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  • Audio CD (16 Sept. 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Castle/Classics
  • ASIN: B0000040NA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 608,889 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc: 1

  1. Benedicts Cherry Wine
  2. Saturday Morning Man
  3. Crystal Ball
  4. Mr De-Luxe
  5. Girl Called Winter
  6. Morning Star Avenue
  7. Silver Bird

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I've always been a fan of this incredible guitarist; shame it took me until his untimely passing to get round to checking out his early stuff with Skid Row. Some stunning rockers coupled with some excellent slower numbers, I should have followed up my impressions on hearing this band for the first time many many years ago. Originally recorded in 1971 (forty years ago!) this CD represents some of the best features of its genre and era, showing how rock was developing into a slightly more complex music style rather than a fairly basic 12 bar themed sound. More technical chord structures and changes feature regularly, not just a run-of-the-mill stereotyped sound made by some rock bands in the seventies. All in all a well produced rock album made by some highly talented musicians. I'll be after more of their stuff, that's for sure!
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Great album, how did this pass me by for thirty years
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HASH(0xa24d8d80) out of 5 stars An Amazing Band's Last Gasp 8 Nov. 2005
By 317 East 32nd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
First off, this disc has nothing to do with Sebastian Bach's band, although if you got here by mistake, you might learn something about creativity and originality if you were to purchase it. This CD contains the first version of the original Skid Row's last LP. They recorded it twice in 1971 -- the first time with Gary Moore, and the second with Mick Bolton (UFO). Neither version was released at the time; this Gary Moore version finally got to the shelves in the early '90s.

It's a mixed bag. The disc starts off with a real barnburner in "Benedict's Cherry Wine," which is basically an excuse for Moore to go all Alvin Lee and play a million notes per second. It's definitely high-energy all the way, with bassist Brush Shiels' folksy brogue delivering a batch of amusing lyrics about the benefits of cheap fortified "juice." "Saturday Morning Man" follows; it's bouncy, midtempo and, despite the strange vocals, the most accessible and poppy tune on the disc. It really "sounds like 1971" -- for about two minutes. Unfortunately, it contains a long, awkward interlude that registers in the brain as more a time signature exercise than actual music. "Crystal Ball" is a hopelessly dated ballad, with falsetto vocals and either harpsichord or celeste, I can't determine which. Frankly, it's annoying.

"Mr. De-Luxe" is standard boogie fare, elevated to the point of tolerability by Brush's appealing vocals. Man, he sure sounds (and, coincidentally, looks) like an Irish farmer. The next two tracks are nearer the bouncy melodicism and folkiness of "Saturday Morning Man," however, the lyrics are rather bleak. This is autumn music.

The disc finishes with a bookend to "Benedict's" in the form of "Silver Bird," another all-out high-energy rocker with some time signature gymnastics and interesting flanging and panning effects on the vocals and guitar. Once again, Moore really shines here, and the song's message of freedom and self-determination is put across strongly by the instrumental performance as well as by the forceful lyrics. An excellent way to end an LP... and a band.

This disc is every bit the equal of the previous LP (34 Hours), but neither capture the band's bizarre mix of Blues, Folk, Swamp Rock, Jazz, Psychedelia (and even Country!) as accurately as their US debut LP (which, in its white, blue and magenta sleeve was merely entitled SKID, and is, as far as I'm aware, unavailable on CD at this time). This band assimilated all styles of American music, then delivered their own unique mixture with a bit of an Irish twist. As they'd all been born and raised several thousand miles and an ocean away from Mississippi or West Virginia, I'll give 'em an extra 1/2 star for effort.
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