REVIEW: Jim Crean – Greatest Hits (2018)

In a surprising turn of events, Jim Crean has been named the new singer for Vinnie Vincent! So it is a perfect time to review Jim Crean’s Greatest Hits.

JIM CREAN – Greatest Hits (2018 Visionary Noise)

Buffalo’s Jim Crean has four solo albums under his belt.   That’s a good minimum before you release a greatest hits.  There is enough material here for a solid listen, including two new songs from Crean’s forthcoming fifth album.

Several of the best tracks are hard rockers from Crean’s Insatiable. “Touch” remains a standout, a great song any rock songwriter would be envious of.  Not to mention Crean’s power-pipes lay waste to the chorus.  Check out the metal riffing on “Follow Your Heart”, too.  These taffy-sweet tracks claw into your cranium via your ear canal.  All you can do is surrender to it.

Crean’s also capable of standout ballads.  “Make It” and “Can’t Find My Way” (a duet with Mike Tramp) are fantastic.  Then he goes vintage Aerosmith on “She Goes Down”, a song that could have fit nicely on an album like Toys in the Attic.

There are a handful of covers on the 16 track album, and interesting choices too.  “Caught in the Middle” is, of course, Dio, performed with Jimmy Bain and Vinny Appice.  “Over the Edge” is early 90s L.A. Guns, an excellent groove.  Crean also covered fellow Buffalo band the Goo Goo Dolls with the acoustic “Cuz You’re Gone”, one of the Goo’s finest ballads.

What about the new songs?  “Scream Taker” sounds like a Ronnie Dio tribute, with the lyrics cut and pasted from Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio songs.  “Scream Taker” indicates that Crean has gone heavier on his fifth record.  The other new song, “Conflicted” has a strong traditional metal riffy vibe.  (Is that Billy Sheehan on bass?)  Both these new songs hint at a great album to come.  Guitarist Steph Honde, who plays on both new songs says that while the new Crean album will be a bit heavier, there will also be some great ballads.

Don’t have any Jim Crean yet?  Pick up his Greatest Hits to catch up.

4.5/5 stars

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6 comments

  1. I had no idea that Mike Trampoline sang with Jim “Peachy” Crean.

    Hungry

    Baby, baby, make me fries
    Let me know that they’re deep fried
    ‘Cause I don’t wanna eat alone tonight

    Pick me some doughnut holes
    Let blue cheese be all my own
    Just bake me pastries, through the night

    Baby break out the bananas
    Your shish kebab’s are great!
    Boil up, one thousand eggs!

    ‘Cause I’m Hungry! Yes I’m Hungry! Hungry! Hungry for your snacks!

    Keep your oven runnin’ high
    When you put my ham inside
    Just hold the mayo on my loaded sub

    Show me that your dressing’s light
    And bake me apple pie tonight
    Broil the burgers, and let the bacon fry

    ‘Cause the turkey needs some glazin’
    This salsa’s much too mild
    Some jalapeno would really make me smile

    ‘Cause I’m Hungry! Yes I’m Hungry! Hungry! Hungry for your snacks!

    ‘Cause your stew is wild
    The rolls are in a pile
    Needin’ barbecue!

    On the grill is swine!
    Pulled pork sliced fine
    The calorie’s aren’t light!

    [Solo]

    Keep your oven runnin’ high
    When you put my ham inside
    Just hold the mayo on my loaded sub

    Baby bake up some potatoes
    Hand feed me all the grapes
    You boil up, one hearty sauté

    ‘Cause I’m Hungry! Hungry! Yes I’m Hungry! Hungry for your snacks!
    And I really want a tofu!
    Hungry! Yes I’m Hungry! Hungry! Hungry for your snacks!

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    1. Cheddar Bites (Lonely Nights)

      A hungry girl’s standing in the line
      At a supermarket queue at 3
      And she’s craving, some food for a frown

      ‘Cause she lost her recipe to the chili that makes her fart
      Now it’s far away, so her bowels don’t whirl

      Now she’s searchin’ for some food
      Overeating, makes her wide

      With her cheddar bites, cheddar bites
      And tater tots to spare
      With her cheddar bites, cheddar bites
      And steak cooked medium rare

      Baby you fry some fries, but the grease just makes it worse
      ‘Cause cholesterol can ruin your day

      So baby hold on to your heart, when you get high blood pressure
      ‘Cause at a buffet you can take, what you wa-ant!

      Now she’s searchin’ for some food
      Overeating, makes you wide

      With her cheddar bites, cheddar bites
      And tater tots to spare
      With her cheddar bites, cheddar bites
      And steak cooked medium rare

      Somewhere in the night, there’s a little cry
      A girl that says, serve me fries, a shake, and I’ll be there
      But if there’s someone here who has glazed ham
      Someone that has cooked it by hand, served fresh tonight

      She cries for those cheddar bites, cheddar bites
      And tater tots to spare
      With her cheddar bites, cheddar bites
      And steak cooked medium rare

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      1. Make Me Lunch (Don’t Give Up)

        Are you tired, of working hard to dine?
        So distasteful, and your palette cries
        For some flavor, Italian would be good
        You should make me, lots of tasty food

        My stomach’s driving me crazy
        Hunger’s on my mind, woah yeah

        Make me lunch, make me lunch
        Burnt ends and crust
        Make me lunch, make me lunch
        In advance, thanks a bunch

        Fresh tomatoes, you can never have enough
        Oh so delicious, my tummy’s filling up
        And the chopped lamb, is delectable and warm
        Oh, this really has become flavor town galore

        This porridge has no lumps
        And the pasta’s divine, woah yeah

        Make me lunch, make me lunch
        Burnt ends and crust
        Make me lunch, make me lunch
        In advance, thanks a bunch

        Make me lunch, woah yeah, make me lunch, woa-oah yeah!
        Would you please make me lunch?
        Make me lunch! You can do it! Make me lunch! You can fix me somethin’ nice!
        Make me lunch! You can bake it! Make me lunch! Or you can deep fry
        Make me lunch! Make me lunch. Make me lunch! Please make me lunch!
        ———————————————————————————————
        Eating a Muffin

        Oh boil some tea, and heat the oven right
        A chocolate muffin, is the way I dine
        If you want a good deal, I can get you one
        ‘Cause everyone knows, that they’re really cheap, oh yeah

        If you eat more than two, they’ll make you real fat too
        Your button’s gonna pop, you never wanna stop

        Eating a muffin, eating a muffin

        Late night snack, baking’s not hard

        I don’t care what my doctor says
        ‘Cause all that matters, is how good they taste, oh yeah

        For 2 dollars down you get a hell of a bite
        Your button’s gonna pop, you never wanna stop

        Eating a muffin, eating a muffin

        I wonder why, they’re never fried
        I wonder why, they’re never fried

        Eating a muffin, eating a muffin

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