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“Anthology ’83-‘89” by White Lion

Artist: White Lion
Title: “Anthology ’83-‘89”
Label: Deadline Records
Release Date: 6/27/2006
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 2/5

As someone who grew up in Brooklyn and was a frequent patron of L’Amour the Rock Capitol, I felt that the idea of a White Lion Anthology would be something to look forward to and also something that would be really enjoyable. The reason behind this was because to many people like me White Lion were the hometown heroes and when they played the club you could not get in anywhere. It was over the top Hard Rock power with one of the best guitarists you could hope to hear; Vito Bratta was our own Eddie Van Halen and actually Mike Tramp was our David Lee Roth in most cases. Drumming was Greg D’Angelo and bass was handled by James Lomenzo with the result being some truly memorable Hard Rock with a commercial edge that gained them tremendous success. The band released three studio albums and a best of compilation on Atlantic Records and thus far we have not seen these albums remastered. This fact is a shame since the band also had a strong presence on MTV and made the label quite a bit of money. The Anthology would have been perfect if it actually included music from these 3 albums but instead we get unreleased versions and outtakes. While I am not sure of the reasoning behind this, it seems clearly obvious that perhaps no access was granted to the original music in order to release it in this fashion. This would only leave the outtakes and demos for the tracks available. The oddest part of the release was its total exclusion of real versions of the bands debut, “Fight To Survive”. While “Pride” was the groups major label debut, the smaller independent label Grand Slamm released the bands true first album and it was killer. We do have acoustic versions of songs from this release but they are terrible, and the re-do of “Broken Heart” was beyond dismal. It especially took the fire out of the original song, so you can imagine how bad an outtake of this disaster could be. I cannot honestly recommend this CD for anyone more than the staunchest of band supporters and even they should be warned about it. The inside foldout (there’s not even a book with a good amount of photos to enjoy on this) finds Tramp lining out where blocks of songs came from.
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“A Drug For All Seasons” by F5

Artist: F5
Title: “A Drug For All Seasons”
Label: Deadline Records
Release Date: 9/13/2005
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 7.5/10

F5 is the new group that features Dave Ellefson, former bassist for Megadeth and for those who wondered if his next endeavor would be any good I am happy to say yes indeed it is. I admit that I approached this CD with some hesitation because I had never heard of any of the players that made up the band; yet I trusted the fact that Ellefson would not associate himself with something that would be sub par. He is one of the top bassists in Heavy Metal music and his collaborations with Dave Mustaine in Megadeth are numerous. F5 is a great Hard Rock band and from the start of the CD you can see that they kick it right into gear with a nice blend of Melodic Hard Rock music. “Faded” begins the introduction to the band and it’s a fine and driving number with an almost technical drum sound. Vocalist Dale Steele has a good voice and shows a good amount of range across the record. The guitar work of Steve Conley is admirable and works well with the rhythms that Ellefson is setting up on bass. Lining out the group is John Davis (guitar) and Dave Small (drums). Together you get a very nicely laid out album that fans of Melodic Hard Rock can enjoy and while supporters of Ellefson might expect a secondary version of what he did with Megadeth you can be rest assured that he does not give us this. Tracks like “Dissidence” and “Drug For All Seasons” are among my favorites and while I have heard that this album appeals to fans of Disturbed I felt that this group has more in common with Soundgarden and others along those lines. “Defacing” also delivers as perhaps the heaviest and fastest number on the album and there is also a nice bit of guitar work on “Look You In The Eyes”. Overall this was the case on most of the record and it is clear that the group took some care in the composition of the tunes. Good job guys. They also do a cover and this was a song that surprised me most of all. The track “What I Am” was originally recorded by Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians and this is not the type of track that you ever expect on a Hard Rock/Metal record. They did fine with it and of course it has a heavy edge far different from the original.
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