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Michael Williams hosted the Pepsi Power Hour this time and got to interview Lenny Wolf and James Kottak of Kingdom Come. He asks them about working with Bob Rock, their upcoming tour, the Zeppelin comparisons and all the stuff you want to know about. Lenny also brings up Stone Fury. Includes “The Making of the Making of” the video for “Do You Like It”.
Check out Lenny and James with Michael Williams on MuchMusic.
GETTING MORE TALE #726: Misplaced
I lost my favourite flash drive. It’s around here somewhere. Maybe I left it in a shirt pocket that ended up in the laundry. Flash drives can survive a go in the wash, that’s no big deal. It has 32 gig of various music on it, and it’s my handy dandy go-anywhere music solution. Most recently it had the complete studio albums of Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Deep Purple, and many more. Losing it (temporarily we hope) meant putting some tunes on another flash drive instead.
This time, I loaded it up with some AC/DC, Faith No More, Led Zeppelin, Rush, Joe Satriani, Whitesnake, and more. Jen had a day of errands to run, so I decided to use a vacation day and help her out.
Our first mission, for most people, was no big deal. In the lives of Mike and Jen, it requires planning and preparation: getting your photo ID at Service Ontario. You know those lovely pictures that look like mug shots because you’re not allowed to smile or show any facial expression at all? Those are an obstacle and a half for Jen. Why? Because she’s epileptic and can’t have her photo taken with a flash. Just another day in the Mike and Jen Show.
Since this wasn’t her first rodeo, Jen knew what to do. She learned the hard way last time. I know what you’re thinking. “Why don’t they just take a photo without a flash?” They can’t. Those cameras are hooked up in such a way that they cannot turn the flash off. Last time Jen had to do this, the staff at Service Ontario were absolutely stunned. This time, we called in advance and booked an appointment. Jen told them of her condition and made sure that they were prepared for her. Then she went to Walmart and had some photos taken without a flash. We picked the most bland-faced one of the bunch, and she had it printed up in various sizes and finishes so we’d have lots of options.
“Print it?” you’re asking. “Why not just give them a card with the pictures on it?” Yeah, they can’t do that either. So what we do, and it’s quite ingenious, is take the Walmart photo and tape it where you’d normally stand to have your picture taken. Then, they take a picture of that, while Jen looks away. It took a few tries but we got her photo ID today with no hassles. That was a first for Jen! Mission accomplished.
Then we hit the road for Mission #2. I loaded Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap up on the flash drive. The mission this time was really simple. We were going to visit Jen’s best friend Lara in Brampton for lunch. It was a lovely day for a drive and AC/DC kept my pedal to the metal. We both had a chuckle at the lyrics to Big Balls, with me remembering what it was like to be 10 years old and laughing every time Bon Scott said “balls”.
When Dirty Deeds ended, I threw on Rush’s Moving Pictures. On a recent episode of Eddie Trunk’s radio show, Geddy Lee left no doubt that Rush is over. Neil Peart has not only retired from Rush, he said, but from drumming altogether. The physical toll that those 40 years took on Peart’s body means he needed a permanent vacation. Rush will never play again. That was running through my mind when I selected Moving Pictures, but soon I was immersed, rushed down “the river” like a modern day Tom Sawyer.
We picked a cheap steak place for lunch called Chuck’s roadhouse. Surf & turf for $20? Sure, I’ll try anything once. Better than a fast food burger. My steak was overdone but I haven’t had a lobster tail in years! The sweet taste of lobster and salty butter was almost too much to bear. I could have cried with joy. Lobster is the ocean’s steak. That was the easiest $20 to spend, ever. I’d go back; maybe next time the steak won’t be over cooked!
We had a great lunch. Jen broke a plate, but like a true friend, Lara took the blame. We dropped her back off at work and headed home to Led Zeppelin’s In Through the Out Door. It’s a quirky one and that’s why I love it.
As we rocked to “Fool in the Rain”, Jen remarked on how much her musical taste had improved over the last 10 years. “I’ll always love Nirvana and Stone Temple Pilots, but now I like Led Zeppelin too.” Hey, I’m glad to have been a positive influence!
I think every music fan likes to share their favourites and hope it connects with somebody else. The car is my favourite place to do that. Thanks, Zep!
The mailman has been busy this last week or so. Just look at the goodies!
