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........BIO.. .... .. .. ....A guy from Jersey, one from Illinois, and another from Mississippi...what are the odds?.. ....Doug Pinnick came from Joliet, IL and grew up in a "musical" family where everybody sang. Jerry Gaskill hails from Bridgeton, New Jersey. Ty Tabor began playing bluegrass with his family at an early age in Mississippi...So, how did they come together?.. ....Doug ... Read more in Amazon's King's X Store

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  • Audio CD (19 May 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: INSIDE OUT
  • ASIN: B00009AHNT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,012 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Black Like Sunday
2. Rock Pile
3. Danger Zone
4. Working Man
5. Dreams
6. Finished
7. Screamer
8. Bad Luck
9. Down
10. Won't Turn Back
11. Two
12. You're the Only One
13. Johnny
14. Save Us

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black like sunday [edizione: francia] [import]king's x (artista) | formato: audio cd---descrizionebrani1.black like sunday2.rock pile3.danger zone4.working man5.dreams6.finished7.screamer8.bad luck9.down10.won't turn back11.two12.you're the only one13.johnny14.save us

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. K. THORPE on 17 Jun. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Having bought all the King's X CD's from "Out of the Silent Planet" to date, and seen the quality of songwriting and production spiral downwards from 1998 onwards - it's fantastic to find that on this album (ironically a collection of songs written in the mid-80's but recorded in the last 8 months), they've made their most enjoyable, accessible and direct album since the days when they were signed to Atlantic Records.
Reviewers in the States are generally slating this album, but for me it is wonderful to hear the catchy songwriting, superb vocal harmonies, and memorable riffs that make up this collection. Their last 3 albums have been experimental in the extreme, generally at the expense of listenability, meaning that you often ended up with songs that were plodding and entirely unmemorable - "Black Like Sunday" finally goes a long way towards addressing this balance.
The band sound like they're enjoying themselves - it must have been fun to go back to ideas that were nearly 20 years old, and re-work them with the benefit of hindsight (and their playing experience over the last 9 albums and hundreds of live dates).
It's also great to hear some complex drumming coming back into the picture - Jerry Gaskill is a seriously under-rated player. Welcome back guys - this incarnation of King's X has been away too long!! Stay put this time!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "robbielebowski" on 18 Nov. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Many albums down the line from the superb (and pinnacle?) Gretchen album, KX come full circle and we should all feel better for it. Based on this offering they must rue the fact that it's not their first in some ways - production at last balanced, great big riffs (I can see the mosh pits loving certain parts on this, bounce bounce bounce) and the trademark Pinnick soulfullness and Tabor guitar work.
The current music climate is right for this one, a bit punky, a bit eighties (especially from the lyrical point of view) but still retaining that King's X feel. Standout track without doubt is 'Dreams' with it's reggae-leaning build up and huge bouncing chorus and, as always, a certain spirit of hopefulness to the writing. This carefully supported up with eastern influenced 'Screamer' and the ceratinly self-indulgent but still fine 'Johnny'. As ever, KX wearing their hearts on sleeves.
Indeed, I agree with the previous reviewer in that they seem to be enjoying proceedings that much more. In fact, they don't seem so concerned with their own perfection, tracks like 'Rock Pile' and 'Finished' just bounce along happily and it's nice to hear definate Poundhound 'it's all in the riff' accessability. The harmonies have been trimmed down (in quantity, certainly not in quality!) and used more as a decent tool now rather than just lavishing on everything.
Really, I hope this changes their place in the world, though I fear it will be too late. They need a slot on the Perfect Circle tour next year, it COULD change everything (sense a petition anyone?). I recently read that 250,000 records was the most they ever sold with one offering (suprisingly, Faith Hope Love) so let's see if we can help them along eh? A fine record from a so-influential band and one that can still write riffs and offer diversity that sneers in the face of these new boy metal bands. Linkin Park et al take note...............the old boys can still do it!
