October 24, 2021

Masters of Reality - Masters of Reality (1988)

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Stoner Rock
Label Number: 9 24210-2

© 1988 Def American Recordings
Because the Syracuse, New York-based Masters of Reality took their name from the title of a scorching Black Sabbath album, some assumed they were a heavy metal band. But in fact, their forte is a bluesy approach with a late-1960s/early-'70s type of appeal. Though subtle traces of Sabbath can occasionally be heard on a few of their songs, their sound owes a lot more to Ten Years After and the Doors. First released by Def American in 1989 and reissued by Delicious Vinyl in 1990, this impressive offering was produced by Rick Rubin and has the markings of a Rubin production. The thing that makes Rubin so great a producer is his willingness to follow his gut instincts, an approach has served him well whether producing SlayerJohnny Cash, or L.L. Cool J, and one that clearly works to the Masters' advantage on such pearls as "Domino," "Gettin' High," and "The Eyes of Texas." Rubin is the type of producer who knows how to step aside when appropriate and let artists be themselves. Under his direction, the material sounds well produced, but never over-produced.

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Masters of Reality - Sunrise On The Sufferbus (1992)

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Hard Rock
Label Number: 3 21976 2

© 1992 Chrysalis
On the one hand it must have seemed like a perversely appropriate gesture on the part of Chris Goss. Having received a variety of comparisons to Cream after Masters of Reality's first album came out, thanks in large part to Goss' vocal resemblance to Jack Bruce, none other than legendary British drummer and Cream veteran Ginger Baker took over the sticks on the group's sophomore effort. Far from being mere wish-fulfillment, though, Baker's abilities help supercharge the mighty and underrated Sunrise on the Sufferbus to a higher level. Baker's lost none of his power -- indeed, arguably he hasn't sounded this good in years, showing flash and flair while never replicating, say, the drum-solo mistakes of "Toad" -- while both Goss and Googe have their instruments like men possessed. The result is fiery, smoking rock in a classic vein, rescuing the genre from the dullard efforts that groups like the Black Crowes were plaguing listeners with; even by-the-numbers blues-rock struts like "V.H.V." have a sharp, immediate kick to them. Goss' singing still has hints of Bruce, as well as Neil Young, but doesn't just replicate -- consider the smooth flow of "J.B. Witchdance," where he has a great crisp talk/sing style at play -- while the band's production as a whole brings out the immediacy of the songs. The emphasis on calmer efforts like the dreamy string-and-keyboard drenched "100 Years" and the enjoyable, steady lope of "Rolling Green" provide a fine contrast to the amped-up kickers. There's a great ringer in the middle of the album courtesy of Baker, "T.U.S.A." With spoken-word lyrics from Baker himself decrying the inability of Americans to make tea properly ("Pour boiling water over the tea/How simple and clear/Can the instructions be?"), it's the type of relaxed joke more self-conscious bands wouldn't dare try, but which the trio effortlessly turns into a great little song.

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Masters of Reality - Welcome To The Western Lodge (1999)

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Stoner Rock
Label Number: 15050-2

© 1999 Spitfire Records
Spitfire Records would have you believe that Welcome to the Western Lodge is the brand new album by the ubiquitous Chris Goss and his rambling, intermittent project Masters of Reality. It is the latest offering by this "band" of one and whomever he gets to play with him. But it was originally released in the U.K. and Europe in 1999. In this case the Masters are a two-piece with John Leamy playing drums, keyboards, and bass, while Goss plays guitar, "sings," and does everything below except play drums. Welcome to the Western World has all the trappings of being a concept album except the lyrics to line it up. It's a kind of slow, plodding, thud-thud-thud hard rock with terrible vocals and big guitar riffs. There are also some "psychedelic" keyboards thrown in for measure and electronically altered sci-fi vocals. Ugh! Once upon a time, about 15 years before this album, the Masters of Reality were a badass rock band with the audacity to do Cream covers. Hell, they even had Ginger Baker join them for a time. But that was long before this tired, moronic, sleep-inducing yawn that passes for rock & roll. One of the biggest problems is production -- which is weird. Goss, who has produced three Kyuss records, Queens of the Stone AgeIan Astbury, and more, knows what he's doing. He also understands self-indulgence. Given that this is so, these tried -- and tried, and tried -- heavy rock riffs with this muddy sound don't get it at all. It's not worth singling out any track for praise because, in truth, they're all pretentious and, basically, they all suck. What a huge disappointment.

