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The First Eight Albums That I Ever Purchased…..

 

 

A few days ago  blogging Pal Joe MR 1537)  and moi had a discussion  and we were talking about Queen albums and Joe mentioned that his first 6 albums that he ever purchased with his own money were Queen albums.

I thought that was awesome and Joe as well named off his Top 10 Queen albums which was wicked as well! ( I would have bumped up The Game a few spots myself on the  Top Queen album list but Joe’s List. Joe’s Rules)

Still Though it was a great conversation and it’s always fun to read and see  what other people have picked out when it comes to music!

Now this timeline I just kept from early 1979 to the end of 1979 (the year I began buying albums) So here it goes.

Feel free to comment about your First ever purchased album whether its 1 album or 100 albums..it doesn’t matter let’s have some fun folks!

The only album I can recall in order of my first ever purchased album  was from no surprise here folks…..

That’s right KISS has the distinction of being my first ever album purchase and that wasn’t even  in Canada but in the U.S.A. That honour would go to Mikey Ladano’s fav U.S City that being Duluth Minnesota! As some of you readers know growing  up my pal John Young first discovered KISS as he had The Originals. I was blown away I had to get KISS.I needed KISS and once in Duluth at Miller Hill Mall I spent my allowance on KISS ALIVE 2. Talk about impacting a 11 going  on 12-year-old at the time!

KISS delivered  a Double Album, Three Sides Live! Fourth Side Studio! Double Gatefold Sleeve! Booklet! Tattoos! Super Loud Crowd! Gene Simmons on the cover looking like some Kabuki Satanic Warrior with that blood like crap spewing from his bottom lip! I was sold and enlisted in the KISS Army!

The rest of these albums are not in any order of my purchase but they are what I owned in 1979!

New England and that would be no doubt reading in some Rock Mag in 1979 that Paul Stanley produced this band from Boston called New England. New England never achieved super stardom but in my own little world they kicked me in the ASS as these four Fella’s played with a huge style of their own! Loud Guitars/Cranked up Hammond/Great Lead and Backing Vocals all wrapped up in a tight little 40 minute  package…

While reading away feverishly in whatever Rock Magazine I could get a fix on I came across an article on a band from Rockford Illinois called Cheap Trick who were getting a ton of play and sales on a live album called Live at the Budokan. Course in the magazine there is a KISS connection and that would be that Cheap Trick opened a ton of shows for KISS. That was enough for me. Sold …. and amongst all these shrieking Japanese girls hollering for Drummer Bun E Carlos the Tricksters still packed a wallop but with finesse .Easy loveable catchy like songs delivered with a great rhythm yet sloppy lead guitarist named Rick Nielsen who was the main writer as well who had a lead singer named Robin Zander who could sing the headlines on the front page of your newspaper and make it sound cool! Rounding out the quartet is  Bassist Tom Petersson who looked cool. Played it cool and blew my mind at that young age that he only played 8 & 12 String Basses!!! Must also mention like KISS, Cheap Trick taught me about Gimmicks. Trick had their own  Gimmick with Two Cool Looking Guys and Two Dorks. They made it work!

KISS in 1979 was huge in my world. Even though looking back People were tiring of them and they were tiring of themselves! I had no idea so when KISS delivered their new studio album Dynasty I was all over it, Kiss could do no harm in my world! They still looked bad ass. No one knew what they looked like. The Lead Guitarist Ace Frehley realized he had a ton of talent and that  Gene and Paul were holding him back musically while Peter Criss from his disaster of a solo album was partying it up in 1979  like it was 1999 and only drummed on one track on Dynasty(Dirty Livin) Kiss was in shambles yet when they released this album it still delivered a hit between my eyes!

As you have read here a few times before KISS was my first ever Live Show in Duluth back in October of 1979. Support act was Judas Priest except they no showed! Still it didn’t matter as shortly after the KISS show I sauntered into our local Sam The Record Man and the there it was in the New Release Racks! Unleashed in the East! When I dropped my needle on the grooves of this album it blew my mind! I had never heard dudes do twin lead guitar solos before. Glenn Tipton/KK Downing just soar out of the gates at the beginning of Exciter and their riffage together and apart is so unbelievably tight! I never heard guitars played with such furiousity! Course you have a Lead Singer named Rob Halford who sings in all kinds of crazy octaves throughout and the pace is tighter than the running of the bulls and that’s thanks to Drummer Les Binks who plays the drums right on this (ahem) live release unlike later live Priest albums where Scott Travis overplay’s everything but still man….

So after KISS ALIVE 2 in the summer of 1979  out on a family trip somewhere in Southern Ontario I purchased KISS Double Platinum which is my first dabble with a Greatest Hits set! Since I didn’t own any other KISS than Alive 2 this was a no brainer plus KISS had all there classic tracks up till 1978 on it. 21 tracks in all. Actually the running order of the album featured some good stuff which a lot of it I had never heard before which was basically the material from the first three KISS studio records. Still have no idea what the deal was behind Strutter 78 but whatever KISS had to sell product so the Army would buy. Come to think of maybe Stanley should do a Strutter 18???! Speaking of which I looked at the tracks on Double Platinum and you know what? Out of the 1,776 different KISS Greatest Hits that are available to buy. I will go on record as saying that this is the best one….

The success of Cheap Tricks Budokan album got me all hyped for the new CT record and that would be the fantastic Dream Police album that proved to me that the Tricksters could deliver a studio album on par with a classic live album as a followup! Course Trick in the mid 80’s  for a period skidded right off the tracks but let’s not go there shall we??! Dream Police was chalked full of  lyrical quirkiness and a real slick sounding Hard Rock sound. Dream Police also used strings on a few tracks and it worked and it did not make me gag! Back in 79 the Dream Police were stuck inside my head!

And what would fall under the WHAT THE F**K WAS I THINKING  category would be the Gene Simmons 1978 solo album! Gene I guess you could say was my early go to guy in KISS. He looked ugly. Spat Fire. Spewed Blood. Wrote cool tunes like Ladies Room/Calling Dr Love/Christine 16 so when I had a chance to buy another KISS album I bought this when I could have bought another KISS studio album! Yeah bizarre huh? Egocentric was this album. 500 Guest musicians and a ton of name drops on the back of the album cover. Some cool rock tracks like Radioactive/See you in your Dreams some sap,like the cover of Wish You Upon A Star. Some bizarre stuff like Living in Sin in which during the song you hear a phone ring as  Cher works on giving The Demon a phoner boner. Some Horndog filler in Tunnel of Love.  Some would call this diversity.  Looking back on it. Mean Gene recorded an album of chaos that would come to my mind now.

