Current Playlist

Day off Saturday…..here’s what was burning up the stereo and the iPod today…..

KISS – Sonic Boom (2009): I can’t get enough of the new KISS record! I wanted to live with it a couple of weeks before I reviewed it because I didn’t want the fanboy in me to overpower the truth. After repeated listens, it’s a solid record…..better than PSYCHO CIRCUS (1998).

Ace Frehley – Anomaly (2009): This one gets lumped in with the new KISS because Ace is part of the KISS extended family. I wanted to give this a ton of play before I reviewed it, also so I could compare it to the SONIC BOOM. Great comeback for Ace!

Anvil – This Is Thirteen (2009 reissue): I’ve had the album since late 2007 or early 2008 when I ordered it through the band’s website…..I loved it then and I love it now. I picked up the reissue for the bonus track, the never recorded, ‘Thumb Hang’. See the movie, buy the record.

Firehouse – s/t (1990): I saw the video for ‘Don’t Treat Me Bad’ on VH-1 Classic and I pulled the CD out for a fresh listen. I used to love this album back in the day! I remember no one else really got into the band until all the chicks heard ‘Love Of A Lifetime’…..everyone ended up buying it. The good news is that it’s track #11 so you can hit the <skip> button and finish the record. Check out the video, this is the first version, there’s another with a woman throwing all of Bill Leverty’s stuff out a window.

Ozzy Osbourne – Down To Earth (2001): I pulled this album out because my best friend is an Ozzy freak and we were discussing the merits of Ozzy’s last four solo albums. Obviously NO MORE TEARS (1991) and OZZMOSIS (1995) are great records, and I thought BLACK RAIN (2007) sucked, but this album is forgotten. I remember seeing the tour stop in Worcester, MA and the show wasn’t Ozzy’s best…..after a few listens, neither is the album. I like it better than BLACK RAIN.

Bon Jovi – 7800° Fahrenheit (1985): OK, I realize Bon Jovi isn’t as Metal, or even Hard Rock, as some of the other bands I usually listen to but 7800° FAHRENHEIT is a solid record. This is before Bon Jovi broke the bank so I like this & the debut a lot better. Everyone forgets ‘In And Out Of Love’ and ‘Tokyo Road’, two great songs the band should play live.

David Lee Roth – A Little Ain’t Enough (1991): I am huge Diamond Dave fan and I have bought every Diamond Dave solo album when it’s come out so I picked this up back in 1991 and I still love it today. The title track is just pure Dave. Too bad he fell out of the limelight quickly after this album, he was a great performer. He still has 3 more solo albums after this though but his was his last good one.

Thunder – Backstreet Symphony (1990): Thunder were one of those bands that came out just as my senior year in high school was ending and we all jumped on the bandwagon at the parking lot parties. ‘Dirty Love’ got a ton of airplay back in the day on local radio and on MTV, there were 2 versions of the video. I always listen to mid-90s Thunder when I got back into the band but it’s cool to re-live the debut.

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3 comments on “Current Playlist

  1. I have been playing the last KISS album a lot too. Its realy great. I even like it more then REVENGE. Their best since HOT IN THE SHADES in my opinion.
    I have been playing the following records a lot last couple of weeks:
    UDO:DOMINATOR
    WHIPLASH:TICKET TO MAYHEM (still a great thrash album)
    HAMMERON:NOTHIN´TO DO BUT ROCK
    ANNIHILATOR:CRITERIA FOR A BLACK WIDOW (with the singer from ALICE IN HELL. Very good album that took the band back to their early days)
    HARDCORE SUPERSTAR:BEG FOR IT
    VIXEN:REV IT UP (always fun to play this cd)
    MAGNUM:WINGS OF HEAVEN
    MOTORHEAD:ROCK´N´ROLL
    BLAZE BAYLEY:THE MAN WHO WOULD NOT DIE (always great solo. I just ordered his new LIVE album)
    KISS:CREATURES OF THE NIGHT
    JOURNEY:FRONTIERS
    MAYHEM:DE MYSTERIIS DOM SATHANAS (a classic in black metal of course).

  2. Right on with David Lee Roth. I am fortunate to have seen him live twice in the late ’80′s. DLR was flat out incredible on stage, plus Steve Vai was an added Metal bonus too. The Hartford Civic Center was out of control for DLR, plus I missed out on catching his sunglasses by a hair… those would have been quite the souvenir. I will never forget seeing DLR control the crowd with Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love… I still play that memory over in my mind to this day, riveting stuff. Steve Vai, man. Billy Sheehan too. I absolutely have the greatest memories of seeing DLR and that “fun” and heavy album – Eat ‘Em And Smile. Now I have to upgrade my DLR tunes to CD… it’s been too long or I’m getting too old.

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