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Masters of Reality - Deep In The Hole (2001)

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Stoner Rock
Label Number: BRH 9902 2

© 2001 Brownhouse Recordings
2001's Deep in the Hole is a return to form after 1999's creative cul-de-sac, Welcome to the Western LodgeDeep brings together seriously driving stoner rock ("third man on the moon," "shotgun son"), chilly blues ("roof of the shed"), and some Sabbath-y sludge ("Scatagoria") into a statement of purpose that matches the band's classic Sunrise on the Sufferbus. All the classic elements are here -- obscure and funny lyrics ("now I am a cat/what you think about that/ nerve unraveller"), precise vocal harmonies, and the trademark guitar of Chris Goss. Paired down to a duo of Goss and Surgery's John Leamy on drums, the band is joined by Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme and Nick OliveriScreaming TreesMark Lanegan, and many others. Always one of America's most criminally underappreciated bands, Masters of Reality here bring their A-game to the plate, with solid songwriting (compared to Welcome), and strong performances. "Counting Horses" could be one of the great lost the The songs. The title track evokes the spirit of the Doors collaborating with Dr. John. Highly recommended for fans of stoner metal (QueensKyuss, etc.), and a great way to discover the peculiar genius of this wonderful band.

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Masters of Reality - Give Us Barabbas (2004)

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Stoner Rock
Label Number: BRH 9904 2

© 2004 Brownhouse Recordings
Described throughout the years as a head-on collision between the Beatles and Black SabbathChris Goss had been issuing albums under the pseudonym of Masters of Reality for nearly two decades by the early 21st century. Instead of following up a pair of mega-decibel outings, 2001's Deep in the Hole and 2002's live set, Flak 'n' Flight, with another set of hard rockers, Goss decided to assemble a collection of mostly unreleased acoustic tracks for the 2004 12-track set Give Us Barabbas. With his Sabbath side nullified by picking up the acoustic, Goss' appreciation of the Beatles can be detected on such tracks as "I Walk Beside Your Love" (which manages to sound quite Cheap Trick-ish as well) and "Hey Diana." Also included are a pair of standouts that include special guests Scott Weiland ("Jindalee Jindalie") and short-lived Masters drummer Ginger Baker ("The Desert Song"). Yes, that Ginger Baker. Although often thought of first and foremost as a hard rock/heavy metal band, Masters of Reality definitely has a soft side, as proven by Give Us Barabbas.

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Masters of Reality - Pine/Cross Dover (2009)

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Stoner Rock
Label Number: CGR99052

© 2009 Cool Green Recordings
They may only be good for a mere handful of new studio albums per decade, but when Masters of Reality decide to rear their head, you can always count on main members Chris Goss and John Leamy delivering tasty helpings of rock music that are nearly impossible to pin down to a single style. And the chain remains very much intact with their sixth studio release overall, 2009's Pine/Cross Dover. One obvious musical comparison is Queens of the Stone Age, and for good reason -- Goss has produced many a Queens of the Stone Age album over the years (as well as their precursor band, Kyuss). Case in point, the kick-ass album-opener "King Richard TLH," which contains one of the best warped grooves since Queens of the Stone Age's "Monsters in the Parasol." But there are also plenty of tracks that come directly out of left field -- including the meandering instrumental "Johnny's Dream" (which at times recalls the more laid-back moments of such '70s fusion artists as Weather Report), as well as the violin-like riff of "Dreamtime Stomp," while "Testify to Love" manages to combine a monstrous Sabbath riff with psychedelic melodicism. From start to finish, Masters of Reality continue to march to the beat of their own drummer on Pine/Cross Dover.

