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MoonKings [VINYL]
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 24 February 2014
First off, we get Jake and his Red Dragon Cartel, and now another 80's axe God makes his long overdue return.

Definite nods to former glories, and comparisons to Whitesnake are there for all to see, but a massive nod to Led Zeppelin too, in fact track 2 'Close To You', for me, is 'Black Dog' in every way other than title!! Just listen to that trade off between vocal and guitar!
'Breathing' sounds like something the Scorpions would come up with, and 'Out of Reach' could be the typical Coverdale big ballad, in fact, each listen, apart from widening my grin!, throws up more and more comparisons, but this is obviously just an opinion, and others will hear things differently.

Some people may dock a star for the Comparisons, but not me. I admit, I am easily pleased, but this is a solid slab of exactly the sort of Hard Rockin' musical marvellousness I used to lap up back in the day, and here's hoping we get many more 'Old Schoolers' hitting the recording studios, and getting back out on the road. It doesn't matter if there is little in the way of progression or growth, because, if it ain't broke.... don't try and fix it!!

You know what?? JUST BUY IT!!!!!

Welcome back Ade.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
"Lust And Lies" the opening tune seems to be the perfect opener and the perfect appetizer of what's to follow here! A 'dirty' and classic rock sound in this excellent Whitesnake-esque track! The vocals, the guitar work, the rhythm, the chorus....everything here is PERFECT! Great stuff! "Close To You" features a groovier vibe while "Breathing" left me....breathless!!! This is one of the best tunes that I've heard this year! A mid-tempo rocker with an explosive chorus to whisper for days and Hoving's amazing vocal performances! "Line Of Fire" is another cool 70's influenced rocker and "One Step Behind" is a great ballad!! The album closes with the Whitesnake cover of "Sailing Ships" with a new arrangement and ,yes, we have here David Coverdale on lead vocals!!

This is a classic hard rock album all the way! The whole album 'smells' 70's and 80's from miles away! Adrian Vandenberg achieves to create a strong blues hard rock album with some great songs in it and the sure thing is that 'VANDENBERG'S MOONKINGS' will put a big smile upon the face of each and every single fan of this scene and of course in every Whitesnake fan out there!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2014
Where do i start? simply sublime, dripping bluesy hard rock hooks, left right and center, superb vocalist sometimes reminiscent of Early D.C. great musicanship throughout oozes class from every pore, not just Ade Vandenberg, but sounds like a band together , very impressive album, buy it you wont be dissappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 20 March 2014
Really? Adje has finally made a record? Indeed, tis so. Adrian Vandenberg has got round to releasing his first album since 1994 when the Manic Eden record came out. And that wasn’t exactly a world beater. But this time he’s dipped into his bag of long lost Whitesnake riffs and come up with a peach of a record.

He must have done it on purpose, because vocalist Jan Hoving is straight out of the seventies tight trousered mould, and he swaggers his way through an excellent set of songs. I must admit to being slightly annoyed at having to wait this long for such a good Vandenberg album. Damn those paint brushes! However, with lots of Hammond organ runs, powerful riffs and even some cowbell, this has ended up one of the best things he’s been involved in.

For sure, the ballads really need a vocalist out of the top drawer to make them work 100%, but on the up tempo numbers like ‘Lust And Lies’, Close To You’ and ‘Good Thing’ everything is just so right. Fans of his Whitesnake work should head straight for ‘Steal Away’, and just in case you’ve forgotten who he is, the whole set ends with a low key version of the Snake song ‘Sailing Ships’, with a certain Sir David Coverdale on vocals.

This will be one of the hard rock albums of the year; no doubt about it. So let’s rawk!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 11 April 2014
Lets be fair, a fair number of us will only buy this record because we remember Vandenberg in his pomp, either from his rather good solo records pre Whitesnake, or mincing around next to Mr Coverdale, giving shifty glances as Tawney Kitton, or whatever she was called.

But! This album is actually very good and stands alone as a very solid rock record.
Gutsy blues which harks back to Led Zepp, rather than the smaltzey sleaze of Whitesnake, which let's be fair folks, mentions the word 'love' every 5 bars and has the depth of a puddle on a sunny day.

Excellent vocals, knowing lyrics and solid guitars without going overboard and jumping head first into self indulgence.
This is certainly not a has been throwing out one last set of tunes but a very good rock band, having fun, belting out great songs, with great production making it all sounds really energetic and toe tapping.
An album that you'll be going back to on a regular basis - I keep wanting to hear 'Lust and Lies' again and again, if only for the line 'Love is strong, and the rules are rather vague'.
Anyone that uses the phrase 'rather vague' in a song is alright in my book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
No way of getting away from the comparison between this album and whitsnake at their commercial hair metal peak. And that's not a bad thing because Whitesnake defined glossy blues based hair rock back more years ago than I want to think about

Of course we have a more modern sound and production is very good in line with most quality output today.

Having listened to this a few times now the overriding impression is one of a well balanced record. Lots of songs and a good variety of pace and tempo. All together it makes for a very good hour or so of listening.

And there are a few genuine classic toe tapping catchy rock tunes on here as well. Real ear worms that linger well after the album has finished.

Basically a damn good rock record that deserves to do really well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2014
I love whitesnake...now that's out of the way, let's point out that this might sound a little like whitesnake on certain tracks, but there is a whole spectrum of musicianship going on here so the whitesnake influence isn't the principle sound here.

What this album is, is a 1970s hard rock album, with a 2000's update. Add in the Vandenberg who's
guitarwork is awesome, a vocaist with a range Coverdale would kill for and no weak songs, and you have a brilliant album..

Leave this town, line of fire ( will be used on football montages all over the world!), and out of reach are the pinnacle..

Think ACDC/Thin Lizzy/Free/UFO/Whitesnake / Scorpions and you know what this album is all about....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 March 2014
Not bad !! a welcome return for Mr Vandenburg , with a 70's vibe. Good songs and the band seem to gel very well.
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on 22 November 2014
I have never heard of Adrian Vandenberg before, god knows how.His voice is fantastic and really works well with the music.Not listened to the whole album yet but so far there hasn't been a bad track. Thoroughly recommend you buy this album
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on 5 July 2014
Wat a brilliant musical experience bought this after reading about it in classic rock. Best thing Iv bought since like in forever. Would deffo recommend this to anyone and everyone who likes their rock
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