After seemingly dropping off the face of the earth around 1991, Jake E. Lee is back for the attack with his new band Red Dragon Cartel. One of hard rock’s most talented guitar slingers brings it with his new S/T album, featuring a few guest musicians and plenty of his trademark guitar slaying. Upon first listen, the album struck me as a late 80s/early 90s hard rock sound with a modern flair, which is a breath of fresh air in a world where every hard rock and metal band is seemingly hell bent on being the most heavy band possible. This album actually has dynamics! The guitars actually have tone! I hope they put this out on vinyl at some point in the future, because it would sound phenomenal. Aside from having a solid band, Jake’s brought in some real talent to throwdown on this album: Rex Brown from Pantera, Robin Zander from Cheap Trick, Maria Bring from In This Moment, and a living legend, the true Iron Maiden singer Paul fucking Di’Anno! The music is definitely solid, but being a guitar player myself, I’m shamelessly biased toward the guitar playing. I mean, come on, it’s Jake E. Lee. FUGETABOUTIT! So, if you’re in the market for some killer, ballsy hard rock, go grab yourself a copy of this and prepare to have your ass kicked once again by a true guitar god.
Let me start off by saying that I have no problem with the Beatles; I like the Beatles. I have many Beatles records. That being said, what I saw when I opened a box of CDs at work horrified me: another round of reissues!!
Now, I get that it’s the 50th anniversary and all, but do we really need another reissue? They did a reissue five years ago. This time around, instead of separate stereo and mono mixes (which, if you ask me, only needs to be done in the superior mono format), they’ve put both on each cd. What gets me is the fact that the fans who shelled out the money five years ago will buy this too. How ridiculous is that?
I’m not judging anyone, but when is it enough? Even if KISS did the exact same thing, there’s no way in hell I would pay for multiple sets of the same thing. There’s a fine line between being a huge fan and being borderline ridiculous. I’ll admit, KISS fans can be bad, but I would have to say that Beatles fans are on a whole ‘nother level. They know fans will pay big money for anything even remotely related to the Beatles. They could put out a CD of John Lennon flushing the toilet and Beatles fan would be lined up around the block to get it. If nothing else, at least KISS fans have enough sense to know when the band is putting out something that’s clearly a money grab.
One box set of both mixes is all anybody needs. What’s next, another set for the 55th anniversary? The 60th? The 100th? I’m willing to bet that when the world is about to explode into a fiery supernova, they’ll put out one last “End of the World Beatles Box Set”…and their fans will buy it.
During the music video heyday of MTV, there have been some truly awesome rock videos. Featuring wailing guitars, ridiculous content, and some truly great cinematography; these are the cream of the crop. This is J-Bird’s Top Five Favorite Rock Music Video list:
5.) GUNS N’ ROSES – NOVEMBER RAIN
Definitely a contender for Most Epic Video Ever. In true Axl Rose fashion, everything about this is completely over-the-top. It’s got and extravagant desert wedding, Axl channeling his inner Elton John, and Slash playing guitar on top of a grand piano. Iconic, to say the least.
4.) PANTERA – 5 MINUTES ALONE
Less about content, more about cinematography. I’ll never get tired of close up, slow motion shots of floppy guitar strings.
3.) VAN HALEN – HOT FOR TEACHER
Everything about the video screams “AWESOME”. Teachers stripping during school! Eddie Van Halen playing one of his best guitar solos and some of the best band choreography I’ve ever seen for white alcoholic rock stars do.
2.) DOKEEN – DREAM WARRIORS
George Lynch crawling under the floor, through the walls, and then busting through the wall like the Kool-Aid man to rip a guitar solo? OH YEAH!
1.) GREEN JELLO – THREE LITTLE PIGS
Speaks for itself.
There you have it if nothing else, this proves that MTV was actually cool at one time.