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October 23, 2021

Various Artists - Soundbombing II (1999)

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Hip-Hop
Label Number: P2 50069
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© 1999 Rawkus Records
Soundbombing, Vol. 2 Review by Matt Conaway
With Soundbombing, Vol. 1, Rawkus introduced a ravenous stable of hungry underground MCs, but more importantly it also laid the preliminary groundwork for Mos Def and Talib Kweli's Black Star movement. Both play a large role in the development of Soundbombing, Vol. 2 as well. Mos screens a preview from his impending solo LP, the high-tech "Next Universe," and divulges "Crosstown Beef" with his Medina Green outfit. Talib and Hi-Tek's manifestation as Reflection Eternal contributes two highly illuminant tracks: "On Mission" and the cultivated "Chaos" (featuring Bahamadia). Rawkus' latest coup, Pharoahe Monch, gets militaristic with Shabaam Shadeeq on "WW III" and the virulent "Mayor." Eminem works his magic over a cartoon-like Beatminerz track on the neurotic "Any Man." Soundbombing, Vol. 2 contains an abundance of prolific collaborations, exemplified by Common and Sadat X's elegant "1999," Dilated Peoples and Tash's regal "Soundbombing," and Sir Menelik's "7XL" (featuring Sadat X and Grand Puba). One relatively minor blemish arises in the Beat Junkies' control of the LP's continuity -- their cutting and blending methods are peculiarly ineffective, and oftentimes lack direction. User friendly for underground or mainstream fanatics, SB 2 is the quintessential Rawkus project, and the label's finest moment to date.

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El Da Sensei - Relax Relate Release (2002)

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Hip-Hop
Label Number: SVH-021-2
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Scarling. - Sweet Heart Dealer (2004) ☠

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Shoegaze
Label Number: SFTRI 731
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© 2004 Sympathy For The Record Industry
Sweet Heart Dealer Review by Mark Deming
One look at Scarling might suggest that they're a new batch of goth-inclined neo-hipsters ready to sell themselves to America's disaffected youth in the wake of the breakthrough of Evanescence. However, while a spin of their debut full-length, Sweet Heart Dealer, confirms that legions of mopey kids should go for this big-time, it's also clear that this band has an awful lot more going for them than the surfaces might suggest. While dominated by the massive guitar sounds of Christian Hejnal and Rickey Lime, Scarling's songs display a canny pop sensibility that bobs just beneath their aural surface, and former Jack Off Jill vocalist Jessicka's voice seems to have gained some welcome depth and texture in the context of her new band. Hejnal and Jessicka have cited Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine as key influences on Scarling's approach, and it shows -- rather than going for standard-issue Marshall-stack crunch, Hejnal and Lime utilize feedback, drones, and floating masses of overtones to give these seven songs an attack that could be described as a loving pummel that embraces as it bruises. And you can actually sing along with "Band Aid Covers the Bullet Hole" without hurting yourself, which is no small feat. Sweet Heart Dealer is a remarkably accomplished debut from a band with very real potential.

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Scarling. - So Long, Scarecrow (2005) ☠

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Shoegaze
Label Number: sftri758
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© 2005 Sympathy For The Record Industry
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Katatonia - Discouraged Ones (1998) ☠


Country: Sweden
Language: English
Genre: Gothic Metal
Label Number: 7903-2
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© 1998 Century Black
On Discouraged OnesKatatonia remains as depressive as ever, while at the time moving even further away from its earlier sound than it did on the previous release, Brave Murder Day. Cleanly sung vocals (at times reminiscent of the Cure's Robert Smith) have replaced the agonizing growls of Dance of December Souls, while the songs themselves -- averaging about four minutes apiece -- are much more compact than their previous extended epics. The key aspects of the sound here are the thickly layered guitars, which are distorted but somewhat pushed back in the mix, and the huge, reverberating drumbeats, which are almost uniformly played in a slow-to-medium tempo and seem purposely simplistic. These elements cause the songs to sound overly similar on the first few spins; however, with subsequent listens, the melodies begin to peek through the fog, and the album as a whole takes on an almost hypnotic, dreamlike feel, something reinforced by the ever-steady beats. The imagery-laden lyrics (best exemplified by "Saw You Drown") also accentuate this dreamlike quality. Other noteworthy tracks include "Deadhouse," "Cold Ways," and the slowed-down closer, "Distrust," although the whole of this album really exceeds the sum of its parts. Through its subtle melodies, minimal rhythms, and strongly melancholy moods, Discouraged Ones emerges as either a masterpiece, or else something very close.