Thanks for reading as I thought this was going to be a short snap shot of my early music dabbling so I appreciate it if you made it through my ramble!

 

 

Judas Priest/Live In Kansas City(1986)

 

Here is the review of the bonus material that was added to the Turbo 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition. 

I have said before and I’ll say it again. Priest knows how to reissue their albums as for myself this is the fourth Deluxe Reissue following British Steel/Screaming For Vengeance/Defenders Of The Faith.

This is the full show from the 1986’s Fuel For Life Tour and all I gotta say is Holy Shit is this ever good! It’s amazing how guitarists KK Downing  and Glenn Tipton broke out some new sonic’s on the Turbo album and dived headfirst into some metal like synth blasts that come alive so much more on the Kansas City show than the studio versions of Turbo. Case in point the track posted above is Locked In and when the song at the 2 minute 10 second mark mashes up the Guitar Synths with singer Rob Halford’s vocals along with a tempo change this is complete Brilliance at taking a song in one straight ahead motion and shifting gears mid-flight! At the time when Turbo was released I was 18 and a total Noob in ignoring such genius Axe Craftsmanship put forward by the Tipton/Downing Duo!

It only took me 30 years to realize the errors in my thinking! Haha! Better late than never I suppose. This night in K.C Priest is on fire and I love the crunch of the Guitars live. Actually all the songs sound huge with even Heading Out To The Highway aided with the Priest Synth to thicken up the sound not to subtract from it. The whole band rocks and this is another great throwback Live Album from Judas!

If you recall when I reviewed the Defenders Bonus live album which was recorded on the 1984 Tour I mentioned that Priest basically played all of Defenders live which was a ballsy move to say the least and because of that I won’t ever have to review the studio album as it’s all live!

(Live at the Kemper Arena, Kansas City)
“Out in the Cold”
“Locked In”
“Heading Out to the Highway”
“Metal Gods”
“Breaking the Law”
“Love Bites”
“Some Heads Are Gonna Roll”
“The Sentinel”
“Private Property”
“Desert Plains”
“Rock You All Around the World”
“The Hellion”
“Electric Eye”
“Turbo Lover”
“Freewheel Burning”
“Victim of Changes”
“The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown)”
“Living After Midnight”
“You’ve Got Another Thing Coming”
“Hell Bent for Leather”

Wowzer’s! Hows that for a set list! Pretty A-OK by my standards. The thing that stands out as well is that the Turbo tunes when played  come across with a lot more ooooomph live especially Rock You All Around The World. This track has a lot more bite in its attack live than on the studio. Private Property is another with the guitars having an extra snap to em and even the backing vocals are rough sounding which add to the coolness of this show. Kudos to Priest leaving off Parental Guidance here!

Priest did release a live album from this tour back in June of 1987 titled Priest Live.  Course at the time I bought it but It never really caught on with me. The packaging was beyond lame with that sappy cover and the songs to me sounded like they were doctored up in the studio big time especially the audience participation levels…  It didn’t help that as far a live albums go I would compare everything to Iron Maiden’s Live After Death in regards to packaging/album sonic’s/performances. Priest man, didn’t have a chance back than!

Speaking of Performance’s!……

So ummm I stumbled across this chaps site who goes by the name of Jonathon Valen,  Who is Jonathon Valen you ask. Well he was hired by Priest as a second drummer to augment everyday Priest drummer Dave Holland  to supplement drums offstage(behind a curtain). Kinda of an interesting twist to things round these parts  but man oh man what a great read at Valens site. The dude has proof as guys like Jeff Pilson(Dokken) have posted this..

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C’mon Rob and Crew. Give credit where credit is due!

Downing and Tipton should be commended for breaking new ground here back in 86 with the playing that came from the Turbo album. Still remember at the time of Turbo’s release reading in Sports Illustrated Magazine an article on KK and Glenn taking up Golfing while on the road between tour dates! I thought that was kinda cool as back than no artist would talk about that kind of stuff so not only were Priest forging new tones  on Turbo but the two lead guitarists were trading in their Metal Spandex for Golf Slacks on days off.

You can click the link below to read the original article from Sports Illustrated! It’s quite a cool read especially the comment of “Just Worship The Devil At Night”….haha….Silly Metal Brit’s!

http://www.si.com/vault/1986/10/27/106777130/heavy-metal-rockers-find-peace-and-quietand-rock-fanson-the-links

Still though here we are 30 years later and what I would consider the official live album from 1986  is finally unleashed!

Well Done!

 

 

 

Judas Priest/Turbo(1986)

 

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Now! How’s this once again for timing! Today(Feb 3 2017) Priest releases the deluxe edition of Turbo included is a live show recorded in Kansas City. I will say it again as Priest knows how to do the reissue format properly!

You know Turbo at the time of its release back in good ol 1986 I think got somehow buried since from a Hard Rock standpoint the Van Halen VS David Lee Roth drama took in a ton of press that year and it was like “Oh here’s a new Priest album!” and that was it.

From a build up standpoint there was no hype for Turbo which was kinda bizarre as the previous couple of Priest album’s 1982’s Screaming For Vengeance and 1984’s Defenders Of The Faith delivered in full Metal fashion.

I still recall watching MuchMusic when the first  video single was dropped from Turbo and that being Locked In which I thought was a good track but Wowzer’s Priest went and borrowed the ZZ Top Synth and slammed out a bunch of tracks and talk about a direction change in everything including the packaging/the song’s and even Priest themselves were all sporting a new swag like look! Think the KISS Lick It Up look mashed up with a Mad Max/Road Warrior look! See video posted below….

Haha….gotta love this video…man the 80’s Ruled!

Um…The Turbo Lovers….

