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SLAUGHTER – ROCKS HARD ON “EXTENDED VERSIONS” LIVE CD

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock albums, hard rock bands, hard rock music, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal bands, heavy metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock & roll, rock 'n' roll, rock and roll, rock music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 9, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

SLAUGHTER – If your looking for a live CD of Slaughter, that is priced right, then this Extended Versions is choice. The liner notes do not reveal where or when these songs were recorded, just that they were recorded live. The compilation date on the back of this CD is 2002. Regardless, at the onset before the opening song, Mad About You, you can hear Mark Slaughter shouting out – “home sweet home, Las Vegas Nevada”! So, at least you know the city where Mad About You was recorded live.

There are those subtle breaks between the songs that obviously tells me this is not a complete/uninterrupted concert recording. Instead, this Extended Versions plays out as a compilation of live recordings. It really makes no difference to me if this is not a complete concert recording. Plus, it is noted on the back cover of this CD: this CD contains previously released recordings. The inside cover of the CD sleeve reads: all tracks 1998. (The 1998 live Slaughter album – Eternal Live, really comes to mind here and Las Vegas & Mexico were the live locations). The overall sound quality is excellent and the song selection is fantastic on this Slaughter – Extended Versions CD.

Having Mad About You as the opening song is a thrill to me, as it is one of my favorite songs from Slaughter. Mad About You just Rocks steady from beginning to end, making for a perfect pump-you-up song to get this live listen started. Up All Night is the fourth song, it’s always been just an amazing Hard Rocking anthem for me. Slaughter doesn’t disappoint with this live version of Up All Night, making it a true highlight of this Extended Versions CD.

An abbreviated and acoustic version of Spend My Life is included in the song selection. I have seen Slaughter perform an all live, acoustic set back in the early 90’s and it was extremely cool. To hear Spend My Life in it’s acoustic entirety would be even better. Despite the shortened version, it’s still a cool listen to hear Mark Slaughter prod the crowd into a sing along with this song’s chorus.

Wild Life is brought to live Hard Rock glory and is a standout listen. Don’t be surprised if you are to repeatedly play Wild Life… very loud, as it should be heard. An excellent, excellent, Slaughter song is Real Love and it is live and kickin’ on this CD. On this heavy ballad, Mark Slaughter sings his heart out. Rock The World has Slaughter Rockin’ on all heavy cylinders, with all the potency I like to hear in a live song such as this. If Rock The World can’t motivate your day, then take two healthy dumps and don’t call me in the morning because your probably constipated.

Throughout each song heard on this live Slaughter CD, I will readily admit that Mark Slaughter’s vocals sound very, very, good. Vintage good. I can’t imagine any Slaughter fan walking away disappointed, after listening to this live CD. Slaughter – Extended Versions I strongly recommend to all Slaughter and Hard Rock fans the world over. Fans of 1980’s and early 1990’s Hair Metal should be pleased by this Slaughter CD too. Slaughter – Extended Versions is readily available wherever CD’s are sold, in both used and new condition. I’ve seen this CD out there and a new copy should set you back no more than $5 or $6 (U.S.), at the most.

* Slaughter – Extended Versions was released on BMG Special Products.

Track Listing For Slaughter – Extended Versions:

Mad About You

Fly To The Angels

Move To The Music

Up All Night

Spend My Life

Wildlife

Real Love

Rock The World

Shout It Out

Dance For Me

SLAUGHTER – (Original Lineup) – From left to right: Dana Strum, bass guitarist * Mark Slaughter, vocalist & guitarist * the late Tim Kelly, guitarist * Blas Elias, drummer

Long Live Slaughter Rock ‘N’ Roll!

Stone.

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SLAUGHTER – “STICK IT TO YA” HAS STUCK TO ME

Posted in 1990's classic rock music, 1990's heavy metal albums, 1990's heavy metal bands, 1990's heavy metal hits, 1990's heavy metal songs, 1990's rock music, Album Review, classic heavy metal, classic heavy metal albums, classic rock music, collecting music, cool album covers, essential heavy metal albums, essential heavy metal songs, hard rock music, heavy meta albums 1990, Heavy Metal, heavy metal album covers, heavy metal album review, heavy metal albums, heavy metal guitarists, heavy metal music, Heavy Metal Reviews, heavy metal vocalists, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, old school heavy metal, rock music, vintage heavy metal albums, vintage heavy metal bands, vintage heavy metal songs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

Slaughter "Stick It To Ya" small album picSlaughter – Stick It To Ya is an album that has really stuck to me lately. I have been listening to Stick It To Ya each day this past week, these songs on this album just seem to have hit me the right way. Released in 1990, Stick It To Ya has at least four songs that were played quite steadily on FM radio back in the very early 90’s. Up All Night, Spend My Life, Fly To The Angels and Mad About You were the hits, if you will. I have always liked this band for certain, the vocals of Mark Slaughter and the straight up Heavy Metal sound of Slaughter never fails to put me in a cool mood. Labeling Slaughter as a Glam/Hair Metal Band just does not jive with me, their brand of Rock will always be Heavy Metal, in my Metal opinion. I saw Slaughter live back around 1990 or so, they were opening up for Poison. The other opening act that night was BulletBoys. Slaughter did an all acoustic set that evening… I was disappointed that they were not going to let it all Rock out, frankly I was stunned. Despite my initial feelings with Slaughter doing the acoustic versions of their songs, it turned out to be quite cool after all. I was able to see a different look of Slaughter that night, this band showed me they were damn good musicians. This concert took place at Lake Compounce Amusement Park, in Bristol, Connecticut.

