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Reissue & Issue….

 

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They all have in recent years have reissued Classic Albums from there back catalogue and they show us all  how a reissue is supposed to be done!

Reissue of what? You say! Well back in the 80s when I was snapping up everything Rock/Hard Rock and Metal (on Vinyl and later CD). Bands would put out certain albums that would  become what we  call now  Classic’s!

In this day and age and  in my case you really have to go that extra mile to get me to buy a reissue of an album I already had owned! Here are some Albums you should all check out!

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The Hip reissued a deluxe edition of there 1992 Classic album Fully Completely. The Hip added a couple of unreleased studio tracks but the real score was the live show recorded in Toronto the day Fully Completely was released. Gord Downie and posse play the album from the stage. All the song’s from it are played! Too be quite honest this is the best live Hip Recording I own. A close second would be the live Roxy album from 1991(Roxy is a Bootleg).

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Judas Priest have released Three Great Reissue’s! The first being 1980’s British Steel in which Priest back in 2010 added to the rerelease a couple of studio tracks plus a show added recorded that year of the full album being played front  to back with a few Old School Priest tracks tossed in.

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In 2012 came Priest with Screaming For Vengeance. Once again Rob and company pull out the stops with this one. They included a couple of bonus tracks and Live tracks from 1982’s Vengeance Tour. The bonus disc is a DVD from 1983’s  U.S Festival. Priest is on fire here at this show as they are playing in broad daylight in front of something like 250,000 People. Once again Priest step up with a great reissue.

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2014 came the 30th Anniversary of Defenders Of The Faith. This is another super-duper add! The original studio album is added of course but the real score is the second disc which is a Live show from 1984. All of Defenders is pretty much played live. A real great live show. Priest show everyone that if you put some thought into it you can make it really interesting.

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Not to be outdone Bryan Adams in 2014 reissued his 1984 Classic Reckless which is one of the all time greats! Adams added on a bunch of extra studio tracks that he had intended to use but other artists like Krokus( who cover Boy’s Night Out) and 38 Special (who cover Teacher Teacher) are done by Adams and Crew and you can hear these versions  for the first time ever. I still can’t believe Blue Oyster Cult turned down Run To You. Sucked for B.O.C but we all know what Run To You did for Adams! Bryan also with the Reckless reissue added a full show from England on his 1984-85 Tour. Another super-duper reissue …..

Tom Cochrane. This is the most interesting reissue of the bunch. I  had no intentions of buying this guys stuff. Sure when I heard or seen his vids back in the day I would watch and listen but I just never got into Cochrane’s music. Even 1991’s Mad Mad World I never purchased as we all know Life Is An Highway as the song and album sold by the Shitloads here in Canada. But here we are 25 years later and I was reading an online  interview with Tom and he had mentioned about how he reissued  Mad Mad World. Cool.  I thought as Tom talked he spoke of how he added a live show from Chicago that was recorded on that tour. The live show part intrigued me! Was this the time I take my first ever plunge into buying some Tommy? Yup I did folks. 25 years later! Better late than never. The live show covers even some Red Rider( One of my buddy Muc’s fav bands from back in the day) all the way up to 1991! Tom made it interesting  by adding the live portion. Atta Boy Tommy!unknown-15unknown-14

 

 

 

 

Recently Tesla (with Mechanical Resonance) and Extreme(Pornograffatti) went and put out live product of these two albums this year  with all the tracks being played.  Extreme’s with  the Porno album played it front  to back. These are just single disc releases and are awesome as well.

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Oasis is a band that I dig. There Like Rush in that your either in or your out in liking them. I found there string of 90’s albums quite good particularly 1997’s Be Here Now. They have now reissued this album with the album Remastered/Out Takes/Demo’s/Live Tracks.

