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In A Metal Mood - No More Mr Nice Guy Import


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  • Audio CD (11 Sep 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import Music Services
  • ASIN: B000005KOE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,357 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You've Got Another Thing Comin'
2. Smoke On the Water
3. It's A Long Way To The Top
4. Panama
5. No More Mr. Nice Guy
6. Love Hurts
7. Enter Sandman
8. Holy Diver
9. Paradise City
10. The Wind Cries Mary
11. Crazy Train
12. Stairway to Heaven

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Monty Python have got nothing on Pat Boone. You want absurd, this is the pinnacle. No comedy writer in his/her dreams could have dreamt up anything even half as stupid. The mere idea of Pat Boone, Mr. Squeaky Clean himself, (ahem) crooning heavy metal tunes is bad enough, but it gets so much worse. Big name arrangers were brought in to take crunchy power chords and squealing guitar solos and turn them into jazzy riffs and big band horn blasts. Even a few of the artists whose material is covered make guest appearances. Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore plugs in on "Smoke on the Water," while vocalist Ronnie James Dio gives a shout out on his band's "Holy Diver." This musical "idiodyssey" actually works a few times. I'm not immune to the kitsch value that the swingin' versions of AC/DC's "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)," Hendrix's "The Wind Cries Mary," or Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train" provide. These songs almost sound like they were written for this kind of overblown, slick swing. Very scary. As for the rest, well, let's just say that aside from the fact that they don't really work too well in this format, Boone just ends up sort of speaking the lyrics and sounding completely goofy. If that's not comedy enough for you, surely the extensive liner notes explaining (rationalizing?) why Boone felt the need to make this record are the topper. I liked this guy a lot better when he was pals with the Parents' Music Resource Center. Can't wait for In a Grunge Mood--sometime in the 21st century. --Adem Tepedelen

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Clive Jones on 18 Oct 2002
Format: Audio CD
It's hard to judge Pat Boone's motives in creating this album, but I'm inclined to take the liner notes at face value. So - this is an album of Pat Boone cover versions of well-known heavy metal tracks, which has been done partly with tongue in cheek, and partly in order to show that, behind the popular face of heavy metal lies a lot of very good music that can survive being transplanted into another genre, and thereby made accessible to a different audience.
A one-of-a-kind project such as this is automatically also the best of its kind, which can yield complacency. However, there is no doubting that a lot of very talented people put considerable effort into making this album good - which is a very pleasant surprise.
There are a few tracks that don't quite work, but fundamentally this is good music, performed well. Regardless of the motivation, isn't that what really matters?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Happy Prince on 13 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
For sheer novelty value this is a great CD. Just don't take it too seriously. The big band arrangements are really good, and Pat Boon sings all the tracks well. Our soul band use it for the interval music and it always goes down well. Lighthearted and easy listening, with some very funny moments too. Listen before you buy, but I can thoroughly recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roochak TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 Jun 2014
Format: Audio CD
I've had this album and Paul Anka's Rock Swings in my ears for the last few days, and while both albums, recasting contemporary pop and rock songs for swinging big bands, are testaments to the art of the arranger, the contrasts are striking.

While Anka has reinvented himself as a Rat Pack era Vegas headliner with a single-minded devotion to 4/4 swing, Boone, I think, has more fun with his set list, playing to and against his own whitebread image, especially on his faux-reggae version of Alice Cooper's "No More Mr. Nice Guy" and a frighteningly sincere version of Metallica's "Enter Sandman."

Boone worked with a dozen different arrangers, and the album's stew of rock, jazz, and Latin rhythms wants to have something for everyone. "Smoke on the Water" (its asinine lyrics enunciated clearly, for once) is recast as a mambo, and Ritchie Blackmore shows up to play a guitar solo on his own 1969 hit. Van Halen's "Panama" is recast as a big band salsa number, with Sheila E. among the percussionists and Merry ("Gimme Shelter") Clayton wailing away on background vocals. "Stairway to Heaven" is done, mercifully, as a jazz waltz, and AC/DC's "It's a Long Way to the Top" sounds great as a roaring swinger with a down and dirty saxophone duet.

Unlike the Anka album, a crossover project that bridges the gap between '80s and '90s pop and big band swing with surprising ease, the Boone album is one of those polarizing musical artifacts that listeners will either love or hate; you'll hear it as a wonderfully open-minded experiment with its own built-in camp value, or you'll hear it as a personal insult. You won't be indifferent to it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 28 Mar 2009
Format: Audio CD
Heavy metal as my least favorite genre is here give the Big Band treatment.Not exactly the idea of the man who was the Worlds First Rock'n'Roll Star but he went along with a suggestion from his road band who were years younger than him anyway.
But Big Band music was in the first place at least 60% of covers of music of the long ago past eg Glenn Miller and Little Brown Jug to say nothing of the entire Beatles canon being given the same treatment hundreds of times over
Boone has always rung the changes and been willing to go along with what others suggest.He went headlong into rock'n'roll at Dot Records and it was not just a 5 minute craze it was real.
This was at a time when many other crooners cashed in for 5 minutes to do rock'n'roll-Perry Como,Andy Williams,Mel Torme-but they weren't fully committed like he was.
The booklet explains how this project came together but worth noting is the fact that Paul Anka was first to copy the idea
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