"Deluxe with Reverb" (Shelter From the Storm; 2006)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

In the liner notes of their first album in over 20 years, Bluebeard explains: "Our music has been described as hard rock, pop/rock and symphonic rock -- we play Original Classic Rock - some may say they hear a 70s vibe, or sense and 80s or 90s feel, but this is not stagnant music."

That rather lengthy sentence is indeed a fine description of the music found on "Deluxe With Reverb," a CD that will keep you guessing as it goes from modern hard rock sounds to early 70s acid to modern rock ballads and then back again. The span of this band's sound gives them a near progressive sound that links the entire album together as a whole.

All of the tracks on "Deluxe with Reverb" are original rockers with the exception of the wildly sophisticated cover of the Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black" and the dead-on rock cover of INXS's "Pretty Vegas." The rest of the music falls into one or more of the above-listed categories and that's a good thing. You'll never be bored with "Deluxe with Reverb" because you'll never know what's coming next.

The CD isn't all new music, however. Included on "Deluxe with Reverb" are three re-mixed and remastered songs from the band's "Bad Dream" LP, songs performed by the new line-up, five new songs and a collection of bonus material including a digital remixed and remastered version of the band's popular "Bad Dream," a radio edit of "Take a Little Time Out" and an alternate version of "Love Is Nowhere."

Fans of Uriah Heep and early Blue Oyster Cult will find something to enjoy on "Deluxe with Reverb."

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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