Rating: 1 out of 10
As difficult as it was for me to give the Warrior demos with Vinnie Vincent a low rating, this breaks my heart even more. Even though I grew up in the same area as Eddie Trunk, I was privy to U.F.O. before he was pontificating about them on local radio. So many of their songs have become staples for me over the years, regardless of who was in the band. I even went as far as lifting Andy Parker’s drum pattern from the beginning of Let It Roll when I put a song together many moons ago. It’s not that I’m more attached to them then Vinnie Vincent, because I’m a huger Vinnie fan, but those cheap sounding demos sound better than this. U.F.O. has been missing its bite these last few albums, and for me cover albums are hit or miss. I’ve defended plenty tribute/covers albums, but I feel like I’m beating a dead horse here, when bands start covering songs you hear a million times a day on the radio, it makes you question why on Earth they covered something. And doing a shitty job of it on top is even more infuriating. I can’t help but curse, why the fuck are they covering Mississippi Queen? This is one of the worst covers I have ever heard, Phil Moog can’t sing the song, he can’t sing half of the tracks on the album without wondering if you’re listening to bad cover band at the local bar, or if it’s a legendary singer who has no business singing these tracks. Why are they using what sounds like the click track as the cowbell? Could they not be bothered with recording a live cowbell in the studio? And what happened to Vinnie Moore? There is zero aggression in his playing, no bite, no snarl. I understand people/musicians progress, evolve, but to put out something so neutered, what’s the point? And River of Deceit? Moog sounds like a cheap version of Robert Goulet singing this, and more than one of these. What didn’t make the cut? Tom Jones Delilah? I bet the Tiger could have put some balls behind more than one of these tracks, and hit them out of the park.
To quote Dave Chappelle “I wish I had four thumbs to give it four thumbs down…..the milk’s gone bad.”
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