TED NUGENT Reissues Rock Candy (2006)
Mid 70s American hard rock didn't get much better than Ted Nugent at his peak, and the first of these CDs shows Nugent on blistering form.
The 1978 live album Double Live Gonzo (Rock Candy CANDY014) (78:23) is remastered onto 1 CD for the first time, there's plenty of Nuge classics; solid uptempo hard rock and explosive guitar storming through Just What The Doctor Ordered, Cat Scratch Fever and Motor City Madhouse. Baby Please Don't Go gets a reworking too. ****
1979's Weekend Warriors (Rock Candy CANDY020) (39:38) continued in the same vein, the motor mouth sticking to his formula in the studio. Successful to a point, it's as good a studio Nugent album as you'll find and proved he was the showman to match his guitar work. ****
And if the popularity didn't tire, the formula did. By 1980 and Scream Dream (Rock Candy CANDY021)(35:11) he was still playing the same fresh sounding blistering hard rock guitar. On initial listen it's a cracking album, but there's a limit to how far into the 80s he could take what he'd being doing for the last 5 or 6 years. ***
All welcome on CD, with extensive notes and a good sound quality.
Review by Joe Geesin