Posts Tagged ‘Suicide Solution’

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When I was a DJ at Bridgewater State University’s WBIM 91.5 FM, I had a lot of fun hosting Pedal To The Metal every Thursday or Friday night depending on how the cards landed. I played every imaginable 80’s metal track you can think of on my two year run there and I had a lot of fun doing it. 20 years ago, WBIM FM started hosting the Alumni Takeover where for one weekend, the DJ’s from the past years were able to come and relive old glory days even if it was just for one day. Three years ago, when I learned that I could be apart of it, I jumped at the chance to reconnect with some familiar faces and meet new faces that had sat in the very chair just as I had done when I attended school there. Sometimes, you don’t know how much you’ve missed it until you’re right behind the microphone like I was this past Friday night for the third ever return of Pedal To The Metal on Alumni Takeover Weekend. I want to take the time to thank John Coombs, he is the main who deals with all of our annoying requests and messages as he tries to strategically place everyone in a time slot. Oh by the way, he does an amazing job doing it as I couldn’t have been more pleased with my time slot. So, a big thank you to him is much deserved! I also want to take the time to thank the current DJ’s at WBIM for giving up their shows and allowing us to relive a little past glories. It is much appreciated!

 

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As far as the playlist was concerned for the show, I had three different playlists that I was going with for the show. The 1st one primarily featured almost the same exact lineup as the one that was actually played. The second playlist featured bands from every era of metal whether it be the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and beyond. The third and final playlist that I created was similar to the first one, but the song selection was different. I wanted to pick nine solid songs for the show with one present that I would present to people with a just in case I still had more time track. Last year, I presented everyone with a Black Sabbath medley that featured I believe three different Sabbath singers doing the same track. This year, I decided to do another medley, but this time it would be Ozzy solo and it would feature five different guitarists doing the same track. It was quite the difficult task, but I got the job done and you will see below what the result was. I made one minor adjustment to the playlist twenty minutes to my show because a good friend of my mine in Doc Rock found a vinyl that I just couldn’t resist playing and I opened the show with it. One minor note, I had originally scrapped a Motley Crue track, but I reintroduced it when the Kiss track I chose suddenly stopped due to technical difficulties. So without further ado, check out the playlist below and once again thanks to everyone that tuned in and a big thank you to the WBIM Alumni Association for having me yet again.

 

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Playlist for 10/20/2017 edition of Pedal To The Metal Radio

1. Addiction by The Almighty (Vinyl Of The Week)

2. Unholy by Kiss

3. Shout At The Devil by Motley Crue

4. The Number Of The Beast by Iron Maiden (Mandatory Maiden)

5. A Touch Of Evil by Judas Priest

6. The Lady Wore Black by Queensryche

7. Among The Living by Anthrax

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8. The Conjuring by Megadeth

9. Hello From The Gutter by Overkill

10. Suicide Solution (Guitarist Medley) by Ozzy Osbourne featuring Randy Rhoads, Brad Gillis, Jake E Lee, Zakk Wylde, and Joe Holmes

11. Rock And Roll by Motorhead

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image001 This is the first time in the history of the 100 plus albums that I have reviewed for the album of the week posts that I have covered a tribute record. The thing is that this isn’t just any tribute record because it’s a tribute to a man that changed the face of heavy metal in the early 80’s before his untimely death. Bob Kulick who produced this album titled Immortal Randy Rhoads: The Ultimate Tribute which just may be one of the most definitive tribute albums out there since it features the likes of Rudy Sarzo, Tom Morrello, Serk Tankian, Vinny Appice, Bruce Kulick, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Jon Donais, Frankie Banali, Chuck Billy, Alexi Laiho, Kelle Rhoads, Doug Aldrich, Bernie Torme, George Lynch, Gus G, and so many more. The album features these guys covering everything from the first two Ozzy Osbourne albums and even some early Quiet Riot material that Randy was apart of back in the day.

