Theodore "Ted" Nugent (born, December 13, 1948, Detroit, Michigan) (aka The Nuge, Uncle Ted, Terrible Ted, Sweaty Teddy, Deadly Tedly, Great Gonzos, Theodocious Atrocious and The Motor City Madman). Ted's music career started in a local Detroit teen band, the Lourds. He then went on to form the Amboy Dukes in 1965/66. After a few mildly successful Amboy Dukes albums, Nugent went solo in 1975. Throughout the 70's Ted released a number of chart topping albums and continued to sell out large stadiums across the globe. In the mid-80's his popularity began to dwindle so in 1990 he put his solo career on hold to become a member of the Damn Yankees. He resumed his solo career in 1995 with "Spirit of the Wild." and a succession of highly successful tours. Ted Nugent is a guitar legend!
I have been lucky enough to have been able to see the Nug over ten times over the years performing with such great bands as Aerosmith, KISS, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Slaughter Alcatrazz and ZZ Top. I have been a fan since I was in grade school. I can still remember my mother freaking out after she discovered that Ted Nugent's live opus contained a few expletives. Anyhow, I had wanted to meet this man in person forever and despite having seen him in concert so many times, I never had the opportunity until May 2003. I finally met Ted and his wife Shamane at a book signing for her new book "Married to a Rockstar." Ted was very pleasant and even took a few minutes out to talk to my son and warn him to 'stay away from drugs, alcohol and tobacco.' He then gave my son a guitar pick.
Longtime Ted Nugent drummer and producer, Cliff Davies passed away on Sunday Morning, April 13, 2008 in Dallas, Georgia. He was 59 years old.
Ted Nugent (Epic) 1975
Ted Nugent was actually created as a band with singer/guitarist Derek St. Holmes, bassist Rob Grange, and drummer Cliff Davies. Ted Nugent, the album is one of the finest hard rock releases to come out of the 70's. The raw recording actually works for Ted's music making classics like "Stormtroopin'," "Just What the Doctor Ordered," and the testosterone injected "Stranglehold" even stronger. St. Holmes penned "Hey Baby" has a bit of funk and groove and "You Make Me Fell Alright" is a cool jazz power ballad. Nugent himself hails "Ted Nugent" as his best work and I agree. This is simply a must have hard rock classic.
BONUS TRACKS: How do you get thousands of Ted Nugent fans to trade in their old copies of timeless classic discs and buy new copies? Add on some essential bonus tracks, including a rare studio outtake of "Magic Party" and three bone crushing live songs. The live tracks were recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, England in 1977. "Magic Party" was originally only released on "Out of Control," the Nugent box set. I have no idea why this song was left off the album in 1975. I do wish they would have put this studio cut as track 10 on the disc, making it part of the whole studio album. Putting it after three charged up live tracks makes the song seem a bit weak in comparison. The reissue also contains an excellent booklet with an insightful essay on this new era of Ted Nugent's solo career and tons of cool photos from '75.
"Stranglehold" has been covered by Cross Canadian Ragweed.
Many longtime fans hail this as one of Nugent's best, but to be honest, for years it was one of my least favorites. There are some great songs on this disc but some of the vocals annoyed me. inger/rhythm guitarist Derek St. Holmes' departed from the band just as recording of the album began due to constant arguing with the Nug about who would sing what song. So, without a singer, producer Tom Werman convinced a singer by the name of Meat Loaf to handle the vocal chores on the songs. This was what threw me for a loop for so long. However, one day, while in one of my Ted Nugent binges, I was listening to this CD and it just clicked. I guess I just had to get over the fact that St. Holmes wasn't singing on it. I still think songs like Street Rats" and "Hammerdown" would have been so much stronger with St. Holmes' behind the mic. "Turn It Up," a turbo charged speed rocker is the only track that St. Holmes sings on but is one of the best. However, there is no denying Meatloaf's power in a heavy, melodic song like "Together". It has become one of my favorite Nugent songs. Also, the title track is one of Ted's all-time best as well, as Ted takes over both guitar and vocal duties. "Free-for-all" has a vicious, monster groove.