For some reason I’m still undecided whether I’m gonna purchase Be Here Now. Again.  Noel Gallagher doing the press rounds for this reissue was basically saying  it was a Big Bloated Album that should have never came out when it did as they should have taken a break instead.(kinda funny as he trashes yet  promotes it at the same time) Also the fact that a bunch of Blow was consumed maybe had something to do with it also. Still though the fact that on the demos it’s Noel doing the singing which is kinda cool but I wish they would have added a full live show from the 1997 Tour. Just a few live tracks which is a disappointment. Still man to this day Do You Know What I Mean and My Big Mouth are Gems!

There are many more Reissues that I may tackle again at some point but for now…

Thanks For Reading!

 

Extreme/Take Us Alive(2010)

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Do not Judge a band because they had a huge Acoustic Ballad(More Than Words) that sold a ton at the time of its release as a single(1991) and then vanished after Kurt Cobain and his ripped up Cardigans demolished a whole Musical Genre in One Grunge Swoop!

Extreme to my ears have always been a solid band and to prove this theory I have purchased all their stuff including this Friggin Fantastic Live Album that was recorded in the bands hometown of Boston in 2009!

Anyone who owns an Extreme album and there are a few of you out there  do know that these cats can play the Rock N Funk and add textures to a track(Horns/Tempo Changes) plus the fact that there lead and backing vocals are top-notch! One of the few bands that can actually Sing and sound the same live as in the studio!

Extreme/Take Us Alive proves this point!

Extreme is..

Gary Cherone – lead vocals
Nuno Bettencourt – lead guitar, 6 and 12-string acoustic guitar, brass/orchestration arrangements, keyboards, piano, backing and lead vocals
Pat Badger – bass, acoustic bass guitar, backing vocals
Kevin Figueiredo – drums, percussion

Nuno! What a resume!

Hear are the tracks featured!

“Decadence Dance” – 8:12
“Comfortably Dumb” – 5:23
“Rest In Peace” – 5:21
“It’s A Monster” – 5:29
“Star” – 5:42
“Tell Me Something I Don’t Know” – 7:59
“Medley: Kid Ego/Little Girls/Teacher’s Pet” – 6:00
“Play with Me” – 9:06
“Midnight Express” – 4:10
“More Than Words” – 7:26
“Ghost” – 4:51
“Cupid’s Dead” – 6:58
“Take Us Alive” – 6:04
“Flight Of The Wounded Bumblebee” – 1:51
“Get the Funk Out” – 7:37
“Am I Ever Gonna Change” – 6:57
“Hole Hearted” – 4:13

Wowzer’s! Look at that track listing! Thats a Greatest Hits Sonic Funk  Rock Assault if I ever seen one!

Shall we discuss a few of these Tunes?

The show opens with Decadence Dance and were off! Love the interplay between the Guitar and Bass playing the same notes at the end of each verse! Makes it heavy and make no mistake Bassist Pat can play the 4 String and provides real good backing vocals but no one ever says that! Props here for a Fella who over on Stage Left to Badger goes by the name of Nuno who  is well…. a Virtuoso! Watch the video below to prove my Findings!

All those fun-loving Extreme tracks are here like Rest In Peace/Get The Funk Out/Hole Hearted. Nuno and Gary though don’t rest on their laurels as they prove that they can still write new stuff that fits right in as Star and Comfortably Numb(a great song title) are added in the set and the song’s don’t dip in quality!

The boys dip right back into the fist album with a medley that includes Kid Ego and some Van Halen like riffage in the tune Teacher’s Pet. You can hear how the writing of Gary and Nuno has advanced from album to album.

Nuno though can play that guitar as Flight OF The Wounded BumbleBee proves! Man oh Man Nuno solos off the hook and everything is wrapped up in One Minute 51 Seconds! Boom! Done!

Take Us Alive is a Fav of mine on this album.

This shows you Extreme’s diverse Music Muscle as Nuno picks faster than Mike Ladano clicking the mouse on a computer for yet another order from CDJapan! Drummer K Fig drives the pace with some hyper swing action that propels the tune. Love Cherone as he’s all over the stage with some pretty decent energy and watch him at the 2 minute mark of the video(above). Yea-Haw is all I will add!