Bravo, KX
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By Mark W on 8 Jan. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is the last Kings x cd i have bought.
i left it because i know its old material.
upon a listen or ten it works.
i mean really works.
impressed and sad i didn't buy it sooner.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Franz Kiffka on 27 Jun. 2009
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This is a bunch of some of King's X earlier tunes reworked in the ninties and sharpened up. Some of them are really good, others just alright. Still a very great standard though from this hugely inspirational and influential funk rock group. Great tunes.
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3 decades and getting stronger 21 May 2003
By Timothy K. Schwader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
King's X. Either you "get" them, or you don't. Sad for you if you don't because this is the best band in the history of the world. These same three cats have been playing together since 1981 and, in fact, most of the songs from this new release were written and originally performed during the band's earliest days while they were known as The Edge and then as Sneak Preview. All songs were re-recorded with a modern edge between late 2002 and early 2003 though. These songs are amazing, especially "Two," "You're The Only One," "Black Like Sunday," and "Down." Another standout is "Johnny," always a cool song, this one joins the select group of ULTIMATE King's X songs in its current incarnation. Doug, Ty, and Jerry take a groovy little pop song written during the height of New Wave and turn it into a modern "Moanjam" with the extended jamming section that will appeal to jam-band fans, metalheads, and of course King's X followers. The cover art is the best since 1992's self-titled release, and it comes courtesy of a fan named Danny Wilson who won a contest ... It's about time this incredible band had cool cover art again! The whole package is great, with the booklet designed as a mini 2003 calendar complete with historical information about King's X, current tour dates, and more. This is also the band's first enhanced disc, including a video of the band performing the song "Dreams" live in 1986, right after the name change to King's X, plus a wealth of cool photos and complete lyrics to all 14 songs. Final notes on BLACK LIKE SUNDAY: the production is a real treat, the songs are great, Ty's guitar playing sounds fresh and inspired (among his best, especially on "Johnny"!), Doug's bass playing is the best in the business and his vocals are among the best in his career (and that is really saying something as Doug has the greatest voice in the history of music), and Jerry's drumming is as tight as ever and very creative. All the harmonies are tight and clean, too. Vocally, this is a truly classic King's X album. Some of the lyrics will seem strange and dated on the printed page, but if you put them in the context of three mature men taking songs they wrote when U2, Big Country, and The Police ruled the airwaves and revamping them for today, it all makes sense. This album will make you feel good in every way. If you are tired of today's boring, homogenized music "scene" or maybe haven't checked out a King's X album since you were in high school, give them another shot with BLACK LIKE SUNDAY. You can't go wrong here!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A treasure trove for old fans 22 May 2003
By PhiloNine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is an interesting project for these guys. What they've essentially done is take songs from their pre-KX/Sneak Preview days and re-do them in the current context of the band. Its a risky endeavor primarily because when many of these songs were written, they were still learning how to be King's X. Twenty plus years of tightness and finesse and some more modern-sounding production won't do anything if the songs aren't good. And a cursory listen will reveal tunes like "Danger Zone" and "You're The Only One" to show a lyrical and musical naivete that will make some folks wince. That having been said, there are more diverse influences overtly on display here, like the ska-tinged "Dreams", the tribal drumming and eastern-sounding vocals on "Screamer", and the heavy-metal-country stomp of "I Won't Turn Back". Overall the musical vibe is very upbeat and most of the songs stand well on their own. Doug especially attacked a lot of these tunes with more gusto than I have heard in some time. His performance on "Working Man" and the gorgeous ballad "Down" make them candidates to become new King's X classics, while the title track and especially the ten-plus-minute jamfest "Johnny" are yet again excellent showcases for Ty's riffing and shredding. Also notable is that the re-recorded version of "Two" is far more developed and powerful than was shown on the B-side version that appeared on _Ear Candy_ imports. As for the band, they do sound revitalized and tighter on this album than the looser, grittier _Manic Moonlight_. I don't think they've sounded this relaxed and had this much fun playing on an album in a long time. My only complaint is the enhanced portion is very chintzy and subpar; with a faulty installer and overall sloppy design (the video button doesnt do anything and the lyrics are too large for the display window on one or two songs). This slightly sours an otherwise attractive package and clever CD booklet. Overall, a nice gift for longtime fans and the more upbeat vibe may bring some disenchanted fans back who don't like the band's darker direction as of late.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Love these guys, but... 17 Oct. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's tough to seperate the good King's X albums from the bad ones, because fans of the band have such radically different views. Everyone pretty much loves "Gretchen...", but people were pretty much split on "...Bulbous." So someone who reads a good review of "Black Like Sunday" may not agree once they hear the album, and vice versa. So in an effort to clear it up, here's how I rate past King's X albums:
Loved (from best to merely adequate): Ear Candy, Gretchen, King's X, Dogman, Faith Hope Love, Tapehead, Out Of The Silent Planet.