The 1999 reissues has a cool essay on this era of Nugent and his band, as well as three cool bonus tracks. The bonus version of "Street Rats" w/ Derek St. Holmes on vocals blows the doors off the album version.
Derek returns and the world is good again. "Cat Scratch Fever" is a first-rate rock 'n roll classic. This set of brash hard rockers come very close to matching the intensity of the self titled debut. Of course the title track is the one and only Top 30 single that Ted ever produced in the 70's, which just goes to show you that you can still sell millions of records without being a chart topper or trend hopper. Standouts include such underrated songs as "Live It Up," "Workin' Hard, Playin' Hard," and "Out of Control," and the oh, so subtle "Wang Dang Sweet Poontang." There is also the exquisite and surprisingly melodic instrumental titled "Home Bound." "Fist Fightin' Son of a Gun" opens with a Chuck Berry inspired riff. There is not a bad song on this disc. Once again, with the 1999 reissue, there are some nice bonus tracks and a well laid out booklet that make replacing that old vinyl record worth while.
Double Live Gonzo! is perhaps one of the greatest live albums of all time. In 1978 Circus Magazine described the album as "The brashest LP ever" while Sounds made the claim, "The madman's band is the greatest gonzoid heavy metal outfit to be found anywhere-but anywhere-on the whole of our beleaguered planet." As much as Ted Nugent's first three albums were spectacular in their own right, none of them have the aggression, the attitude, the energy and the punch of these live performances.
The follow-up to the massively successful Double Live Gonzo was by all accounts a big success, though it didn't bear any big hit singles. Nugent was a road warrior and a popular concert draw, which helped sell records without the "hits". The album featured a new vocalist in Charlie Huhn, who replaced the sacked Derek St. Holmes.
Had this CD signed by Ted when I met him Ted in Beaver Dam, WI in 2008.
In 1979, the Nug was still at the top of his game, so it's no surprise that "State of Shock" is one of Nugent's finest platters since his 1975 solo debut. This one features riveting cuts such as the title track and concert favorite "Paralyzed". "Snake Charmer" has a hooky chorus that will lodge itself in your brain and ferment there for days. "Alone" is an excellent slow blues jam with some killer guitar wank from the master of wank himself. The song is a bit more "mellow" and more reflective than much of what Ted had been cranking out previously. From what I have read, the song reflects a bit on his divorce from a year earlier and showcases a slightly more mature Ted Nugent. "Satisfied" is a meaty rocker with a nice extended guitar jam and the smooth vocal performance of Charlie Huhn. Nugent even shows a bit of his Beatles influence with George Harrison's "I Want to Tell You".
Ted Nugent is a ferocious, energetic performer with a biting, mean guitar sound. For some reason, that blistering guitar sound was never quite captured in the studio quite like it was on "Double Live Gonzo". However, drummer Cliff Davies, who was doubling as producer as well, did manage to bring a slightly meaner guitar sound on "State of Shock" than Tom Werman did on "Weekend Warriors" and "Cat Scratch Fever".
"State Of Shock" was able to reach #18 on the Billboard Albums Chart in 1979, despite the fact that the music industry was cranking out soft-rock and AOR bands like Fleetwood Mac and Foreigner, along with the disco craze of the late 70's. At the same time, Nugent was still selling out stadiums worldwide and even had his image on a pinball machine.
This is one spectacular heavy metal opus. I mean Ted cranks it up to 11 on this one. The lyrics on some of the songs are as freakin' hilarious as the front cover art picturing Ted with guitars for arms and hands. TED RULES! "Wango Tango" is, of course, a FM rock radio staple. "Scream Dream," well, it screams. "Hard as Nails" is as hard as nails!, "I Gotta Move" makes you wanna move. Are you catching a pattern here? "Terminus Eldorodo" is a tale of teenage rebellion put to a screaming guitar riff. "Don't Cry" is a swinging, short and speedy tune and "Flesh & Blood" is a heavy a sin boogie monster with distorted vocals. "Scream Dream" is one of my favorite platters of all times. Oh, and did I mention that TED RULES!?
Had this CD signed by Ted when I met him at a book signing in Albuquerque, NM in 2002.
