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CD review LITA FORD "Time Capsule"

Veröffentlicht am 8. April 2016 von Markus W. in Lita Ford, Hardrock, Heavy Metal, News, CD Review, Melodic Metal, Rock

(6/10) Good and bad news from Lita Ford. The good news is that Lita's new album is far away from the very strange "Wicked Wonderland" release. The bad news is that "Time Capsule" can't live up to the successful 80's releases either. It doesn't even get close to classics like "Lita" or "Stiletto".

Lita Ford's new album sits somewhere in the middle. The guitarist from London, UK is definitely back in rock'n'roll, which is a positive development, but for whatever reason the album feels bloodless and powerless.

The new album features some songs that work quite well. "Black Leather Heart" is one of them and also the fast "Rotten to the Core" is a well grooving tune; actually it's the best song on the new album.

But there is a lack of power and quite some triviality on "Time Capsule". A lot of songs sound like Lita having forgotten to release the handbreak. There are some good ideas, like the hammond on "Killing Kind", but the guys forgot to score. Where is the vitality and the liveliness? I couldn't find it.

Lita Ford's new record "Time Capsule" has some bright moments but also a lot of irrelevance. I honestly expected more from the blonde guitarist, that has released songs like "Back to the Cave" and "Can't Catch me".

 

(6/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Intro
  2. Where Will I Find My Heart Tonight
  3. Killing Kind
  4. War of the Angels
  5. Black Leather Heart
  6. Rotten to the Core
  7. Little Wing
  8. On the Fast Track
  9. King of the Wuld Wind
  10. Mr. Corruption
  11. Anything for the Thrill

 

Label: SPV/Steamhammer

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: April 8th, 2016

CD review LITA FORD "Time Capsule"
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CD review ACE FREHLEY "Origins Vol. 1"

Veröffentlicht am 5. April 2016 von Markus W. in Ace Frehley, Kiss, Hardrock, Classic Rock, News, CD Review, Heavy Metal, Lita Ford, Retro Rock, Slash

(8/10) Guitar wizard Ace Frehley took a bunch of songs that influenced him and his style, recorded his version of those classics and put them on a new album entitled "Origins Vol. 1". The immediate question is, if there will be more of these releases in the future, a question we can't answer.

Anyhow, Ace Frehley took songs from various bands, beginning with Cream and The Kinks, via the Stones up to Thin Lizzy. An interesting sidenote is the fact that Frehley has chosen "Magic Carpet Ride" from Steppenwolf, instead of playing safe with "Born to be Wild". Good choice.

Surprising or not, there are with "Parasite", "Cold Gin" and "Rock'n'Roll Hell" also three Kiss tracks on this release. Each of these classics is more than just covering these milestones in rock history, they all bear the hallmarks of Ace Frehley. It's his rocking and unique guitar sound combined with his typical vocals that makes the twelve tracks to 'Frehley songs'. 

But what is really interesting on this longplayer is Frehley and Paul Stanley performing one song together ("Fire and Water" from Free). It is the first time in 18 years that these two legendary sixstringers can be heard on one song.

Next to the mentioned collaboration with Paul Stanley, Frehley also teamed-up with Slash for performing Thin Lizzy's "Emerald", Lita Ford joins with guitar and vcoals on "Wild Thing" while John 5 can be heard on "Parasite" (check out the guitar solo!), all produced in a way that keeps the old spirit by using modern technics.

All in all "Origins Vol. 1" isn't more than an album with covers, but it belongs the really good ones. For older fans, this album is almost a kind of musical time capsule while it might be the trigger for younger fans to dive into a time they never experienced. Cool stuff and the right soundtrack for long rockin' summer nights.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

1. White Room (original by Cream) 5:04
2. Street Fighting Man (original by The Rolling Stones) 4:00
3. Spanish Castle Magic (original by Jimi Hendrix, feat. John 5) 3:34
4. Fire and Water (original by Free, feat. Paul Stanley) 4:11
5. Emerald (original by Thin Lizzy, feat. Slash), 4:28
6. Bring It On Home (original by Led Zeppelin) 4:25
7. Wild Thing (original by The Troggs, feat. Lita Ford) 3:44
8. Parasite (Kiss, feat. John 5) 4:04
9. Magic Carpet Ride (original by Steppenwolf) 3:43
10. Cold Gin (Kiss, feat. Mike McCreedy) 5:17
11. Till The End Of The Day (original by The Kinks) 2:26
12. Rock N Roll Hell
(Kiss) 6:32

 

Label: Stemmhammer/SPV

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: April 15th, 2016

CD review ACE FREHLEY "Origins Vol. 1"
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Details on ACE FREHLEY's new album "Origins Vol.1"

Veröffentlicht am 13. Februar 2016 von Markus W. in Ace Frehley, Kiss, Hardrock, News, Rock, Heavy Metal, Classic Rock, Slash, Led Zeppelin, Lita Ford

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Ace Frehley will release a new album on April 15th which comes with 12 new recorded cover songs that are all favorites of the iconic guitarist.