This is a must own Friends…..

 

 

Darr’s Top 20 Albums OF All Time(2016 Edition)

Darr I have known for about as long as I have known Tbone and there’s a simple explanation  for that and the answer would be that Darr is TBones younger brother( not by much though!)

Darr growing up got the knowledge of all good things Rock from myself and Tbone! Basically it worked like this. I would buy the product. Than pass it on to Tbone and from the inner sanctum of Tbones Basement Bedroom Darr would hear and be and be captivated by the Sonics Of Rock ….

Like what I did to Tbone I loaded up a syringe of Roth Era Van Halen and shot Darr up ! From there he gathered up all things  Rock(1987-88 or so) and found his own path. Digging around buying stuff and I would occasionally check in to see his growing Cassette Collection growing by leaps and bounds. After a short while I knew my work with Darr was done!

So here we are almost 30 years later and when I posted my Top 20 Albums on Facebook Darr delivered and real Super Duper List like along with his old brother as like all good friends do to another  I called them out publicly!

After Darr posted to my FaceCrack page his Top 20 and we bantered a bit I knew I had to yammer  about his selections.

Time To Dissect…..See Darr’s Top 20 Below….

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The Cult Electric and Guns N Destruction just like Tbones and my list made the cut! 1987 Babee……

Aerosmiths Pump(1989) makes an appearance and why wouldn’t  it? Its SoberAero but it still reeks some sleaze ball like slickness that is a classic for sure and just like the Aero albums of Toys In The Attic and Rocks. Steve-o and Joe put the ballad right at the end of the album and I’m real fuckin good with this move! Not a dud on this album and as we had all seen this tour in Winnipeg(March 1990) that may have swayed Darr somewhat but make no bones about Pump! It’s  a bonfide classic!

Like his older brother,Darr selected ZZ Tops Eliminator and this little Texas Nugget rocks bad ass! ZZ Nation is alive and well with the brothers in Tbay!

Heres  something that Darr pulled out of the Rule box and was a pure genius move! He selected Two Van Halen Albums! Now the rules were you couldn’t  pick two albums by the same band so Darr picked the Van Halen debut(1978) with Dave Roth singing and For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (1991)with Sammy Hagar singing. True its the same band in name but two different animals in the studio! Van Halens debut is the juggernaut of Guitar Brilliance and the Vocal Shenanigans of Roth while F.U.C.K is Sam fueled with his own spin on tunes like the immortal  Poundcake,Right Now and how could we forget Spank! HA!  Not to be outdone Darr even selected Dave’s Eat Em And Smile  as a Top 20 ….Well Played Darr….

Whitesnake before that Crazy Cougar slid all over hoods of cars made Darr’s list with Slide It In!(1984) Great add Darr as the late great Cozy Powell slams those drums and you have John Sykes( playing chill before he’s let loose a few years later on the 1987 album) along with others like Jon Lord and David Coverdale singing about everything Sex,Sex and more Sex! Hey Sex sells so Slide It In!

AC/DC take Darr on the Highway To Hell(1979) and He’s not coming back folks! Night Prowler,Get It Hot are some Gems there that never get discussed and they should! I need to review that bad boy someday!

Bryan Adams with Into The Fire resonated with Darr and this is another great surprise! This album at the time when released in 1987 kinda stalled publicly as it wasn’t Reckless Part Deux! Adams served up a change ball to us and for Darr he took the pitch! Atta Boy! Hearts On Fire from this album is one of the best tunes I think Adams ever wrote!

Bono and U2 make the grade and you can read my thoughts on TBones post about Achtung Baby(1991).

But a real  deadly pick was The Black Crowes with Shake Your Money Maker(1990) Holeee Fudge Darr! This is easily a piece of Rock Gold! Those two wacky Robinson Brothers nailed this one out of the park and into the next decade,make that two and half decades and the album still cooks! Thick N Thin I just love ..no we love it all!

