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Southern Stars Import

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  • Audio CD (17 Jun. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B000025QVC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 330,769 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Southern Stars
  2. Let Us Live
  3. Freedom's Flame
  4. I Wish
  5. Saturday's Rage
  6. Death Or Glory
  7. The Pirate Song
  8. You've Been Told
  9. No Secrets
  10. The Radio Said Rock 'N' Roll Is Dead

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If I remember correctly, in 1984 Afghanistan was perceived to be a land filled with heroes fighting a brave war against Russian invaders. 18 years later it's perceived to be a land filled with villains fighting a cowardly war against US and UK liberators. In 1984 when this album came out Angry Anderson sang in one song that he wished he was a tribesman fighting in the hills of Afghanistan. Recently he's made comments in his native Australia that someone would label rampantly Islamaphobic. Perhaps he'd like to forget that lyric from 1984. Some Rose Tattoo fans would probably like to forget the whole album!

All great rock 'n' roll bands face a continual dilemma. You can either make another great rock 'n' roll album, which sounds exactly like the last, or you can try something different. If you try something different, you may scale new heights as ZZ top did with "Duguello", or you may fall flat on your face as Blackfoot did with "Vertical Smiles". Rose Tattoo didn't go completely base over apex with "Southern Stars" but they certainly stumbled heavily.

The singing and playing are basically as good as ever but significantly the raw barroom power of the first three albums is completely missing. The production is polite and sophisticated ("polite" and "sophisticated" have as much place in a Rose Tattoo review as "chest thumping" and "sexism" have in a Smiths review) and some of the guitar licks wouldn't be completely out of place on a Rush outtake. At times the brash and peculiarly Australian machismo which had previously typified Rose Tattoo threatens to breakthrough but its' regularly subsumed by what comes across as an attempt to make AC/DC sound attractive to Boston fans.

And then there's the lyrics, which I gather were written by Angry Anderson.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x97ae52ac) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
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HASH(0x97cbe63c) out of 5 stars Hard Fall 4 Jan. 2012
By Beat em Down - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is one of those albums that every band puts out that they should pretend they never made. This is the Rose Tattoo where they sold out. Much like Metallica's black album this is where they lose fans. Do not buy.
HASH(0x98b3d0e4) out of 5 stars rose tattoo southern stars 25 Jun. 2014
By kevin winnett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
why hasn't anyone heard of ROOSE TATTOO. the are a hard rock band from Australia over shadowed by ac/dc. The are a dirty hard rock band that sound like old AC/DC from the early days. they are a big influence on guns and roses.
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