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frontiersWe here at Moshpits and Movies have covered a wide arrange of rock and metal music and all of it’s subgenres to the point that we feel we are pretty diverse. We want to keep the diversity going by checking out one of the best classic rock bands to come from the 70’s and through the 80’s in San Fransisco rock band Journey. The album that we are reviewing from the band is one of my personal favorites in their eight studio album 1983’s Frontiers. The album featured Steve Perry (Lead Vocals), Neal Schon (Lead Guitar), Jonathan Cain (Keyboards and Rhythm Guitar), Ross Valory (Bass), and Steve Smith (Drums) and it was produced by Mike Stone and Kevin Elson. The album was Ross Valory’s last album with the band at the time until he returned for 1996’s Trial By Fire. Going into recording this album, Journey had quite the daunting task of outdoing their last record Escape which went to number one on the Billboard Top 200 charts. Unfortunately as great as the album was, it peaked at number two on the charts, but it was the highest charted album from the band in the UK at number 6. Since the release of the album, it has been certified platinum six times selling over six million albums.

journey-frontiers-j2919c1.Separate Ways (World’s Apart)– The track features that classic keyboard riff matched with the charging guitar riff that drives the song forward. The song talks about a guy who even though he is heartbroken, he will always be there for the girl he lost. 5/5

2. Send Her My Love– A haunting ballad from the band that talks about the power of love and the effect it can have on a person who is always on the road. 5/5

3. Chain Reaction– A driving rock song that features that chugging playing from Schon in a track that is all about being careful about falling in love because the chain reaction can be hell. 4/5

4. After The Fall– A keyboard/guitar driven song that features bass playing from Randy Jackson (yeah the American Idol judge) in a track that is about when you want to tell someone you love them, but it’s too late. 4/5

5. Faithfully– One of the more famous ballads from the band that feels like it should be played in a stadium. It just has that big time ballad feel to it with the cool piano playing from Cain. The track is about no matter how hard life can be, love will always carry you through. End of side one! 5/5

COL_00019_011476. Edge Of The Blade– A cool guitar riff from Schon kicks off the track that could be about how cutthroat the industry can be. 4/5

7. Troubled Child– A very bluesy riff from Schon and some keys from Cain kick off what is a little bit of a darker track for the band that features the melodies we love from them. 4/5

8. Back Talk– a big drum beat from Smith kicks things off as both Cain and Schon come in with some monster power chords giving it a big rock track feel. The song’s lyrics are pretty self explanatory. 4/5

9. Frontiers– The title track on the album is an OK one that mixes in some carribean beats to it if you listen close in the intro (sounds like the steel drum). 4/5

10. Rubicon– A big rock riff kicks off the final track on the album in a track that is all about realizing your fate and crossing the point of no return. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– These guys are pretty legendary and that is why they are in the rock and roll hall of fame and deservedly so. They have provided the world with so many great tracks and this album has some of those. My only wish is that they’ll tour with Steve Perry again. I am going to give the album 4.3 stars out of five for a final grade.

 

 

Queen-A-Day-At-The-RacesEarlier in the year, we covered an album from one of the all time greatest rock bands of the 70’s in Queen and their classic A Night At The Opera. For this week’s album of the week, we are checking out the successor to A Night At The Opera in A Day At The Races which was released on December 10, 1976 via Elektra Records. A Day At The Races featured the same crew in Freddie Mercury (Vocals/Piano), Brian May (Electric, Slide, and Acoustic Guitars), Roger Taylor (Drums), and John Deacon (Bass). It was the first album the band ever self produced on their own and it was the first to not feature Roy Thomas Baker as a producer. It was also the fifth Queen album to ship Gold to the United States which was followed by Platinum status rather quickly. The album peaked at number one in the UK, Japan, and the Netherlands while it peaked at number five on the US Billboard Top 200 Charts. It also peaked at four in Canada and three in Norway. In a 2006 BBC poll, the album was voted the 67TH greatest album ever which is huge considering how many albums have been released.