Slaughter "The Best Of" small album picI have owned for some time, the CD – The Best Of by Slaughter, the ten songs on this disc are great, only Fly To The Angels and Spend My Life are missing from the song selection. Not cool. So, I promised myself to add the real Slaughter albums to my CD collection over time, starting with Stick It To Ya. About one week ago, I found the used copy of Stick It To Ya at my local f.y.e., the astounding Metal price of $4.49 is all it took for me to claim this CD as my own. Man, I cannot get enough of this album… every single song too. Going back to 1990 for just a Metal second… Spend My Life was a song that reminded me of my girlfriend I was going steady with back then, it still does remind me of her for she is my incredible wife for the past fifteen years now. My wife, (girlfriend was her title back in 1990), gave me unconditional love and support when I needed it most back in the early 90’s. (Believe me, she still does). Spend My Life could  not have been released at a better time than 1990, this song means a ton to me.

I just spoke about Stick It To Ya today, in a conversation with my best buddy Scott, (he digs Slaughter too)… telling him that I could not believe it has been 20 years since this album was released, (give or take a few months). He understood where I was coming from. I told Scott, it seems like it was just a couple of years ago, when Slaughter made their move onto the Heavy Metal scene. This is what happens as you get older I guess, albums and bands you really dig don’t age, they only get better with time and are there for you at the push of the play button. I will be pushing that play button for Slaughter and Stick It To Ya for a very long time to come.

Track Listing for the original release of Stick It To Ya:

  1. Eye to Eye – 3:57
  2. Burnin’ Bridges – 4:07
  3. Up All Night 4:16
  4. Spend My Life – 3:21
  5. Thinking of June (Instrumental) – 1:05
  6. She Wants More – 3:55
  7. Fly to the Angels – 5:05
  8. Mad About You – 4:05
  9. That’s Not Enough – 3:25
  10. You Are the One – 3:55
  11. Gave Me Your Heart – 3:51
  12. Desperately – 3:34
  13. Loaded Gun – 4:18
  14. Fly to the Angels (Acoustic Version) – 3:22
  15. Wingin’ It – 1:11

Some Extra Info on Slaughter’s Stick It To Ya… to better fulfill your Metal Soul:

* Stick It To Ya has gone double platinum, selling over 2 million albums – very cool.

* Stick It To Ya was nominated for best Heavy Metal album of the year, by the 1991 edition of the American Music Awards.

* Stick It To Ya was released on January 27, 1990, on Chrysalis Records.

Slaughter as they appeared on Stick It To Ya: Mark Slaughter – lead vocals and guitar, Tim Kelly – guitar, Dana Strum – bass guitar and Blas Elias – drums

Slaughter "Stick It To Ya" large album pic


Happy Birthday C.C. DeVille – Poison guitarist

Posted in 1980's hard rock, 1980's heavy metal music, concerts, current heavy metal music, glam metal, glam metal music, Guitar, Hair Metal, hair metal music, Hard Rock, hard rock guitarists, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal guitarists, heavy metal music, Metal, metal concerts, metal music, Music, rock celebrity birthdays with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

7901078It is Thursday, May 14, 2009 – C.C. DeVille, the talented guitarist for Poison celebrates his 47th birthday today. Happy Birthday C.C. Deville! It seems like it was yesterday for me, when I saw Poison live, at an amusement park in expensive Connecticut. It was the late ’80’s and Poison was hotter than a fresh loaf of bread out of the oven, back then. Poison for me, is a pretty cool Hair Metal band that can play. That live amusement park concert was quite honestly, the loudest Heavy Metal concert I have ever been to. I am not kidding and I have been to my fair share of Metal concerts throughout my life, both large and small.

Slaughter and BulletBoys opened up for Poison on that humid Summer night of Metal. (Slaughter played an entire acoustic set that evening, BulletBoys rocked). I give Poison a lot of credit, they still tour consistently and draw the crowds. In my Metal opinion, Poison has their popularity machine still running after all these years. C.C. DeVille gets my respect as a guitarist, he definitely has Lemmy Kilmister’s respect – C.C. appears on the Motorhead album “Kiss of Death” (released in 2007), playing the guitar solo on the tune “God Was Never On Your Side”. Anytime you can get a permanent link into the musical history of Motorhead is cool Metal stuff indeed. Just as a nifty trivia fact to throw out here, C.C. DeVille’s real name is Bruce Anthony Johannesson.

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