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Southern stars (1984) [VINYL]

Rose Tattoo Vinyl
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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B000092LX2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Southern Stars Stall 17 April 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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1.0 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 100% Pure Aussie Rock & Roll 2 Sep 2010
By Aron Rush - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
By 1984, Rose Tattoo was down to only two original members, vocalist Angry Anderson and bassist Geordie Leach, who'd played together since their early 70's band Buster Brown. They'd started the ball rolling in the first place, and they set out to prove they were gonna' keep it rolling.

Southern Stars may sound a few steps closer to mainstream hard rock than Scarred For Life, and I'll admit I'd had my doubts as the other band members dropped out one by one, in particular, Pete Wells, but this album delivers the goods. Guitarists John Meyer and Greg Jordan along with drummer Scott Johnston earn their keep. There's no weak music here, and Anderson delivers strong lyrics of both personal and national freedom, perhaps some of his finest. The songs are so good it's hard to pick favorites. Mostly made up of rockers and anthems, there is a slow number (No Secrets) though it's not a love song like spandex bands would've done, and The Pirate Song is reggae.

If you liked the other Rose Tattoo albums, you owe it to yourself to get this one, too. Admittedly a lot of the punk edge is gone, but this is a mature band that still knows how to rock. And Angry's still got it!
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