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'