LED ZEPPELIN – “Rock and Roll” / “Friends” Record Store Day single
DEF LEPPARD – Live at Abbey Road Studios 12″ Record Store Day EP
RAINBOW – Memories in Rock II Japanese CD – 2 bonus tracks
STRYPER – God Damn Evil Japanese CD – bonus track
STEPH HONDE – Covering the Monsters
DALE SHERMAN – Mel Brooks FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Outrageous Genius of Comedy books – one for me, one for my dad’s 80th birthday! SHHH don’t tell. He doesn’t read this!
The hype for Record Store Day exclusives is as strong as ever, but most of these releases are just empty cash grabs. Coloured vinyl reissues of this, that or the other thing…nothing will compete with a mint original. Sometimes you’ll see vinyl releases for albums that used to be exclusive to CD, but rarely will you be able to buy exclusive music.
Led Zeppelin saw to it that your Record Store Day dollars did not go to waste.
And as if you thought Led Zeppelin had “cleared the vaults” of unreleased material! Here’s two more unheard mixes. These cannot be found on the Zeppelin deluxe editions. If you’ve collected all those already, then prepare to add two more tracks to your collection. This is a pretty clear indication that Jimmy Page is not finished dusting off old tapes to sell.
There are no liner notes to explain when these mixes were done or by whom, but “Rock and Roll” was mixed at Sunset Sound. Alternate mixes are fun for a fresh sound on an old favourite. You can hear different nuances. “Rock and Roll” has a nice clear heavy sound and maybe a little more echo. “Friends” (from Olympic Studios) has a harsher sound, with the percussion part prominent in the mix. The old intro is trimmed off in favour of a clean start with the acoustic guitar.
The yellow vinyl is a gorgeous bonus. Add it to your Zep treasure chest.
Thanks to Mr. James for picking this up for me. You are a true gentleman, with a creepy Facebook avatar.
GETTING MORE TALE #670: Censor This Too! – The Star Chamber
This is the sequel to Getting More Tale #669: Censor This! In a footnote to that story, we discussed the evil, corrupt English department at Grand River Collegiate Institute in the school year 1990-1991. With music as part and parcel of everything I do, here is the students’ revenge.
This story was written by myself and Andrew “Abbis” anonymously. (You may remember “Abbis” was the subject of a Zeppelin-esque song I co-wrote called “Abbis’ Stomp”.)
Context: A brilliant young student named Danny was accused of plagiarism for his independent study on part of Milton’s Paradise Lost. The entire English department were united in their belief that he had cheated, not realizing this young dark-skinned kid with a strange sounding last name was actually just really gifted. In a parallel to Paradise Lost, Danny soon found himself in a hell of his own. The school treated him shamefully, but could not prove he cheated. Instead of the A+ he deserved, he got a “no report”. This was his final year of highschool, and he wanted that A+ to get into the university program he had applied to.
This story was our revenge on his behalf.
I take a lot of pride in our creative little rebellion. This was about as misbehaved as we got. Our scathing story The Star Chamber (an obvious mashup of MacBeth and Star Wars) was published in the underground school newspaper, in June of 1991, exactly as you see it below. Pay attention for a Zeppelin reference and plenty of Shakespeare. My character is an homage to Han Solo named…Guitar Solo.
THE STAR CHAMBER
(The Uncensored Version)
BY: Robin Hood and his Merry Men
A long time ago, in a Collegiate Institute far, far away, a battle was being waged between the forces of Good and English. The leader of the rebel forces, Danny “The Terror” Skywalker, had for months been a thorn in the side of the English Empire…
ACT I, SCENE I
In the caverns of Smithers the Hutt.
Enter with a flourish and really neato special effects, Darth Chamber and his English entourage.
DARTH: (To Smithers) By Jupiter! We must capture that foul wretch known to all as Danny “The Terror” Skywalker.
SMITHERS: I say yea my Lord.
Exuent Darth and entourage with an even bigger flourish.
END OF SCENE
ACT I, SCENE II
Enter Danny, his faithful companion Guitar Solo at his side, zipping through space in the Tarachan Falcon.
Their favourite album, “Ten Classic Books in Ten Minutes” is suddenly drowned out by the wail of an intergalactic police siren.
Enter Robo Bolt, with colours and drums.
DANNY: What hast thou pulled me over for, sucka?
