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Ted nugent,a stunning guitarist who's inane comments and outstanding arrogance have overshadowed the fact that he is one of heavy rocks guitar greats.

This box set collects 5 studio albums from 1975 thru 1980,bizarrely omitting '79's 'State of Shock' ,

so what do you get,well,

Ted Nugent(1975) : a 5 star mother of an album,his best ever,never equalled,opening with the gargantuan riff of 'Stranglehold' this IS one of the best albums of 1975,every track a winner,no filler,classic metal/rock with 'Just What The Docter Ordered' & 'Motor City Madhouse' while the likes of 'Hey Bay' and 'Queen of the Forest' show the subtlety that the band was capable of,this is the perfect ted nugent line up with Derek St Holmes vocals with Rob Grange/Cliff Davies on bass/drums,worth the money on its own

Free For All(1976) another excellent album,has the misfortune to be stuck in the middle of his two best studio discs,opening with the fabulous double header of the title track & 'Dog Eat Dog,this disc carries on were the previous finished.Other highlights include the magnificent 'Hammerdown' and the Meatloaf fronted 'Writing On The Wall and 'Together',indeed Meat' sings on several tracks.

Cat Scratch Fever(1977) Possibly his most famous studio disc thanks to the title track and the insane 'Wang Dang Sweet Poontang' this is the only disc that comes close to emulating the debut from '75,the album see's the band on a roll with the likes of 'Out of Control' & 'Death by Misadventure ' upholding the classic 70's rock he was famous for while personal favourite,instrumental 'Home bound' shows another side to his talent.

Weekend Warriors(1978) Certainly the weakest of the the albums contained in this set,basically going thru the motions with only 'Need You Bad' standing out,pretty much a rehash of what went before,decent playing and singing but not a compulsory buy on its own.

Scream Dream(1980) With '79's 'State of Shock being similar quality to the aforementioned 'Weekend Warriors' Ted needed to up his game and that he certainly did with this disc.Opening with the psychotic double whammy of 'Wango Tango' and Scream Dream' which have Ted at his very best ,a lunatic with guitar to kill blizing your speakers this disc immediately grabs you by the throat and wont let go,certainly shorter songs like 'I Gotta Move& Violent Love' were almost embracing a 'Punk ' attitude while Ted was back to his malicious snarling best on the albums best track 'Terminus Elderado'.

All in all value for money 4 great albums out of 5 aint bad.There are 9 bonus tracks spread over the ist 3 discs with 7 live tracks all of which i believe are from 'Hammersmith Odeon' - 1977 plus 2 studio tracks both of which were previously released on the box set 'Out of Control'
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on 28 August 2008
Ted is an absolutely phenominal guitarist who is often overlooked when there is discussion about great/best rock guitarists. It is probably due to his personality and character - I'm glad he is no neighbour of mine! - and his 'red neck' politics and sensibilities that seem to get more extreme and exagerated as he gets older, rather than his playing.

His style of playing is heads down hard rock with no flash gimmicks - no finger tapping here. The songs maybe a bit one dimensional sometimes but listen to the technique style and phrasing of his playing! Ted's songs are also embued with a totally unique sense of humour and cheek - just listen to Scream Dream.

This collection is of his best studio albums and an absolute bargain.

No one to compare with him currently.
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on 15 February 2014
I've been into Ted Nugent since the late 70s maybe early 80s when my brother's mate lent him a copy of Scream Dream. Some artist may be great (Van Halen). Some aren't, but you like the attitude (Axl Rose). Ted has both. Outspoken & hilarious especially live & in full flow to a packed audience. For this though you'd have to buy one of his live albums (Double Live Gonzo is brilliant).
A cracking collection of Ted's work.
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on 25 October 2012
Ted Nugent may be a gun totin', raw steak munchin' right wing loon parody of himself these days, given to provocative/offensive outbursts that get more headlines and are probably more interesting than any music he's made in thirty odd years but there's no doubting that the man in his gonzo prime was churning out some fantastic, classic American hard rock as evinced by this excellent value-for-money box set of 5 albums.

There's some genius party riffin spread across these albums and some fantastic, subtle even (not a word readily associated with The Nuge these days) guitar playing, especially on the "Ted Nugent" album which is up there with the Van Halen debut and Montrose first as a classic US rock album of it's time.

If you have a love for quality riffage and can overlook that the man's a birrova tool (If I had a record collection based on whether the artist was a nice person or not, I don't think I'd have many albums!), then this set offers a great value set of hard rock joy.

I'm just waiting for Ted to form a band with Morrissey - another fave that seems sadly reduced to clueless headline grabbing outbursts of misanthropy these days - and call it Veggie Burger. It must happen!!
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on 1 May 2014
If you can get over the ludicrous right wing stupidity of just about everything Ted has ever said and listen to his music, anyone who likes their rock/metal mad, loud, & heart-pumping needs to get some Nuge in their collection.
These 5 are Ted at his best, and are in some way a snapshot of his whole career as each one is not quite as good as the release that preceded it. It's telling that his recent "6000 shows" live album only has two songs on it which aren't included here, but don't but that, buy these instead for less money and more metal!
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on 20 October 2015
Great value but a mixed bag musically. Cat Scratch Fever is a five star classic. His debut is mainly good. But the other albums are inclined to be a little under produced and only come alive sporadically.
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on 8 November 2012
Well this stuff is new to me i havent taken much notice of ted nugent in the past its the usual senario a friend played some one day and it kinda stuck with me ,then i asked what was that they ted nugent so on to amazon i went and found this ,imlovin it cant think why i didnt find this sooner its the definative album of teds and about covers most of the best stuff.
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on 22 December 2015
a great selection of Nugent classic albums
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on 14 October 2015
I enjoyed all 5 albums
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on 6 October 2015
very happy with it
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