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****************************************************************** GROANIN MITCHELL'S ROCK AND ROLL BBS NEWSLETTER ***************************************************************** Volume 2, Issue 5 August 27, 1990 ---------------------------- ALBUM REVIEWS ================= ****************************************************************** Salutations for another week!! How's things in musicland? We're going to keep the format of the last couple of weeks. That is, a current album review and a classic album review. If you would like to write a review and have it posted here, please feel free to. Any music, any style, whatever you'd feel like we go.. ***************************************************************** CURRENT ALBUM ================= ROCKLAND ++++++++++++ KIM MITCHELL ++++++++++++++++ I know, I know!!! I'm a Kim Mitchell freak. Oh well, tough!!! This week, I'm going to go back about a year and look at "Rockland". Put it this way, I hadn't bought it yet, and it gave me a good excuse to get it. Now for the familiar diatribe...Kim Mitchell used to be the main man behind Max Webster. He's garnered a reputation for being a guitar wizard. Seriously, it's well deserved. Max Webster started out in the clubs playing Frank Zappa and The Who covers. In Kim's earlier work you can hear Zappa's influence. Most of Mitchell's previous stuff have been rather developed guitar vehicles, or soft emotional ballads. In "Rockland", he sets somewhat of a more moody air. With the exception of two or three songs, the album drifts in a melodic, almost understated style. It's beautifully crafted and shows his diversity and creativity. For this album, he uses Lou Molino on drums, and Matthew Gerrard on bass. Both are top notch players. "Rockland" was recorded mainly in Hollywood and Burbank, California. It was mixed up here at Triumphs "Metalworks" studio. Mitchell has taken complete control of the production. The title track, "Rocklandwonderland", is a tribute to the Kingswood concerts he plays every summer at Canada's Wonderland. It's a neat, anthem, type of song. As always, his constant musical cohort, Peter Freddette, sings all of the accompanying vocals. Great tune!! The most popular tune on the L.P. is "Rock and Roll Duty". It's a typical Kim Mitchell scorcher. The opening power chords will incite any true hoser to raise his fist in appreciation. "Lost Lovers Found" is a moody ballad which sets one's soul at ease. "Moodstreet" is vaguely reminiscent of "I Am A Wild Party" off of his up and coming live release, except that it's slow and dreamy, instead of wild and raunchy!! As in all Kim's material, Pye Dubois writes the lyrics, and Mitchell writes the music. This partnership has produced some of the best Canadian rock and roll to ever be recorded. Rik Emmett even does a guest track on "Expedition Sailor". It's a great album, but then so is everything Kim Mitchell puts out. Really, he makes me feel like a true Canadian. Beers, cottage country, turn up the stereo...let's party!!! Note: I'm going to include the review of "I Am A Wild Party", as well. I know you might have read it already, but hey..let's get in the!!! ****************************************************************** GROANIN MITCHELL'S ROCK AND ROLL BBS NEWSLETTER 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 ================= THE LONG RUN ++++++++++++++++ THE EAGLES ++++++++++++++ Other than "Hotel California", this is the best and most prolific of all the albums recorded by the Eagles. Don Henley and Joe Walsh are simply at the top of their form on this one. Joe Walsh has always been one of my very favourite guitar players. The old "James Gang" material was truly amazing. I know most of you will recognize "Heartache Tonight". That was the first single off "The Long Run". The second single release, "I Can't Tell You Why", is almost the best tune The Eagles every recorded. It's the most stirring of ballads, with a haunting, nostalgic melody. Joe Walsh takes centre stage on the tunes, "In The City", (off the soundtrack for the movie, Warriors), and on "King Of Hollywood". The later is my all time fave Walsh tune. The line, "And he gets out his little black telephone book". so epitomizes the hollywood agent, that it gives me goose bumps.. Really!!! The title track is a good time tune, countryish tune, with Walsh's slide guitar floating effortlessly throughout. Unfortunately, this 1979 album was the last album for The Eagles as a unit. Of course, Don Henley has gone on to huge stardom as a solo artist, Randy Meisner had brief success himself, and good old Joe Walsh, is still what he always was..One of the most stylized guitar players to ever come out of the states. Cleveland to be exact!!! Give "The Long Run" a listen one of these days.. You'll love it!!! ****************************************************************** I hope you liked the album reviews, and the newsletter in general. Next week, I'll review "The Northern Pikes" new album. "Snow In June". I think that album is going to break them in the states.. 'Till next week.....See ya... 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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