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|1. Rock 'N' Roll Outlaw|
|2. Nice Boys|
|3. The Butcher And Fast Eddy|
|4. One of the Boys|
|6. Bad Boy for Love|
|8. Stuck On You|
|10. Astral Wally|
|11. Never Too Loud Bonustrack|
|12. I Had You First Bonustrack|
|13. Fightin' Sons Bonustrack|
|14. Snow Queen Bonustrack|
|15. Rock 'N' Roll Outlaw Bonustrack;(Live)|
|16. Bad Boy For Love Bonustrack;(Live)|
|17. Rock 'N' Roll Is King Bonustrack;(Live)|
|18. Suicide City Bonustrack;(Live)|
This CD is really something to behold. I have yet to hear any band come close for sheer power. Astra Wally ( the story of a suburban heroin dealer) is the standout, closely followed by the singles Bad Boy For Love and One of the Boys. The band also showed it could be effective when they put the brakes on (TV) and the Butcher and Fast Eddy also has been regarded as a classic tale of suburban street gang rivalry.
The bonus tracks show you where the band went wrong...
For thise who like AC-DC, Guns'n'Roses and the like do yourselves a big favour and check it out.
From the first track to the last this album assaults the senses with a ferocity even more threatening at times than AC/DC. What made 'the Tatts' such an awesome band to see live was that their anger was real (along with their tattoos - who else was sporting tatts in the 70's?) and their delivery was ruthlessly precise. They were mean and they meant it! They weren't just aggro rockers though, they were razor sharp musos who could deliver the goods live big time like hardly any other band around.
Nearly every song on this album is regarded by Tatts fans as a classic...lead throat Angry Anderson howls and growls over the top of impossibly loud and hard guitars that are driven by a relentless rhythm section operating on a 12 bar blues 4/4 time format. Add to this Peter Wells' snarling, stinging slide guitar and you've got a truly unique sound, something like Chuck Berry being mugged by AC/DC & ZZ Top on speed.
Putting the song writing genius of Anderson, Wells & Cocks to one side, much of the credit for this album goes to its producers, Harry Vanda & George Young, the same producers of AC/DC who rode a wave of success during this period writing and producing hits ranging from glam powerpop to hard rock. The production of this album is faultless; power chords that flash ontop of a wall of sound that's underpinned by a smooth and fat bottom end.
During the late 70's & early 80's Rose Tattoo were regarded as the most powerful live acts in the Oz Rock business and to this day now have legendary status in Australia, England and several European countries like Germany where they pulled off a successful reunion tour last year.
Legend has it that Angus Young and Bon Scott from AC/DC used to get up on stage with the Tatts at a now legendary and long gone live joint called 'The Bondi Lifesaver' in Sydney and do Chuck Berry and The Kinks numbers (a lot differently mind you). One night they dragged brother George and partner Harry down to see this unsigned act. George & Harry was mightily impressed and virtually signed them up on the spot. The rest is history.
Rose Tattoo are one of the best kept secrets of Rock 'n' Roll - it was a privelidge to experience them live, and this album is a testament to their greatness.
The best tracks on the album (as if there are any bad tracks) are 'Rock N Roll Outlaw', 'Nice Boys', 'One of the Boys', 'Remedy'.. well damn the whole CD is awesome.
As Angry Anderson has told me, 'The Butcher and Fast Eddy' is a true story about a gang fight that took place in Melborne Austrailia. After this album was released, it was rumored that Angry Anderson was in fact 'The Butcher', although he denies it.
Buy this CLASSIK CD, hear some fantastic hard rock, learn some Australian Folklore, and understand why the Aussies have put out some of the best hard rock ever.