Rob Halford – vocals
K. K. Downing – guitar
Glenn Tipton – guitar
Ian Hill – bass guitar
Dave Holland – drums

Turbo Tracks…

1. “Turbo Lover” 5:33
2. “Locked In” 4:19
3. “Private Property” 4:29
4. “Parental Guidance” 3:25
5. “Rock You All Around the World” 3:37
6. “Out in the Cold” 6:27
7. “Wild Nights, Hot & Crazy Days” 4:39
8. “Hot for Love” 4:12
9. “Reckless”  

Priest open the album with an all time great which is Turbo Lover which features KK and Glenn playing all kinds of metal like synth shots emulating from there guitars going straight into the synth and it is quite genius. Though at the time I was like “Whoah a real shift in direction” as if you recall Defenders opening track was the ballistic  FreeWheel Burning which is Metal through and through…

Locked In ..well watch the video again if you must! The song is pretty decent and really grabs my attention when it breaks down and shifts gears in the middle point of the track.

Private Property is a great track. Swirling Metal Synth propels this song forward with Hollands drums pushing the beat forward! The pre chorus part of the track is simply brilliant! “Keep Your Hands Off Private Property” sings Robbo and in a perfect  Metal World setlist Priest should have done a Eat Me Alive/Private Property/Ram It Down trilogy…haha. Seriously though this song oozes cool even 30 years later!

Priest here is Itchin! Itchin for a Hit  with Parental Guidance which was the rally cry of the wacka doodle censorship that was going on in the record industry circa the mid 80’s! There’s Robbo singing ” We don’t need no,no.no.no Parental Guidance here!” This song was silly to me back than and it still is today. Like why guy’s? Really?! I mean just two years before your writing tunes like The Sentinal which is just a sick mad beast of tune from Defenders. I will give Priest there due though as they are trying to move forward, maybe a little too much to my liking….

Rock You All Around The World picks up a lot more steam and KK and Glenn take off and Dave Holland or is it a drum machine keeps the tune rocking. Kinda of a cool catchy chorus. Kinda like a metal bubblegum like vibe that will stick in the inside of your noggin for minutes/hours after….anything with the title Rock in it will. Like for instance…Rock You/Rock You Like A Hurricane/Rocks Off/Rock Rock Til You Drop/I Wanna Rock/Rock Hard Ride Free/Rock Bottom and my personal fav Big Bottom! ummm sorry that last one doesn’t belong here….

Side 2 begins with the 6 minute plus Priest mid tempo Out In The Cold which is a great track and what totally blows my mind is that this was used as the tour opener on Priests Turbo Tour. Ballsy move instead of coming out and punishing the crowd Priest shifts gears and fools everyone. Out In The Cold confused back in 86 but now in 2017 I understand what these sneaky Brits were doing…Chill the crowd out and wallop them with your second song of the night….

Wild Nights,Hot And Crazy Days has Rob and Crew getting on down with the after concert party crowd and hey look over there at the catering table are Simmons and Stanley looking at that nights buffet! Kinda reminds of that a Goofy Dumbo Like KISS mid 80s track that could have slid perfectly in right before Uh All Night. This track sounds like a toss in…..

Hot For Love….mmmmm no thanks….next,

Reckless. Now we are talking after two dud’s Priest storm back with a fire cracker of a track that ends Turbo with a bang and not a whimper! Cool pace and the chorus is oh so good. So good that the video is below….

Priest in 2017 are smart as they are like I said earlier are bringing Turbo back to life with the Deluxe Edition and by all accounts from the two live tracks that were made available already (Turbo Lover and Out In The Cold) this is going to be a great live addition as the mixes are so good on the guitars especially on Turbo Lover.

Have to hand it to them as they tried to keep pushing forward but some songs fell by the wayside though Turbo is still a decent effort.

With the sonics and production of this album it’s there ZZ Priest album!

# waiting for the Point OF Entry Reissue!

Judas Priest/Live Vengeance(1982)

Judas Priest 1982=Metal!

Just watch the clip posted below and you will catch my drift…

So this is from the video release Live Vengeance which was released back in 1983 but then went out of print and was reissued  with Priests Metalogy(2006) box set at which time the audio portion of this show ended up on iTunes (which I snapped up) but is now gone?

Folk’s the video posted above is how you start a Metal Show back in 1982/1983…

Cue intro song the musical  Hellion  as the stage fills of smoke and Lights are flashing at a rapid pace to give a seizure like vibe that reveals Metallic looking stage complete with a wall of Marshall Stacks and Ramps Galore!

Before too long theres Priest ripping into Electric Eye complete with  lasers added as a bonus. Whoah Nelly this is just the first 4 minutes of the show! Cue Total Metal Rock Sync Moves by Tipton and Downing at the end of Electric Eye!

Judas Priest if you don’t know by consists of…

Rob Halford – vocals
K. K. Downing – guitar
Glenn Tipton – guitar
Ian Hill – bass guitar
Dave Holland – drums

Below is the track list for Live Vengeance! This is METAL!

“The Hellion/Electric Eye”
“Riding on the Wind”
“Heading Out to the Highway”
“Metal Gods”
“Bloodstone”
“Breaking the Law”
“Sinner”
“Desert Plains”
“The Ripper”
“Diamonds & Rust”
“Devil’s Child”
“Screaming for Vengeance”
“You’ve Got Another Thing Comin'”
“Victim of Changes”

Encore:

“Living After Midnight”

“The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown)”

Encore 2:

“Hell Bent for Leather”

I was glad to score this off of iTunes as I think it’s the best Live Priest album out there. Sure 1979s Unleashed In The East is a bonafide classic but with Live Vengeance it’s a smidge ahead in the fav department as the album Priest was plugging on this tour Screaming For Vengeance is easily one of my all time great’s so this Live Meal Deal just resonate’s with me a  bit more!

Halford and Company are on fire here! Priest lay down the Gauntlet and Shove it down our ear lobes! Halford nails the  vocals on all the tracks and since this tour was Priests break through in North America Halford ever being the salesman tells the Memphis crowd( where this was recorded) that “The Next Track Comes Via Unleashed  In The East The Way Of Sin After Sin..It’s The Sinner

Way to push product Robert! Ha! KK and Glenn man are at the top of their game here  as they just toss huge bombastic Riff After Riff our way. Even cemented in one spot on the stage Ian Hill just slams the 4 String bass into submission while trouble maker drummer Dave Holland is pretty solid!

