Classic Rock’s New Releases Round-Up
This week there’s a whole load of reissues stuff from Kansas and Motley Crue. Plus a reunion of two old Jagged pals. The return of Begging. And Metallica going one step Beyond.
Words: Malcolm Dome
Kansas fans will be guaranteed orgasmic overdrive with the 11-CD box set The Complete Album Collection (Legacy). There’s nothing unreleased here, but to have all of these classic albums together and remastered is to reminded why the band are so revered as true pomp rock icons. Everything from the 1974 self-titled debut to 1983’s Drastic Measures is here.
Motley Crue deliver up some truly special times on Greatest Hits (Eleven Seven Music). How can you go wrong with songs like Too Fast For Love, Looks That Kill, Shout At The Devil and 16 other Motley monuments? This is available in CD, deluxe CD, vinyl and DVD. If you’ve ever doubted the Crue’s heritage, this is a timeless reminder.
There’s nothing new about trying to combine classical music with rock. But ClassicalRock do it better than most. Maybe because they are not just adapting songs like Bohemian Rhapsody and Stairway To Heaven, but combining these masterpieces with genuine classical works. The result on their debut album is stylish and fascinating. Check it out at www.myclassicalrock.com
Red White & Blues brings together former Jagged Edge bandmates Matti Alfonzetti (vocals) and Myke Gray (guitar). On Shine, they show a penchant for the sort of dynamic blues rock that was once the province of Whitesnake. And it’s all done remarkably well. The songs are well written, the performances are stylish. A low-key cracker. Check out more details at www.redwhiteandblues.com
Beggars & Thieves were regarded as melodic hard rock kings in waiting back in 1990. But then along came grunge and virtually swept them away. Now, they’re back with We Are The Brokenhearted (Frontiers). Maybe not the finest exponents of the craft around, nonetheless B&T still have the right sensibility to make it all work convincingly.
Astrohenge claim to be a band for all metalheads. And Astrohenge II (Eyes Of Sound) certainly has enough full on riffage to appeal to fans of death, thrash and black metal. But there’s also progressive depth here as well, and hints of space rock. This is an instrumental album with the emphasis gloriously on the ‘mental’!
Metallica have decided to issue a digital EP called Beyond Magnetic. It features four songs recorded during the Death Magnetic sessions but left off the final album. They did one of these tracks live at each of their recent 30th anniversary stint at the Filmore in San Francisco. Actually, these could easily have been included on the album itself, with no drop in quality. And Hate Train is perhaps closer to old school Metallica than anything on Death Magnetic.
D’Molls were one of the 80s trash rock bands who deserved more attention than they ever got. Their self-titled debut was decadently delicious dumbness. Now under the name of Desi Rexx’s D’Molls for some reason, D-Sides (FNR) is a collection of demos, B-sides and rarities. With input from a host of guests (including UFO drummer Andy Parker and Chip Z’Nuff), this frivolous fun with the accent on anthemic attitude rather than musicianship. The quality isn’t quite in the Crue class, but this has its own ragged charm.
Tags: Andy Parker, Astrohenge, Beggars & Thieves, Chips Z'Nuff, ClassicalRock, D'Molls, Desi Rexx's D'Molls, Jagged Edge, Kansas, Matti Alfonzetti, Metallica, Motley Crue, Myke Gray, Red White & Blues, UFO, Whitesnake