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****************************************************************** GROANIN MITCHELL'S ROCK AND ROLL BBS NEWSLETTER ***************************************************************** Volume 2, Issue 1 July 30, 1990 ---------------------------- ALBUM REVIEW ================= ****************************************************************** I'm going to try a change in the format of the Album Review section. Instead of doing one long, wordy review, I'm going to do one current L.P. and one classic L.P. This will make it easier for you to get something useful out of them, and I hope it might spur you to write a short critique to post here. Plus, I can't afford to buy a new album every week!! ------------------------------ CURRENT ALBUM ================= KIM MITCHELL BAND ********************* I AM A WILD PARTY ===================== For Kim Mitchell fans, this is what we've been waiting for all along!!! A true quality recording of him playing live. It features mostly material from "Shaking Like A Human Being" and "Wonderland". Let me say first, it's really a guitar album. Kim is ripping and tearing into the heavy stuff, and playing with precision and taste in the lighter tunes. "Battlescar", "Rock And Roll Duty", "Lager And Ale" all are played with a toughness that demonstrates what Mitchell does best. Wailing!!! Peter Fredette plays Bass on the whole thing. His high harmonies and answering melodies are almost flawless. "All We Are", a slow dreamy love song that trades verses between him and Kim, is captivating. He's come a long way since paying his dues in Ottawa bar bands. The title track, "I Am A Wild Party", is almost a archetypical "Max Webster" tune. The carnival atmosphere of the chorus and the crowd chants combine with a power chord verse, to define what is unique about Kim Mitchell. Sounds great, plays great, the tunes are great! To me, Mitchell represents Canadian rock for what it is. A bunch of hosers just having a good time. But, he is good enough that he elevates his fans into a place where they share a comradarie with each other. If you've ever been to one of his concerts, you'll know what I mean. Just one more thing. Keep it under you're hat, but the most of the album was recorded in a sound stage!!! Not live in concert, but recorded off the floor from a huge warehouse sized room. Also, the drummer from the band "Loverboy", Matt Frennette, has joined the band. Apparently, there was some attitude problems with the drummer that played on the album. Good release..I'll give it eight, out of ten!!! ---------------------------- CLASSIC ALBUM ================= MONTROSE ************ This album is the first solo release by guitarist, "Ronnie Montrose". For those who have never heard it, it's tough to relate to the true importance of his work. He used the heavy guitar as a melody instrument. Actually, he used the sound of a Les Paul and a Marshall!!! The sound he got out of his guitar, snarly and mean, still eludes modern equipment. Sammy Hagar sings like it matters on this album. I'd say it's comparable to the best "Van Halen" vocals he's done. His range is higher now, but he has more of a growl on "Montrose". The production is excellent for late seventies... "Bad Mooter Scooter" starts with a whammy-bar duplication of a motorcycle revving, and breaks into a swaggering verse. "Rock The Nation" is a catchy, high speed rocker. "Rock Candy" and "Make It Last" are both bone crunching, almost lazy tunes. Super heavy guitar riffs and thundering drums. "Good Rocking Tonight" hints on a shuffle, but breaks wide open. "Space Station # 5" is dreamlike in places, and down- right kick-ass in others... Great Album.... Rock Star X-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-X Another file downloaded from: The NIRVANAnet(tm) Seven & the Temple of the Screaming Electron Taipan Enigma 510/935-5845 Burn This Flag Zardoz 408/363-9766 realitycheck Poindexter Fortran 510/527-1662 Lies Unlimited Mick Freen 801/278-2699 The New Dork Sublime Biffnix 415/864-DORK The Shrine Rif Raf 206/794-6674 Planet Mirth Simon Jester 510/786-6560 "Raw Data for Raw Nerves" X-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-X


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