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they simply substitute another
worthy cut, like Grandmaster1
Flash's "The Message" or Kurtis
Blow's "The Breaks," both of
which would have lent the project
an even more impressive scope.
This infuriating flaw aside, t
Rap's Greatest Hits does, on the
whole, deliver, and it serves as an
excellent introduction to the biggest1
and best songs of a medium which,
has earned respect. 90 percent of
this record is def.]
Beyond the Gates
Three more in the tradition of
black metal pioneers like England's
Venom, these California speed
fiends are headed for hell in the fast
lane. The music roars like an
outboard motor and typical metal
themes like girls, dancing, and girls
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have been replaced by songs about
hell, nuclear destruction, and hell.
Dark Angel relies on constant
blur guitars and temper tantrum
one-two-one-two drums in nearly
every song, but the singer flexes
his vocabulary like a muscleman
flexes at the beach: "Inimical
powers against humankind, this
charnelhouse ensanguined," he
croons on the title track. Nuclear
Assualt takes a rockin' look at the
apocalypse with a sound that ranges
from motorized, tight-as-spandex
tunes like "Sin" to playpen
thrashers like "Hang the Pope." The
singer sounds like Iron Maiden's
Bruce Dickinson with a rope around
his neck. Possessed is the scariest
of the bunch - they sound like
Motorhead's Lemmy growling over
a forty minute car crash. Plus, the
album cover folds out into this big
poster of spooky frightwigs
floating across a hellish
landscape....hang it up and look at
it while you bang your head. But
keep it away from the PMRC,
whatever you do.
Lil' Ed and the Blues
Wound Up Tight
Alligator tends to release its
records in batches, making it tough
on the budget-conscious to to pick
up all their worthwhile releases.
What makes it worse is that
Alligator is one of the most
consistent record labels in the coun -
try, seldom, if ever, releasing poor
Any one of these is a sure bet.
My favorite is Lil' Ed, but it could
go any way.
Ed and the Imperials are a
Chicago bar band who've made a
name for themselves as one of the
top young bands in the genre by
playing throughout Chicago and
various places in Canada.
This album was recorded live in
the studio, the first time the
foursome had ever been in one. It
is, as Alligator promotions
promises, "houserockin,"' but it's
much more as well. Ed is a spirited
-zinger whose hoots and exclam -
ations are so sincere that it's hard to
believe he isn't playing for an
audience. The band is tight and the
selections superb - and Alligator
promises it was all done in single
Brooks is a fairly regular guest
at Rick's. This new release is his
fourth for Alligator, and with it he
shows he's still in the front ranks
of contemporaty bluesmen.
With a good handful of originals
and a couple of covers, Brooks and
the band serve up the next best
thing to being there. Jim Liban
helps out a little on harmonica, but
the finest gems, "Got Lucky Last
Night" and "Wound Up Tight"
Rick's regular Lonnie Brooks releases his new album 'Wound Up Tight.'
The University of Michigan presents:
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feature Johnny Winter on guitar.
Mack, the genius behind "Mem -
phis," is the oldest and best known
of the three, and his release is
probably the most ambitious of
these. With offerings ranging from
fast stuff with the Memphis Horns
to Christian ballads like "A Song I
Haven't Sung," not everything
works. A surprising amount of it
does, though, and Mack proves that
Alligator's 1983 "re-discovery" of
him was just a hint of more to
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