Some classic rock stylings will be reviewed for you this week.
D-A-D have unleashed 30 Years 30 Hits – Best of D-A-D 1984-2014 and it really does what it says on the cover. It a comprehensive 30-track, 2-CD compilation of the band in all their phases. This is quite the release that will have few fans complaining about its entirety. It is a good way for D-A-D fans to turn their vinyl digital if they haven’t yet. Best known for their hit “Sleeping My Day Away” in the U.S., this release shows that the band is far more than just one slacker hit. This is great hard rock that deserves a second look from everyone.
Donnie Vie has released Goodbye: Enough Z’Nuff. It is a live album of Donnie Vie and friends doing Enuff Z’Nuff tracks we all know and love, from his Magical History Tour. In betwixt some of their best known tracks like “Fly High Michelle”, Vie is prone to tell a few words about how the track came about. Unlike many such releases he keeps it short and sweet, letting the music do the talking. There is a long 45-chapter DVD of the tour as well. Sit back, relax and enjoy the great tunes you never admit to liking.
Julian Angel’s Beautiful Beast have Kick Down the Barricades for your guilty pleasure. This is pure cheesy ’80s pop hard rock, the type that was all over MTV at the time. Very much inspired by the LA glam and sleaze, they come across as one of those that escaped your notice. This is not an ’80s band wishing for one more go, but a bunch of German rockers having a fine old time aping the music they loved. That is not to say this lame at all, songs like “Unsexy” get it right. Ultimately this bunch are a touch of Faster Pussycat with a touch of Poison filtered through all those faceless clone bands that ended up on MCA back in the day.
Twisted Sister have released You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll/Come Out and Play/Love Is for Suckers together in a 3-CD set. This is perfect for anyone who has the albums on vinyl and never upgraded to CD (or digital). There are some bonus tracks on Suckers. That last album was meant to be a Dee Snider solo album but the record company insisted it be under the TS name. It is the weakest of the three albums. The set serves a good catch-up for those who only have the hit heavy Stay Hungry and want to know the history of the classic New York rock band.
Stay safe and rocking out there people.
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