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Wild Obsessions Import

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  • Audio CD (23 Aug. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Steamhammer
  • ASIN: B0000072U5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 259,246 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ColinD on 10 July 2010
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Great value for money and a good introduction to ARP.

If you like early Iron Maiden, Hammerfall, early Gamma Ray and Rainbow then you will probably like this. Lots of screaming guitars, good songs, good vocals. Well worth a listen. It even appeals to my teenage daughter so it's not just for older metal heads who remember it first time around on vinyl.

A couple of the songs bring you back to the eighties/nineties.

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Solid debut from a guitar wizard with real songwriting skills 4 Oct. 2008
By Justin G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
1989's Wild Obsession was the debut solo album from German guitar virtuoso Axel Rudi Pell after his departure from the band Steeler.

The most logical comparison to Pell's guitar-driven melodic hard rock sound is Yngwie Malmsteen, but there are a few differences that stand out. The most notable is that Pell is a much better songwriter than Malmsteen. I'm not talking about lyrics, as most of what Pell writes is pure metal cheesiness, but rather song structure. Yngwie's compositions seem like excuses for intricate guitar solos, while Pell's seem like actual songs that just happen to have intricate guitar solos. The other main difference is that Pell isn't afraid to let his vocalist take center stage. I never understood how Yngwie could sign a legend like Joe Lynn Turner and then proceed to fill up half an album with instrumental tracks. Fortunately Pell doesn't have this problem. On Wild Obsession, the vocals are ably, if not spectacularly, handled by former Victory frontman Charlie Huhn. It's hard to accept Huhn's workmanlike performance after hearing Pell's later albums with Jeff Scott Soto and Johnny Gioelli, but the guy does a solid enough job.

On the guitar side, Wild Obsession is first-rate. Pell really cuts loose and shows just what he's capable of, and believe it or not it (almost) never seems over the top or self-indulgent. Pell treads the fine line between hard rock and power metal, and does it with style.

Wild Obsession may not be as impressive as Pell's later works, but it's still a solid debut album with plenty to offer fans of melodic hard rock and virtuoso guitar heroics. If you're new to Axel Rudi Pell's work, I'd suggest starting with one of his later albums (my first was The Masquerade Ball) and eventually looping back around to this one.

NOTE: There is a boxed set that includes this album and its follow up Nasty Reputation. The box, which is essentially the individual albums packaged together, is typically available for about the price of a single CD, and is an inexpensive way to try out Axel Rudi Pell's earliest solo releases.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Well he's certainly obsessed 26 July 2006
By Paul Lawrence - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Axel Rudi Pell, formerly of German band Steeler, burst onto the scene..... oh who am I kidding, the only thing likely to burst here is his head from trying to contain the ego, one of almost Malmsteen proportions.

But Pell has a few things going for him. The dude can play. He can do the whole guitar god flying classical runs, arpeggios and 64th notes all over the place and he can also play crunchy riffs to lay down a good groove.

Secondly he walks it like he talks it. He loves party metal, talks it up and plays it as well as most. Not only that, unlike the aforementioned Mr Malmsteen, he gets good singers in for his projects whereas in latter years Malmsteen has made do with some really dodgy ones.

Another good thing about Pell is that you know what your getting. Seriously, the first two tracks are called Wild Cat and Call of the Wild Dogs, the latter with European party rock style soccer chant chorus. Sampling or downloading these opening salvos will either sell you on this album or drive you very far away. And rest assured much of the rest of the album follows t he same path with tunes such as Cold As Ice and Call her Princess all in a similar vein.

Other points of interest before I close off would be to note Jorg Michael on drums, Charlie Huhn on vox (who both do a good job as you'd expect) and the fact that this album is only in posession of a single instrumental track.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Vicious, snotty, powerful performances! 24 July 2004
By David J Newman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Axel Rudi Pell obviously knew what he was doing when he enlisted a Bon Scott soundalike vocalist named Charlie Huhn for his first solo effort away from Steeler. Wild Obsession, despite it's lackluster production, is the cream of the crop when it comes to 80's metal. I posit it ranks only notches below the king of 80's metal/hard rock albums Appetite for Destruction by our still AWOL Guns 'n Roses. (Axl, what the hell is your damage- Deliver Chinese Democracy already cuz it ain't gonna git any better sitting on the shelf like wine!) Anyways, back to the slab 'o metal at hand. The tracks on Wild Obsession hit the ground running with "Wild Cat," a song with one dern catchy chorus- 'Like a wild cat, ee-ya ee-ya.' (Just listen to the CD) The disc hits overdrive with another pet-friendly ditty, "Call of the Wild Dogs." The proceedings get emotional with "Broken Heart" then rev back up into the red zone with "Call Her Princess." The band gets sexy on the track "Snake Eyes," with a perfectly slippery guitar riff accompanied by the vocal slither of our main vocal squeeze Charlie. The best track comes next- a stadium shaking metallic monster called "Hear You Calling Me." Well then there's some guitar doodling preceding the heavyweight closer "(Don't Trust the ) Promised Dreams." All in all, one freakin' stomp to the melon that should leave you worshipping at the altar of heavy metal! If not, then get your fat head examined! (And tell 'em Satan sent you, as most of your pathetic health plans these days require a referral). Love, David J Newman 2004 (And no, I ain't Rick James!)
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