Like on a few lists Def Leppard shows up and for Darr Its pyro rock n roll with Pyromania (1983). What can I say about a  album launching sonics into another stratosphere ….Man Oh MAN……

Darr does not leave the Canadian Rock behind and picks Rushs debut from 1974 with John Rutsey on the drums and Darr must have taken a shine to the throwback sound of the debut. Why Not? This little debut cooks quicker than Tbone frying Finnish Pancakes in the morning after a hard nights Drinkin!

Tragically Hip show up 20 years later after Rushs debut with Day For  A Night(1994) and compared to my fav of the Hip Road Apples  Day For Night is darker more moodier than Apples kinda like as if the Hip were to take a sledgehammer to a bag of Apples! Day For Night would come to fruition! Mopey Hip but it works! Grace Too is a beauty of a opener!

‘Here I Am I’m On The Scene’ so says Gordie Johnson and Big Sugar are here with 1998s Heated a mash-up of ZZ Top  and Bob Marley with a huge dose  of fuzzed up reggae like tones! Even Randy Bachman plays on Let it Ride and old BTO nugget that Bachman wrote…Sweet add as well….

Rest In Peace! Cupids Dead! Yup that would be Three Sides To Every Story(Yours, Mine And The Truth)  by Extreme and can you once again say Shock A Roo! Darr dug deep into his Sonic LunchBook and Wowzers Nuno and Gary would be pleased to see this! Pretty impressive that back in Grunge 92 these boys could toss out a solid rock record and still have it sell….somewhat!

Dazed And Confused a soundtrack that features amongst others a whose who of Classic Rock! Sabbath,Kiss,Foghat,Cooper,Sweet! There all here…..crank it,drink it,snort it whatever it may be! Added bonus points to Mr Darr for this being the first Soundtrack on any list I seen! A round of Kudos please!

Darrs last couple of picks that I’m gonna talk about are real cool one of which I’m familiar with and one I’m not with…

Jack Whites  Lazaretto just was released two years ago(2014) Too be honest my old buzzard mind has no idea about anything about this release but if Darr included It Lazaretto must be a Solid Ball Of  Rock! Great pick and perhaps one I should seek out myself and Darr can load up the Sonic Syringe and shoot me up with a dose of Jack Rock!

Beastie Boys Paul Boutique came out in 1989 and I even bought this on cassette and it was a huge departure as for myself I was weened on Fight For Your Right To Party from 1986 but man The Beasties change-up the sonic atmosphere and well how about a round of applause for “Shake Yo Rump” Ha…love that tune Mega Pumping Bass! Darr not only stepped out of the box on these two albums but he kicked the snot out of the box! Well done Son!

Actually out of Darr’s  Top 20 list I have only reviewed  4 of these 20 picks.  So I hope you’s all dug it!

 

KIDS WANNA ROCK….

This pic apperaed the next day in the Winnipeg Free Press. We were that close to the stage and oh yeah that's me wearing the horn rimmed Geddy Lee type glasses circa 1992. (Also that's my hand waving)Pretty cool knowing there was 27,000 rockers behind me! Now where's the bathroom !??
This pic apperaed the next day in the Winnipeg Free Press. We were about 10 feet from the stage and oh yeah that’s me  dead center in the hood wearing the horn rimmed Harry Potter  type glasses circa 1992. (Also that’s my hand waving)Pretty cool knowing there was 27,000 rockers behind me! Where the hell are ya TBone ??