A_Day_At_The_Races_in1. Tie Your Mother Down– a fercious and rocking album opener that Freddie Mercury once commented saying, “Well this one in fact is a track written by Brian actually, I dunno why. Maybe he was in one of his vicious moods. I think he’s trying to out do me after Death On Two Legs actually.” 5/5

2. You Take My Breath Away– Not to be mixed up with the Top Gun Berlin track, but his one features some amazing harmonies right from the get go. It features some brilliant Piano work from Mercury who once played the track live at Hyde Park by himself on Piano before it was ever recorded. 5/5

3. Long Away– A track that Brian May wrote with his 12 string electric guitar and he sang in the track as well. This was a track that was released as a single, but it never charted. 4.5/5

4. The Millionaire Waltz– To best describe the style of this track, think of Bohemian Rhapsody as far as the style and structure. It was a track Mercury wrote about John Reid who was their and Elton John’s manager. 4/5

5. You and I– A track in D Major, it was the track that John Deacon wrote on the record. Never released as a single and never played live. 4/5

queen_-_a_day_at_the_races_-_cd_(1-2)6. Somebody to Love– A truly amazing track on the album that was the big hit of the album. This was the first time that May, Mercury, and Taylor mltitracked their vocals to create the choir effect on the track. According to Taylor, the track was inspired by Aretha Franklin and her style because Freddie was into it. 5/5

7. White Man-Think of this track from the point of Native Americans as the song explores the suffering they faced at the hands of of European whites. 4/5

8. Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy– Another track written by Mercury featuring himself on Piano. The track starts with just himself and the piano before the drums and bass kick in. After the second verse and chorus, they all drop out leaving Mercury by himself again before returning again with a killer solo from May. 4/5

9. Drowse– A track that was written, sung, and peformed by Roger Taylor on the album. Brian May is on the track playing Slide Guitar. 4.5/5

10. Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)– This was a song that was a tribute to the band’s Japanese fans courtesy of May. The song features two verses sung in Japanese which makes it one of three tracks in the band’s history that features lyrics in other languages. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is essential Queen as they knock another one out of the park. By this time the band has already cemented their legacies in rock history. Freddie and co. prove why they were rock geniuses with the magic they possessed. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

IMG_3629Ever since I was a kid I have always wanted to be a ninja, but unfortunately that never happened. So, I know I can always turn to Netflix to live out that dream. That is why I chose to watch American Ninja 2: The Confrontation which once again stars Michael Dudikoff as Joe Armstrong and Steve James (Delta Force) as Curtis Jackson for Ass Whoopin Wednesdays.  In this film, the guys are called to a Caribbean island when Marines are mysteriously starting to disappear without a trace. What the two find on the island is very strange as Ninjas begin to show up thanks to a man known as The Lion (Gary Conway). So, Joe with the help of a scientists daughter (Michelle Botes), will use his special set of skills to get to the very bottom of the problem which he discovers is that The Lion is producing mutant ninjas. The film also stars Larry Poindexter (S.W.A.T) as Charlie, Jeff Celentano (The Player) as Wild Bill, Mike Stone (Enter The Ninja) as Tojo Ken, Jonathan Pienaar (Blood Diamond) as Taylor, Bill Curry (Guiding Light) as Inspector Singh, Dennis Folbigge (Zulu) as Sir Cloudsly Smith, Elmo Fillis (Young Survivors) as Toto, Ralph Draper (Howling IV: The Original Nightmare) as Professor Sanborne, Gary Ford (Thieves Of Fortune) as Ambassador Scruggs, and the film was directed by Sam Firstenberg (Revenge Of The Ninja). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats.

Michael Dudikoff Stats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

american ninja 2.5Michael Dudikoff is a true bad ass as he returned for this film and some of the sequels afterwards. He goes on an absolute rampage sometimes beating up the same guys on different occasions in this film. There’s this weird looking blonde haired guy in this bar that just gets his ass handed to him every single time. So as far as the stats are concerned, Dudikoff has about 52 kills while his sidekick Curtis Jackson 19. As far as his origin story is concerned, you see him in one flashback scene from childhood to adulthood as his master teaches him important lessons in Ninjitsu. When it ame to the Love Interest category, I wrote sort of only because he wins the girl at the end of the film and as far as anyone getting hurt, Marines are getting kidnapped and killed which is why he is a man on a mission. Now the big boss is defeated, but he defeats the boss ninja as you’l see in a showdown in the arena. There isn’t much to say bad about this film because after all it is a ninja martial arts film, but some of the acting is a little cheesy from certain people in this film. The martial arts/fight choreography is pretty legit and some of the cinematography is good as well. There are a lot of great scenic scenes in this film tat everyone will enjoy. The film is available on Netflix as we speak and if you are a fan of films like this, then check it out. I am going to give the film 3.9 fists out of five for a final grade.