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Plodding hard rock anyone?
on 22 January 2011
This 3-CD compilation has most of the songs on the studio albums Thunder made for EMI, some songs from their "indie" career after that, some B-sides and a whole CD of live tracks, mainly from 1990 shows. While there is no doubt this is an honest and genuine trawl through their career, the problem is that the songs and tunes are not that good in the first place. The studio tracks are fairly rigid when they should, you know, "boogie" a bit more. Compare the covers Thunder made of The Faces' 'Stay With Me' and The Rolling Stones' 'Gimmie Shelter' (both featured here) to the originals and you'll get my point. Clearly, the drummer in Thunder is no Charlie Watts or John Bonham. On some other tracks, though they are 'originals', you'll find glimpses of bigger songs written by others. I suppose you had to be there to appreciate Thunder. And, indeed, the 'live' CD is marginally better than the other CDs. Newcomers should go to Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, The Georgia Satellites or even Cinderella.