End of vacation Mixtape

Sadly all good things must come to and end…..and so must my vacation. It’s been a great week off from work: I spent time with the family, listened to a lot of music and did a lot of things I can’t do because work gets in the way…..like sleep! I have to go back to work today at 4pm so I decided to relax in the music room and shuffle the iPod one last time to see what comes out…..

  1. Queen – ‘Who Wants To Live Forever’ (1986)
  2. Starz – ‘Violation’ (1977)
  3. Dokken – ‘The Hunter’ (1985)
  4. Autograph – ‘Send Her To Me’ (1984)
  5. Journey – ‘Send Her My Love’ (1983)
  6. Judas Priest – ‘Hard As Iron’ (1988)
  7. Accept – ‘Do It’ (1980)
  8. Judas Priest – ‘Solar Angels’ (1981)
  9. Quiet Riot – ‘Twilight Hotel’ (1986)
  10. Sammy Hagar – ‘Mas Tequila’ (1999)
  11. .38 Special – ‘Wild Eyed Southern Boys’ (1981)
  12. KISS – ‘Room Service’ (1975)
  13. Ozzy Osbourne – ‘No Bone Movies’ (1980)
  14. Manowar – ‘Fighting The World’ (1987)
  15. KISS - ‘Exciter’ (1983)
  16. Tim Owens – ‘Believe’ (2009)
  17. ZZ Top – ‘T.V. Dinners’ (1983)
  18. Motley Crue – ‘Hollywood Ending’ (2000)
  19. U.D.O. – ‘Infected’ (2009)
  20. Aerosmith – ‘Last Child’ (1977)

Bonus Track: UFO – ‘Diesel In the Dust’ (1983)

    Current playlist

    I took most the last two weeks off because my laptop finally died and I have been completely bored with the whole blogging thing. When it stops being fun for me, I need a break. So I listened to a lot of music and didn’t really care too much for writing.

    Grave Digger – Ballads Of A Hangman (2009): I bought this the day it came out and it hasn’t left the rotation, I’m giving it heavy airtime and i should have a review soon.

    Saxon – Into the Labyrinth (2009): Hasn’t left the regular rotation yet and it’s still my favorite album of 2009 so far!

    Buckcherry – Black Butterfly (2008): I bought this when it came out back in 2008 but I never really got around to giving it a lot of spins. I’ve been a Buckcherry fan BEFORE they released their first album so I hate it when they get stuck in that overly sexed up first single. I like ‘Too Drunk’ but the rest of the album is good too.

    Rose Tattoo – Blood Brothers (2008): This is another disc I got back in 2008 that I didn’t give much time to. This is a great record that has stayed with Saxon in my 2009 rotation and I will go as far as saying that this album is better than AC/DC’s BLACK ICE.

    Ozzy Osbourne – (all albums): I decided to have a listen to Ozzy’s OZZMOSIS (1995) and I ended up pulling all the albums out and gave them all a spin. I was having a good time until I came to DOWN TO EARTH (2001) and I heard how mediocre it is (I liked it at the time). When I spun BLACK RAIN (2007), I realized that DOWN TO EARTH was better than I thought!

    Twisted Sister – (all albums): My 10 yr old daughter is on a Twisted Sister binge and she has me listening to all the old records with her. Aside from skipping a few overplayed tracks, the first 3 albums are solid, COME OUT AND PLAY (1985) sucks, and LOVE IS FOR SUCKERS (1987) is better than I remembered.

    Motley Crue – (all albums): I scored tickets to the upcoming show in Connecticut in March so I got all the Crue albums out and had a party!

    Reissue Report: Black Sabbath – Paranoid (1970) to be reissued by Universal Music on double vinyl & 3 CD Deluxe Edition on September 29th

    From Bravewords:

    BW&BK have received the following press release:

    Throughout the history of rock some albums are considered to be historic works either for breaking a new sound or transforming a little known band into Icons of their genre.

    IRON MAIDEN’s debut album, METALLICA’s Black Album, LED ZEPPELIN’s IV and BLACK SABBATH’s Paranoid are just four legendary albums of a list of possibly only 10 or 12 masterpieces.

    On September 29th, Universal Music are issuing Black Sabbath Paranoid on Double Vinyl and a Deluxe 3CD Set.