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Katatonia - Tonight's Decision (1999) ☠

Country: Sweden
Language: English
Genre: Gothic Metal, Alternative Metal
Label Number: CDVILE 76
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© 1999 Peaceville
Tonight's Decision continues in the song-oriented direction of 1998's Discouraged Ones, but with an even greater emphasis on verse-chorus-verse songwriting. The guitars churn more heavily than on that album and the drums are a little more aggressive; however, the production is slicker on the whole, almost to the point of sounding ready for mainstream rock radio. Jonas Renske's vocals are again cleanly sung (as opposed to growled), and he has even added a falsetto to his arsenal. In other words, this album is a pretty far cry from the black metal-leaning style of their earlier records. On the other hand, the depressive melodies and lyrics are pure Katatonia, and the songwriting is solid throughout: "Black Session," "For My Demons," and "Right Into the Bliss" hold their own next to the cover of Jeff Buckley's "Nightmares by the Sea." It won't please fans hoping for the band to return to their earlier style, but taken on its own terms, Tonight's Decision is still a strong record, and one which suggests that greater commercial success isn't out of the question for these melancholy Swedes.

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Katatonia - The Great Cold Distance (2006) ☠

Country: Sweden
Language: English
Genre: Alternative Metal
Label Number: CDVILEF128
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© 2006 Peaceville
Coming three full years after 2003's Viva EmptinessThe Great Cold Distance continues the trend toward the mainstream that Katatonia began with that album. Singer Jonas Renske -- who apparently lost his ability to do the now-clichéd Cookie Monster vocals some years ago due to medical problems -- has refined his voice into a much smoother and, surprisingly, more powerful instrument that's capable of greater emotional shadings. Similarly, this album forsakes the blastbeats and hyperspeed riffing for a more dynamic sound that makes smart use of slow and quiet passages. They're still heavy: "Deliberation" and "Leaders" are as brutal as anything on the band's career high point, Last Fair Deal Gone Down. But that heaviness is set off by gems like the surprisingly restrained "In the White," a powerful and heartfelt song that's among the band's finest, and that sonic variety makes The Great Cold Distance a stronger, more compelling listen than a more bludgeoning effort would be.

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Magic Dirt - Girl (2008)

Country: Australia
Genre: Alternative Rock
Label Number: #004

© 2008 Emergency Music
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Bride - The Jesus Experience (1997)

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Post Grunge
Label Number: ORCD-9703

© 1997 Organic Records
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Necro - The Pre-Fix For Death (2004)

*First pressing. 
Contains 25 tracks total.
Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Hip-Hop
Style: Horrorcore
Label Number: PLR-0033

© 1993 Giant Records
Necro is a white rappin' native of Brooklyn New York. Right about now, I can tell that you've read that sentence and you're questioning why a rap artist is being reviewed on The Metal Forge. Whilst this is a hip hop album with an extreme subject matter focused on death, it's the guest appearances on this album that makes it significant from the metal point of view. Back in the day, Necro was member of little known 80s death and thrash metal band Injustice which he describes as a cross between Death, Destruction, Voivod and Carcass. They opened for Sepultura, Obituary and Napalm Death.
Whilst his metal band of the 80s is a far cry from his underground career in hip hop, the list of guests on his latest album, The Pre-Fix For Death, includes both old and new friends such as VoiVod (drummer Away), Hatebreed (vocalist Jamey Jasta and guitarist Sean Martin), Obituary (vocalist John Tardy and guitarist Trevor Peres), Nuclear Assault (bassist Dan Lilker) and Slipknot (#0 aka DJ Sid Wilson).
It's a safe bet that if you're not a fan of hip hop then I'd be surprised if you're still reading this far in. Regardless of Necro's history, background and album guests, The Pre-Fix For Death is still a hip hop album. Necro's style is not something that I was familiar with even though I don't mind rap and hip hop acts such as N.W.A., Ice T, Public Enemy and The Wu-Tang Clan.
The Pre-Fix For Death features some solid raps (which include references to other metal acts and names such as Glen Benton and King Diamond) and beats that carry well even when mixed with some distorted guitars and guttural vocals such as the instantly identifiable John Tardy.
After the Charles Manson dialogued intro and some groovin' beats and rhymes on the Beautiful Music For You To Die To, The Dispensation Of Life And Death and Kill That Shit, Away's drumming opens the title track but without the liner notes, you wouldn't really know this. The first obvious guest appearance is next with Jamey Jasta providing backups over the chorus of Push It To The Limit and his style fits the song perfectly.
The hip hoppin' beats continue with Reflection Of Children Coming Up In The Grave before Insaneology brings together Sean Martin, John Tardy and Dan Lilker and the song truly sounds like a culmination of their talents. Tardy's voice is classic over the top of the riffage courtesy of Martin and Lilker. The guests on the next track Nirvana are some of Necro's buddies and label mates - Ill Bill, Goretex and Mr. Hyde.
Empowered instantly cranks up the heaviness with Trevor Peres' Obituary styled riff. Peres is backed by Away and Lilker with Necro and Tardy laying the rhymes and screams respectively. Slipknot's #0 subtlely sparsely interjects some samples and scratches over top. With the last few tracks being predominantly metal influenced, Necro returns to his hip hop ways with Human Consumption, Evil Shit, You Did It and Death Rap before Skarhead's Lord Ezec joins him for Watch Your Back. Food For Thought and Senseless Violence close out the hip hop numbers before the NYHC Mix of Push It To The Limit (featuring Jasta) rounds out the album. The hip hop numbers are solid with some clever and funny rhymes throughout and the metal numbers generally showcase the talents of the guests on them. The bottom line is that they work. The only part of this album that really made me reach for the skip button were some of the skits along the way. Otherwise, it's a good album that that truly showcases how rap and metal should mix after we've been subjected to an overdose of nu-metal and rap metal wannabes in recent years.
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Kid Capri - Soundtrack To The Streets (1998)


Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Hip-Hop
Style: Gangsta Rap, Pop Rap
Label Number: CK 68781
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© 1998 Trackmasters/Columbia Records
Soundtrack to the Streets Review by AllMusic
Kid Capri officially blew up the mix tape scene in New York back in the mid-to-late-'80s. Sure DJs had done it before, but Capri was the first to do it right, in a way that reached countless hip-hop listeners on the streets. With so many DJs subsequently expanding on the idea of releasing mix tapes as compilation albums, Kid Capri returns with his second album, SOUNDTRACK TO THE STREETS.

Handled almost as if Kid Capri were spinning at a party, SOUNDTRACK TO THE STREETS bumps from beginning to end. The album features talented artists from all over the country, most collaborating with other artists for the first time. Slick Rick and Snoop Dogg team up for "Unify," and The Lox and Foxy Brown join forces for "My Niggaz." Gems like Jay-Z's "Like That," Nas' title cut, and the album's freestyles make this mix-CD a classic.

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Abstract Tribe Unique - Mood Pieces (1998)

*First pressing. 
Contains 18 tracks total.
Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Hip-Hop
Label Number: Mass Men 001
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© 1998 Massmen Records
Mood Pieces Review by Robert Gabriel
Originally slated to be released on the Beastie Boys Grand Royal imprint in 1996, Mood Pieces was put on the back burner by Capitol and didn't see the light of day until Ocean Floor released it in 1998. Featuring the combination of Abstract Rude on vocals and Fat Jack on production, Abstract Tribe Unique presents ambient hip-hop at its finest. "Blast Off into Infinity" sets the example with Abstract Rude's concise, sing-song verses perfectly matching the "spiritual vibe" put forth by Fat Jack. The group's affinity for sparse audio landscapes is further illustrated on tracks including "Switch the Station," "Rapcha," and "Left Hand Side." Meanwhile, the futuristic sounds of "My Experience" indeed have the potential to travel "out of your body, into your mind, over your walls, beyond your time." Furthermore Abstract Rude also makes it a point to engage in supreme battle mode with a pair of scathing songs titled "Ooh I'm a Getcha" and "Torn." Dedicating their love for their art on "Something About This Music," Abstract Tribe Unique does as good a job as anyone in hip-hop when it comes to stretching into the stylistic realms of soul and reggae. While Mood Pieces may never receive the recognition that it deserves beyond underground circles, it stands as an important album that not only pre-dates the neo-soul movement but also represents the more sensitive side of Project Blowed.

