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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent remaster and original artwork package does this good Quatro rocker justice, 5 May 2012
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B. S. Marlay (Sydney, Australia) - See all my reviews
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In 1980, Suzi Quatro bit the bullet and returned to rock form after a two album country pop adventure, aimed at cracking her home US market which had always eluded her. With `Rock Hard', the Queen of Rock and Roll clearly decided she should reclaim her crown. With Mike Chapman again at the helm, this album delivers guitar and attitude-heavy rock with big backing vocals, a whiff of new wave and the chilliness of 80s production.

This superb Cherry Red remaster replaces the thinness of the badly packaged 90s Polydor re-issue with a beautiful depth, fattening the sound, emphasizing the rhythm section - particularly the bass and cymbals - delivering, in the process, a slick rock-pop onslaught the way this album (and Mike Chapman's excellent production) should be heard. It is about time. The original cover art, issued on CD for the first time, singles cover art and essay are an excellent bonus.

Things kick off with the title track and single, a simple, straight-forward rocker that signalled the Quatro of old was back, complete with don't-mess-with-me attitude and full throated scream. The energy and attack continues into track 2 with `Glad All Over'- albeit a boring choice of cover - and extends pretty much straight through the 11 songs of the set.

Quatro and then husband guitarist, Len Tuckey, flexed their writing muscles on five eclectic songs, all of which are not only among the best on the album, but among the best of their partnership. `State of Mind' is a glorious stop-start hard rocker that sees Quatro delivering some of her sexiest vocals. `Woman Cry' is a soulful slower piece with thunderous drums and spartan musical accompaniment. `Ego in the Night' and `Lay Me Down' are fine, fast-paced pieces of pop rock. And `Lonely is the Hardest' is the record's emotional centrepiece, a moody ballad about the isolation of life on the road.

The Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn-penned `Rock Hard' and `Lipstick', both singles, are strong, with the spoken versed latter the better of the two. Two of the remaining three tracks, by another composing team, are slightly weaker, falling on the poppier side of things. But `Hard Headed' is definietly a snearingly polished and infectious high point in the set.

This album should have been a fine come-back for Quatro back in 1980. Its quality, sound and energy make it appear like the 80s would have been looking bright for her. But, for some weird reason, the only place it sold well was Australia (as well as South Africa and Norway, according to this re-issue's liner notes). Thus, it effectively spelled the end of her original recording career and stardom. That aside, it is a fine example of late 70s/ early 80s pop rock and an absolute must for anyone with even a passing interest in Suzi Quatro.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY IT'S OUT!, 1 May 2012
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Great to see this album now out on cd digitally remastered and with the original artwork... GREAT!!!

I personally have been waiting many many years for this and now finally its here...

All the tracks are really good rock n roll tracks. Suzi really knew what to do with this album. With Mike Chapman at the helm it turned out purfectly....

Lots of great shots of ROCK as well as a very Sexy Suzi Quatro inside the walls of this booklet.

This is a great purchase for anybody who likes 80's rock with an amazing sound and flair...

There is only one necessity with this album it has to be played LOUD!!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suzi Quatro is perfect!!!, 17 Nov. 2012
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I hoped to time, remastered for this release, it is one of melhoes
cds of Suzi Quatro, with liner notes and audio quality.
I recommend ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars suzi qautri, 2 Dec. 2013
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I like her music when i was at school in the 70's i have her greatest hits and two later cds
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