VINYL CONFESSIONS – 6/19/2019

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KANSAS – Leftoverture
What can I say? I unashamably love the song “Carry On Wayward Son”. The rest of the album is okay too, I guess…

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DAVID LEE ROTH – Crazy From The Heat
So, I have to admit that I’m not really a fan of David Lee Roth. Either his solo stuff, or the time he spent in Van Halen. There are a couple of catchy songs that I do like; however, I’ve never really owned any of his releases…until I kept seeing this EP of covers he did after leaving Van Halen at Half Price Books, looking forlorn and lonely, like a puppy wanting a home. So I gave it a home. Eh, not losing sleep over this one…

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The DOORS – Alive She Cried
Back in the summer after I graduated High School, I purchased the boxed set that collected all of The Doors’ live matterial onto two cassettes, and played them until they wore out. Here’s one of the live albums that was featured, that I found at Half Price Books. I was immediately taken back to those late summer nights wherein I would walk around the farm with this playing on my walkman, pretending to be Jim Morrison…um, I may have shared a bit too much, here…

jimi hendrex - axis bold as love

JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE- Axis: Bold As Love
The second release from the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Axis: Bold As Love needs to be heard as a whole, instead of just a collection of singles…also, fantastic psychadelic artwork in a gatefold cover, there…

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GOLDEN EARRING – Moontan
This is the one with one of two Golden Earring songs that I was, up to now, familiar with: “Radar Love”. The rest of the album is pretty good, too…

krokus - one vice at a time

KROKUS – One Vice At A Time
Krokus may have been considered Switzerland’s poor-man’s AC/DC, but it’s still good crunchy hard rock, here…

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Vinyl Confessions: RIGHTEOUS METAL III

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saint - in the battle
SAINT – In The Battle
This was a comeback of sorts for Saint, getting back their original singer and their original heavy metal LIKE GOD INTENDED; a decade or so later, they remaster and re-released this with new artwork and on gorgeous white vinyl…fan-tastic, really…

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PHILADELPHIA – Search & Destroy
Here was the Holy Grail of rare early metal releases, trying to find it since hearing the title cut on the cheesy yet fun Righteous Metal compilation; thanks to Roxx Records, I now have it, on gold vinyl and a greatly improved album cover artwork…came with a sticker of the album artwork as well…

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xDISCIPLEx A.D. – Heaven & Hell
Randomly ran into this one at Half Price Books perusing their used vinyl, and grabbed it immediately…great hardcore classic, pressed on clear vinyl…looks good, sounds good, bit of water damage on the cover, but otherwise a great find…

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SACRAMENT – Testimony Of Apocalypse
This album needed the vinyl treatment, and save for the spindle hole being a bit small, I have no complaints about this thrash classic re-release…

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Vinyl Confessions: RIGHTEOUS METAL II

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In which I feature more of my favorite METAL bands that have something of a certain theological bent, let’s just say…
demon hunter - war
DEMON HUNTER – War
demon hunter - peace
DEMON HUNTER – Peace
Grouping these two together, as they were just released by Demon Hunter simultaneously. I got them as part of the deluxe pre-order I signed up for back when Solid State announced them, which included these two vinyl copies of the two albums. Nice looking, yes…sounds great, too…
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FEAR NOT – Fear Not
A much-needed remastering, as well as new updated artwork…oh, and a release on vinyl, as this was originally released only on CD and cassette back in 1993, and vinyl records had fallen out of vogue as far as music media was concerned…
haven - your dying day
HAVEN – Your Dying Day
Another Roxx Productions remaster and re-release on vinyl of an out-of-print classic, this one from melodic heavy metal act Haven. Of course, I couldn’t have this one without getting…
haven - age of darkness
HAVEN – Age Of Darkness
…their second release, also an out-of-print classic in the genre, also given the same treatment by Roxx Productions. Gads, I love that company…

