle out on a Major Label of all things and really catch my ear. The debut from Brother Cane was one of those albums!

Before we go any further….

The Dudes…

Damon Johnson – lead vocals, guitar
Roman Glick – guitar
Glenn Maxey – bass guitar
Scott Collier – drums

The Tune’s Of Cane!

“Got No Shame” – 4:34
“Hard Act to Follow” – 4:35
“How Long” – 4:55
“Don’t Turn Your Back on Me” – 4:54
“Woman” – 5:32
“Pressure” – 4:27
“The Last Time” – 5:41
“The Road” – 4:41
“That Don’t Satisfy Me” – 4:42
“Stone’s Throw Away” – 4:38
“Make Your Play” – 7:11

Got No Shame the opening track cooks from the get go and its a ramped up romper stomper of a track! Tons of loud rock guitar mashed up with a distorted harmonica along  with driving drums and a rock solid drum beat blast this song right out of the gates! Damon Johnson has a tailor-made rock throat that has an edge of super coolness to it. Hell toss in some cowbell during the chorus and Woop Woop we got a Winner! I suggest you watch the video of Got No Shame below and be prepared to have your ass kicked by a great tune!

Damon Johnson who wrote all these tracks himself shifts gears on this album and its apparent by the second song in that Damon didn’t write 11 Tracks of Got No Shame. Hard Act To Follow has that 1990’s early Black Crowes like vibe and as the harmonica is put down out comes a Hammond like organ with a nice mix of acoustic and electric mixed in. Great chorus as well. No,make that catchy as Heck!

That’s the great thing about this album as Damon shows up as a huge songwriter who doesn’t pigeonhole himself as one kind of songwriter. Give this man credit he definitely was not following the ‘Trend” so to speak.

The rest of the album follows the same like vibe. Bluesy swampy rock at times followed by tunes with added textures of keys and  acoustic sounds that enhance the songs not detract.

The album doesn’t let up with tracks like That Don’t Satisfy Me in which Johnson has a real knack from hard rock blues swamp rock!

Give B.C credit though as they gave it a shot in Kurt Cobain County Circa 1993…

Great album still….

 

 

Bachman/Any Road(1993)

 

“Neil Went To Play For A While In Thunder Bay” sings Randy Bachman on the opening track Praire Town on the very good album by Randy simply called Bachman. The Neil that Randy refers to is of course Neil Young who hung around Tbay for a while than split to the U.S and we know the rest of the story right?!

Randy I would have to say writes awesome tunes of Blue Collar Rawk and to prove my point it just takes one listen to Takin Care Of Business from his band back in the early to mid 1970’s Bachman Turner Overdrive  to hear it. Randy writes simple yet good catchy Ear Candy and 1993’s Bachman album proves this point!

Randy snagged not only Neil Young but Margo Timmons from the Cowboy Junkies to round out the opening track Praire Town. Check out the vid below!

Dig that video with Neil! Those guitars must have been jacked up to 11 in the studio! They sound Loud while the band looks like there having fun! Like those Throwback Creeper Glasses Randy’s sporting while Neil looks like he rolled out of bed tossed on his ball cap backwards and said “Let’s Do This!!”

The Tunes From The Prairie Town…


1 Prairie Town
Guitar – Neil Young
Vocals – Margo Timmins, Neil Young
Written-By – Randy Bachman
4:27
2 Any Road
Written-By – Randy Bachman
5:14
3 I Wanna Shelter You
Written-By – Denise McCann, Randy Bachman
4:46
4 Overworked And Underpaid
Vocals – Callianne Bachman
Written-By – Randy Bachman
3:25
5 15 Minutes Of Fame
Written-By – Randy Bachman
4:05
6 Tailspin
Written-By – Randy Bachman
4:43
7 Vanishing Heroes
Written-By – Randy Bachman
3:43
8 One Step Ahead Of The Law
Written-By – Randy Bachman
3:33
9 It’s Only Money
Written-By – Randy Bachman
5:05
10 One Night In Texas
Written-By – Randy Bachman
3:43
11 Why Am I Lonely
Jew’s Harp – Denise McCann
Written-By – Talmage Bachman
4:00
12 Prairie Town
Guitar – Neil Young
Vocals – Margo Timmins, Neil Young
Written-By – Randy Bachman

This is a nice little 12 Pack Of CanRawk! I posted at the top of this article the other video for the second track called Any Road which the album is titled after. Any Road is a great track actually one of my Fav Randy tracks with a real slick chorus of “See Ya Later”. The song is a well crafted tune as Randy even has an organ adding not taking away from the song! Actually the Organ enhances this track! Did I just say that?