"Intensities in 10 Cities" is a live album featuring all new material, which is where Ted excels. When it comes to live performances, few could touch the Nug's over-the-top charisma and energy. "Spontaneous Combustion," Jailbait," and "My Love Is Like a Tire Iron" are prime Ted! "Land of a Thousand Dances" is a cover song, by whom I know not. Nugent has always been inspired by guys like Chuck Berry, and the material presented here has a lot of that inspiration. However, "Intensities" is not Ted's finest hour. I have read that this disc was basically recorded to get out of his contract with Epic Records. I can't recall ever hearing Ted play any of these songs during any tour. "Intensities" is probably the least played Nugent disc in my collection, second only to "Penetrator".
1. "Cat Scratch Fever"
"Great Gonzos!" was Epic's attempt to cash in on the "best of" boom in the early 1980's. Aerosmith's "Greatest Hits" was a huge mega-seller. I don't exactly know how "Great Gonzos!" fared as far as sales, but it is a good collection of songs from the early years of Ted's solo career. I never really cared much about the original release as it contained nothing I didn't already own from Ted. In 1999 when Sony re-released the CD with bonus tracks, including the one new song, the Ted fanatic in me couldn't pass it up for the one new track. "Give Me Just A Little" was co-wrote by Ted with ex-Journey guitarist Neal Schon and his Damn Yankees bandmates Jack Blades and Tommy Shaw. However, I still managed to avoid buying this cash cow for quite some time by purchasing the highly collectible "Give Me Just A Little" CD/radio single instead. Of course being a Nugent fanatic, I eventually purchased a copy of the remastered CD, as well as an original vinyl pressing of the 1981 release. So, I currently own the original vinyl version of "Great Gonzos!", the expanded/remastered version of the CD and a CD single of "Give Me Just A Little" (See below). The remastered CD version also contains the bonus tracks "Yank Me, Crank Me" and "Homebound".
One of the most underrated Ted Nugent albums. 'Nugent' is also the last great Nugent disc for some time as the 1980's sound would soon hurt the powerful Nugent style for the next two records. "Tailgunner," my favorite song on this disc is a seven minute guitar romp. "Bound & Gagged" is a political song, something that would become a staple of Ted's from here on out. "No, No, No" and "Habitual Offender" are equally good rockers. What also makes this a good album is the return of Derek St. Holmes on vocals. Both Derek and Ted have the strongest voices of anyone to have sang on a Nugent album. For a long time this disc was out of print and was fairly hard to find, but in 2001 Spitfire Records released this disc along with the rest of Nugent's 1980's catalogue. Fortunately the re-release version is remastered and has a extensive booklet. Unfortunately, I don't have it yet and am still holding on to my original Atlantic Records release.
This is not Ted Nugent. This was aliens who were pretending to be Ted trying to take over the world with their 80's pop rock crap. It has to be the case because the keyboards drown out the guitars. (NO! Say it ain't so!) Seriously, if it didn't say Ted Nugent on the cover, I never would have guessed it was the Motor City Madman, except for perhaps the five second guitar solo opening. Other than that, where are the gonzo guitar antics? Where is the blazing leads, the extended jam songs, where are the balls? Ahhhhh! Run away, run away!
OK, seriously though, there are some redeeming moments on "Penetrator" such as the boogie-rocker "No Man's Land", the Nugent-esque rocker "Thunder Thighs" and the bluesy "Take Me Home". Also, there are some pretty choice licks buried underneath the keyboards on "Tied Up In Love". "Tied Up In Love" is actually a pretty catchy song and should have been a radio hit in '84. Likewise "Draw the Line" is a pretty strong pop rocker, despite the gloss of the recording. This particular song was written by Bryan Adams and songwriter Jim Valance, who has also written some hits for Aerosmith. Vocalist Brian Howe has a strong, slightly raspy voice and sounds great on this 80's sounding pop stuff. Still, this is Ted Nugent. If some of this material had been released under a different band name, such as Ted did only a couple years later with the Damn Yankees, some of these songs could have been hits.