ROBO: Dost thou thinks that “E.N.G.-S.U.K.S.” is an appropriate licence plate for thine vehicle?
DANNY: What say you? Thou art a strange fellow.
ROBO: Your horrid image doth unfix my hair!
DANNY: Methinks thou art (and I quote Willie Shakespeare) “a coward, a rascal, an eater of broken meats, a beggar, and a lily livered knave”.
ROBO: Draw thine sword, I’ll make a sop’ o’ the moonshine of you! (they draw and fight, Guitar Solo slain by accident.)
GUITAR: To be…or not to be. What a stupid question! GAHK!!! (he dies. Robo is then slain.)
ROBO: I am slain, I am slain, dead, defunct, kicking the bucket, etc. etc. etc. (he dies.)
DANNY: What have I done, o Lord, o nature? What evil spirit hast possessed me?
Exit Danny, delirious from the battle.
END OF SCENE
ACT I, SCENE III
Enter Darth Chamber having been notified of Robo’s death, mad, and garlanded with wild flowers.
DARTH: Oh what foul deed, what evil, for my fair fair Robo. He is killed. (Enter Danny, furious with rage upon sighting Darth.) Draw, or surely thou shalt perish!
DANNY: Have at you, bud!
Enter Smithers from behind.
Smithers strikes Danny over the head with Roget’s Unabridged Dictionary, knocking him unconscious.
END OF SCENE AND ACT
ACT II, SCENE I
Later in the Star Chamber.
Trumpet answers within.
Enter Darth Chamber and Smithers, armed, a trumpet before them, attendants, the Fool, Edgar, Edmund, Oberon, The Duke of Cornwall, Elvis, drums and colours, Danny Skywalker in chains, Gloucester wandering around outside.
DARTH: Hark, four-score and seven years ago this treasonous wretch, Danny Skywalker, hath committed the ultimate crime against the English Empire. May his trunk be devoured by butterflies. By Jupiter! Behold his foul deed. (cries of astonishment within) He hast plagiarised the almighty Milton!!!
DANNY: Oh Hell! Oh spite me! What manner of accusation is this?
DARTH: Silence scurvy knave. (Darth to attendants) Place him in…(drum solo)…the machine!
SMITHERS: Goody goody gosh! By the fairies, Darth is mighty!
FOOL: (sings) O nuncle, court holy water in a dry house is better than this rain water out o’ door. For he’s buying a Stairway to Heaven.
Exuent all. Death march, colours and banners.
END OF SCENE
ACT II, SCENE II
Enter with a flourish, Darth Chamber and Smithers the Hutt, with entourage carrying fluorescent banners with matching tights, led by an Old Man. Danny strapped to the machine.
The machine, a relic left over from the late 20th century, known as a “Dunking Machine” is filled with water, with Danny strapped to a chair above it.
DARTH: By Jupiter! My seated heart dost knock at my ribs. For the time is near o’ blossom.
SMITHERS: Skywalker thy trial begins! If thou float’est, thou art guilty of plagiarism and shalt be sentenced to die…slowly. First we shall tear all the of the hair from thine body, then soak you in lemon juice, and Kraft salad oil. Then we shall take you out to the Dune Sea you shall be eaten alive by the almighty Mouth, while’st being garnished with tomatoes and olives! But if thou sink’est and die’est, we shall know that thou art innocent and we shall let’est you go.
DANNY: Sorry, but I’ve got a prior engagement.
Enter Abbis Man’s ghost. (See last issue — ed.)
Abbis Man runs onto the stage, dropkicks Darth, hits Smithers with the D.D.T. and frees Danny from the machine.
DANNY: Thanks bud!
ABBIS: No problem, let’s get a beer!
Exuent, too tired to flourish.
DARTH: Gosh darn it! Methinks this ending really sucks!
Exuent Darth and all remaining.
END OF SCENE AND ACT
Danny and Abbis Man, having formed a powerful alliance, travel to Earth where they take on aliases and fight crime as Siskel and Ebert.
GETTING MORE TALE #623: Rocking Around the Christmas Tree
Traditions change and evolve over the years as families do. I have always been excited about Christmas, going back my youngest days. I would be so excited I couldn’t sleep. Killing the days before Christmas was agonizing. I guess as kids we were a little spoiled.