Signed Randy Bachman T Shirt and CD From Tbone's Rock Vault!
Signed Randy Bachman T Shirt and CD From Tbone’s Rock Vault!

Lot’s of great guitaring on this album different style of pickings! At times chill like I Wanna Shelter You.

Randy does dig into the Blue Collar Rock here with Overworked And Underpaid  whereas  Tailspin is old school ZZ Top Rock complete with ZZ’s mid 80’s Synth driving the tune along with Randys guitar!

Now the album ends with an acoustic version of Prairie Town which I  usually fret upon but this one Rocks! Well not that kind of Rocks but one which is chill,features some nice lap steel and Margo adds to the song with her angelic like voice! It’s not all boom and bust for the Rand-Man! Neil probably rolled a High Heater and had to take a Huge Toke A Roo to chillax for this one! Great ending to this album!

This would be up to that point (1993) the last Bachman album I bought until 2015’s very good Heavy Blues album!

If ya stumble across either of em….

Grab Em!

Arcade/Arcade (1993)

1993 ! Kurt Cobain and The Seattle Tsunami  wiped out everything 80s Rock or as the Kids would say Hair Metal!

Yeah, well tell Stephen Pearcy(ex Ratt Lead Singer) that! Steve-O did not get that memo! By quitting Ratt in 1991 he formed Arcade with drummer Fred Coury(Fred was in  the band Cinderella and left that band I believe around the same time.)

From there Stephen and Fred secured a major record deal with Epic Records while others from the so-called Hair Genre(Warrant, Posion,Winger,BulletBoys,White Lion and many more) just crumbled  into Quicksand known as Grunge!

This album on so many levels Kicks Ass! Even Til this day! Pearcy and Coury when they began writing tunes did the right  thing and did some co writes with Jim Vallance(Bryan Adams sidekick songwriter for many a year).

Some will say ‘its kinda like Ratt” Sure it is but this is Pearcys deal as Ratt was his deal as it was his voice but Arcade kinda kicks it up a notch a little more Sleaze Ball Sunset Strip Style RnR for my liking!

So Stephen and Fred along with Frankie Wilsex(guitar) Donny Syracuse(guitar) & Michael Andrews(bass) roll up their sleeves and slam down what I consider a real good blast from the past  LA Rock but at the time keeping  the eye on not being stagnant and trying to move forward in a market at the time that didn’t want to know about them!

The Songs…..

“Dancin’ with the Angels”
“Nothin’ to Lose”
“Calm Before the Storm”
“Cry No More”
“Screamin’ S.O.S.”
“Never Goin’ Home”
“Messed Up World”
“All Shook Up”
“So Good… So Bad…”
“Livin’ Dangerously”
“Sons and Daughters”
“Mother Blues”

Arcade light the Sleaze Fuse with Dancin With The Angels the opening track as they rocket out of the gate with the best song that Aerosmith didn’t write in the 1990s! Seriously Dancin sets the tempo with a ton of bottom end between Fred’s Drums and Micheals  Bass while  the buzz saw guitars lay down some slick slide  work at a pissed off pace set forth by the rhythm section! Add in some Steve Tyler ‘Yelps’ at the beginning and we’re off! Think Aerosmith finding there stash and dipping into it and hitting the Sonic Highway….Yeah Man This Rocks! Watch the video and Yup Crank It!

Nothin To Lose begins with some serious Bass and drums with some added percussion added to the fire and here’s the first of four Vallance co writes as  Pearcy and Company are not easing off the gas folks! Nothin To Lose is a straight ahead take no prisoners track and keeps the Party Bus rolling! Catchy Chorus and Pearcy could always nail down a decent hook. Must mention the two guitar players  Frankie and Donny as they play cool solos on this album not that dipity do dah wank fests of the 80s! This here is the 90s!

Calm Before The Storm is a beast of a track! The  song starts off with guitars a riffing at a slow yet heavy clip and almost with a tinge of Aero tossed in for good flavour! The verses here are dope sick excellent as Pearcy takes control of the song and the Arcade Boys back him up! Wowzer’s! The vibe is so good! The Video is posted at the top of page. Crank it!

Oh Oh! Track 4 is the Ballad! Cry No More is built around the piano but due to the excellent production this song does not whimper  but more like a kicker and I’m real good with this style of ballad per se! This not your Poison Ballad Like Drivel(take your pick)Arcade and basically Coury drives this song and I must mention on this album Fred has 7 co writes on this record of course Pearcy dabbles in all 12 tracks but give it up for the Drummer Guy!  Cry No More really ramps and catches fire at the end with a real sweet spot of Syrupy Hard Rock that is so freaking good that I  can honestly say that these 4 tracks stand up and in some cases are better than the first 4 tracks on some  Ratt albums….Yup! You read that right!

