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"Flesh And Blood"
© Capitol Records
Year of Release: 1990
Of Uncle Jack
Valley Of Lost Souls
(Flesh And Blood)
Let It Play
Life Goes On
Come Hell Or
Ride The Wind
Don't Give Up An Inch
Ball And Chain
Life Loves A Tragedy
Poor Boy Blues
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"Flesh And Blood"
Recently, I've been hearing a lot of negative talk about 1980s hard-rock
Poison. The hype was pretty-boy makeup Kiss wanna-be's, and/or their sound
was too pop for heavy-metal rock hair bands. Whether you like Poison or not,
their sound was one of many who made hard-rock hair bands famous. And yes,
they faded towards the beginning of the 1990s decade, (typical fights with
members of the group, and/or drug use), but for some bands recently, Poison
is back recording again, with the original members, and for those who enjoyed
this kind of music from the Eighties can relive them again, and also the
younger crowd can be introduced to their music as well.
Like many biography/documentaries, VH-1's Behind The Music provides
excellent coverage of a well-known band or artist. Poison got this treatment
last year, as we all saw the story of singer/guitarist Bret Michaels and company's
rise to fame as one of many 1980s rock bands who enjoyed the spotlight. Bret
Michaels had come a long way, being a diabetic, and had to be careful in the
crazy "sex, drugs and rock and roll" lifestyle. His other band members shared
the lifestyle, and some were threatened that if their constant drug use
continued, they would be fired. (It happened to C.C. DeVille; he was replaced,
and like many other bands, the decline of a band occurs when a member is
replaced, as they try to pick up where they left off.) But today, the
original members of Poison are back together, as they just released 2
albums, Crack A Smile ... And More and Power To The People.
Flesh And Blood was during Poison's prime, and it is an exceptional
album... Let's see why...
The album's opener, "Strange Days Of Uncle Jack" has a lot of sound
effects -- phone calls, whirling wind sounds, as it is a short intro for
preparation to "blast off" in 1980s hair-rock heavy metal adventure --
it leads into "Valley Of Lost Souls," a song that simply rocks,
1980s hair-bands style, with excellent guitar solos, flashy drumming, and
all-and-out hard rock. "(Flesh & Blood) Sacrifice" has a more 1980s
Kiss sound, "Swampjuice (Soul-O)" can easily be compared to Bon Jovi's
"Wanted Dead Or Alive," with its accoustic guitar, yet this song is
"Unskinny Bop" is the ultimate Poison song... as it was very popular,
and a regular radio airplay favorite. "Let It Play" starts out with
excellent acapella vocals, and then kicks into another Poison hard-rock song,
Poison style. And like many other hard-rock Eighties band, "Life Goes On"
is a monster ballad, where things slow down a bit, and this ballad is a good one...
With a title such as "Come Hell Or High Water," it definitely has to
have a kick-ass hard-rock sound, and it certainly does... Poison style...
If you like their hit "Nothin' But A Good Time" (likewise 1980s Kiss),
you'll like this one too. "Ride The Wind" and "Never Give Up An
Inch" are hard-rock, yet they both have a pop-metal sound also. No
complaints; they're both good songs.
The ultimate monster ballad is featured here -- "Something To Believe
In," a great ballad with a great sound, and the lyrics are great too.
"Ball And Chain" has the Bon Jovi accoustic-sounding guitars (as heard
in "Swampjuice," as it kicks into another hard-rocking Poison number,
(just like Bon Jovi and many other Eighties rock bands...)
"Life Loves A Tragedy" begins as a ballad, and then kicks into
another hard-rock song, and the album's closing song, "Poor Boy Blues"
starts out as grit, slow "strip for this one" blues, as it later kicks into
typical blues boogie-woogie rock... very cool...
Flesh And Blood is a great album. Despite what anyone says negatively
about Poison, they're one of many bands that dominated the hard-rock hair-band
years of the late 1980s. Some of those bands are still around today, (or in
Poison's case, getting back together again), and they've picked a good time to
do so. They probably won't be as famous now as they were back then, but I'm
sure they will all bring back pleasant memories of those who enjoyed their
music in their heyday. Poison is cool; there are bands who are better than
them, but still, Poison's music is enjoyed by those who loved them, no matter
what other people say.
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