Ted is still dabbling in 80's pop-metal on this platter, but "Little Miss Dangerous" is still 100x better than it's predecessor. At least on this disc, the keyboards aren't mixed above the guitars. As a matter of fact, "Little Miss Dangerous" and "Painkiller" are both Nugent classics. "Little Miss Dangerous," the song, is actually one of my all time Nugent favorites. The song is slow and has a nasty groove to it with some mean guitar solos. I was lucky enough to catch this one live a few times. The song was used in an episode of Miami Vice, in which Ted appeared as a guest on the show
Ted Nugent - If You Can't Lick 'Em-Lick 'Em (WEA) 1988
Live with 'Em" (4:18)
Now this is Ted Nugent! "Lick 'Em" is 100% pure Ted, just the way we like him. In-your-face, ferocious, all guns blazing rock 'n roll. My favorite track is "If You Can't Lick 'Em...Lick 'Em." Ted struts his stuff a bit on this track, with some blazing guitar antics.There are several other standout cuts as well.. "Can't Live With 'Em", "She Drives Me Crazy", "Skintight", "Funlover" and "Harder They Come" are all excellent Nugent rockers. "Spread Your Wings" is also a standout track, although this particular song is a rare mellow moment for the Motor City Madman. As usual the sexual innuendoes are spread throughout, in usual Ted Nugent fashion and there is little of Ted's political and social ideas presented. Mr. Big's Pat Torpey performs the drums on this album and Chuck Wright (Giuffria/Magdalen/Quiet Riot/Impellitteri) plays bass. Overall, "If You Can't Lick 'Em" is a solid Ted Nugent album. Welcome back the Motor City Madman. Long live Ted!
Ted Nugent - Out of Control (Epic)
"Out of Control" is Ted Nugent's first box set and is a decent career retrospective, albeit far from extensive. The 34 songs range from all stages of the madman's guitar slinging career, tracing chronologically from his day with the Amboy
Dukes through the '70s right up to the 80's. (Tracks 1-6 are Amboy Dukes songs.) Unfortunately, there is only one song from his four Atlantic recordings; "Little Miss Dangerous."
"Spirit of the Wild" is one of Ted Nugent's finest moments in a long time because it sounds like the Wackmaster. The lyrics have changed over the years from sex to the wilderness and conservative issues, which fits right in with his '90s reinvention as a conservative family-values spokesman. (Who would have thunk it, huh?) Now don't go thinking that "Call of the Wild" is a tame record, it just means that Nugent sounds committed again, since that passion for hunting and family flows throughout his music. Highlights are "Thighraceous" (OK, there are some sex lyrics), the hilarious "Kiss My Ass" (dedicated to Janet Reno and President Clinton), and "Fred Bear" (a song that he uses as a platform to speak for having pride in America during his shows). Oh, I almost forgot, Derek St. Holmes is back at the mic. Can you feel the spirit?
Ted Nugent - Live at Hammersmith '79 (Epic/Legacy) 1997
Ted and his band at their Gonzo best! Recorded live at the final night of Ted's 1979 "State of Shock" European tour. Capturing that manic energy that Ted emits is nearly impossible in the studio, but on the stage it is explosive and dangerously infectious. Whereas "Double Live Gonzo" was a compilation of different shows, this was a full Ted Nugent show from a classic era in the band's history. What else can I say, Nugent rules the stage!
A collection of Nugent oddities. "Fred Bear" live is actually recorded live in the studio and is an extended jam version of the '95 classic. "Sunrise" is the same instrumental that was released on the 1992 two song EP "Hunt Music". "KLSTRBK" is also an instrumental that eventually turned into "KLSTRPHK" on Full Bluntal Nugety, then "KLSTRPHNKY" on Craveman. This version is a bit less 'heavy' sounding due to the raw recording. The second version of "Fred Bear" is the same version that was on the original "Hunt Music" EP. "I Just Wanna Go Huntin'" and "My Bow & Arrow" sound like songs Ted might have made up sitting around some camp fire with friends and family. The Definitive version "Great White Buffalo" is a newly recorded version of the Amboy Dukes classic, although the recording here is raw, bare minimum. It doesn't have the fullness of the "Gonzo" version, although the actual guitar playing is excellent. A nice collector's disc that I am sure is in very limited supply, although last I checked were still available through TedNugent.com.