The rest of Arcade is No Frills Rock N Roll and Pearcy delivers as this is his style and he doesn’t  reinvent the wheel. Steve-o just adds air to the tires and blasts off!

Screamin S.O.S,Never Goin’ Home,Messed Up World,All Shook Up totally subscribe to the theory of Loud Guitars,Big Drums and Great Vocal Screechin!

At the back end of the album is the piano driven ballad So Good…..So Bad and for all the times I holler ” I hate syrup added with cheese” in regards to Sap Tracks. Pearcy man his vocals sound tortured and he digs deep into the vocal and pulls it off. Surprising? No not really even back in the Ratt Hey Day of the roaring 80s Steve could dial-up a decent slow-paced track and not syrup out the sonics!

The album finishes up with Sons & Daughters(short little acoustic ditty) followed by the end of the album Acoustic  Driven Mother Blues

Ass Kicker of a debut comes to mind and this album is a classic!

On a side note I have to Thank Aaron from the K.M.A who about a year was going to Toronto with Mikey Ladano and Aaron always asks everyone in the blogging community if they want him to look for albums that are hard to find! We call it the Holy Grail!

I tossed out Arcade!( misplaced this album years ago and my policy is I will not review anything that is not in my iPod )Aaron looked last year couldn’t  find it and that was that right?!

Wrongo! Sitting in my inbox a few weeks back was the full album sent to me! Aaron called it Christmas In May! Ha! So true and then a few days later the cd arrived via Snail Mail! Aaron living in Southern Ontario tracked Arcade down in Nova Scotia!

Thanks Heaps Aaron….

Community……….

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers/Greatest Hits (1993)

Well Well Well….I’m breaking total protocol here as this is my first ever Greatest Hits Review! Who woulda thunk it right Arena Rockers? Well for me it was simple Kiss and Aerosmith are the Whores of Greatest Hits sets and it used to piss me off when they would put out a Greatest Hits Set after Greatest Hits  Set ! Like C’mon man I mean the last time and the final nail in the Greatest Hits Coffin for me was when Kiss released that Complilation You Wanted The Best(1996)…remember that one? Those Ol grease paint fella’s suckered OL deKEs once again with the slick move of saying that Room Service,Two Timer amd Let Me Know  were left overs from the Kiss Alive Tour Of 1975.

Wowzers i was hooked Gene and Paul loaded up the Kiss Syringe and I shot up! I will tell you all coming off the Kiss buzz was a baaaaaad joke! There’s no way those three tunes (Room Service,Two Timer,Let Me Know ) were from 75. They sounded too slick,too new and to top it off they included like a 15 minute interview with Jay Leno on the end of the greatest hits! File this under Arena Rock Guide Chapter 7 paragraph 2 titled “Who Gives A Aaaaaaaaargh!”

You think I would have learned my lesson back in 1988 when I bought the Kiss Comp Smashes Thrashes and Hits and than along with the classic Kiss tracks which I already owned Kiss include two new studio turds one being Lets Put The X In Sex and You Make Me Rock Hard….call me DumbAss!

So i have issues with these sappy sucker comps! More power to you’s out there that like Greatest Hits Comps(hello Rockin Roberts and BMellis) and that’s ok i still respect ya’s! Hahaha!

Tom Petty i dug especially that Full Moon Fever album from 1989! But I never had all of his stuff  up to when I bought Full Moon Fever the only Petty I owned was that live  thingy  of his called “Pack Up The Plantation’ so when this Greatest Hits  album dropped in 93 I was onboard!

Tom Petty and his Heartbreakers which included Benmont Tech on keys,sidekick Mike Campbell on guitar,Stan Lynch on drums,Ron Blair and Howie Epstein both on bass at different times of course and these guys rolled (Ahem!) more than a few hits ….

Lets take a lookey at what I consider a real good set of classics…..

DeKEs The Torpedeos!

AMERCIAN GIRL-nice use of jingle jangle guitar and the off beat of the drums and we’re off American Girl rocks in a Petty way! Great lyrics, great beat just a great opener!

BREAKDOWN-Petty and the Heartbreakers shift gears and slow it down with a real good mid tempish Song! Breakdown has a real strong chorus and the keys sound good here!

LISTEN TO YOUR HEART-jingle jangle of guitars start the tune and Lynch drives the beat with his drums. Petty says the chicks splitting with the cocaine! Say it ain’t so! I love the sound of these old albums as the production is just too slick nowadays! Boo on them man cuz this is where the shit is fun folks!

