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"Spirit Of The Wild"
© Atlantic Records
Year of Release: 1995
Wrong Side Of Town
I Shoot Back
Tooth Fang And Claw
Hot Or Cold
Kiss My Ass
Heart And Soul
Spirit Of The Wild
Just Do It Like This
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"Spirit Of The Wild"
Ted Nugent's 1995 release, Spirit Of The Wild saw the return of
Nugent and his original lead singer, Derek St. Holmes. Holmes had been the
core in the most popular songs recorded in Nugent's early career, but due to
personal conflicts and egos, Holmes quit, while Nugent would take over the
vocals himself on albums released afterwards. The differences were patched
up, Nugent having recorded on a new label, and recruiting new members for his
band with Derek St. Holmes, the Spirit Of The World album is a Sammy
Hagar-styled album, and like any other Nugent album, it rocks.
"Thighraceous" and "Wrong Side Of Town" definitely can be
compared to the likes of Sammy Hagar and Kiss. "I Shoot Back" is an
obvious rocker, displaying the common 1980s/early 1990s metal sound. One part
that was unique is how they blended this song with James Brown's "I Got The
"Tooth Fang And Claw" starts out as a ballad, yet it turns into
another hard rock/metal tune. "Lovejacker" is a rock song, yet it
combines a somewhat soul sound, as heard in the music of Thin Lizzy. Nugent
proves his love for the outside wild on "Fred Bear", as he sings how
he's glad to be back where he belongs -- in the wild, hunting, and enjoying the
As many of hard rock styled songs in Nugent's early career, "Primitive
Man" is another common one, as this song could be compared to the early
Bad Company. "Hot Or Cold" is another good rocker, as it compares to
the group Great White ("Once Bitten Twice Shy")
Truly the outspoken Nugent is at is best in his classic, "Kiss My Ass",
a song where Nugent sings of his personal observings, like animal rights,
sexual choice, and if anyone doesn't like his views, they can all "Kiss My
Ass." "Heart And Soul" and "Spirit Of The Wild" have a pop
meets rock sound, as in songs by Survivor and Night Ranger. The album closes
with another Nugent rocker, "Just Do It Like This", a song that takes
you back to the common Nugent sound: It rocks, and it kicks ass.
Spirit Of The Wild is just that -- an album that rocks in the way
that only Nugent and Company could do, and of course, it kicks ass, just as any
other Nugent album. If you enjoy Nugent's Cat Scratch Fever, you'll
equally enjoy Spirit Of The Wild. Nugent may not attract the biggest
audiences, likewise play the most famous arenas anymore like he used to,
but he still proves throughout the years one thing, that he can still record,
perform, and kick ass all in the process.
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