Ted Nugent - Full Bluntal Nugity (Spitfire) 2001
Yet another killer live offering from 'ol Nugent. Well, you'll never hear me complain about purchasing another live album. Ted Nugent is all about playing live and loud. I've actually seen him four times over the last couple years (2000-2001) twice opening for Kiss, once headlining the Can't Stop the Rock Tour (with Night Ranger, Quiet Riot and Slaughter opening) and once co-headlining with Lynyrd Skynyrd. If he were coming to town tomorrow, I'd go see him again too. Ted rules the stage. The production on this disc is outstanding. Somehow they really managed to capture the live in the big arena sound, yet everything sounds crystal clear. I was hoping there would be a bunch of live rarities on this disc, and to my dismay there were only a couple; a live romp through Derek St. Holmes' "Hey Baby," a song I don't remember ever hearing live. Marco Mendoza handles the vocals on this song. The other is an acoustic version of "Fred Bear." I always dig "Fred Bear" although I have to confess I wouldn't have minded hearing the electric version since that is the version I have seen him perform several times over the years. I can still "feel the spirit" and the campfire flames from those shows. I'm really surprised that "Kiss My Ass" didn't make it onto this disc. I would imagine that he played it but for reasons unknown to me, it was left off. Anyhow, all the standards are present as well-"Great White Buffalo," "Free For All." "Stranglehold," "Snakeskin Cowboys," etc.. Shoot Ted really knows what his fans want to hear in concert. Helping Ted along through this massive tour over the last couple of years is drummer extraordinare Tommy Aldridge, and bassist Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy/Sykes). This particular performance, recorded live without any overdubs, was recorded live at The Palace Of Auburn Hills on December 31, 2000 at the 13th Annual Whiplash Bash in Detroit, MI. Ted recorded a video several years ago from another Whiplash Bash in Detroit. Long live Ted!
Ted Nugent - Noble Savage (Snapper/Recall) 2001
This is one of many, many Ted Nugent compilation CDs. However, unlike the others which just rehash the same songs from Ted's 70's releases, "Noble Savage" focuses on the more obscure 1980's releases. Being a fan of Nugent since the 70's I invested in each of his albums ever since I became a fan in grade school. However, even being the mega-fan I am, not even I would admit that all Ted's 80's albums were up to snuff. However, even the worst albums had some redeemable tracks, and "Noble Savage" does a good job of focusing on the best tracks from those albums. The disc starts off strong with songs off "Nugent" which in my opinion is one of Ted's most underrated discs. All six tracks from that album are strong, energetic and as rebellious and brash as anyone would expect from 'ol Uncle Ted. The lineup for this disc also featured original Ted Nugent vocalist Derek St. Holmes as well as Vanilla Fudge drummer Carmine Appice. The next few tracks, however, are from the keyboard drenched "Penetrator" which featured Brian Howe on vocals. With the exception of "Thunder Thighs" none of this material really sounds like the energetic and wild Ted of old. Still, the four more commercial tunes are not bad and sound as good as anything that was popular on MTV during that decade, especially "Tied Up in Love". Unfortunately this only proves that Ted was being a follower rather than the leader he is and was. Next up are six tracks from the more aggressive "Little Miss Dangerous." These tracks find Ted returning to the lead vocal position for some of the tracks and toning down the keyboard crap. The track "Little Miss Dangerous" is actually one of my favorite Ted Nugent compositions. "High Heels In Motion" is also a standout track, although this song is a bit more in the commercial 80's direction. The second disc finishes off with tracks from "If You Can't Lick 'Em" and "Full Bluntal Nugety" which had Ted back to his usual outrageous, energetic, Gonzo guitar antics for the most part. However, the Nugent/Bon Jovi/Sambora collaboration "That's The Story of Love" is a obvious attempt at a radio single. Overall, a spectacular two disc collection focusing on the later and for the most part neglected eras of Ted's career. Personally I think this disc could have, and should have been, discs number three and four of the Nugent box set, which was far from being a fair representation of the Nuge's career.
