Saturday, October 20, 2007


Another week, another post, more hidden treasure from those bygone days when fresh faced guitar slingers could actually envision making piles of cash and screwing the hottest of laydeez by dint of their fret mangling skills. Folks, it's not nostalgia if you never heard it back in the day.
Up first a great disc of live recordings by the Motor City Madman himself, Mr Ted Nugent. This ain't your typical live album however, the songs within are plucked from those rare occasions over the last thirty years or so, when Ted has trod the boards in a "special guest" capacity with various bands, as the cover puts it, "spilling blood on other peoples stages". So we get to hear him shred with the likes of AEROSMITH, MOLLY HATCHET, THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND and THE BUGS HENDERSON GROUP among others, whilst covering the likes of CHUCK BERRY, MOUNTAIN & AC/DC. Hell, there are even a couple of original Nugent nuggets on there too. Great stuff, duets & duels, all jewels!

TED NUGENT - Other Stages (76-06) USA

More great Rawkin Rooooll for you all now, this here's the debut album by the mighty Rogue Male, "First Visit" from back in 1985. Terrific stuff from a talented four piece band which included former DIRTY TRICKS, LE GRIFFE and DEEP MACHINE members, there's a strong MOTORHEAD influence, but there's much more melody and the choruses are pretty huge, this is a quality listen and comes much recommended. I remember seeing them live on Channel 4's short lived Metal TV show ECT, and being blown away by a set which included this albums "Dressed Incognito" and "Crazy Motorcycle". Climb aboard!

ROGUE MALE - First Visit (1985) UK

By request now, following my post of their earlier EP, here's the sole full length album by Las Vegas Nevada trio X-Cursion. This here was SLAUGHTER/VINNIE VINCENT INVASION frontman Mark Slaughter's first band, and as well as singing he plays a pretty mean axe here too.
Some of you may also remember bassist Al "Rex" Rumley who would later tread the boards with APOCRYPHA. This is great raw Hard Rock with a production job which evokes the CRUE's "Too Fast For Love", it's catchy as hell as well as being rawer than roadkill. Let it roll!

X-CURSION - Ready To Roll (1984) USA

A few rare treats now for the NWOBHM lovers amongst you, and i know there are several of you. This is a nice slab of rare black vinyl called "Mean Gasoline" by the short-lived Lautrec. Between them the members have incredible pedigree in the world of NWOBHM, Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. Try to keep up now, members went on to play in STAMPEDE, LIONHEART, WILD HORSES, MAGNUM, GRAND SLAM, WEAPON and UFO!!! Hell, that should have you curious enough, but if not allow me to inform you that this is a cracking little slice of AC/DC style Hard Rockin' and it also comes with an alternate version of "Someone To Kill" included. Would you believe that Steve Holbrook the keyboard player is now a well known clairvoyant?!!

LAUTREC - Mean Gasoline EP (1980) UK

Another request filled now, this here's the sole release by Leicester NWOBHM quintet Valhalla. Not to be confused with the Neat Records band of the same name, this mob were a short lived act who released this 7", "Lightning In The Sky" on the Asgard label in 1981. Unfortunate, as their two tracks here put me in mind of the awesome MYTHRA. A real damn pity they recorded no more material, they coulda been contenders!

VALHALLA - Lightning In The Sky 7" (1981) UK

Another one-off 7" next and from that same year of 1981, this is the "Suspended Animation" 7" by Baseline which came out on the Extra Bit label. A trio with tight concise songs, they mix their Hard Rockin' with something that smells vaguely like New Wave and wind up sounding like THE JAM playing Hard Rock or something. Hey! Come back!! It's not as unpleasant as it sounds, after a couple of spins it starts to make sense and the choruses really stick to the ole' grey matter.

