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CD review MICHAEL MONROE "Best of..."

Veröffentlicht am 8. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Michael Monroe, Hardrock, Sleaze Rock, Punkrock, News, CD Review, Spinefarm, Classic Rock, Rock

(*/10) If you didn’t live under a rock for the last three decades the name Michael Monroe rings a bell. The charismatic singer of Hanoi Rocks started his career as part of the Finnish glam rock outfit back in the late seventies. Monroe and Hanoi Rocks have been real trailblazers for a style that was highly influential for the next generation of glam and sleaze rock bands. Groups like Guns’n’Roses wouldn’t be where they are today without having soaked up what came from Finland at that time.

In parallel and still ongoing after the final split of Hanoi Rocks, Monroe also released solo albums that haven been at least as successful as the records done with Hanoi Rocks. In total we’re talking about a 30 years solo career that was filled with excellent music, extrovert shows, great singing, a never-surrender attitude and a lot of passion for harder rock music. As a logical consequence of such a successful career a “Best of…” album helps to recall the past and give younger rock fans the chance to get a comprehensive overview of Monroe’s impressive creative achievements.

“Best of…” is an album that covers all the different aspects of Monroe’s career and comes as a well-done compilation with each of the songs going through a remastering by Svante Forsberg and Monroe himself.

The remastering isn’t the only benefit of this double header. Monroe’s passion doesn’t allow him to just refresh some existing old stuff and that was it. No way. This release comes also with some extra treats for fans – old and new. One special on the album is “It’s a Lie” which is a duet of Monroe and Dead Boys frontman Stiv Bators, a recording that was done back in 1985. Next to this pearl it’s Steppenwolf’s “Magic Carpet Ride” that also made it on this two CDs release. This version is a real beauty, coming from the “Coneheads” soundtrack session Monroe and Slash did together in 1993.

Last but not least there are previously unreleased songs on this compilation too. “Fist Fulla Dynamite” and "Simpletown” are from the “Blackout Stakes” days while with “One Foot Outta the Grave” a new tune that get out of the gates very well. This “Best of…” is a massive release, giving a great overview of Monroe’s musical life. It’s a perfectly done retrospective with a small glimpse into the future. Go for it.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

CD 1:

  1. Dead, Jail Or Rock `N’ Roll
  2. Man With No Eyes
  3. It`s A Lie (Remastered) (feat. Stiv Bators)
  4. Nights Are So Long
  5. Can`t Go Home Again
  6. Nothin`s Alright (Remastered)
  7. Hammersmith Palais (Remastered)
  8. You Crucified Me (Remastered)
  9. Deadtime Stories (Remastered)
  10. Where`s The Fire John? (Remastered)
  11. Make It Go Away (Remastered)
  12. Life Gets You Dirty (Remastered)
  13. Self Destruction Blues (Remastered)
  14. Stranded (Remastered)
  15. Telephone Bills`s All Mine (Remastered)

CD 2:

  1. Trick Of The Wrist (Remastered)
  2. ’78 (Remastered)
  3. All You Need (Remastered)
  4. Ballad Of The Lower East Side (Remastered)
  5. Eighteen Angels (Remastered)
  6. Stained Glass Heart (Remastered)
  7. Old King`s Road (Remastered)
  8. Goin’ Down With The Ship (Remastered)
  9. Keep Your Eye On You (Remastered)
  10. One Foot Outta The Grave
  11. Fist Fulla Dynamite
  12. Simpletown
  13. Get On (Remastered)
  14. Magic Carpet Ride (feat. Slash)

 

Label: Spinefarm

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: June 9th, 2017

CD review MICHAEL MONROE "Best of..."
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New MICHAEL MONROE video

Veröffentlicht am 12. Februar 2016 von Markus W. in Michael Monroe, Hardrock, Classic Rock, News, Sleaze Rock, Rock, Punkrock

"Goin' Down With the Ship", that's the name of the new video Michael Monroe posted on the web. The tune is taken from the very well received latest album "Blackout State", a record with a true and wild rock'n'roll vibe. Have fun.

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CD review MICHAEL MONROE "Blackout state"

Veröffentlicht am 2. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Michael Monroe, Hardrock, Sleaze Rock, Rock, News, CD, Hanoi Rocks

(8/10) This album is just good. Compared to the new Backyard Babies album "Blackout state" kicks ass. Michael Monroe, singer of the legendary Hanoi Rocks, puts again so much passion into each of the 13 songs that even your greyest days become sunny again. This mixture of rock, hardrock and punk is so tasty that you can't get enough. It almost makes you addicted.

Already the first notes of the opener "This ain't no love song" blow away all bad thoughts. You just want to start a party - right here, right now. 

"Old King's road" is the next well-crafted 70's rocker before "Goin down with the ship" is probabaly the best way to drown.

The title track is a midpace smasher that has a great melody and again 70's vibe. "Good old bad days" shakes you up and "Six feet in the ground" has, looking on the title, a surpringly positive vibe.

One of the songs I like most is simply called "R". Punkrock takes over and you feel pushed back in the times when The Ramones have had their peak. This song is dirty and mean punkrock; authentic and real.

Michael Monroe knows how to write cool hardrock songs and he proves that age doesn't matter in rock'n'roll. Passion and dedication rules and this is what you get served with "Blackout state". This album isn't a blackout; this disc is a full functioning power station. Cool stuff that is made for the stage.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. This ain't no love song
  2. Old King's road
  3. Goin' down with the ship
  4. Keep your eye on you
  5. The bastard's bash
  6. Good old bad days
  7. R
  8. Blackout state
  9. Under the Northern lights
  10. Permanent youth
  11. Dead hearts on Denmark street
  12. Six feet in the ground
  13. Walk away

 

Label: Spinefarm Records

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: October 9th, 2915

CD review MICHAEL MONROE "Blackout state"
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