Rock 'N' Roll Deluxe Edition
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Rock 'N' Roll is the eighth album by Motörhead and the first appearance of their four-piece line up of Lemmy, Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor, Würzel and Phil Campbell, which lasted from 1987 until 1992. The song "Eat the Rich" was written for Peter Richardson's 1987 film Eat the Rich which starred the regular cast of The Comic Strip and Lemmy himself in a bit part as "Spider."
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The song writing on `Rock `n' Roll' seems stagnant in comparison to the fresh and daring ideas seen on `Another Perfect Day' and `Orgasmatron', the riffs and song structures seem a little too predictable. Ok, past works such as `No Class' or `Jailbait' were predictable but some of the songs on `Rock `n' Roll' are lacking in that certain class (see what I did there?). However, it's of note that there are some classic Motörhead anthems on this album...just as any other Motörhead album. Two of these are actually b-sides (if you own the re-mastered version, which I can recommend as its got two songs on it that are better than most of the album), these being `Cradle to the Grave' which is simple but very well done, a underrated and overlooked song and `Just 'Cos You Got The Power' which has been in the live set for the past 20 years and although this version is not the best, it's still a corker, slow and bluesy with some great defiant lyrics from Lem. On the actual album itself the title track stands out as a immediate winner, the sort of thing Motörhead have done over and over again.Read more ›
The tempo is one thing that stands out however, this is probably one of the Head's slowest overall albums, and for a band credited for more or less creating speed and thrash metal this is somewhat of a big departure, it doesn't make it lose any marks for this but it is noticeably slower than normal. It's also noticeable for featuring Motorhead's first glaringly obvious love song in 'All For You' and the return of 'Philthy Animal' Taylor to the drumkit.
That being said, there are plenty of up-tempo moments such as the brilliant 'The Wolf' and 'Blackheart.'
The title track, 'Dogs,' 'Traitor,' and 'Stone Deaf In The USA' are all great songs, but they all feel like there's something missing somehow.
Ironically or indicatively, the one song that has stuck to this day as being a regular on Motorhead's set list is the B-Side of lead single 'Eat The Rich' : 'Just Cos You Got The Power' - which is a really great song with a memorable bluesy riff, a catchy chorus and clever, relatable lyrics - which are probably more relevant today than they've ever been!
I guess 'Rock 'N' Roll' is a really great album that suffers by comparing it to the fantastic back catalogue that preceded and followed it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I must buy this again. A US vinyl copy was sold off with the rest of my LP collection. A number of key tracks remain, on the 1991 'Meltdown' 3CD set on the Castle label. Read morePublished 9 months ago by mark richardson
Very good, all the way through; and it includes the Michael Palin sermon!Published 13 months ago by jimboes2003