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5.0 out of 5 stars The best heavy metal album of all time!,
This review is from: Tattooed Beat Messiah (Remastered / Expanded) (Audio CD)"Well I love TV and I love T. Rex. I can see through your skirt. I've got X-Ray spex. I came from the sky like a 747. I'm the bad boy, baby. I fell out of Heaven."
Zodiac Mindwarp was more than just the singer with the Love Reaction: he was metal's Poet Laureate and this album showcases Zody at his sublime best. Every verse, every chorus, every syllable is rock poetry. The album encapsulates the confidence of T. Rex without the campness, the rawness of Motörhead without the bludgeon, the scorching riffs of AC/DC, the swagger of a heavy metal Jagger, and the otherworldly coolness of the Cult. At a time when the trend in metal was leaning towards LA-style glam with excessive make-up and bubblegum melodies, Zody represented the last bastion of chest-beating, dirty, raw, feral and unashamedly masculine heavy metal. He was the Tattooed Beat Messiah, the Skull Spark Joker, the High Priest of Love with the Untamed Stare.
'Prime Mover' kickstarts the album as an anthemic statement of intent; the Love Reaction had been coming for a while, but this track made it clear they had arrived. Its twin guitar attack and snarling vocals gave the band a deserved hit single.
'Backseat Education' opens with, "You wanna ride, baby? This is a special car - two accelerators...no brakes!" Those words set the tone for the song and, indeed, for the rest of the album. It's full speed ahead, driven frantically onwards by razor-sharp riffs, thunderous drumming and cosmic lyrical genius.
'Untamed Stare' is relentless in both velocity and energy; Zody spits out words like weapons. "I love this war `cause I never lose. Cut me baby, I just bleed booze." 'Nuff said.
In 'Tattooed Beat Messiah', when Mr Mindwarp sings, "I'm a tattooed beat messiah...I tell ya nobody can take you higher," he truly believes it: authenticity oozes from the vocal delivery. The title track's musical structure is close to that of 'Prime Mover': raw riffs, singalong choruses and a swirling guitar solo, all given purpose by flawless lyrics.
The album's highpoint is 'Driving on Holy Gasoline', its lyrics out of this world: "Consecrated by the Reverend James Brown, I just drove out of crazy town. You talk about life, here's an injection - a steel-caged jockey with a star-born connection. Drop your halo, baby. I got a mission. I got the keys to your ignition. I'm driving on holy gasoline." The vocal delivery on this song gets my vote for the most effortlessly cool performance in musical history. Listen and be wowed.
'Planet Girl' trawls the outer reaches of the cosmos, lyrically speaking, with Zody professing his love for an extra-terrestrial Goddess of love.
'Kid's Stuff' is the only let-up in the heaviness; the intensity and velocity drop down a few notches to make way for an uncharacteristically poignant vocal.
The original release of the album featured twelve tracks. This remaster adds another nine gems from the archives, a mixture of old B-sides and unreleased material. 'Born to be Wild' is a workmanlike cover of Steppenwolf's biker anthem. Both 'Lager Woman from Hell' and 'Messin' with my Best Friend's Girl' are cautionary tales of what can happen when one combines copious amounts of alcohol with near-vicinity to females whom it would be best to steer clear of.
There isn't a weak track anywhere. The least exciting point is the Steppenwolf cover, and even that's a good track but it lacks the messianic genius of Zodiac-penned lyrics. In 1988, musically and lyrically, Zod was God. It's just that simple. Over twenty years later, the music sounds sharper, smarter and more vital than ever.
Play it loud.
5.0 out of 5 stars beat messiah,
This review is from: Tattooed Beat Messiah (Remastered / Expanded) (Audio CD)i saw zodiac live by accident ,i went to see the supporting act ,the batfish boys ( my fave band at the time in '88 ) .though i was'nt to impressed at the time i recently heard 'prime mover ' at my local indie pub and thought it was cool.hence i took a chance n bought this .its very catchy non stop rock and its been on my hi fi for a week solid .can i give this 6 stars?
5.0 out of 5 stars Waqar,
This review is from: Tattooed Beat Messiah (Remastered / Expanded) (Audio CD)Brings back so many memories!! Unlike the show off that the teens listen to, ZM speak for themselves.
The remaster is clearly cleaner Shame they do not tour.
4.0 out of 5 stars CD - Tattooed Beat Messiah (Remastered / Expanded),
This review is from: Tattooed Beat Messiah (Remastered / Expanded) (Audio CD)I bought the original album on tape when it was first released. At that time hard rock was still a bit rebellious / alternative. These days the contemporary bands that Z Mwarp & LR were parodying are mostly consigned to rock history and you hear appetite for destruction played as musac in M&S. So, and this is subjective of course, without the benefit of that 80s context I feel the group's sound and lyrics just come across as a bit cheesy. I guess this album was very much of its time. It's still fun & Planet Girl remains a favourite. Also the nostalgia adds something for me, so I'm pleased I got it.
Delivery (super saver) a little slower than usual but still fine, as was the Amazon purchase process & product quality.
4.0 out of 5 stars Masters of sleaze re-mastered,
This review is from: Tattooed Beat Messiah (Remastered / Expanded) (Audio CD)The rock n'roll of image, ideas and teenage dreams re-mastered and cleaned up enough to buff the sonic sheen, without wiping all the stains off the windscreen.
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality,
This review is from: Tattooed Beat Messiah (Remastered / Expanded) (Audio CD)Not listened to this album since it was stolen, along with my car, about 12 years ago!!!
What a trip down memory lane - great album!!!
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