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Eric Carr – Unfinished Business

Eric Carr – Unfinished Business (2011, Auto Rock Records)

1. Eric speaks to the fans
2. “Just Can’t Wait”
3. “Troubles Inside You”
4. Eric talks about his music
5. “No One’s Messin’ With You”
6. “Carr Jam 1981”
7. Eric talks about audition
8. “Shandi”
9. “All Hell’s Breakin’ Loose”
10. “Dial L For Love”
11. “Elephant Man”
12. Eric Talks about Mark St. John
13. “Midnite Stranger”
14. “Eyes Of Love”
15. Bill Aucoin talks about Eric
16. “Through The Years”
17. “I Cry at Night”
18. Eric kidding around at a Kiss album rehearsal

Producer: Linda Caravello & Beth Jordan

On the 20 year anniversary of Eric Carr’s death, the Caravello (Carr) family decided to honor Eric by releasing Unfinished Business, an album featuring a number of  Eric’s demos that were recently fleshed out and re-recorded with the aid of a number of musicians. Also featured are voice clips of Eric Carr. A similar project called Rockology was released by the family in 1999 but that album was nothing but demos & rough mixes with the only tampering being done by former KISS band mate Bruce Kulick who tried to re-mix the tracks and improve production as best he could.

Notes about the songs:

– “Just Can’t Wait” (1987) was originally released on Rockology as an instrumental but this time around there are lyrics & vocals for it and there’s a good reason this new version comes off like Danger Danger — Ted Poley sings on it. I think it was one of the better songs from Rockology. It’s nice to hear it with a vocal track but I think it still stands as a great instrumental as well.

– “Troubles Inside You” (1987) features KISS collaborator Mitch Weissman on vocals. Sound quality isn’t that great given that it’s a demo but it’s a cool rocker.

– “No One’s Messin’ With You” (1989) is an early demo of what would morph into “Little Caesar” from Hot in the Shade.

– “Carr Jam 1981” (which originally appeared on KISS’ Revenge album) & “All Hell’s Breakin’ Loose” (originally appeared on KISS’ Lick It Up album) are covers by the band ZO2.

– “Shandi” features Eric on vocals and comes from his 1980 KISS audition. These demo tapes remained lost until 2006 when they were rediscovered by Eric Carr’s family. The entire four-song audition was produced on CD in extremely limited quantities and released as The 1980 KISS Audition EP and sold through http://www.EricCarr.com. This particular version lifts Eric’s vocals from the audition tape and adds new music performances and arrangement.

– “Dial L for Love” is a near complete demo track (no vocals) from 1987. Could’ve been a really good rocker.

– “Elephant Man” never got past the lyrics stage in 1991 when Eric passed away. Music was composed for this song from scratch by Bob Gilmartin (who provides vocals & guitar) and Nick Clements. Eric’s sister and niece sing backing vocals, Twisted Sister’s A.J. Pero plays drums and Europe’s Kee Marcello provided lead guitar on the intro.

– “Midnite Stranger” comes from a demo that Eric had given ex-KISS lead guitarist Mark St. John back in 1986. Mark had contacted the Carr family in 2006 and gave them the tape and the plan was for St. John to add more guitar parts but the project was never completed due to Mark’s passing away in 2007.

– “Eyes of Love” is another song that was originally on Rockology. This version is considerably better with newly recorded music. All of Eric’s vocals remain while Seether’s John Humphrey plays the drums and Benny Doro plays everything else.

– “Through The Years” is a compilation recordings of Eric on drums from his teenage years up to live performances with KISS. Very cool thing to hear.

– “I Cry At Night” is a song from 1967. It was written by Eric and recorded by The Cellarmen, which was his very first band. Very much inspired by the Beatles and general rock/pop sound of bands at the time.

The rest of the tracks are short sound clips from interviews either with Eric or about Eric.

Overall, this is a great disc for KISS fans to add to their collection. Carr is one of the most loved members the band has ever had and this is another great trip back in time to see what a cool guy and great talent he was. Hopefully the Carr family has more demos and outtakes ready to go because I’d love for third album to come along. Hopefully we’ll get some new kick-ass versions of “Somebody’s Waiting”, “Nightmare” and “Can You Feel It” if that ever comes about!

Highlights: “Just Can’t Wait”, “Troubles Inside You”, “Shandi”, “All Hell’s Breakin’ Loose”, “Eyes of Love”, “Through The Years”

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DANGER DANGER – Screw It!

