Title: “In Concert”
Label: Cleopatra Records
Release Date: 3/29/2005
Genre: Rock & Roll
Filmed during the band’s musical peak in 1991 while in performance on one of their “Heartbreak Station” shows; Cinderella is captured live in Detroit in front of a sold out crowd. By the time their third album had been released on the fans the band had become one of the more reliable standouts musically from the other L.A circuit “Hair Bands” around them. As expected, this concert finds Cinderella performing all of their hits of the day and as I watched this DVD I was reminded of how different the Hard Rock and Metal scene was at the time. “Hair Metal” as it had become referenced was slowly being edged aside by the Grunge Movement (or Seattle Sound) but by the look of this show you could see that Cinderella as one of the biggest bands of the day was not going quietly into that good night. Since this DVD is from a 1991 show there are certain limitations to the overall production in terms of lighting, sound and angles but overall there is enough good music here to make you look past that. It’s the kind of release that you cannot compare to the same that is delivered today with 18 different cameras used all over the theatres – this is a professionally shot concert that brings you seventeen of the bands best songs.
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Venue: PNC Bank Arts Center (Holmdel, NJ)
Opener: Cinderella, Ever After
Label: Capitol Records
After almost two weeks of stifling heat in the immediate areas of New York & New Jersey there seemed to be a slight break coming until folks hit the PNC Bank Arts Center where they would quickly find out that it was going to get hotter than they had ever imagined. Yes, in celebration of their 20th Year as a band the one and only Poison would arrive and with special guest openers Cinderella. Poison had recently released a number of products on the public with the first being a career spanning best of entitled “20 Years Of Rock”. In addition, their first three albums in the back catalog received the remastering treatment while a DVD of a later performance finally saw the light of day. All of these things put together were a great example of how Poison did things and provided their fans with memorable music that has withstood the years. Kicking off the night would be the band Endeverafter who I did not manage to see and since I needed to be prepared to take Cinderella shots on top of the Poison ones I did not mind this at all. I heard they were pretty good from some folks who did check them out.
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Label: Mercury/Universal Records
Genre: Hard Rock
I admit that I am finding a renewed level of interest in the music of Cinderella. Out of all the bands from the hair-metal time period their unique quasi-blues style set them apart a little more than the others. The band recorded four studio albums and released a live effort and issued a couple of greatest hits packages so the long time fan and casual listener really had a good selection to partake in. Each of the studio albums had a guaranteed couple of tracks that would go the distance and find themselves in heavy rotation on the music channels of the time or rock radio. When Universal Music announced that a “Gold” release would come out I knew we listeners were in for a treat. While the fans are probably groaning at the aspect of yet another compilation album instead of a new studio release I have to say that the “Gold” series albums are so much better than the “Millennium Collections” we have seen released by the same label. Instead of 10 or so expected numbers, you get two CD’s that serve more as career spanning Anthologies. My main gripe if I could find one is that this CD does not allow me to dump the other two retrospective editions from my collection and replace them with this one. It does include a lot of the songs you already have on the originals of course and some from the other hits pieces, but the main difference is that they gave you a handful of unreleased live tracks with this one on top of everything else.
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Title: “Rocked, Wired & Bluesed: The Greatest Hits”
Label: Mercury/Universal Records
Release Date: 1/25/2005
Genre: Hard Rock
The release of this CD by Cinderella comes to us 7 years after their last hits compilation. Most of the material is the same with the exception that this piece also adds a couple of tracks from “Still Climbing” the bands last studio effort. As someone who always enjoyed the Blues Rock styling of the band it was nice to see a new collection with a couple of more tracks be released. I also felt that this one sounded a little cleaner on the production end with the songs sounding more in your face than before. There is a chance that this is a bit remastered but I did not see anything to note that. Cinderella was a terrific group who showed that not all of the bands that came to be in the “Hair Metal” 1980’s were jokes. The music was well constructed and the choruses often memorable. When they first surfaced there was a big AC/DC reference to them and personally I never quite saw that. Perhaps a certain aspect of Kiefer’s voice led this to be the case. They were a staple on MTV at the time and gave the audience hit after hit. Tom Kiefer was not only a great songwriter but also a kick ass guitarist. His voice was soulful and rugged and brought a unique style to the bands music. The lineup has remained the same with Eric Brittingham, Jeff LaBar and Fred Coury and perhaps this is another one of the reasons they come across so well after so many years.
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