I NEED TO KNOW-I like the piano line in this tune and it basically leads the tune off to some real catchy regions! Nice use of the old philospy of don’t bore us get to the chorus and than insert a cool Campbell  solo for good measure!

REFUGEE-whoah if you have never heard Refugee I guess you have been sonically frozen for the last 35 years or so. Great groove of the tune especially with the Hammond B3 driving along with Lynchs drums! Dig the backing vocals Refugeeeeee! Yeah man great tune ….

DON’T DO ME LIKE THAT-love the interplay of the piano and drums at the start! Love Pettys lyrics on the verses right into the chorus! The mid part of the song speeds up and man the Breakers slow it back down. Another all time great!

EVEN THE LOSERS-cool rhythms used on this tune and the songs gold is the chorus with the drums and bass locked in and Campbell tosses down another real good solo! Petty being a good singer is a great songwriter! Period!

HERE COMES MY GIRL-Lynch and Campbell drive this tune! Petty kinda talks his way thru this track until the chorus where it sounds likes he’s gonna lose his shit than he viola sings the chorus! Almost likey singing a duet with himself ! Ha!

THE WAITING-a staple like many on classic rock stations! Another real good blast of mid tempo rock! Toss in some Hey Yeah Hey’s in for some good measure and cool beans the bass is jacked on this tune especially along with the cool ol use of tambourine in the Chorus!

YOU GOT LUCKY-kinda creepy synth drives this tune. Off tune and off key but not! It’s a bizarre tune too be honest but Petty fuels the energy for some power chords and I’m real ok with that!

DON’T  COME AROUND HERE  NO MORE-always dug this tune! Sitars and drum machines and man the weaving and bobbing of the instruments is well done with time changes galore. Petty is tripping and he’s taking me with him! Woo hoo! Just did my first hit of Petty Ectasy! Wowzers friends I don’t want to come down…..great tune! Trippy video from what I recall!

I WON’T BACK DOWN-Petty hooks up Jeff Lynne he of ELO (Space Aces Favs) Fame co writes this and the next 5 songs together and man what Gems they are! Who as a rock fan didn’t buy Full Moon Fever? Some times the simplest of somgs like this one are classics! Campbell’s guitar drives the song in the verses and Petty delivers the rest! And I won’t back doooooown!

RUNNIN DOWN A DREAM-speaking of Campbell’s guitar driving a tune. This one is it! Campbell and guitar sounds evil in a contempary kind of way! This song even though it’s been played to death I can still handle! The friggin song is 26 years old but still sounds fresh! Great everything about this tune! Petty sings a great track and man  no one knocks Petty!

FREE FALLIN-Wowzers the big selling single…..ha Remember the vid with Petty cruising around a Shopping Mall strumming his acoustic! Of course Ya did! Free Fallin is a slower temple of a song but Petty had the uncanny knack of keeping my metal fried brain amused with his Simple Simon writing approach which equals real classic rock songs no matter at what pace there delivered at!

LEARNING TO FLY-over time this has become one of my favourite Petty tunes! Co written with Jeff Lynne this song sweeps at a big bombastic sonically charged production! It is so well written and delivered by the Heartbreakers! I like the easiness of the production under Pettys voice during the chorus and I guess it’s the ELO effect that Lynne bought to Petty Central!

INTO THE GREAT WIDE OPEN-another great song,different pace almost Beatles like. The sonics on this tune are awesome.  Big sound from the Heartbreakers drives this tune. Petty tells a great story about a dude getting a tat in LA and a girl learning a few chords…A Rebel without a clue!

MARY JANES LAST DANCE-a song about smoke ha! It’s whatever U want it to be friends..discuss….cool harp played by Petty! Keep moving on! Love the drums on this …cool groove! That’s another great thing about this tune. At a time(1993) when Grunge Mania was sweeping North America Petty fires up a Heater and records the song like it’s from the 70s production wise. Man I love this stuff. Thanks Tom for just  doing what you do!

SOMETHING IN THE AIR-good  time strumming tune! Petty ends the album with a cover tune by some guys named Speedy Keen! Cool stuff and ends the album rockingly(Kinda!)

IN CONCLUSION- didn’t see this one coming eh folks! Yep I can count on one hand how many Greatest Hits I like but this one is a must! Kinda funny though I never had the urge to go and get all his stuff after this release. From here I did buy  Wildlowers and last year I bought Hypnotic Eye and that’s a pretty good album so my Petty collection is still scattered, as well  I do have a couple of Petty live Bootlegs that are great shows(from 1982 and 1990) …

This is a great comp album!