Mama’s Boys – Power And Passion (1985)

Mama’s Boys – Power And Passion (orig. 1985, Jive/Zomba) (2006 reissue, Gott Discs)

1. Hard’n’Loud
2. Straight Forward, No Looking Back
3. Lettin’ Go
4. Needle In The Groove
5. Run
6. Power And Passion
7. Don’t Tell Mama
8. The Professor II
9. Let’s Get High

Official website of the brothers McManus and their current band, Celtus. There is a good band history section on Mama’s Boys there.

I have seen this CD go for hundreds on Ebay over the last few years for an original pressing on Jive/Zomba or a Japanese copy with OBI. Of course, with a high price comes a lot of hype, so I’ve had this on my “WANT” list for a while. Like all over-hyped CDs, the cassette or vinyl is fairly easy to obtain, within $20 USD. Good news out of the U.K. early this year was that Gott Discs was officially reissuing the album at a decent price. This made originals pop up on Ebay but at inflated prices.

Mama’s Boys are from Ireland and are usually lumped in with the NWOBHM, not a far stretch. This album is a combination of NWOBHM influences, traditional Celtic music, and keyboard driven mid-80s Hard Rock. This mix of styles lends the album a unique quality, the listener exposed to a wide range of sounds. If I remember correctly, Mama’s Boys toured with Thin Lizzy on their last tour and import Metal magazines were really high on this band.

I’ve lived with this disc for a few weeks and I find it an average release. There are some good songs here (Hard ‘n’ Loud, Run, Lettin’ Go, Don’t Tell Mama), with good solos, but not enough to make me consider this an ’80s classic.

Balls To The Wall

Today I’m having minor out-patient surgery…..a vasectomy. My wife and I have 2 beautiful girls, so we’re done with having kids.

How does this relate to Metal?

– The fact that my crew played Accept’s ‘Balls To The Wall’ in my honor last night at work multiple times.

– I get home this AM and my best friend left me a message on my machine: him singing AC/DC’s ‘Big Balls’. He also asked if I needed my copy of UNDER THE BLADE (Twisted Sister).

– My other friend emailed me an MP3 of Bryan Adams’ ‘Cuts Like A Knife’. Not Metal, but clever.

Are they missing any?