VA – Down At The Whiskey: A Millennium Tribute To Motley Crue’s Greatest Hits 1981-2013
Released by the specialized label in tribute albums Versailles Records, “Down At The Whiskey: A Millennium Tribute To Motley Crue’s Greatest Hits 1981-2013” collects 29 Motley Crue cover songs over the span of two discs featuring an all-star roster, but also several unknown bands, some from different corners of the planet.
The double CD has a boatload of Motley Crue’s best since 1981, from “Live Wire” thru “Saints of Los Angeles”. Some tracks were recorded by a stable back up band, while the foreign bands submitted the tapes already finished.
On the ‘well known’ names I really enjoyed “Piece of Your Action” sung by Derrick LeFevre (Lillian Axe), the sick and groovy “Power To The Music” by Blues Saraceno (ex- Poison guitarist) & Chris Catena, or the hot take on one of my favorite Crue songs; “Dr. Feelgood”, done in a faithful version by heavy hitter Frankie Banali (ex- Quiet Riot) on the skins, axemen Keri Kelli (Alice Cooper) & Eric Turner (Warrant), and Phil Lewis (LA Guns) on vox.
Also there’s great cover of “Kickstart My Heart” done in a Crue style by Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys) and Richard Kendrick, while John Corabi (ex- Crue), Alex Grossi (Alice Cooper) and Fred Coury (Cinderella) offer a quite different yet excellent “Home Sweet Home”.
Some of the ‘unknown’ bands have done a nice job, like Leaving Eden (“Live Wire”), Wicked Sins on a tongue in cheek “Girls, Girls, Girls”, Newy Yorkers Damn Glad (“Wild Side”), Charlie Bonnet III delivering a country version of “Dancing on Glass”, and specially Ross Stevens of Straitjacket Smile on “Too Young To Fall In Love”.
However, some of the other bands sound like a poor man’s demos. If you are going to pay tribute to your heroes, by all means spend some time and effort in creating something special that will make your hero proud…
Anyway, “Down At The Whiskey: A Millennium Tribute To Motley Crue’s Greatest Hits 1981-2013” offers cool songs / versions with the high & lows typical of this kind of tribute compilations.
There’s a varied array of Motley Crue classics and also a few newer tracks, some of them really doing justice to the originals.
01 – Derrick LeFevre (Lillian Axe) – Piece of Your Action
02 – Edge of Paradise – Saints of Los Angeles
03 – Richard Kendrick – Public Enemy # 1
04 – Shout At The Devil – Helter Skelter
05 – Mystic-Force – Shout At the Devil
06 – Phil Lewis,E. Turner,F. Banali,Keri Kelli – Dr. Feelgood
07 – Monkey Soop – On With the Show
08 – Sister Whiskey – Home Sweet Home I
09 – Blues Saraceno & Chris Catena – Power To The Music
10 – Loaded Gun – Knock Em Dead Kid
11 – Savage Amusement – You’re All I Need
12 – Wicked Sins – Girls, Girls, Girls
13 – Eden Burning – Starry Eyes
14 – Willow Wisp – Use it or Lose It
15 – Jason McMaster, Richard Kendrick – Kickstart My Heart I
01 – Leaving Eden – Live Wire
02 – Charlie Bonnet III – Dancing on Glass
03 – Modern Echo – If I Die Tomorrow
04 – Chris Heaven, Tracy G & the Edge Of Time – Hooligan’s Holiday
05 – Fierce Atmospheres – Straight to the Top
06 – American Heartbreak – Primal Scream
07 – Dead Man’s Wake – Kickstart My Heart II
08 – Arctic Flame – Red Hot
09 – Ross Stevens of Straitjacket Smile – Too Young To Fall In Love
10 – Damn Glad – Wild Side
11 – Last Pharaon – Without You
12 – Crawl 2 Chaos – Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
13 – Alex Grossi, Fred Coury, John Corabi – Home Sweet Home II
14 – Meeks – Save Our Souls
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