HATED (From most depised to merely disliked): Please Come Home Mr. Bulbous, Manic Moonlight, Black Like Sunday.
In other words, King's X took a shockingly bad turn with Bulbous, and they've been struggling to recover ever since. They've made another step on the road to recovery, but they aren't there yet. I thought Ear Candy was their best work, but I can also understand why people like Gretchen so much. It's a great album. "Black Like Sunday" is missing all the things that made us love King's X in the first place. Gone are the stellar harmony vocals, the lightning guitar leads, the hooks that were original yet effective, and the lead vocal contributions from the other band members. This record is raw and unpolished (which might work for Alice in Chains, but not King's X), the music is uninspired, Doug Pinnick handles all lead vocal duties and most of the back-up, and while much of the music still has those original sounding hooks, they're just not as interesting as they used to be. I'm all for a band progressing and evolving, but that's not what King's X is doing. They're not picking up new "musical tools" to add to their bag. They're trading in their good tools for bad ones.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Not the King's X we know and love 4 Jun. 2003
By Mr. S. Russell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Texan trio King's X are one of the few bands whose albums I automatically buy whenever a new one is released, to date, I have never been disappointed. Each one has seen the band grow and evolve together in new and interesting directions. However, as much as it pains me to say it, their latest offering "Black Like Sunday" is a bit of a patchy, hit and miss affair.
In fairness, this album can't really be judged alongside the main body of the band's work because it contains recently recorded versions of songs that were all written some 20 years ago, before the band became successful. I have to say though, that you can tell. The standard of songwriting is not what we've come to know and love from the guys and, although there are occasional flashes of the band as we know them today, the material generally lacks the solidity and maturity of even their earliest studio work. As someone who loves the band for their thoughtful lyrics and their depth, this time warp back to 1986 and the "Whoa, yeah, I'm a rocker" style is a bit of a shocker.
As a nostalgia trip for the band and the fans who remember them prior to "Out of the Silent Planet", BLS may be great fun. However, it isn't going to win them any new friends in 2003 and is no more than an interesting curiosity for those who joined the King's X bandwagon in 1988. If you're a hard-core fan you'll buy it anyway, but I reckon you'll only listen to it a couple of times before retreating back to the safety of something more recent.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Devoted King's Fan- somewhat dissappointed... 1 Jun. 2003
By Jeffrey M Tiongson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
First off, I love King's X. But, this album leaves me conflicted. I like the songs (even though they lack the sophistication and maturity of their best work), but the production quality is so poor I can't listen without getting frustrated. The rhythm guitar in particular sounds distant. It sounds consistent from song to song so I am assuming they did it on purpose. Unfortunately I really am dissappointed. As Ty and the boys get jamming, pounding away in trademark style, the guitar is muddy and distant. Where is the wall of sound we have all come to know and love? Another review on this site has suggested the band get a real producer to help them filter their material and mixing/mastering. I couldn't agree more! Ty is one of the best rock guitarists ever, but he is not one of the best producer/engineers. (sorry ty) I would love the retro style and pounding King's X tunes if the production value was not so poor. Overall, this is a good album - just not great and certainly not up to the high standards of their previous work. I would recommend to anyone looking for the best of King's X to try earlier works like "Dogman" (for power and polish), "Gretchen Goes to Nebraska" (for off-center rock and melody), and "Faith, Hope, and Love" (for stunningly complex arrangement, sweeping vocals, and amazing musicianship). Wait until you become a die-hard fan (like me) before you give "Black Like Sunday" a try.
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