Ted Nugent - The Ultimate Ted Nugent (Epic) 2002
So, Epic decides they need to take advantage of all Ted's constant new millennial touring and regained popularity and release yet another 'best of' collection. While this collection does an excellent job of reviewing Ted's Epic years, it's far from exhaustive. First of all, I think that not including "Terminus Eldorado" from 1980's "Scream Dream" was a mistake. Second, why not include some of those rare live classics? The tracks Ted recorded for California Jam 2 in '78 have still not seen any sort of official release on CD. Also, where is "Great White Buffalo"? I mean, c'mon! Still, this two disc collection is actually quite a bit better than the lame box set released a decade earlier and is certainly better than "Great Gonzos," which had far to few songs. Imagine if this disc had been discs two and three of a five disc box set, with disc one having Amboy Dukes material and discs four and five containing tracks from the Atlantic years as well as some rare live and studio material. Now that would be a box set worth owning. The other complaint I have about "The Ultimate Ted Nugent" is the lame insert which lacks any liner notes, and is a bit shy on photos or any information, for that matter. A collection of classics like this is deserving of at least a good biography, or at least several shots of 'ol madman Ted over the years. There is a discography included, although it only includes albums that were released on Epic/Sony. To the casual fan, this might be the only Ted Nugent disc they ever need but to the die-hard Nugent fan, this disc really lacks any appeal as the packaging is weak and they will already own every single song on this compilation.
Ted Nugent - Craveman (Spitfire) 2002
The Gonzo Motor City Madman has returned with a fury, riding high on a buffalo with bow, arrow and Gibson Byrdland in hand. This is certainly the heaviest Nugent release ever! Take a listen and see if KLSTRPHNKY doesn't send shivers down your spine, like it did mine. Likewise, "Going Down Hard", "Crave" and "Rawdogs & Warhogs" are outrageous, heavy, over-the-top and kept me smiling all day. Album closer "Earthtone" is the only instrumental on the disc. This song is a tad more laid back and bluesy than the rest of the disc and features the stellar bass work of Marco Mendoza as well as plenty of guitar-de-Nuge! Laid back does not mean mellow however. When it comes to music, Nugent doesn't know that meaning of the word mellow. Perhaps I am just a Nugent die-hard, but within the first three days of owning this CD., I had already spun it about ten times. For those easily offended or weak at heart, 'ol Uncle Ted isn't exactly politically correct. Hyper-conservative politics, God, guns, sex, rock n roll and a great big salute to the 'ol U.S. of A are the subjects at hand. But would you expect anything different from Ted? The lyrics from "Crave" do a good job of summing up Ted Nugents philosophy, "I don't believe in the status quo/It kinda leaves me weak/A mountain high is what I climb/I swim the river deep/And if ya crave the time of your life/Try to keep up with me." "Anyone who wants to get mellow, you can just turn around and get the. . ."
Had this disc signed when I met Ted and his wife Shemane in Albuquerque at Shemane's "Married to a Rockstar" book signing. Afterwards I went to see Ted open up for ZZ Top. Of this disc, he played "Crave" and "Rawdogs & Warhogs". The guitar pick pictured was given to my son by Ted after he encouraged my son to practice hard and stay away from things like alcohol and drugs that will poison his body.
Ted Nugent - Extended Versions (BMG) 2005
Another in the long line of budget live CDs from Sony. As with all the "Extended Versions" CDs, the packaging is designed to look like a new CD, even though it is not. This particular one is made up of songs from "Double Live Gonzo" (Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 10), Intensities in Ten Cities (Tracks 7, 8, 9) and one track from the "Live At Hammersmith '70" CD (Track 3). Of course any live Nug' is great, so I can't really say much negative about the music. However, I wish that Sony would have at least dug out some rarities for it like they did on the Molly Hatchet - Extended Versions CD, or perhaps use a new show like they did for Cinderella. Shoot, they could have used the two tracks from California Jam 2 record, or perhaps some tracks that haven't seen the light of day on a live record such as "Scream Dream" or "Wango Tango". After all, these were Nugent hits. Well, I guess that is a lot to ask for a budget release I paid a whopping $5 for. At least they mixed the songs together so it sounds like one continuous show instead of fading in and out between songs. Also, it's nice to have the Gonzo tracks finally remastered. Hey Sony, how about re-releasing the whole album in a remastered version like you did the first three studio albums!