    Paranoid is the second album by the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath. It was released in the United Kingdom during September 1970, and contains some of their most famous work, including the songs ‘Iron Man’, ‘War Pigs’ and the title track. The album is regarded as a classic of the heavy metal genre and one of the most influental heavy metal albums. It has been certified 4x Platinum, having sold over four million copies in the US alone, making it Black Sabbath’s best-selling album.

    The ‘Paranoid’ single, released before the album, reached number four in the UK. Pushed by its success, the album hit number one in the UK, and is the only Black Sabbath album to have done so. The US release was held until January 1971, as the Black Sabbath album was still on the charts at the time of Paranoid’s UK release. The album broke into the top ten in the US in March 1971, and would go on to sell four million copies in the US alone, with virtually no radio airplay.

    Tracklisting for the rerelease is as follows:

    Disc 1 (Original Album):
    1. ‘War Pigs’
    2. ‘Paranoid’
    3. ‘Planet Caravan’
    4. ‘Iron Man’
    5. ‘Electric Funeral’
    6. ‘Hand Of Doom’
    7. ‘Rat Salad’
    8. ‘Fairies Wear Boots’

    Disc 2 (1974 Quadrophonic Mix):
    1. ‘War Pigs’
    2. ‘Paranoid’
    3. ‘Planet Caravan’
    4. ‘Iron Man’
    5. ‘Electric Funeral’
    6. ‘Hand Of Doom’
    7. ‘Rat Salad’
    8. ‘Fairies Wear Boots’

    Disc 3 (Previously Unreleased Bonus Tracks):
    (Tracks 1-8 recorded at Regent Sound Studios, June 16th and 17th, 1970)
    1. ‘War Pigs’ (instrumental)
    2. ‘Paranoid’ (alternative lyrical version)
    3. ‘Planet Caravan’ (alternative lyrical version)
    4. ‘Iron Man’ (instrumental)
    5. ‘Electric Funeral’ (instrumental)
    6. ‘Hand Of Doom’ (instrumental)
    7. ‘Rat Salad’ (instrumental)
    8. ‘Fairies Wear Boots’ (instrumental)

    All-time top posts at Heavy Metal Addiction

    When I started this blog back in January 2006, all I wanted to do was talk about albums in my music collection and pass along some Metal memories. Two and a half years later, close to 460,000 people have stopped by to read my album reviews, get some Metal news, and join me out on the Hunt for more music. I thank everyone for stopping by!

    One of the things I get asked often is: “What is your most popular post?”.

    Today I’m going to list the Top 5 posts and the Top 6 album reviews (with the publish date and stats) at Heavy Metal Addiction from day 1 to right now with a little commentary.

    Top 5 Posts at Heavy Metal Addiction

    1. Poison members involved in onstage fight – breakup? – (8/27/06 — 23,732 views)
    2. Journey (with Arnel Pineda) – Festival Vina Del Mar 2008 complete set from Chile (video, 2/21/08) – (2/23/08 – 20,573 views)
    3. First official band picture of the new Journey with Arnel Pineda – (1/8/08 — 19,768 views)
    4. Press Release: Arnel Pineda is the new Journey singer! – (12/6/07 — 12,064 views)
    5. Gene Simmons facelift post-op picture – (4/2/07 — 10,576 views)

    The Poison fight post has been the top dog for a long time, the day I posted it I ended up with the best single day ever with close to 17,000 hits! Before that, I think my best day was couple hundred readers. The Poison video is going to get taken out by Journey with their new singer Arnel Pineda. Like them or not, Journey has always been a worldwide band and with Filipino Arnel on the mic, they are now more than ever. If I were to expand this list to the Top 20, there would be four more Journey related posts! A lot of people are getting a chance to see/hear the new Journey from the full video of the Festival Del Mar 2008 in Chile and the two press releases. Personally, I like the fact that Gene Simmons is at #5 not just because my favorite band is KISS but because look at that train wreck! Like I said in the post, too bad they didn’t fix his vocal chords while they were at it!