Remarkable in this context is the long list of guest musicians of which Paul Stanley's contribution is the most outstanding one. This collaboration between the two guitar players is the first one since the 1998 Kiss record "Psycho Circus".

Next to Stanley's contribution also Slash, Lita Ford and John 5 supported Frehley on this longplayer that got the name "Origins Vol. 1".

 

Here is the entire tracklist of the album:

1. White Room (original by Cream) 5:04
2. Street Fighting Man (original by The Rolling Stones) 4:00
3. Spanish Castle Magic (original by Jimi Hendrix, feat. John 5) 3:34
4. Fire and Water (original by Free, feat. Paul Stanley) 4:11
5. Emerald (original by Thin Lizzy, feat. Slash), 4:28
6. Bring It On Home (original by Led Zeppelin) 4:25
7. Wild Thing (original by The Troggs, feat. Lita Ford) 3:44
8. Parasite (Kiss, feat. John 5) 4:04
9. Magic Carpet Ride (original by Steppenwolf) 3:43
10. Cold Gin (Kiss, feat. Mike McCreedy) 5:17
11. Till The End Of The Day (original by The Kinks) 2:26
12. Rock N Roll Hell (Kiss) 6:32

 

 

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LITA FORD gives first details on her new album

Veröffentlicht am 30. Januar 2016 von Markus W. in Lita Ford, Kiss, Rock, Hardrock, Heavy Metal, News

Lita Ford steps into a time capsule and comes with a new release in spring 2016. "Time Capsule" is the name of the new record she recorded and we hope that she can connect back to the glorious early days.

The guitarist/singer got some support from well known colleagues such as Jeff Scott Soto, Rick Nielsen, Billy Sheehan and Gene Simmons. Release date is April 15 and the album comes via Steamhammer/SPV.

 

Tracklist:

1. Intro 
2. Where Will I Find My Heart Tonight 
3. Killing Kind 
4. War Of The Angels 
5. Black Leather Heart 
6. Rotten To The Core 
7. Little Wing 
8. On The Fast Track 
9. King Of The Wild Wind 
10. Mr. Corruption 
11. Anything For The Thrill 

LITA FORD gives first details on her new album
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CD review LITA FORD "The bitch is back - Live"

Veröffentlicht am 30. September 2013 von Markus W. in Lita Ford, Hardrock, CD Review

There is a new live album from Lita Ford on it's way. The album is called "The bitch is back - Live" and will be released in October this year. I was curious what I got to hear, since she had the big hits in the 80's, the long absence and the disasterious comeback in 2009 with "Wonderland". Fortunately her latest studio album "Living like a runaway" went into the right direction and I hoped that this will continue with the Live Album. It does just in parts.

The sound of the album is very authentic.I don't think that there was a lot of 'cleaning' afterwards in the studio and there is also not extra audience added in the sense of huge applaus storms. Lita's vocals are good and what you hear is what you get. That's honesty and I appreciate it. The only question I have is, if the sound of the show in general couldn't have been better in general. But again, sound is OK.

The songs are a mix between new songs and the older highlights. This mix is pretty good balanced and I prefer the older stuff, since I never got really connected to the new songs. For me "Back to the cave", Kiss me deadly" and of course the with Lemmy written "Can't catch me" are and stay classics.

But what I miss with this live album is the enegry and the passion, esp. when it comes to the first half of the album. It feels more if it would have been a 'must' for Lita to do the show, than a 'pleasure'. Maybe this has to do with the production, I don't know, but at least it sounds like that.

My conclusion: An OK live album since the old hits are just great stuff, but if you're looking for a good compilation I would recommend to go for "Best of Lita Ford".

 

(6/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The bitch is back
  2. Hungry
  3. Re;entless
  4. Living like a runaway
  5. Devil in my head
  6. Back to the cave
  7. Can't catch me
  8. Out for blood
  9. Dancing on the edge
  10. Hate
  11. Close my eyes forever
  12. Kiss me deadly

 

Label: Steamhammer/SPV

Genre: Hardrock

CD review LITA FORD "The bitch is back - Live"
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