Second live album/DVD in a row from old Uncle Ted, and this Nugent fanatic couldn’t be happier. Nugent is his best when he is on the stage. He’s loud, obnoxious, brash, bombastic, hyper, opinionated, and downright entertaining. Besides all that he can play a mean guitar as well. This particular concert was recorded and filmed in front of 20,000 screaming fans in Nugent’s hometown of Detroit. The show celebrated Nugent’s 6,000th concert performance. The production here is quite good, capturing the raw, live energy coming from the stage, yet each and every instrument is clearly heard. I actually think the production on this release is better than on last year’s “Sweden Rocks” CD. Ted and his band sound fantastic. For a man in the 60’s, Nugent puts to shame many artists that are 40 years younger than him.
Legendary rocker and political big-mouth Ted Nugent is back with yet another live release "Ultralive Ballisticrock" — a new 2CD+DVD deluxe edition digipak. The live footage was captured and recorded from seven different cameras with a 5.1 audio mix on the "I Still Believe Tour" at Penn's Peak, Pennsylvania, USA on August 14, 2011. The lineup on the album consists of Derek St. Holmes - rhythm guitarist and vocals on "Just What the Doctor Ordered", "Stranglehold", "Turn it Up" and "Hey Baby", Greg Smith (ex-Rainbow) on bass and vocals on "Need You Bad", Mick Brown (Dokken/Lynch Mob) on drums and, of course, Uncle Ted on ultraballistic guitar wankery.
I almost want to complain about another Nugent live offering considering how many have come out in comparison to new studio records. After all, this is his third live album in a row. To be completely honest however, I love live Nugent and can never get enough of it. I've seen him live at least fifteen times over the years and he never disappoints. The stage is where Ted excels. He's always entertaining, whether he is ticking people off with political rants or making people laugh with utterances of complete nonsense. Like him or hate him, Ted is a character on stage that cannot be ignored. The band is tight and both Ted and Derek's vocals are spot on.
The setlist is killer, packed with some of Ted's finest, classic material including a couple of songs that haven't made more recent live albums such as "Turn It Up" and "Just What the Doctor Ordered". There is also a live offering of "I Still Believe" a song that was previously released as a digital download on TedNugent.com. I know that most people going to a Ted Nugent concert want to hear the same old songs, "Cat Scratch Fever", "Stormtroopin", etc. but I wish that Ted would break out some of his less popular songs from the Atlantic Records years. Tracks like "Tailgunner", "Little Miss Dangerous", "Painkiller" and "If You Can't Lick 'Em...Lick 'Em" could all make reappearances in this fan's opinion. That's a minor complaint though.
1. Shutup & Jam! (2:54)
"Shutup & Jam!" is the first new Ted Nugent studio album in seven years. In that time the Motor City Madman hasn't stopped touring, year-in and year-out. He lives up to his name a the Madman. "Shutup & Jam!"continues in the same tradition as previous albums "Love Grenade" and "Craveman", balls-to-the-wall rock and roll. From the heavy rock and roll of the title track through the bluesy rendition of "Never Stop Believing" this album is packed with super-charged rock and roll.
"She's Gone" is a classic rock and roll song with simple, sing-along lyrics and features Ted and Sammy Hagar trading off vocals. This song could have been written for "Intensities in 10 Cities". "Everything Matters" is a song written for Derek St. Holmes soulful voice. This track sounds like classic Nugent from the 70's, especially with St. Holmes behind the mic. A few songs here have been released before this album. Both "I Still Believe" and "I Love My BBQ" have been released as digital singles through TedNugent.com in the past. The short instrumental is prime Ted as well. However, not every song here is pure gold. There are a few songs such as "Do-Rages and A .45" that didn't immediately bowl me over. Regardless, several songs from this one should be on Ted's playlist for this tour. Ted is Ted and at this point he has not reason or need to change. Hardcore fans such as myself are always ready for some new Ted. It's unfortunate that most fans won't care about this album or these new songs and would rather just hear "Cat Scratch Fever" and "Stormtroppin'" instead. Really, the first five songs on this album should all be concert staples.
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