BASELINE - Suspended Animation 7" (1981) UK

Finally tonight, another piece of Viking gold courtesy of Dom, our man in the (frozen) North. This is the hella rare and oddly titled "(Grief) Beauty Queen" 7" by Sweden's Maniac. The A-Side is clearly the jewel in Maniac's crown, they obviously spent a lot of time on the arrangement and structure on this one and it shows, after a melodic piano intro were in melodic Euro Metal territory, the track reminding me of some of ACCEPT's more tuneful moments, although the singer doesn't have the distinctive pipes of UDO. He's a more melodious belter, and all in all this is very nicely done period piece stuff. Cheers Dom! Skol!!

MANIAC - (Grief) Beauty Queen 7" (1985) Sweden

Will that slake your thirst for the hard stuff for now?
If not, take a gander at the latest post over at ALOCACOC blog, Tor's posted the SPLIT KNEE LOONS EP as well as TOAD THE WET SPROCKET! Tell 'em NILOOB sent ya!
"See" you all again soon folks, keep the requests and comments coming, they keep this blog going!


Anonymous Peter said...

If anyone likes the Rogue Male album. It has just been re-released and 24-bit remastered by Metal Mind Productions. Also, the Lautrec EP can be found as bonustracks on the re-release of Stampede's Hurricane Town.

Sunday, October 21, 2007 5:58:00 AM  
Blogger Time Traveller said...

Love the Rouge Male album. Dressed Incognito always kinda reminded me of late 80s ZZ Top. Don't know why, maybe that groove the band gets in and Jim's gruff "Gibbonsesque" vox.

Anyways, thanks so much Kit for keeping things rolling while my life ran amok!!

I am unpacking a little each day and as soon as I get to the music I will start
adding some goodies.


Sunday, October 21, 2007 9:09:00 AM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

TT, it's been a pleasure & a privilege to keep your chair warm for you while you've been busy with real life.
I look forward to seeing what you come up with when you're ready to climb back aboard the good ship NILOOB.
Glad you're still enjoying the random assortment of oddities posted here, i think we've got quite a cool little community going on, with visitors helping out with posts & requests from time to time.
I'm proud to be a part of it.
As for Rogue Male i didn't know these were back in print, but i've got the vinyl rips of the "Belfast" EP and the "Animal Man" album still to come, watch for them over the next couple of weeks. If you like what you hear go buy the remastered cds folks!

Sunday, October 21, 2007 7:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Dutchboy said...

More live Nugent overhere:

greetings from Holland !

Monday, October 22, 2007 9:03:00 AM  
Anonymous nightsblood said...

thank you very much for posting the valhalla 7"! I can't wait to play it and the other 7" goodies you posted.
After watching some metal vinyl items sell on ebay for insane prices lately, i want to say that I really appreciate you giving folks a chance to hear some of these rare items. I've collected NWOBHM for years, but the rare records have gotten too expensive for me to buy anymore, so it's great that I can at least hear some of them :-)

Monday, October 22, 2007 10:36:00 AM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

dutchboy, thanks for the Nugent tip-off and to Nightsblood, thanks for the kind comments and keep your eyes peeled for the next post which will include the Tok-io Rose 7" you requested, glad you're enjoying what we do here buddy!

Monday, October 22, 2007 1:51:00 PM  
Anonymous metalrorschach said...

Thanks for Baseline, I wanted to hear it for quite a long time! I'll try to post some more stuff very soon, I'm really busy right now but I guess we can always find some time. Thanks a lot, cheers!

Monday, October 22, 2007 7:20:00 PM  
Anonymous SERGEY said...

Hi, bigfootkit! Do you need Automatic Man 1976? I have found this one.

Friday, October 26, 2007 2:59:00 AM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

Hi Sergey, thank you for remembering that i was after that one, i got it since we last spoke, and the follow up, "Visitors".
I appreciate the thought though my friend.

Friday, October 26, 2007 5:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanxx 4 another X-Cursion release! Really cool stuff! Young Mark Slaughter is awesome!
Talkin' about 1980's, do you have any demos or unreleased live recordings from the doom metal pioneers, Saint Vitus?

Saturday, October 27, 2007 9:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Greek Metalhead said...

Suspended Animation is amazing

Sunday, July 24, 2011 8:43:00 AM  

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