    Top 6 Albums Reviews at Heavy Metal Addiction

    1. Quiet Riot – Metal Health (1983) – (1/21/07 — 10,014 views)
    2. Ozzy Osbourne – Black Rain (2007) – (6/1/07 — 8904 views)
    3. Iron Maiden – A Matter Of Life And Death (2006) – (9/13/06 — 7439 views)
    4. Black Sabbath – Forbidden (1995) – (12/19/06 — 6279 views)
    5. Legs Diamond – Town Bad Girl (1990) – (2/22/07 — 5132 views)
    6. Lita Ford – Out For Blood (1983) – (1/12/07 — 5048 views)

    Quiet Riot makes the top spot unfortunately due to the news of Kevin DuBrow’s passing. Unfortunately, the hits for this post picked up when Kevin died…..RIP Kevin. No surprise that Ozzy’s last record made the list because the guy is just popular with all Metal fans. BLACK RAIN made my 5 Worst of 2007 list at #4 and I have had a ton of email pointing out what an idiot I am for calling it a subpar effort. Another no brainer was Iron Maiden’s last album making the list, this album review seems to get a fair amount of hits every week.

    The next three surprise me because they are in my Top Posts list everyday. Of all the Tony Martin era posts I did, FORBIDDEN gets a ton of hits everyday. I consider FORBIDDEN the weakest effort of that Sabbath era but people are searching and reading about it. Legs Diamond and Lita Ford are duelling for the #5 spot, that’s why I post six on the list. Everyday I see both of these reviews getting a ton of views, both are definitely “cult” albums but I didn’t think they would get that much attention, especially the Legs Diamond review.

    So there you have it, some of the top posts…..now click the links and check’em out!

    The 5 Worst Albums of 2007

    It’s been another solid year for new releases, hundreds of bands have released new albums in 2007 and it’s been very hard to keep up. I can’t buy everything and the money I put aside for my music fix has to be spent wisely. Unfortunately, I’ve had the misfortune of spending my hard earned cash on some really bad albums. So here is my list of the 5 Worst Albums of 2007:

    #1

    Manowar - Gods Of War

    Manowar – Gods Of War

    Absolutely the worst album I bought this year! I am a big Manowar fan and I have been since the early ’80s but this tests my loyalty. One look at the deluxe packaging and everything looked promising, the band really put a solid visual package together for the fans. I wasn’t big into translating the whole booklet but it gave me something to do while I listened. Unfortunately, the music was long and boring. Concept albums are hit or miss, for every OPERATION: MINDCRIME there are many subpar efforts. Even though the concept falls in line with the Manowar line of thinking, it’s hard to follow. How many orchestral passages does one album need? How many sound effects? Half the albums was instrumentals and narratives, for an album over an hour long, that’s a complete waste of time! The other half of the album was proper songs but even then they were too over the top and that’s saying something because everything Manowar does is over the top. Even the accompanying DVD (available on the limited edition) didn’t help.

    #2

    Vixen - Live & Learn Vixen – Live & Learn

    What could you really expect from Vixen in 2007 anyway? Somehow, the nostalgia of my youth and the $9.99 price tag got the better of me and I bought this the day it came out. My big problem with this was that it just didn’t sound like Vixen. All the members are different except for guitarist Jan Kuehnemund and the mix is awful. Maybe if Janet Gardner was still on vocals then LIVE & LEARN could have escaped this list but the record would still need better production and better songs. Oh well, you live and you learn (pun intended)!

    #3

    Peter Criss - One For All (2007) Peter Criss – One For All

    At least I knew going in that this wouldn’t be a Rock ‘n’ Roll album, that takes some of the pain away! This album was a must for me because I am a KISS diehard but I didn’t get value for my dollar. Overall, the music isn’t bad but the vocals are…..he’s not Frank Sinatra or Tony Bennett no matter how hard he wants to be. Knowing this album would be mellow and light with no Rock, I knew what I was getting.

    #4

    Ozzy Osbourne - Black Rain (2007) Ozzy Osbourne – Black Rain

    This is not an Ozzy album. This is a Zakk Wylde/Black Label Society album. Don’t believe me? Spin this CD once and compare it to any BLS album…..you get the idea. It’s obvious that Ozzy is out of ideas and he needs as much help writing as he does from ProTools with his vocals. Obviously, Zakk Wylde is the driving force behind Ozzy’s music even though the writing credits say different. Ozzy’s vocals are enhanced by studio trickery more than ever and the overall packaging of the first pressing leaves a lot to be desired, even with the code for two free Ozzfest tickets. Ozzy had the opportunity to make a real kick ass record and he didn’t. As I wrote in the review: “…..it’s (the album) decent but it doesn’t blow me away. And I expect to be blown away by Ozzy.”