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October 22, 2021

U.D.O. - Game Over (2021)

*European pressing. 
Contains 16 tracks total.
Country: Germany
Language: English
Genre: Heavy Metal
Label Number: AFM 753-9
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© 2021 AFM Records
Reviewed by "MetalMike" for Metal Crypt.com
Udo Dirkschneider has now been in his eponymous band U.D.O. nearly twice as long as he was in Accept, the band he helped make famous back in the '80s. In that time, U.D.O. has carved out a prominent spot on the metal landscape, proudly playing their straight-up brand of heavy metal with Dirkschnieder's distinctive gravelly yet melodic voice. It's a tried-and-true formula of crunchy guitars, bombastic drums and hooky choruses that U.D.O. executes flawlessly on Game Over, the band's seventeenth album. If you've heard one U.D.O. album, you've heard them all as they one of those groups, like Motörhead or AC/DC, that can release similar sounding albums every couple of years, yet we never really get tired of hearing them. Some are better than others and Game Over is somewhere in the middle with tons of anthems like "Holy Invaders", "Kids and Guns" and "Metal Damnation" that remind you why this band kicks ass when they come to your town. No molds are broken, but I did notice a couple of songs that hearken back to Dirkschneider's heyday with Accept. "Metal Never Dies" has the simmering verses and huge Accept-style chorus that made Restless and Wild and Balls to the Wall so entertaining while "Midnight Strangler" is in line with the more accessible but no less heavy style of Metal Heart. If you are a U.D.O. fan you can pick this one up without hesitation and if you just like traditional heavy metal done right, it will scratch that itch.

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Missing Persons - Color In Your Life (1986) ☠

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Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Pop Rock
Label Number: ST-12465
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© 1986 Capitol Records
Color in Your Life Review by Alex Ogg
Produced by Bernard Edwards (of Chic fame), Color in Your Life saw Missing Persons apply further cosmetic surgery to their already highly commercial sound. Funk was a touchstone currency of the new romantic movement, and Missing Persons accommodated it with more dexterity than some, but that's not saying much. Dale Bozzio's voice flounders in this unsympathetic environment, and the band play like they know the game is up -- and it was. Dale, who had long-since romantically disentangled herself from husband Terry Bozzio, moved on to release a solo record on Prince's Paisley Park label.

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Blood of Abraham - Future Profits (Promo CD) (1993)

*Promotional disc. 
Contains the album in its entirety 
but features censored lyrics.
Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Hip-Hop
Label Number: RPROCD 0272
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© 1993 Ruthless Records
Future Profits Review by Craig Robert Smith
On Future Profits, their debut and final release, Los Angeles-based rappers Benyad and Mazik deliver a confused but engaging effort that deals with an odd subject in the world of rap -- Jewish identity. Although Jews have made prominent contributions in hip-hop (see the Beastie Boys and MC Serch of 3rd Bass), it is rare to actually hear Jewish religious beliefs end up in lyrical form. Doing exactly that, Blood of Abraham create 14 songs which all include references to their religion. Beginning with the bouncy, reggae-flavored "This Great Land Devours," the duo take shots at so-called rednecks ("Southern Comfort"), bigots ("Stick to Your Own Kind") and past and future missionaries ("Stabbed by the Steeple"). The varied and unique music behind the raps from producer Brett "Epic" Mazur relies heavily on jazz samples, but hard rock and spoken-word snippets are also utilized. The album's fatal flaw is revealed when Blood of Abraham team up with labelmate and pioneering gangsta rapper Eazy-E for a song examining discrimination faced by African-Americans and Jews (they use much harsher terminology). While progressive throughout their only full-length release, Blood of Abraham are considered by most to be no more than a hip-hop identity crisis.

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54-40 - Show Me (1987)

Country: Canada
Language: English
Genre: Alternative Rock
Label Number: 9255722

© 1987 Warner Bros. Records
Show Me sometimes shows its influences a little too plainly. Not that this is bad, but playing the "Name the influence" game can take away some of the enjoyment. "One Day in Your Life," for example, is a good song, patterned after Midnight Oil. The same goes for "Walk in Line." That doesn't mean that they aren't enjoyable to listen to. It's like the band is trying to "show" you where they're coming from. It's not bad, but a little more of themselves would have been better. Call this one transitional, but entertaining, none the less.

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54-40 - Fight For Love (1989)

Country: Canada
Language: English
Genre: Indie Rock
Label Number: 9 25961-2

© 1989 Reprise Records
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