1. Crazy Train– The first track on the album is the most noun Ozzy and Randy Collaboration with Serj Tankian providing his unique vocal style to the track while Tom Morello is on guitars, Rudy Sarzo is on bass, and Vinny Appice is on drums. The rhythm section of the song is on point, but Tom Morello’s playing is a little off to me. I understand that he is bringing his own unique brand to the song, but it’s like he is trying to combine his signature sound with Randy’s signature sound and the guitar solo is awful. 3/5

2. Over The Mountain– The songs starts off heavy and in the right pace while Tim “Ripper” Owens gives the tyrack a power metal feel as far as vocals are concerned. The track features Jon Donais (Guitars), Rudy Sarzo (Bass), and Frankie Banali (Drums). 4/5

3. Mr. Crowley– If you’re going to cover an Ozzy track, then this is the way you do it. Alexi Laiho does an amazing jiob with the guitar parts while Chuck Billy takes the vocal parts and he makes it his own while also making it heavy as hell. Kelle Rhoads is on Keyboards while Rudy Sarzo plays bass and Brett Chassen is on drums. 5/5

4. Believer– This is actually kind of a cool cover of this track as Ripper takes the vocal reigns again while Doug Aldrich does an amazing job on guitar and Sarzo’s bass is on point. The track also features Vinny Appice on drums. 4/5

5. Back To The Coast– If you don’t know where this track is from, it’s from the 1977 album Quiet Riot that was co-written by Randy and his brother Kelle. Kelle takes the vocal reigns on this cover while Bruce Kulick plays guitar and he is rounded out by Rudy Sarzo and Frankie Banali. the song is really rocking and Kelle has that 70’s New York Dolls feel to his voice. 4/5

6. I Don’t Know– Ripper, Sarzo, and Chassen are back for this track while the guitar parts are played by George Lynch who lost out to Jake E Lee back in the day when it came to who was going to take Randy’s spot. The only part I was waiting to hear in this track was how George handled the solo and I didn’t enjoy it. 3/5

randy-rhoades-press-billboard-6507. S.A.T.O– Ripper, Sarzo, and Appice are joined on this song by Dweezil Zappa who handles lead guitar and Bob Kulick who plays rhythm guitar on the track. This a track that I actually enjoyed hearing Ripper sing. 4/5

8. Killer Girls– This classic from Quiet Riot II once again features Ripper, Sarzo, and Chassen, but they are joined by Joel Hoekstra on guitars. The song is a rocking song and I kind of like Ripper’s vocals on the track because it mirrors Kevin DuBrow’s style well and Joel Hoekstra rips on this track. 4/5

9. Goodbye To Romance– This time around the trio of Ripper, Sarzo, and Chassen are joined by current Ozzy guitarist and Firewind guitarist Gus G on guitars. Out of everything, I didn’t enjoy Ripper’s vocals on this track just cause it’s too toned down on the tempo for him in my opinion. 3/5

10. Suicide Solution– This time around that same trio as in the last two songs are joined by Night Ranger guitarist Brad Gillis who was the direct temporary replacement for Randy back in the day to finish the tour. Now this is a kick ass version of the song and I was pleased with Ripper’s vocals on this track. 4/5

11. Flying High Again– This is the ultimate Randy Rhoads track with the same trio as before, but they are joined by Bernie Torme on lead guitar and Bob Kulick on rhythm. My only problem with the track is the guitar solo. 3/5

My Final Thoughts– While I enjoyed the tribute record, I did have some problems with the record  as well. One of my problems with the album is the fact that Tim “Ripper” Owens sings on almost every song on this album. I would have loved to have seen them get some others to sing on the record as well, but the vocals are only a minor part. I say that because after all we are here to celebrate the legacy of Randy Rhoads. The only guitarists I didn’t enjoy listening to were Tom Morello and George Lynch. Lynch didn’t do too bad, but Morello to me should have never been on this record. I am going to give this record 3.5 stars out of five for a final grade.