Vinyl Confessions: MULLET ROCK

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Some good classic hard rock from an era most refer to as “hair rock”, “butt rock” and “dad rock”, but I lovingly refer to as “mullet rock”. As someone who had more than one mullet in his teenage years (and Recovering Adolescent years), I wear that as a badge. Anyway, here are the ones in my collection thus far…
acdc - dirty deeds done dirt cheep
AC/DC – Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheep
Obviously the American release version, with that cover and track listing. This is a bluesy hard rock classic, with several cuts that just lends itself to the format it’s printed on. The title track, “Rocker”, “Problem Child”, “Ride On”, and let’s not forget the middle school boy giggle-fest that is “Big Balls”…
acdc - for those about to rock
AC/DC – For Those About To Rock
This is the album that had to follow the juggernaut that was Back In Black (wondering why I don’t have that one on vinyl yet? So am I…looking to rectify that). This is still a solid album, though there’s really only two that are immediately recognizable as AC/DC classics: the title track, and “Let’s Get It Up”. Otherwise, there are some good rocking deeper cuts on this…
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AC/DC – Fly On The Wall
At this point, I’m pretty sure the band knew they weren’t going to hit the heights that was Back In Black, but they were okay with that. This one has some good cuts on here, including the title track, “Sink The Pink” and “Shake Your Foundations”; this is probably when the phrase “It’s an AC/DC album” was sufficient to describe any release of theirs at this point in the game…
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SAMMY HAGAR – V.O.A.
I’m not a fan of Sammy Hagar. I am a listener of Sammy Hagar, though; meaning, I’m familiar with the hits he’s written. I’ve never owned an actual full album…well, I take that back. There was the low-budget live album on cassette that I never listened to. But, I got this particular album because I kept seeing it at the shop for months, just sitting there, forlorn and lonely, like a homeless kitty at a shelter. So…yeah, I gave it a good home. Also, there is the first track, “I Can’t Drive 55″…
ANTHRAX -- I'm the man
ANTHRAX – I’m The Man
Okay, so, not technically falling under the proper “Mullet Rock” tag, but as of this writing, this was the closest thing to fitting in with the others in my collection. Decent enough EP, though the live cuts are a bit on the thin side production-wise…

Vinyl Confessions: BUYING BACK MY CHILDHOOD, Pt. 1

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So, one of the objectives I have when I dived back into collecting vinyl records was to try and get back some of my favorites that I may not have originally owned on that format, but were integral in shaping my personal soundtrack growing up. So far, it’s been fun running into some of these bits…
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DURAN DURAN – Notorious
Not my favorite Duran Duran album, but still something I nabbed when I saw it at Half Price Books. The title track skips right at the beginning, which sucks…
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TED NUGENT – Double Live Gonzo
It’s one of the albums that my Uncle Jerry gave me when he heard me listening to Wham. It’s one of the two gateway albums that he gave me that got me into hard rock and metal in the first place. Which is the main reason why I have this in the first place. Otherwise, not really a fan of the Nuge’s music outside of the radio hits…
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RUN-D.M.C. – Raisin’ Hell
Bought it as a nerdy 13-year-old white kid because of their cover of Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way”; discovered that this is a solid album front-to-back. Still one of my favorites…
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BON JOVI – Slippery When Wet
I once overheard a teenage coworker years ago proclaim–out loud–that Bon Jovi was the Nickelback of the 80s. I immediately chucked several sharp objects at him. Slippery When Wet may be their only album that I can still listen to front-to-back (with their follow-up New Jersey coming a close second) in public and not be ashamed of doing so. It’s also one of the very few good memories I have of my Junior High years. That, and the Run-D.M.C. record…

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Uncle NecRo Listens To: LOOK WHAT THE CAT DRAGGED IN (Poison)

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So, here’s the first in what should be a new series of articles that will be called, for lack of a better one, “Uncle NecRo Listens To…” This has been percolating in my brain matter for quite some time; where I go through the albums I once owned and listened to back in the day, and see if they still hold up.

There are some basic rules I’ve made for this series: 1) they must be albums that I’ve actually owned, and 2) the years involved would be between when I was in grade school and began listening and collecting albums, through to the end of High School. Also, these won’t be in order of when I owned them, just as they come to mind. As such, let’s get started with this first one, shall we?

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The Band: POISON
The Album: Look What The Cat Dragged In
My History: This debut release from the band Poison came out in my Seventh Grade year, in 1986. I remember coming across the album at department stores, and thinking, “wow, those chicks are hot.” Which was immediately followed by a bit of confusion while reading the band member roster, because I was 12 and living in rural Eastern Nebraska in the mid-1980s. I’ve never heard of the term “glam metal” before, let alone come across anything like this before. Anyway, while several in my class had this album, it wasn’t until the summer of 1988 when I finally acquired my own copy.