Bryan Adams/Steve Miller Band/Extreme/Sass Jordan/Deadbeat Honeymooners/ Bird Hills Park/August 29th 1992

So Bryan Adams is cruising Canada with Nuno,Steve,Sass and some Deadbeat guys! Playing out-door shows along the way so when word reached Tbay we were in for the drive to Winnipeg to catch this show outside of Winnipeg at a huge outdoor field you know the deal one road in the same road out so you know there was massive amounts of cars,trucks,Busses and of course it rained out all day and it did affect the show(more on that later)

So we (myself,Al and Cementhead)arrived at the Birds Hill Park which was I think about an hours drive out of the Peg or so and it was around noon time and the show wasn’t starting til 3 so we made our way to the stage and not too many people were around and so we wandered right up,to the stage pretty much right in front of the  barricade. Man it was pissing rain and pissing rain. One of the roadies on stage we chirped him as Mr Squigey as that was his job to get the water off of the stage. He was cool about though but by the end of it he would Squigey the water right into the crowd! I think he eventually  snapped!

First up,to bat was local Peg boys Deadbeat Honeymooners and from what I remember they were good and I think they may have formed out of the ashes of another Winnipeg band called the Pumps. Good band and I may have bought their disc as well but who knows where the hell it went just like their career!

Sass Jordan came out and started plugging away and well she’s got a good voice and such but man I think she was boozed up or sumthin was going down. I mean she had an ok show but she just did not seem into it and quite frankly neither was I!

One band I did look forward too was Extreme and shit man did they deliver live. They came out and just got it going with It’s A Monster and from there it was their hard funkin rock that really got the crowd going. All the vocals were air tight,Nuno was blazing leads off the guitar,Pat Badger on Bass was holding down the fort with Paul Geary  on drums and Gary Cherone was entertaining as well. The man put on a show and I remember some girl next to me said how many times is this guy gonna grab his crotch?? Who the hell cares man if you don’t like what you see Get The Funk Out. Of course they played The Song(More Than Words) you know that one that made them huge but also some what destroyed them as well which ever way you look at it! They also played Rest In Peace single which had just come out but not the Three Sides To Every Story album yet. Extreme 1992 just out rocked. After a Sass babbling around for an hour Extreme brought me back man….they were oh so good that day!

Steve Miller mildly cruised out to the stage and opened with Swingtown and basically it was the Greatest Hits show or well it was for me but man he did not play Jet Airliner so I could not yell out the line ‘funky shit going down in the city”… But all the others off the Greatest Hits album were played. It was real cool seeing Miller live. Ol Buzzard is chill but he knows how to play and deliver songs man he was that day indeed CLASSIC ROCK! Amazing he’s still out there doing it too

So by this time the weather is picking up big time,rain and now wind and now Bryan Adams! Sure man I got no prob saying I like Adams. Let’s see I had Reckless,Into The Fire and Waking Up The Neighbours but my personal fav is the Live Live Live from 1988 that I paid some goofy import price for but man that’s a raw sounding Adams live show(geez I may have to review it) but Adams came out and opened with House Arrest and played the hits you know them. Heard them countless times the ones that stood out to me was stuff like Cant Stop This Thing which Keith Scott ripped out lick after lick and the song just jammed out. Scott is a fantastic guitar player man. People focus on Adams but the dude has a solid backing band. The show rolled on and so did the winds as you could see the lighting truss starting to sway back and forth and next thing you know shortly after an hour or so into his set the road manager appeared at the side of the stage waving the band off so they all went off except Adams he stayed out and played for a few minutes and then the road manager had enough and cut the power…Bam out went everything and it had too it was brutal out. Since I stood in muck for 11 hours the mud almost pulled my sneakers off! It was a disaster getting out of there but we did find our bus and out of Bird Hills Park.  Also of note since Adams cut his set short that Robin Hood tune wasn’t played and I was real OK with that!

It was worth it to stand out in the muck/rain/wind man!

Good Times!

Also of note TBone was on the fence about attending this show and at the last-minute with me ,Al and Cementhead already gone,TBone hoped in his Mustang and punched the gas to Birds Hill  Park  solo to and from the show and I had no idea he had even left Tbay!  Now in this day and age with cell service that wouldn’t have been a issue..but give T credit man he slogged and stuck it out solo no matter what Mother Nature tossed at everyone that day!