Brother Scott, our Heavy Metal Overlord sent me this molten chunk of the rawk. Holy hell, what a record.
Right off the bat, Thunderstruck. That is all.
Fire Your Guns is another stone classic that will tear you a new one, given enough volume. Wow. Moneytalks… Damn. Talk about a 1-2-3 punch combo! Another great riff, cool tune. The title track is one, it turns out, that I knew but not by title. I’ve heard it many times, over the years, usually at friends’ places. That guitar line, sounds to me like it could have been used in a Bond film, am I right? Love that bit at 2:15. Rawk!
Mistress For Christmas is still totally a true blood song of theirs, but the lyrics are a bit silly. It’s like all their double-entendres over the years have finally exploded and become one song with no more hiding behind words. Still, it’s fun enough. Rock Your Heart Out is a fun rocker, but it seems to be lacking bottom end somehow during the verses. I can still hear the bass but it’s very high up, with the result of sounding thin. But it gets all better for the chorus and the rest of it, more like my mind says it should be all the way through.
Are You Ready, another huge track. It’s a thumper we all know well. Got You By The Balls plods a bit, but it’s another immutable riff of theirs. In fact, I’ve heard this one before too, though I couldn’t tell you precisely where or when.
Shot Of Love. Oh man, I am so glad to have this one here in the collection. I’ve always loved this song. This is a Greatest hit, in my book. It oughta be, anyway. Let’s Make It might be a bigger track on another record, instead of trying (as it does) to stand up to the monster tracks on this album. Can anyone else hear one of the Mutt Lange bands doing this song? I can! Bryan Adams, anyone?
Goodbye And Good Riddance To Bad Luck throbs bluesily along. I liked it, worthy of inclusion here. It may never be a hit, but it sure does strut. And finally, If You Dare is another cool one (love the guitar here, of course). But again, this album becomes a comparison game. These good songs have to stand shoulder to shoulder with the great ones. Tough gig.
In sum, WOW. This was such a cool record, a great mix of humungous tracks and several other shoulda-beens. This band is, as you all well know, pretty much unstoppable. All fandom of these guys is absolutely justified.
Thanks heaps, Scott!!