Spoiled kids became spoiled teens. As I got older, I stopped asking for toys for Christmas. Music replaced them. Most of the time, I would circle titles that I saw in print ads. Stores like A&A Records and even the local Zellers had flyers with new releases and sale items. I remember the winter of 1986, circling two: Helix’s Long Way to Heaven, and Yngwie J. Malmsteen’s Trilogy. I didn’t know much about Yngwie other than a few videos on TV. I circled both and I received both, on cassette. I recall listening to them on a pair of earphones at Grandma’s after Christmas dinner that year.
The following year, 1987, was the year of a couple pretty important albums. That Christmas I received Def Leppard’s Hysteria, and Whitesnake’s 1987. Hysteria quickly became the favourite. Its impact was immediate and that cassette kept me entertained for years. Whitesnake took more time to get into. It didn’t help that the cassette had speed issues. Similarly, the Helix and Yngwie tapes from the year before had the same drag problems that made them hard to listen to. Because of this, many albums that originally had quality problems on tape releases, I didn’t warm up to for many many years. It was hard to enjoy Whitesnake tunes like “Don’t Turn Away” when they were slow and warbly.
When I first began receiving tapes for Christmas, the mid-80s, we had a pretty routine Christmas schedule. There was no variation from year to year. We have a small family compared to others. Our celebrations always began on the 24th. My mom and dad would spend the morning preparing food and cleaning. My sister and I would be pains in the asses. Then my aunt and uncle from Stratford would come over around 2:00 and we’d exchange first gifts. My aunt and uncle always brought fun gifts. They would never, ever buy clothes for Christmas unless it was something we asked for. No socks, no undies, no shirts, no pants. Fun gifts only! Sometimes guitar strings, games, and sheet music. There would always be at least one tape for each of us.
After gifts were opened, my sister and I would go upstairs and play our new tapes. Sometimes, we’d have something a little bigger: a video tape. In 1991, my aunt and uncle gave me Faith No More’s You Fat Bastards. They had access to a cool store in Stratford that would special order anything. As my needs evolved, my aunt and uncle would typically buy me hard-to-find items. The Faith No More video was one such special order. That year, I ran downstairs to the spare VCR and fired up the live video. My other uncle came down to watch with me, but didn’t care too much for their cover of “War Pigs”. Admittedly, it’s pretty different.
The traditions didn’t change much as we got older. In the 90s, my buddy Peter would come over for Christmas Eve. And, my sister discovered wine. One of her rituals now is drinking her wine out of her special cup which we have dubbed the “Holy Grail”, due to its perceived similarity to the one that appeared in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Usually, before she takes a sip, I make her say the line, “It certainly is the cup of the King of Kings…”
Our Christmas Eve dinner, which is my favourite, has remained unchanged in over 30 years. We do a beef, chicken and veggie fondue. We’ve only had a couple of injuries over the years, but table cloths were frequently destroyed. Today, my sister does the Christmas Eve entertaining, as my parents have retired from this duty. She’ll always have some Christmas music playing, though not the kind I like. We don’t run to listen to our gifts on headphones anymore. We had to grow up, a little bit.
Christmas Day was also special for us. When we were kids, I’d wake up my sister early in the morning to open presents. Now, we put on our winter boats, coats and hats and drive over, and usually quite late in the morning. More gifts are exchanged, and always more music. It’s interesting to look at the kinds of albums I received then compared to now. Back then, a multi-disc set was a big big deal. Now, a three disc set can be as little as $30, the same price as a double live CD then. I seem to get a lot of deluxe editions and box sets for Christmas now as if it’s no big deal!
My sister and I would exchange gifts, and we always got music for each other. She was really good at filling in gaps of my collections. Artists like Alice Cooper and Whitesnake had large discographies and I had very little. She would look at my tape collection, go to the mall and pick up one of the many I was missing. Whitesnake was an annual gift for several years in a row. This was cool because it was always going to be something I didn’t expect, because my sister didn’t buy this off of some list I made. It always came 100% from her own intuition.
After the parents’ house, we’re still not done. Time to see Grandma! She always makes me laugh. One year she wrote inside a card, “You can use your Christmas money to buy a CD record.” Aww!
There is one Christmas tradition that I don’t particularly enjoy, and it’s a more recent one. We call it the $10 Gift Game. Lots of families do the same thing. Everybody buys a generic gift worth about $10, wraps it, and puts it on a table. Then, everybody draws a number out of a hat. #1 goes first by picking a gift off the table. They then open that gift for everyone to get a look at. #2 goes next. #2 either picks a wrapped gift off the table, or steals the gift opened by #1. If #2 chooses to steal, then #1 must open a new gift. But #2 must remember, their gift can be stolen by #3, #4, #5, and so on.