    #5

    Sebastian Bach - Angel Down (2007) Sebastian Bach – Angel Down

    You wait 9 years and release this? I think the five songs on BRING’EM BACH ALIVE (1999) are much better than these songs and having Axl Rose as a guest star on three songs doesn’t make it any better. So why did I buy it? Simple…..hope. I had hope that Bach would make a good solo record, especially considering he had plenty of time to write good songs. I think my biggest disappointment here is the vocals, they are not good. Sebastian Bach has been considered to have one of the better voices from the ’80s and he just doesn’t show it. If the vocals were better, I would have kept it out of the Worst 5. I have yet to properly review this album but I’m definitely done listening to it.

    Reissue Report: Ozzy Osbourne to reissue Black Rain as a 2 CD Tour Edition on 11/20/07, pre-order available

    From Bravewords.com:

    Ozzy Osbourne – Who was complaining earlier today (November 1st) that he’s “been suffering terribly from people downloading” his new album BLACK RAIN - will have the album reissued on November 20th as a Special Limited Edition Tour Package featuring a bonus CD of live tracks and B-Sides. The bonus CD tracklisting includes: ‘I Don’t Wanna Stop’ (live), ‘Not Going Away’ (live), ‘Here For You’ (live), ‘Nightmare’, ‘Can’t Save You’ and ‘Love To Hate’.

    Click here to pre-order.

    Ozzy - Black Rain (2007)

    Ozzy spoke to Cameron Adams from Australia’s Herald Sun recently about a number of topics including his current album Black Rain. While Black Rain made No. 3 on the US Billboard charts, like everyone else, Osbourne is battling lower sales in the modern era.

    “I’ve been suffering terribly from people downloading it. If they don’t find something to stop it, people won’t be able to make records. There won’t be any new bands. How are they going to survive?

    “I’m an old-timer, I’ve been doing it 40 years now, but new bands are going to suffer. It’s ridiculous, you could be doing it for nothing.

    “Sharon said I’d be astounded to find out how many bands are touring because you can download a record but you can’t beat a rock show.”

    ———————————————————

    I bought the first pressing of the new Ozzy record (read the review here) and I didn’t like it: everything from the music, to the vocals, to the artwork or lack thereof, and the lack of a booklet. The only thing going for it was the code inside for 2 free Ozzfest tickets that I couldn’t give away!

    Then the album is released in Japan with full artwork (see above) and 2 bonus tracks. A third version is released, second for the U.S., with the full artwork (the non-artwork version was “limited edition”). Now we get the “Tour Edition”…..

    The good news on this new reissue is that the artwork is the same as the Japanese and second U.S. pressing AND two of the bonus tracks (‘Nightmare’ & ‘Can’t Save You’) are the two bonus tracks for the Japanese version. Honestly, I can’t justify buying this album again but the 2nd CD of bonuses is interesting. If the local shop has it at a low sale price, I might grab it for completist purposes.

    — Steve

    2007 Heavy Metal Halloween Top 10

    Halloween Pumpkin

    (Read the 2009 Heavy Metal Halloween Top 10 and the 2010 Heavy Metal Halloween Top 10)

    My favorite time of year is here……HALLOWEEN!

    In conjunction with other Hard Rock/Heavy Metal blogs (see links below) I have compiled my personal Top 10 Heavy Metal songs for Halloween 2007. It took me a few days to search through my collection and see which songs fit, I had so many off the top of my head I could have easily done a Top 20.

    Here’s the list in no particular order except #1:

    1. Black Sabbath – ‘Black Sabbath’
    2. Alice Cooper – ‘The Ballad Of Dwight Fry’
    3. Alice Cooper – ‘Dead Babies’
    4. Alice Cooper – ‘I Love The Dead’
    5. Halloween – ‘Halloween Night’
    6. Fastway – ‘Trick Or Treat’
    7. Iron Maiden – ‘Fear Of The Dark’
    8. Diamond Head – ‘Am I Evil?’
    9. Helloween – ‘Mr. Torture’
    10. Ozzy Osbourne – ‘Bark At The Moon’

    Bonus Track: Alice Cooper – ‘He’s Back (The Man Behind The Mask)’

    You can check out some other Halloween Top 10 lists at the following blogs, enter if you dare!

    Bring Back Glam

    Hard Rock Hideout

    Heavy Metal Time Machine

    The Metal Minute

    Rock Of Ages