Case in point watch Screaming For Vengeance Below…CRANK IT!

The title track just flat-out rocks! Sooooo Good! I recall watching this ways back around the mid 80s or so and KK’s guitar was mixed so low you could barely hear his solos whereas Tiptons guitar was cranked beyond relief. Fortunately  with this updated version that’s not the case at all. You hear KK and his Flying V’s just fine!

I would have to say this is my all time Priest era it does not get better than this show/set list. A good few years before Priest found the Turbo synthesizer and starting writing some debatable material.

 

 

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!

 

Muc’s All Time Top 20 Albums..

So a few weeks back I tossed out to some folks via FaceCrack to throw down what they would consider their favourite Top 20 Albums.

Some of my Peep’s got right into it( I thank you all who participated) and submitted their picks which I laid down a few rules being that you could not duplicate artists and not to include Live Albums!

Some people are just plain old Rule Breakers  and one of them is Muc  (I have known for close to 36 years! ) Ha! But I was glad he submitted his Top 20 and most of the stuff I have heard but there are a few submitted I had never heard!

With  Muc’s Top 20 I thought I would talk about all his Top 20 albums with just one or two sentences explaining them to you all……(Muc’s Top 20 is pictured below)

Muc….grow back that Mullet Dude……

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AC/DC’s “BACK IN BLACK’ – Yup with titles like Given The Dog A Bone,Shake A Leg and the greatest song ever written about Hookers(What You Do For Money Honey) we all learned life lessons from Jonno,Angus and the rest of the DC’ers!

RUSH’s “MOVING PICTURES”-What happens when you get three virtuosos(Lee/Lifeson and Peart) locked up at Le Studio in Quebec back in 1981? A bona fide all time great piece of Kinda Prog Rock that is relentless in the chops of the musicians and the songs just explode and  after one spin of Moving Pictures we all became Air Drummers thanks to Mr Peart!

BLACK SABBATH’s ” HEAVEN AND HELL- 1980 ushers in Ronnie James Dio as the new Sabbath vocalist and Iommi/Butler and Ward shift gears and deliver a  rock solid masterpiece! Neon Knights  leads off the charge and if you want your Sabbath Sludged like how it was with Ozzy you came to the wrong house…..

JUDAS PRIEST’s “Unleashed In The East- What a rule breaker that Muc fellow is. Unleashed is live so I can forgive him as this is Priest on fire before they became Turbo Lovers. Unleashed is when Priest   sang songs about Genocide and toss in a Green Manaleshi With The Two Pronged Crown while we’re at it!

THE KILLER’s ” SAM’S TOWN”-Don’t know too much about these guys but I will say that the tune When We Were Young is a great piece of written rock. Muc moves into the present time pretty much with this one…

KISS “ALIVE 2”- I will say that Kiss Alive 2( not counting the actual studio portion of it)  is the second best Kiss studio album next to the first Kiss Alive album! Money Bags  Simmons and Stanley along with Piss Tanks Criss and Frehley deliver a Sonic Juggernaut to our young minds back than and delivered of course the marketing with Alive 2 which included that real cool Live Pic in the gatefold along with booklet and  washable Tatoo’s??

MATTHEW GOOD “White Light Rock N Roll Review”-Too be honest I only own a couple of Good albums but the guy still makes it to Tbay now and then to play and still puts out albums so Kudos to him for that!

PEARL JAM “10”-When I think of 1992 ,this album  is at the top of that heap as it did lend a helping hand( along with Nirvana and others) to demolish Bret Michael’s into the foothills of his L.A Mansion crying into his Bandanna! Mr Vedder! I thank you for that!

THE CLASH “LONDON CALLING”- Even though Muc was full-out 100% Hard Rocker you can see that by  some of his picks he could listen outside the musical box and give The Clash credit as they were one of the first bands I knew of to deliver a double studio album. Train In Vain is still a real good track…..

HONEYMOON SUITE “BIG PRIZE”- Surprised to see this one here! These guys were the deal here in Canada back in 1986 and thanks to the production of the late Bruce Fairbairn, Honeymoon delivered a blistering set of Rock Tracks that even featured  Mike Ladano’s Homeboy Ian Anderson(Jethro Tull) playing some cranked up flute on All Along You Knew!

FOO FIGHTER”s “THE COLOUR AND SHAPE” – Dave Grohl  before he became Mr Everywhere  delivered a real good album and had a good knack(no pun,keep reading) for writing real cool big rock riffs that even an Old Geezer like me could relate too! Case in point,Monkey Wrench and Hey Johnny Park…

DEF LEPPARD “On Through The Night”- Yes! Classic Lepp and when Muc bought this back in 1981 I purchased at the same time Iron Maiden’s Killer’s! On Through The Night is Lepp going for the throat with nothing to lose and no signs of pouring any kind of sugar at all!

THE KNACK “Get The Knack”-Muc I think mentioned that this is his all time favourite album! Fair enough as it was jammed pack  with simple rock and real catchy tunes and a song about Sharona!

CHEAP TRICK “DREAM POLICE”- This album landed in my Top 20 as well. It’s a Sonic Boom of Epic Proportions in song structure and string selection along with Rick Nielsen’s quirkiness with a singer in Robin Zander who could belt it out made this a win win..

FLEETWOOD MAC “RUMOURS”- How many copies did this sell? 20 mill and counting? Who knows but man I think Mick Fleetwood has the coolest Skullet ever! Well Kim Mitchell pre 1990 had a good Skullet as well….

THE TRAGICALLY HIP ” FULLY COMPLETELY”-You can’t really go wrong in my estimation with the first 4 Hip albums! This is a dud free album and man The Wherewithal is an absolute blast of genius!

IRON MAIDEN “PIECE OF MIND” –Atta Boy ! Maiden deliver a Bombastic Slab O  Metal that just blew us all away! Dickinson soars vocally while the rest of the Maiden’s lay down the British Metal Law Musically! Epic comes to  mind!

SEVEN MARY THREE “DIS/LOCATION- Can’t really comment here but if Muc says so ……well its his Top 20 ….