Each round consists of the next number in line picking a gift from the table or stealing. It gets quite tedious in our family, because my mother really likes to drag things out. She will encourage people to steal, so that the victim must replace their gift by picking or stealing from someone else, and then the next victim must also replace their gift, and on and on each round goes. At the end of the game people usually just end up swapping to get the gift most suited to their needs. For example, my mother or sister always end up with the booze. It’s harder to settle on who gets the chocolates.
One year, in protest of the game, my gift was a bag of unwrapped nickles and pennies adding up to exactly $10.*
Yes, I can be a Christmas grump sometimes. As a non-drinking participant, sometimes things can get a little goofy for me. Also, my dad’s level of interest in the game is so minimal that someone basically has to play for him while he does something else! The game definitely has a short shelf-life for me.
We are a bit older today but still try to have fun with Christmas. My sister and I will be giving music to each other, I’m sure, as we have done just about every single year for 30 years. Usually, we will just sit around saying, “Remember that one Christmas when…?”
I sure do. Here is a list of my Top Ten Most Fun Christmas Gifts of All Time.
1978 – Star Wars X-Wing Fighter
1979 – Star Wars Millenium Falcon
1983 – Star Wars Jabba the Hutt playset
1984 – GI Joe Killer W.H.A.L.E. Hovercraft
1985 – My first dual tape deck
1986 – GI Joe Cobra Terrordrome
1987 – The latest by Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Kiss and also Kim Mitchell’s Akimbo Alogo
1990 – Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin boxed set.
1993 – Led Zeppelin – Boxed Set 2
Merry Christmas one and all!
* I am told that due to inflation, the game is now the $15 Gift Game.
Currency is a method used to pay for goods and services in the country or region where these good and services are provided. Its denominations are very specific and exact. Often, the customer cannot pay the vendor an exact amount so the vendor is required to return the difference to the customer to complete the transaction. This action is commonly referred to as making “change”.
Money is highly recognisable to its users. Larger denominations are made of universally sized paper and plastic sheets referred to as “bills”. Smaller denominations are metal pieces with a circular shape in a variety of sizes known as “coins”. The different sizes typically indicate value so they can easily be detected and assessed by their users. Many nations have ‘coins’ very similar in colour and shape, but with the value of these coins being so small, most users cannot be bothered to examine these pieces closely to confirm authenticity.
A common coin in Canada is known as a “quarter” which has a value of 25 cents. (1/4 of a dollar) To put this into perspective, my daily coffee costs about eight quarters and an ass-kicking rock CD would cost Lebrain about 80 of these things.
One afternoon, after having a morning coffee with one of my girlfriends, we decided to visit the “Golden Arches” for a quick and unhealthy lunch. The order came out to $11.25, and for once I had EXACT change (woot!!!). I reached into my purse and pulled out my ten dollar bill, my one dollar coin (known in Canada as a ‘Loonie’) and what I thought was a “quarter”.
The cashier and her supervisor examined the coin closely and gave it back to me.
McD: “What is this?”
Me: “A quarter.”
McD: (In a rude, shaming tone) “No it isn’t and we can’t accept it from you”
I took the coin back and gave the cashier a fifty dollar bill (making her provide me with a lot of change to complete the transaction. It turns out the “quarter” was a Swiss Franc with an exchange value of $1.27 CAD.
Their loss, my gain. I just hope they didn’t spit in my fries.
GETTING MORE TALE #583: Rock and Roll Shooz
How rock and roll are shoes? Not very. But certainly some rock bands have had some exceptional footwear over the years. The wild, multi coloured cowboy boots of Poison, Cinderella, Bon Jovi, and the gang…remember those?
In a world where image matters, you needed a cool pair of shoes to complete the look. Glam rock bands went with cowboy boots, while thrashers and punks tended to go for skate shoes. But who has the best shoes in rock?
Robert Plant? For reals? Yes, for reals! Robert is about the only rock star to make sandals cool. Sandals are about as un-rock as shoes can get. But if you’re Robert Plant, it matters not. A bare-chested long-haired blonde blues screamer in sandals is still rock and roll. The sheer un-rock-ness of sandals combined with Robert Plant makes them infinitely rock and roll.
