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"Mullets Rock! Too!" (Legacy; 2007)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Like the first "Mullets Rock" collection, there's no denying that this new compilation of classic rock tunes features some true masterpieces, but this second collection isn't quite as satisfying as the first go-through.

As I said, most of the tracks here are the stuff of hard rock legend. Boston's "More Than a Feeling," Foghat's "I Just Wanna make Love to You," Blue Oyster Cult's "Burnin' For You" and the J. Geils Band's "Love Stinks" are a few examples. Other tracks, however -- while entertaining -- just aren't up to snuff. We got Cheap Trick's "Surrender" on Volume I and "The Flame" on Volume II. While "The Flame" was a huge radio hit and not a bad song by any means, it is certainly no "Surrender." The same can be said of Ted Nugent's "Wang Dang Sweet Poontang" (it was "Free-For-All" on Volume I) and Ace Frehley's cover of ELO's "Do Ya" (which was never considered a classic).

Add that to the fact that we only have 18 tracks here as opposed to the first compilation and everything feels just a little incomplete.

Still, there's not a bad song to be found here and this CD's split into "Psyched!" tunes (rock anthems) and "Bummed!" tunes (love songs) is an interesting one. Unfortunately, without the breadth of its predecessor "Mullets Rock! Too!" seems like kind of an afterthought. Of course, that doesn't mean it won't still sound great, cranked up to 11, as you roar down the freeway in your Trans Am.

Tracklisting:
1. Wang Dang Sweet Poontang Ted Nugent
2. Do Ya Ace Frehley 
3. More Than A Feeling Boston 
4. I Just Want To Make Love To You Foghat 
5. Baby Hold On Eddie Money 
6. Jane Jefferson Starship 
7. Fantasy Aldo Nova 
8. Burnin' For You Blue Öyster Cult 
9. I Hate Myself For Loving You Joan Jett & The Blackhearts 
10. Love Stinks J. Geils Band 
11. Love Hurts Nazareth 
12. The Flame Cheap Trick 
13. Take It On The Run REO Speedwagon 
14. Sister Christian Night Ranger 
15. Total Eclipse Of The Heart Bonnie Tyler 
16. Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone) Cinderella 
17. Tuesday's Gone Lynyrd Skynyrd 
18. Dust In The Wind Kansas 

For more information, check out www.legacyrecordings.com/mulletsrock


"Mullets Rock" (Epic / Legacy; 2003)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

How could any collection of vintage rock hits manage to earn a three-and-a-half chainsaw rating? Easy. It just has to be this freaking great.

"Mullets Rock" is two discs and over two and a half hours of some of the greatest hard rock guitar songs of all time. Deep Purple, Foghat, Ted Nugent, Cheap Trick, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, Judas Priest, Blue Oyster Cult, Alice Cooper - they're all here (okay, except maybe AC/DC and Van Halen). Still, this is the CD that you'd imagine Beavis and Butt-head banging their heads to.

It'd be pointless for me to go through each and every track since anyone who's reading this knows at least 90% of the music hereon, and probably more like 99.9%. A simple posting of the tracks contained (below) will tell you all you need to know. Why listen to classic rock radio when you've got 35 tracks like these at your fingertips?

Disc: 1
1. Mississippi Queen - Mountain
2. Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple
3. Hot Blooded - Foreigner
4. Slow Ride - Foghat
5. The Stroke - Billy Squier
6. Free-For-All - Ted Nugent 
7. Smokin' In The Boys Room - Brownsville Station 
8. Rock And Roll, Hoochie Koo - Rick Derringer 
9. Surrender - Cheap Trick 
10. Working For The Weekend - Loverboy 
11. Any Way You Want It - Journey 
12. Two Tickets To Paradise - Eddie Money 
13. Hold The Line - Toto 
14. Roll With The Changes - Reo Speedwagon 
15. No One To Run With - Allman Brothers Band 
16. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble 
17. Bad To The Bone - George Thorogood & The Destroyers 
18. Simple Man - Lynyrd Skynyrd 

Disc: 2
1. Smokin' - Boston 
2. Flirtin' With Disaster - Molly Hatchet 
3. Living After Midnight - Judas Priest 
4. I Wanna Rock - Twisted Sister 
5. Metal Health (Bang Your Head) - Quiet Riot 
6. Godzilla - Blue Oyster Cult 
7. Frankenstein - The Edgar Winter Group 
8. Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas 
9. We're An American Band - Grand Funk Railroad 
10. Don't Bring Me Down - Electric Light Orchestra 
11. Takin' Care Of Business - Bachman-Turner Overdrive 
12. Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress) - The Hollies 
13. Rockin' Down The Highway - The Doobie Brothers 
14. Black Betty - Ram Jam 
15. School's Out - Alice Cooper 
16. Bat Out Of Hell - Meat Loaf 
17. Hold Your Head Up - Argent 

For more information, check out www.legacyrecordings.com/mulletsrock


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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