EXTREME II: Pornograffitti [25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition] (2015)
EXTREME was one of the later arrivals on the US Melodic Hard Rock / Hair Metal scene to achieve massive success, so are among the latest to receive the 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition re-release treatment for their second album, the successful “Pornograffitti“.
By the time the album hit the shelves in 1990, a little (nasty) thing called grunge was starting to take off, but “EXTREME II: Pornograffitti” – subtitled (A Funked Up Fairy Tale) – gained a classic status and rave reviews upon its release and now, 25 years on, a double disc reissue wets the appetite once again.
The Deluxe Edition reissue includes a full second album of rare mixes and out-of-print B-sides remastered from the original tapes.
The original album, which went double platinum in the U.S. with more than 2 million sold, featured the chart-topping single “More Than Words”, “Hole Hearted” and “Get the Funk Out” which included vocals by Pat Travers, while Dweezil Zappa (whose solo record guitarist Nuno Bettencourt was about to produce) added some guitar riffs to “He-Man Woman Hater” when the band recorded some of the record at Scream Studios in Studio City, California.
From the piano intro that makes way for muscular guitar riffs, “Decadence Dance” is a rasping opener. The great use of harmony vocals works superb on a strong opening chorus, and the bluesy chord progressions from the guitar of Nuno Bettencourt excel.
The rocking “He-Man Woman Hater” steals the show with a mesmerizing guitar solo to begin with, before the infectious verses and raunchy choruses make this a ‘go to’ track.
In fact, Bettencourt’s contribution on Pornograffitti is so vital, he won the ‘Most Valuable Player’ award in 1991 from Guitar World. His endless number of riffs are at times genius, and this is virtually a Rock electric guitar masterclass.
Pornograffitti’s bonus disc features B-sides, edits and remixes mostly appeared on out of print singles and all are hard to find.
There’s a wonderful acapella “More Than Words”, the non-album tracks “No Place To Visit” and “Sex N’ Love”, and my favorite, the 12” extended remix of “Get The Funk Out”.
Extreme II: Pornograffitti is – and I agree with the newly penned liner notes by Metal Hammer’s Malcolm Dome contained in this 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition accompanying booklet – the definitive album of the band’s career.
The remaster is excellent, and the bonus disc a must have for any Extreme and US Melodic Hard Rock fan.
CD1: EXTREME II remastered
1. Decadence Dance
2. Lil’ Jack Horny
3. When I’m President
4. Get The Funk Out
5. More Than Words
6. Money (In God We Trust)
7. It (‘s a Monster)
9. When I First Kissed You
10. Suzi (Wants Her All Day What?)
11. He-Man Woman Hater
12. Song For Love
13. Hole Hearted
CD2: RARE PORN
1. More Than Words (Remix)
2. No Place To Visit (Single B-Side)
3. More Than Words (Edit)
4. Decadence Dance (Edit)
5. Money [In God We Trust] (Edit)
6. More Than Words -Acapella- (B-Side)
7. Get The Funk Out (7” What The Funk? Mix)
8. More Than Words -A Capella With Congas- (B-Side)
9. Get The Funk Out (12″ Remix)
10. Sex N’ Love (Single B-Side)
Gary Cherone – Vocals
Nuno Bettencourt – Guitars
Pat Badger – Bass
Paul Geary – Drums
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