You might not consider her very rock, but she did perform with Metallica. Her outrageous footwear hasn’t caused her any broken ankles…yet. Hiking in high heels? Why not. She’s done that. In a Gaga world, anything goes.
Before there was Kiss, there was Elton John. People remember the outfits, wigs and glasses, but don’t forget the silver platform kicks!
2. Chris Cornell
In honour of former customer Nancy who was obsessed with Cornell and his boots. RIP Chris!
1. Gene Simmons
Dragon boots. Enough said!
I had my own pair of goth platform boots in the Record Store days. I remember I had them delivered right to the store, because I was never home to receive packages. When they arrived one of the bosses asked “Where do you think you’re going to wear those?!” Fuck you, that’s where! The boots were the centerpiece of my Paul Stanley costume.
At work, running shoes were the most comfortable. We were not allowed to sit, so you had to stand for your whole seven hour shift. The first time, it takes a little getting used to. After that you’re golden, but comfy kicks are the key. Lady Gaga could not work a shift at the Record Store.
When I was hit with a 12 hour shift, which was more frequent than you might imagine, I discovered that changing your shoes halfway through the shift helped. I’d bring a spare pair with me and change at the middle point of the day. It helped with the pain and felt like a fresh burst of energy.
Today I have a pair of heavy steel-toed boots at work and they’re great for the leg muscles. They are nice heavy shoes. Walk around in those all day and you will build some pretty awesome leg muscles. Not very rock and roll, but definitely heavy metal.
KINGDOM COME – 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection (2003 Universal)
Kingdom Come are a German/American band that rose from the ashes of Stone Fury. For those who may not remember, Kingdom Come were quite infamous in their day. Gary Moore wrote a song called “Led Clones” (with Ozzy singing lead) about Kingdom Come and bands of their ilk who were seen to be milking the now defunct Zeppelin cow. The “Led Clones” riff directly aped “Kasmir” by Zeppelin, as did Kingdom Come’s lead single “Get It On”. A little Zeppelin influence is fine, but Kingdom Come enraged Jimmy Page himself when one of their guitarists claimed he’d never heard a Led Zeppelin album.
The Zeppelin angle was one direction that Kingdom Come exploited in their early days, and though they grew out of it by their second album, the damage had been done. Their nickname became “Kingdom Clone”, the punchline of many jokes. This is why a simple 20th Century Masters compilation may be all the Kingdom Come you actually need. Herein you will find all but one of their hits, and a fair few tracks from their first three studio albums. Two guys from this band ended up in Warrant: Rick Steier and James Kottak, who is also the longest-serving drummer that the Scorpions have ever employed. By the third album, the original lineup had completely dissolved leaving singer Lenny Wolf the sole original member.
The one missing hit is a track called “Loving You” from the first LP, an acoustic ballad, sort of a sub-“Battle of Evermore”. The other hits are here:
Lenny could have gotten away with some of the Zeppelin references if he didn’t try to sing so many Plant-isms. You can only ma-ma-ma so much before you sound like Robert Plant, and Lenny could have tried to be his own singer instead. You have to lay some of that at the feet of producer Bob Rock, who could have said, “Cut that shit out.”
The second album was a move away from that. Keith Olsen got a sharper, more vibrant sound than Bob Rock did (though Rock really got a great drum sound for James Kottak). Reportedly, some stores refused to stock the second LP because they thought the band’s name was Kingdom, and the album called Come In Your Face. Too bad, because the incendiary “Do You Like It” was critically acclaimed for its drive. The other In Your Face tracks included here absolutely represent a move away from Zeppelin and towards a more mainstream, slightly European rock sound. Good songs, especially the mid-tempo “Gotta Go (Can’t Wage a War)”.
The third album, Hands of Time, came and went without a sound and Lenny was dropped from the label. Reviews suggested it was soft and ballad oriented, but there are two decent slow rockers here from that album. “Should I” has a slow grind topped by a passionate vocal. The one included ballad, “You’re Not the Only…I Know” has a weird title but a great melody.
The great thing about the 20th Century Masters series is the ability to get key hits for a low price from bands that you may not want albums from. The 11 tracks on the Kingdom Come edition are all worth owning, no duds in the bunch. That makes this CD an easy one to pull the trigger on.