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“Rocked, Wired & Bluesed: The Greatest Hits” by Cinderella

Artist: Cinderella
Title: “Rocked, Wired & Bluesed: The Greatest Hits”
Label: Mercury/Universal Records
Release Date: 1/25/2005
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 8/10

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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