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN “BORN TO RUN”- I can see this one here as Muc always dug the Boss! The title track sez it all doesn’t it??

SEX PISTOLS “NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS”- Ha!Muc being different but fair enough.Amazing how much a game changer this was for many people yet it sold peanuts but every rock fan knows of its existence! Bizarre….

Well there you have it my friends!

 

T-Bones Top 20 Albums Of All Time(2016 Edition)

TBones Sacred Top 20....
TBones Sacred Top 20….

This past Saturday(April 14/16)  Stick It In Your Ear reader Jon (who runs his own fantastic website which you should check out here by clicking the link and reading about everything Rock!)

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posted on his FaceBook Page his Top 20 which Jon also said you could have easily done a Top 40 Fav Album List! True That!

Jon had some real cool albums such as Whitesnake(Slide It In) Y&T (Meanstreak) Motley Crue(Shout At The Devil) and KISS Alive amongst others!

It got me thinking about my Top 20 (a few months ago we did a Top 15  list with fellow WordPress Bloggers which was a ton of fun to see people’s tastes in music and books etc). So via Jon’s page I clicked the link and voila right to the page to enter my Top 20!

It was easy to do and entered in my Top 20. So I linked it right to Facebook went my list and first order of business was issuing a bit of a fun challenge to others as what your favourite 20 albums would be!  Only could  be studio releases(no live albums) and one album per artist as I would have loaded up on VH, old Aero,old Kiss,Maiden,AC /DC and that would have been it….hahaha…No Cheatin!

Tbone(whom I have known for 4 Decades!) right away came through in the clutch as he posted right away  his list ( T’s list is at the top of the page) and it was great to compare! A buddy of mind Tony also posted his Top 20 but he broke the rules with  as Tbone typed  “19 Anvil compilations and High N Dry don’t count!” Hahaha….Seriously though thanks for participating  Tony and how about a  shout out to Blackie Lawless!

My Top 20 you can see posted just below……

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It’s cool to see and compare lists with Tbone….I thought a post about Tbones Top 20 along with my usual smart ass comments would be a fun thing to talk about ….Shall we…?!

We are on the same page with The Cults Electric and Guns N Destruction albums and it’s kinda cool to see that back in the year that both of these albums were released (1987) myself and Tbone turned 20 years young and that Guns had opened up for The Cult on the Electric Tour! Yup groundbreaking info here! Hahaha…..

Of course Rush would be there as Tbone tossed in Moving Pictures which was basically our introduction to Rush that year of 1981 when we started at Lakeview High School and quickly learned that Rush had played at our very own School back in 1973!

I was very surprised and glad to see Maidens Number Of The Beast (1982)on there! Ha….Tbones parents  at the time probably thought he was gonna burn down a church after they could hear the  Air Raid Sirens wails of “6-6-6 The One For You And Me!” resonating from his bedroom. I’m sure his parents were relieved when they heard Bryan Adams Reckless(1984) which itself is  a solid pick T!  It is indeed an all time slab of great  CanRock that even to this day does not sound dated! Another great call is Tom Pettys solo album Full Moon Fever and its 40 minutes of an Ass Kicker Album!

Speaking of Maiden a few sentences back I went with Seventh Son Of  A Seventh Son! Moonchild is one of the best opening tracks on any Maiden album….EVER!

I take full Blame and responsibility on Tbone hoping aboard the HALEN Tour Bus Sonically that is and it didn’t surprise me in the least to see Fair Warning (1981) on his list! I mean any of those first 6 Dave Roth Albums could easily be in The Top 20 no problem! Speaking of Roth.  Bam! Here comes Eat Em And Smile (1986 ) and with that kick ass musical combo Dave had behind him(Vai,Sheehan,Bisonette and Tuggle) we spent many an hour chatting up songs like Bump And Grind,Big Trouble and Elephant Gun and wishing we were Dave(1980s Dave that is)….Another great pick T!

U2 with Achtung Baby we both could have  had on our list easily and perhaps I should  have as well but man Bono annoys me …..Achtung though what a brilliant album and along with the production angle of Lanois/Eno is so groundbreaking and to this day  to my ears is still one of the best sounding studio albums! Not as good as Rick Rubin’s produced Cult  Electric Album mind you but Achtung holds it own..

Great call on ZZ Tops Eliminator Tbone! Man how could I miss that one? I could have easily bumped out Cheap Tricks Dream Police for that  It goes without saying  that Tbone dug deep into this list and pulled out some Gems! After which Tbone drank deep into his Scotch! Haha…

Safe to say Standing Hampton(1981) by Sammy Hagar   is the Ultimate Shock A Roo! What a fantastic add! I just about spilled or was it spit out my coffee at that pick… Like I said earlier T did his homework and stepped up! Course this album features Heavy Metal and One Way To Rock but how about I’ll Fall In Love Again and Baby’s On Fire….easy peasy pickins! It’s a great album as it has a good sound as Sam I Am hadn’t fallen Into those 80s trappings of whiney  synths!

Nice to see Tbone select Stone Temple Pilots (1994) as well here with the Purple album and this was when we saw STP open for The Stones in Toronto on the Stones Voodoo Lounge Tour! Not to be outdone I selected Superunknown(1994) by Soundgarden! Man I love Cornell’s voice! Limo Wreck is a classic ! The Stones both made our lists with Tbone selecting Sticky Fingers and me going with Some Girls! Another band match was Zep with Tbone tossing down Zep 4 and Ol DeKEs dialing up Physical Graffiti!

Tbone rolling with Aerosmiths  Toys In The Attic and myself choosing Rocks are actually no brainers as it proves without a doubt that me and Tbone like our Aero slopped up  when Steve n Joe were loaded up on party treats (special mention must be given to Done With Mirrors) and wrote real cool songs before they became that AeroSap Band doing soundtracks and wanting to become something they weren’t ….

Another Shock A Roo pick from T would be Mr Books favourite band Sloan with Navy Blues! How can you go wrong with She Says What She Means,Izzy and Angus and the classic DC stolen riff of Money City Maniacs! Exactly you can’t! Did not see this one coming as well but a real good pick!

