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XYZ Extra tracks, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (28 May 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: AXE KILLER
  • ASIN: B00005A3VQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 563,806 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Maggy
  2. Inside Out
  3. What Keeps Me Loving You
  4. Take What You Can
  5. Follow The Night
  6. Come On N' Love Me
  7. Souvenirs
  8. Tied Up
  9. Nice Day To Die
  10. After the Rain
  11. On The Blue Side Of The Night

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Format: Audio CD
Fantastic guitar work, singalong choruses, well written songs including the slow ones. Big hair and tight trousers. You can't go wrong. I'd recommend this album to anyone who likes Whitesnake or Tigertailz. It's got a nice hard edge to it and some excellent OTT vocals which grew on me even though I already liked them. My personal favourites are Inside Out (which I'm bugging my band to cover) and What Keeps me Loving You.

Well worth a few quid!
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Originally released in 1989 this is a fine example of the kind of rock which was coming out of Los Angeles at that time. This album should've taken the band to the next level but somehow didn't....a shame because its very good.
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Great band. Great Music.
I had to order this CD twice & it still won't play in my PC or my Mac (a no, I don't have a stereo).
Without the digital download I'd not have been able to play the music at all!

As it stands I am forced to play the digital download versions which I dislike because the quality is sub-par, & I was forced to jump though hoops with Amazon support on the phone as the download pointed to some other random band. Not a very good process & was a bit painful I must admit.

I'm now stuck with a disc that I can't play. This is not amazon or the sellers fault - but we should be made aware of it prior purchase. If I had known the disc had some sort of protection (I assume), I'd not have bought a second time...
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forgot all about this band until I saw them on youtube
and I was blown away listening to inside out, so I bought this album
and it,s really good. fantastic guitar and vocals
if you like your 80,s 90,s rock you wont be dissapointed
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8f416114) out of 5 stars 34 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fbf8f3c) out of 5 stars It's more like 4.5 stars 27 Sept. 2010
By Jonathan Weller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'll be the first to admit, I have no idea why some really amazing bands never achieved success in the late 80's/early 90's. Bands like Blue Tears, Wildside, Johnny Crash, Sister Whiskey and Pretty Boy Floyd all had amazing talent, but for some reason, they never hit the top. XYZ is more than definitely another band that should have been rock-mosters, but instead, nobody even cares they existed. I guess the easiest excuse for why they never achieved greatness, is pretty simple actually, there were to many bands that looked and sounded just like XYZ.

XYZ's self-titled debut album, is almost perfect in every facet. These guys were the real deal. They had the look (for that time anyways), they wrote and played killer songs, and they had amazing showmanship for an unknown band. For my money, i'm guessing that's why Don Dokken took them under his wing.

The album boasts several songs that should have been all over rock radio back in the day. Maggy, Inside Out, Follow The Night, Souvenirs and Come On N' Love Me are all top notch tracks. The rest are easily just as good, the only thing that makes this album 4.5 stars and not 5, is the song, What Keeps Me Loving You. The song itself is great, however, it just doesn't seem to fit with the other tracks on the record.

Like I said earlier, I don't know why some bands never hit the top. These guys were more than deserving, and it's a damn shame they never achieved success at a high level.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fbf8e1c) out of 5 stars "I made it to the light to realize I'm too far gone" 12 Dec. 2004
By mwreview - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
XYZ is the eponymous debut of the Hollywood-based metal band that was formed in 1985. Don Dokken produced this album and, like the band Dokken, XYZ plays straight forward, radio friendly 1980s metal, although their music is heavier than Dokken's. Released in 1989, XYZ is similar to briefly popular metal bands of the late 1980s like Winger, Hurricane, etc. Although the album is not spectacular, there is not anything weak on it either. Standout tracks include the single "Maggy" and the addictive "Tied Up." XYZ released a couple more albums after this one, but never achieved much fame. Their first album was released a little too late to capitalize on the 1980s hair metal scene which is unfortunate because they were better than a lot of bands that hit it big (however briefly) during that time. Still, XYZ is decent and solid and anyone who likes the aforementioned bands will like this album.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fbf872c) out of 5 stars Rock solid. Atrociously under-rated. 3 July 2002
By RedShark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard this album, I thought, man this band rocks! Ballads or rockers, their music kickass! And the guitarist plays some mean guitar! Many said they sounded like Dokken (since Don Dokken was the producer) but to me, they sounded much better, they rock harder and their ballads are better too.
Too bad, they came out little too late, when the music scene is starting to be taken over by those 'grunge' bands ala nirvana. Thus, sadly, they never really got the recognition they deserved.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ffdb51c) out of 5 stars Great debut 5 Dec. 2007
By Justin G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've long since given up trying to figure out why some bands make it and others fail to do so, but you really have to wonder why XYZ never really reached the same level of success as bands like Steelheart or Firehouse. They had a great sound that should have gone over quite well in the late 80s, and yet I don't recall ever hearing their music or seeing any MTV videos back then, and I was a total junkie for this kind of music.

The band released their self-titled debut in 1989. The album was produced by Don Dokken, so you definitely catch bits of Dokken in XYZ's sound, though it is closer to the typical hair metal sound than Dokken was. The band stuck pretty close to the hair metal formula in terms of musical style and songwriting, but they managed not to sound overly clichéd or cheesy - no mean feat. What makes the album really stand out is Terry Ilous's powerful vocal performance. His voice is like a lower-pitched Mike Matijevic (of Steelheart), and gives the album a slightly bluesy feel that adds some depth to the songs.

I hate that so may people (myself included) overlooked XYZ when they were originally active, because they were one of the scene's better bands. Instead, while Slaughter and the Bulletboys were selling albums by the truckload, XYZ's 1991 follow-up album Hungry went largely unnoticed and the band members went their separate ways.

If you're still into hair metal and 80's rock, you'd do well to add some XYZ albums to your collection. The Axe Killer remasters of this album and Hungry are your best bets, but if you run across the original discs used you'll definitely want to grab them.

Edition Notes: XYZ was reissued in 2001 by French reissue label Axe Killer. The reissue features digitally remastered sound, expanded liner notes, a slipcase and the b-side "On the Blue Side of the Night" as a bonus track. It's a bit more difficult to track down than the original version, but it's well worth the effort (and price).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ff1e39c) out of 5 stars Like to see them get back for an encore album 31 July 2014
By Manny 1973 - Published on Amazon.com
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I can"t believe I missed these guys in there day!! I now have all there cd:s and can"t stop listening to them!!! This band blows lots of bands in this era out of the universe!! Like to see them get back for an encore album!! Crank it up LOUD and PROUD!!!!
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