It’s been literally decades since I’ve listened to this one front-to-back. Let’s see how this holds up, shall we?

Track One: “Cry Tough”
Nice opening rhythm, seems to build up to something awesome…then the power chord…seems to miss something to really push this over the edge as a lead-in song, though. Not a bad introduction, though…

Track Two: “I Want Action”
Now, this is more like it, heavy crunchy guitar and a fun rhythm. Typical “skin” song…the part where Bret sings “If I can’t have her, I’ll take her and make her” seems rather disturbing, there. And that bridge, yeesh.

Track Three: “I Won’t Forget You”
In the mid-1990s, I had a roommate who was a pretty accomplished guitar player in his spare time. He was obsessed with getting this song right, and was demonstrating how the lead was played. That was impressive, yes. That said, this is your typical unremarkable power ballad that only is marginally better than the other power ballad that Poison is known for (you know the one) if only for the fact that it isn’t as overplayed and over-saturated on rock radio stations everywhere. PASS.

Track Four: “Play Dirty”
Good riff, nice n’ heavy. “Act tough”…huh. Got’cha, Bret. Anyway, good basic hard rock tune. You get the sense, though, that the lyrics were written by someone who has never been in a bar altercation, but imagines this is what it would be like. Like they watched Roadhouse and wrote a song about it. Wait, checking to see when Roadhouse came out…never mind, it was released three years after this album.

Track Five: “Look What The Cat Dragged In”
Title track. Rather good guitar riff hook, there. Bit grittier, going for less sparkly and more sleaze. Nifty ode to 1980s Sunset Strip hedonism. Yawn. And did Bret just purr in the microphone? I believe he did. Gads. Right after boasting of his sexual prowess. Stay classy, there.

Track Six: “Talk Dirty To Me”
Full disclosure: I owned the 45 single of this song. It’s a great rock guitar riff, one of the first actual riffs I learned to play on the guitar. Surprisingly easy, once you see how it’s done. Anyway, groan-worthy juvenile lyrics aside, one of my favorite guilty pleasures.

Track Seven: “Want Some, Need Some”
Yeah, okay, great opening hook and riff, here. Good crunch, I have to admit. Again, with the whole longing for a lover of nondescript. Still, way more substance than your average Limp Bizquick song. Interesting chime ending.

Track Eight: “Blame It On You”
Again, a pretty good boogie rock tune…immediately given the eeew factor with lyrics that seemed to have been written by a horny middle school boy. Though, your average rock song normally doesn’t use the words “pizazz” and “razzmatazz”…

Track Nine: “#1 Bad Boy”
Look, the 80s were a weird time. It was a time when heterosexual men put on makeup, hairspray and adorned themselves with the finest Cosmo looks, and still were considered the pinnacle of masculinity by women. That’s why Poison could get away with writing a song about being “bad boys” without batting a heavily mascaraed eyelash. Also, this song is, musically, rather heavy and rocks my face off.

Track Ten: “Let Me Go To The Show”
Nice up-beat rocker where Bret begs his parental units to allow him to go to a rock show of nondescript to end the album off. Dig them “bad boys” playin’ that rock n’ roll, indeed.

Does It Hold Up: Musically, yeah, this is a pretty good, near-solid hard rock release from a band that would later be known as the poster boys for why Grunge took over in the 1990s. Compared to their other releases, this one is the more raw sounding, leaning more towards rocking rather than the pop formula they grew into later. Lyric-wise, you can’t get much more juvenile than this. The songs are either about sex, being rock n’ roll bad boys, or…well, more sex. Which may have appealed to my hormone-addled young teenage self back in the day. Now, though, I found myself face-palming more than once.

Overall: I give Look What The Cat Dragged In a 6.5 out of 10. The guitar-driven heaviness still retained its kick, but the lyrics killed off a goodly amount of enjoyment.

NECRO SHOCK RADIO – May 6, 2017

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MAY 6, 2017

Finally, after taking two weeks off to deal with a massive sinus cold infection, Uncle NecRo is back to continue the weekly dispelling of the Brutal Music Therapy we all crave…

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