I went with another Canadian Band and that’s The Tragically Hip with Road Apples (1991) actually any of their first four  albums I could have picked! I love Road Apples as it reeks Canadiana,smells of Weed  and Cold Canadian Beer! ” You Just Hit Me Where It Hurts,I Guess It Felt Quite Primitive!” Bellows lead singer Gord Downie during Twist My Arm! Great track!

Bon Jovi with New Jersey(1988) made Tbones cut and fair enough as it was a strong album (the tour for it was a real good show)and still holds up well by today’s standard! Too bad Jon has currently disintegrated  a once great act into a big pile of Music Poop!

Tbone sneaks In Collective Soul’s (1985) self titled second album which  is a great rock record. Ross Childress plays some real supped up leads while Ed Roland is a talented singer songwriter! My only knock are the drums sound programmed but still great songs especially the opener “Simple!”

Before I let you all get back to reality(thanks for reading)  how could we not talk about AC/DC pre Axl Rose era! T says Highway To Hell(1979). DeKEs says Flick Of The Switch(1983)Can’t go wrong with either! Tons of salty lyrics (Rising Power and Beating Around The Bush) Lotsa Angus! What more do you need?

Def Leppard  with its mega zillion selling album Hysteria (1987)  made TBones Grade while I prefer the hard rock stylings of High N Dry(1981). Both are classics and like I have said in every Lep review I have done that once Steve Clark died lots of creativity in the riff department went to heaven with him…..

Holeeeee Shatz! This kinda went on but it was fun to go down memory lane sonically with my pal of 40+ years! (WHUT?) Thanks for reading and well….

As you were!

 

 

 

 

DeKEs All Time Top 15 (Kinda,Sorta)

So Aaron at the KMA wanted us all to toss down in print  our Top 15 albums of all time! I will link later today  some other Blogger Gals And Guys Top 15s as well so you can click their name and cruise their site! All worthy reads if you ask me!

There are no rules for doing this. Just list your albums! Myself I had to make rules as in I would have loaded my Top 15 with just Iron Maiden and Van Halen! Ha…..

For myself personally I had to make rules. I dated the album the year was from ….

So it’s only one  album per artist,just studio albums,no live albums or Greatest Hits(Blah) are allowed……. You can Search these artists as I  have reviewed 11 of these albums . Not saying which ones I haven’t!

So here it be Folks….read,comment,ummmmmm Rock!

Top 15 ….

1-Van Halen/Women And Childern First(1980)

2-Aerosmith/Rocks(1976)

3-Iron Maiden/ Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son(1988)

4-AC/DC/Flick Of The Switch(1983)

5-Guns N Roses/Appetite For Destruction(1987)

6-Rush/Signals(1982)

7-Led Zeppelin/ Physical Graffiti (1975)

8-Def Leppard/High N Dry(1981)

9-The Cult/Electric(1987)

10-Judas Priest/Screaming For Vengeance(1982)

11-Kiss/Rock N Roll Over(1976)( TIE) Motley Crüe/Too Fast For Love (1981)

12-Deep Purple/Perfect Strangers(1984)

13-Hanoi Rocks/Two Steps From The Move(1984)*

14-SoundGarden/Superunknown (1994)

15-Rolling Stones/Some Girls(1978)/ (TIE) Police/Synchronicity(1983)

Some Neanderthal Findings from this list include….

My mind is basically frozen from the 1980s with 10(plus 2 Ties) of my selections from that decade!

4 albums from the 70s….(Zep ,Stones,Kiss And Aero)

1 album from the 90s(Soundgarden)

IN CONCLUSION- No Surprises Really….I’m A One Trick Musical Pony!

Some of you may go for instance is DeKEs high? He’s saying Flick Of The  Switch is better than Back In Black in regards to AC/DC! Yes everyone and their dog loves Back In Black myself included but for some reason the rawness the down n dirty of Flick was right up my alley when Flick was released in 1983 when i was about to turn 16! It’s just where my noggin was pointed in that direction back in time! Next week i could flip any DACCA album into the 4 spot like Powerage,Highway To Hell,Back In Black…..yeah man just Fill Your Head With Rock!

*The music selection is Cutting Corners by Hanoi Rocks! Easy peasy selection in  my book as out of this whole list of bands Hanoi had the least success but as we all know they were about to break huge but….. Cutting Corners is the last song on Two Steps From The Move and it’s such a great friggin track! It goes to show you with it being the last song just how strong the whole album was! Check It Out!

FYI- I came oh so close to having U2’s Achtung Baby on this list its bounced around my top 15 as it’s a fantastic sonically,produced well written record  etc but I bumped it out for the reason that U2 2015 bores the piss Outta me…..sorry Bono! Ha like Ya Care!

 

 

 

SONIC WAVES …Judas Priest/Defenders Of The Faith (30th Anniversary)

Is Defenders by Judas Priest already 30 years old? Holy crap Tbone your ancient ! Hahahaha. Seriously though I’m not going to review the studio portion here I’m just going to hammer down on print the live portion of the Defenders reissue! If you want to read the Defenders Of The Faith studio review head over to mikeladano.com he’s got it all there for Ya!

I gotta hand it to Priest they know how to reissue there back catalogue. British Steel came with the full album/Leftover studio tracks and a full live show from 2010 of Priest playing the full British Steel album front to back with classics thrown in for good measure. Screaming For Vengenace as well included the full album and some live tracks  from the Live Vengenace tour and a full live DVD from the U.S. Festival (1983) of Priest playing to the  masses that day! Defenders is the same full studio album and a full live show from 1984 as a included live bonus!

Friends of Arena Rock this how reissues should be done! Make it interesting for me the fanboy from yesteryear that will rebuy it. Give me something, toss me a musical bone so to speak to spend my $ and make it my worthwhile! Everyone and there dog knows I’m a Van Halen Fanboy so when I bought the reissues of the 6 David Lee Roth era albums back in 2000.no extras,nada,nuthin,zippo just some original packaging yada yada. Of course VH is once again reissuing the same albums (2015)and once again no extras,nada,nuthin,zippo…I will pass!

So for this reissue of Defenders you get 3 CDs with the reissue(myself as usual i bought it on iTunes $19.99 for 31 tracks) The first cd is the actual studio album remastered and it features everyone’s favourite singalong Eat Me Alive! Ha. This is  great to have it as the last copy I owned was on vinyl back upon its release in early 1984!

