Now Hear This: The "Runaway Train" guys!?

     1986 was a pretty good year for rock and roll. Two of my favorite bands of the era, Cinderella and Tesla, released their debut albums. Ratt more than redeemed themselves with their excellent third album Dancing Undercover after what I thought was a disappointing follow up to the amazing Out of the Cellar. Metallica crashed the Billboard charts with Master of Puppets. Metal went Hollywood with AC/DC’s soundtrack to Maximum Overdrive and Fastway’s…

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Vinnie Vincent Invades in 1986

The year is 1986. With it came the first significant solo record from an ex KISS member (Ace would wait a further year till he released Frehley’s Comet in ’87 and did anybody actually like anything by Peter Criss?). Depending on who you believe KISS either fired Vinnie Vincent yet again or he walked. It seems likely the truth will never be known, but here in hard proof was the result of what someone from…

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Hardroad with Russ "Dwarf" Graham

Many of you are probably aware that I originally discovered the Decibel Geek Podcast while doing a google search on Russ Dwarf after catching one of his local shows up here in Toronto. I was looking to read some reviews on the show and stumbled across his interview with Chris and AAron. So I guess you could say that Russ is somewhat responsible for setting me on the path of rock and roll journalism. So…

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John Corabi, UNPLUGGED

I remember the “Unplugged” craze of the early to mid 90’s. MTV were jumping on every band with even the slightest commercial success and Unplugged albums and videos were popping up everywhere. Some of these acoustic “experiments” worked very well (see Tesla’s Five Man Acoustical Jam), others let’s just say crashed and burned BAD! There is something to be said when a great singer/songwriter sits down with an acoustic guitar and bares his/her soul. Magic…

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Buried Treasure – Vince Neil’s Exposed

Buried Treasure – Vince Neil’s Exposed

By 1993, the alternative/grunge movement was in full swing and had all but taken over popular music.  Some of the rock bands/artists of the 1980s who were still active in 1993 had altered both their sound and image in their attempts to jump aboard this seemingly unstoppable gravy train. Vince Neil, however, was NOT one of those artists. * On April 27, 1993, Vince’s debut solo album Exposed was released.  This album was the antithesis…

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Trash Cowboys

While I was down in Memphis, Tennessee back in November for Tora Tora’s 25th anniversary concert, I picked up some new discs from some bands unfamiliar to me courtesy of Steve Lockett at FnA Records. Here is the third CD that I checked out: TRASH COWBOYS – The Good, The Bad & The Nasty With a cover like the Trash Cowboys CD has I expected something dark and heavy for sure.  Inside the cover was…

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unbelievably good albums with unbelievably bad album covers – Van Halen's A Different Kind Of Truth

Andrew Jacobs here, Okay okay, technically speaking, it’s NOT an unbelievably bad album cover (hell, it’s not really even a bad album cover).  And yes, there are certainly far worse album covers with unbelievably good albums housed inside them. Having said that though, my biggest complaint with this album cover is with the inside packaging and mostly because there is not one single photo of the band or any of it’s members.  That is a…

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Buried Treasure – A Bustle In Your Hedgerow

Buried Treasure – A Bustle In Your Hedgerow

Andrew Jacobs here, Down was a heavy metal supergroup formed in the early 1990s and consisting of Philip Anselmo (Pantera, Superjoint Ritual and literally a million others) on vocals, Pepper Keenan (Corrosion Of Conformity) on guitar, Kirk Windstein & Todd Strange (Crowbar) on guitar & bass respectively and Jimmy Bower (Eyehategod) on drums (Todd Strange was later replaced by Pantera bassist Rex Brown).  Many of you are probably most familiar with Down from their 1995…

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Guitars, Cars and Women

While I was down in Memphisfor Tora Tora’s 25th Aniversary, I picked up some new discs and bands to check out courtesy of Steve Lockett at FnA Records. Here is the second CD that I checked out: The Greg Leon Invasion-Guitars, Cars & Women While I was not totally sure that I had heard of Greg Leon, the name did nag at the back of my memory and recognition.  The front cover depicted, as one…

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Buried Treasure – American Hi-Fi’s self titled debut

Buried Treasure – American Hi-Fi’s self titled debut

Andrew Jacobs here, Seeing as how Wally just posted about Rockhead and Bob Rock, I figured that I’d do a post on one of my favorite (and one of the least heard) Bob Rock produced albums, the 2001 self titled debut by American Hi-Fi.  Although this is American Hi-Fi’s most popular album, I’m guessing that there aren’t very many of you who have heard it.  Well all I have to say is if you’re a…

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