Danger Danger – Screw It! (1991, Epic Records)

1. “Ginger Snaps (Intro)/Monkey Business” … 5:23
2. “Slipped Her The Big One” … 5:23
3. “C’est Loupé (Prelude)/Beat The Bullet” … 4:53
4. “I Still Think About You” … 4:36
5. “Get Your Shit Together” … 4:41
6. “Crazy Nites” … 4:14
7. “Puppet Show” … 1:22
8. “Everybody Wants Some” … 4:16
9. “Don’t Blame It On Love” … 3:58
10. “Comin’ Home” … 4:39
11. “Horny S.O.B.” … 3:23
12. “Find Your Way Back Home” … 6:14
13. “Yeah, You Want It!” … 3:34
14. “D.F.N.S.” … 0:54

Band:
Ted Poley – Vocals
Andy Timmons – Guitar
Bruno Ravel – Bass
Kasey Smith – Keyboard
Steve West – Drums

Additional Musicians:
Gary Cherone – Backing Vocals
Nuno Bettencourt – Backing Vocals
Pat Badger – Backing Vocals
Eddy Conard – Percussion
Ginger Lynn – Moans (!)

Producer: Erwin Musper, Bruno Ravel, Steve West

I like Danger Danger, but their first two albums (the only I’ve yet to hear) are odd to me in that they are a bit too melodic and “light” to really be a part of the pop-metal scene, yet their lyrics would sometimes suggest otherwise (like the not so subtle but awesome “Slipped Her The Big One”). It’s like they wanted to go all out being a sleazy hair band, but they were just too melodic and AOR-ish to really get that dirty for a whole album.

Not that it’s a bad thing, I like Danger Danger for what they are: a slick melodic rock band that is a bit of a guilty pleasure. If you don’t get caught up in the unapologetic “Slipped Her The Big One” or the Journey-like good time rocker “Crazy Nites” you just don’t know how to have fun!

“Yeah, You Want It!” is a really puzzling rap-rock song about hair bands. I can only surmise the music itself was some type of parody of the Beastie Boys, right down to the Brooklyn accents.

Overall, the album is just as enjoyable as their debut.

Highlights: “Ginger Snaps (Intro)/Monkey Business”, “Slipped Her The Big One”, “C’est Loupé (Prelude)/Beat The Bullet”, “I Still Think About You”, “Crazy Nites”, “Comin’ Home”

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DANGER DANGER – Danger Danger

Danger Danger – Danger Danger (1989, Epic Records)

Track Listing:
1. “Naughty Naughty” … 4:50
2. “Under the Gun” … 4:39
3. “Saturday Nite” … 4:18
4. “Don’t Walk Away” … 4:56
5. “Bang Bang” … 3:56
6. “Rock America” … 4:54
7. “Boys Will Be Boys” … 4:58
8. “One Step from Paradise” … 4:47
9. “Feels Like Love” … 4:52
10. “Turn It On” … 3:40
11. “Live It Up” … 3:54

Band:
Ted Poley – Vocals
Andy Timmons – Guitar
Bruno Ravel – Bass
Steve West – Drums
Kasey Smith – Keyboard

Additional Musicians:
Tony “Bruno” Rey – Guitar

Produced by: Lance Quinn

I see this band get lumped into the glam and hair metal category alot, but to me, they’re  a  slick, keyboard-driven hard rock/pop act that has more in common with the AOR groups of the 70s than any of the glam acts of the 80s.

“Naughty Naughty” was the band’s biggest hit and is certainly very hair metal (just read the lyrics!), so maybe that’s why they got put into a category I personally don’t feel they belong in.

Nonetheless, as slick and light as this album is, I really enjoy it. Ted Poley is a good vocalist and I’m actually surprised this band didn’t break bigger on the mainstream as the music here (well, besides “Naughty Naughty”…)  could have easily found itself on a pop station at the time. “Don’t Walk Away”, “One Step from Paradise” and “Feels Like Love” could have made many a prom night for some young awkward 1980s couple… Or at least done well on the roller rink circuit during the “slow skates”.

Honestly, this isn’t an album you can crank up too loud, it’s incredibly cheesy and dated, but it’s a great guilty pleasure.

Highlights: “Naughty Naughty”, “Saturday Nite”, “Don’t Walk Away”, “Bang Bang”, “One Step from Paradise”, “Feels Like Love”, “Live It Up”

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