Discs 2&3 are the selling point and Priest delivers it here as its a full live show recorded on May 5 1984 in good ol Long Beach California! Home of also where Iron Maiden recorded a year later in 1985!

Since there are a shitload of songs on the live portion I will try and keep it simple…..

Hell Bent For Halford!

LOVE BITES- the tour opener and you know listening to this track all these years later I can see how they are headed towards Turbo County 2 years later(1986). The beat is ZZ Toppey sounding and Ian Hill on Bass and Dave Holland on drums drive it Texas style but of course you got KK Downing and Glenn Tipton playing super duper cool catchy metal riffs and Rob Halford soars vocally……did I not say I was keeping this short and simple!

JAWBREAKER- well so much for that ZZ Top comparison! Priest goes back to regular business and this is a great song and it’s good to hear it again. Cool verses,prechorus catchy Metal hooks!

GRINDER- back to 1980s British Steel with Grinder! How can you not dig this tune especially the middle part how the song break downs and shifts gears you know the part about Grinder not needing a license! Ha..great song man….

METAL GODS- Halford tells the crowd that there’s 13,000 Heavy Metal Maniacs in Long Beach at the show and bam were into Metal Gods! I mean this song is metal not in speed but in pace it’s a slower kind of metal riffage! Tipton and Downing are on fire on this live recording!

BREAKING THE LAW- well now the British Steel Triology early in the show is concluded with “Breaking the what?” Asks Halford and Priest ramp it back up and  and set the pace quickly and into…

SINNER-duelling guitars set the tone and Halford takes over and man Sinner is Awesome i still remember hearing it for the first time on Unleashed In The East and Halford almost destroyed my Sears stereo speakers with his Sinner bombastic shrieking! A tour de force of vocal supremacy here at Arena Rock! Boom! Done!

DESERT PLAINS- one of my favourite Priest tunes ever! Of course it’s from one of my fav albums (Point Of Entry) of the mighty Judas! ‘Full moon is rising the sky is Black!” Sings Robbo. Love the verses,chorus,solos,vocals it’s all hear! That opening riff at the start of the song is the fuckin deal!

SOME HEADS ARE GONNA ROLL- another newbie track from Defenders and it’s a great song! Priest is telling us all if people are bugging Ya don’t let them bug Ya! Cool tempo this is Priest slowing things down a bit but still keeping it heavy devy Metal! Umm no sap here whatsoever!

THE SENTINEL-holy and I mean holy shit it’s so good to revisit this song! Tipton and Downing lay down a slow heavy duelling guitar riff deluxe combo and Kaboom the rest of the band drives this song and what a great track! Epic building of a tune and I love how after the ripping of the solos Priest chill out and Halford does his deepy voice thing and than The Sentinel ramps back up towards the finish line! This is Judas Priest right here,right now!! Well 1984 that is!

ROCK HARD RIDE FREE- what a great track from Defenders! Super cool catchey everything! Love these chill power chords on this tune and the tempo starts the song one way and by th first verse a tempo change than into the pre chorus yet another tempo change and after all that Halford laying down the “Rock Hard Ride Free,all day all night” Yep that says it all! The solos are  dope sick good especially when they shift into the breakdown at the end of the Tipton/Downing guitarama! Another one of my Favs and next to the Sentinel my fav off of Defenders!

NIGHT COMES DOWN- Wowzers Priest shifts gears and slows the bus down and plays a tune that is slower but it’s a good track! I’m surprised back in the day Priest didn’t release this as a single. Perhaps they didn’t want to follow trends since other bands of the time were doing it. I could be wrong or  maybe Priest forgot to do it! Haha

THE HELLION/ELECTRIC EYE- ahh yes now the Screaming For Vengenace album is represented and it’s amazing that Screaming was Priests biggest seller up til that point and it’s finally track number 12 of the show and after the taped Hellion intro and viola Tipton/Downing lay down the law with the axes and this is another excellent track! Love it …crank it and buy yourself a copy if you don’t have it!

HEAVY DUTY-Robbo and the Priest tells us that Metal is Heavy Duty so get ready as we’re all…..

DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH-Reverend Halford takes his metal pulpit and tells us all that we are all Defenders Of The Faith and the Faith is indeed Metal! Tons of crowd participation! Man up til this past week it must be 30yrs or close to it that I heard this tune! Metal indeed!

FREEWHEEL BURNING-the studio album opener and all bets are off! Priest hits the highway hard  pedal to the floor and this is classic Priest smoldering engine pushed to the max and how about the chorus Freeeeeeeewheeeeel Burnnnnning! Of course Halford goes crazy with the vocal “Look before you leap has never been the way we keep” man Halford throws it down at 110 mph vocally!

VICTIM OF CHANGES- back to late 70s Priest Metal with heavy guitars and this is a track also I heard for the first time on the Unleashed live album! Thrown in for good measure is a live guitar solo and this has all the Metal trimmings….9 minutes long! Halford changing tempos with his voice!Hill and Holland laying down the bottom end! Guitar Hero solo 101 tossed in for good measure! Shit man what a Extravaganza!

GREEN MANALISHI- oh yeah Fleetwood Mac originally wrote this probably  before Stevie Nicks and her Rumours vibe joined Fleetwood but regardless Priest make it there own! This is a great song very catchy! Cool guitar solo and once again Halford soars sonically at the end of the song!

LIVING AFTER MIDNIGHT-Priest says just cause the shows ending doesn’t mean the party’s ending! Simple metal but it’s friggin good! When I think of this track ummmmm…LOADED! Great song written by Downing/Tipton/Halford..what else Ya want?

HELL BENT FOR LEATHER- cue Rob entering arena on his Harley! Cue tons of feedback from the amps of Downing/Tipton! Cue quick riffing! Cue double bass drumming! Cue Ian Hill slammimg straight ahead bass licks! Cue leather/Smoke/Metal! This has to be the trademark Priest send off ! Boom …..

YOU GOT ANOTHER THING COMIN-the big hit from Screaming including crowd singalong and Priest send the 13,00o home from Long Beach Arena happy and according to Halford at one point in this show another 5 million radio listeners at home(this show was broadcast on radio) Thats a good nights work !

IN CONCLUSION-It was great to revisit Defenders after so many years! For myself personally it was Priest from Unleashed In The East thru to Screaming that I like best! Well now I gotta give it up for Defenders Of The Faith!

The live show like I mentioned is the Deal! I mean how crazy is it that Priest plays 9 out of the 10 tracks from Defenders(Eat Me Alive is the lone holdout) and play just two from Screaming For Vengenace there mega seller from 2 years earlier! Give Them credit man ….plus there live chops are awesome! The mix and production from the live show is real good considering it’s been laying around in a vault somewhere for 30 years!

The booklet included is pretty neat and shows the pics of Priest when they played MSG in NYC in 1984 and fans ripped out seats and chucked them at the stage. The result was $250,000 in damage and landed Priest a lifetime band from playing MSG!

The Love Bites video is a bootleg from Montreal! It’s pretty good footage considering the dude probabley  filmed it on a camcorder the size of a mini bar fridge back in 1984! Check it out and see how Priest kicked off there show in 80s style!

So much for keeping it short! Hahaha…

SONIC WAVES ….Judas Priest/Screaming For Vengeance

 

 

You kids want metal! Well look no further than this classic slab of a Vinyl from Halford and company themselves! 1982 and Priest unleash this masterpiece which next to Point Of Entry(easy people)is my favourite Priest studio album!

The cover is a slick affair. Love the colours on it especially the use of yellow and the slick Metallion looking eagle slammimg down on its prey! Inside is what matters and all these years later this album Cooks!

Rob Halford/KK Downing/Glenn Tipton/Ian Hill and Dave Holland  recorded Screaming in Spain and man the way this album sounds was that studio still standing when these guys left? Props must be given to Tom Allom on the production end of things! He makes Priest sound heavy and to this day this album does not sound 33 years old! How about 33 years young!

Screaming Indeed!

THE HELLION- the quick little ditty of a intro that you can hear yourself in the video posted and man Priest set the Table as in ‘can you pass the potatoes and after that pass THE METAL” The Hellion sounds heavy as the guitars are crashing with the drums and than…

ELECTRIC EYE- smash a gong and whoosh and heres KK and Glenn ripping out metal riffs 101 and I still love this song to this day! Halford rocks the tune vocally with his voice and man the cat can sing and this is Metal but catchy I mean does it getter better than this? Hard to say as Priest put the gauntlet down  and Glenn just rips out crazy fast solos and holy shit my sonic senses are crushed! Also what must be noted is when you watch the video above. This is how kids a metal show from 1982 starts! These are the Kings of it…Cue Hellion intro! Cue Marshall Stacks! Cue huge lighting rig! Cue double bass drums! Cue huge ass Chrome Metal looking stage with all inclusive ramps added as well! Cue metal dudes blasting out and rocking and Cue the leather!

RIDING ON  THE WIND- Holland rolls the drums out of the gates quick and here’s the guitars and boom Rob laying waste once again. Priest goes for the throat here the song is a hard heavy rocker the solos are gold and the chorus is catchy Priest! Is there such a thing as catchy Priest? Who cares …..blast it……

BLOODSTONE- love this song! Period! Bloodstone starts with KK and Glenn cranking the amps to 10 and doing some twirl loud swirls of riffs and than bam into a classic power chord or 3 and here comes Hollands drums and Ian Hill just delivering solid straightahead Simple  Simon bass lines and from there Robbo takes over on vocals….”Blooooooodstone” says Rob again….”Bloooooooodstone” this is Metal down right! It doesn’t have to go at speeds of Slayer all the time …..this shit is the deal! You don’t believe me ask RockStar Supa Paulie down in London Ontario about Screaming For Vengeance!

TAKE THESE CHAINS – of there was a track that would fit more on Point Of Entry than Screaming this one would be it! Still even though Priest did not write this track (Bob Halligan Jr. did. Who’s he you ask? Well he wrote Rock You by Helix,Ya don’t say!) they make there own and its a great song! Super cool chorus and the second verse is Metal Ear Candy! It’s all good no make that excellent!

PAIN AND PLEASURE-kinda of Sludgey Priest here! No high speed Priest kinda slow brooding like type power riffs. The drums kinda slosh around like Holland is have a coronary.  The chorus though is right on the money!

SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE- ok the first time I heard this song I picked up the needle and replayed the track! The opening to this song is soooooooo Fucking good. The song changes gears the guitars are cranked Halford is screaming. Holland is gassed out trying to keep up on the drums while Hill nails down the simple bass line! This is Metal 101! One of the all time greats and I mean what came you say about the chorus  and Halfords no pun Screaming! The guitars sheeeeeit!  Shaddup Deke and hey  kids watch the video posted would Ya!

YOU GOT ANOTHER THING COMING- this song broke Priest wide open in North America! Loved the fact that it was a 5 minute single! “One Life…I’m gonna live it uuuup” you betcha Rob I’m 15 and I’m living it up with my vinyl,rock mags and Pepsi ! Ha….I’m sure he met sex drugs rock n roll! Who cares though love the middle breakdown before the solo and remember the original video when the dudes head blows up? 1982 censors went crazy which probably resulted in another million records sold!

FEVER- great song and it’s another track that could have been on Point Of Entry. That’s the great thing about this album Rob and the boys throw in the mix those tracks that you have no idea if there hyper speed metal or chillax metal! Well done on mixing it up! Shaken Not Stirred!

DEVILS CHILD- end of the album GEM! One of my favs on here! Love the opening riff of this tune! All of Priest join in and rock this mother to the bone! Love the solo man Downing does the honours of laying down waste on the solo I mean KK shows how it’s done! One of my fav solos of Downings ever! Halford/Downing/Tipton the writers of this song raise the bar! I love end of the album GEMS so much that I’m throwing down a third video for this song so you all think im not  talking out of my arse!

IN CONCLUSION- Priest step and deliver! This is easily one of my favourite all time Hard Rock albums! No duds just classics all brought to you by the letter M(etal). Whatever device your using crank up and sit back and watch a band show you how it’s all done 1982 style! (Screaming For Vengeance is from 1983 US Festival)

CRANK IT!!!!