I have over 1,500 CDs in my collection, and this baby ranks near the top. I was blown away when my nephew (who is 21) turned me onto this CD. By the way, I am 42! I sure wish there were more killer Rock & Roll CDs like this. It has been a very long time since I have loved something from the first listen to like this CD. Glad to know somebody still knows how to ROCK!
Gamma was the group that Ronnie Montrose started after his group Montrose broke up. They released three albums on Elektra Records between 1979 and 1982. Gamma 2 hit the Billboard charts in 1982 and rose to #65. Wounded Bird. 2002.
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If this had come out in 1987, it would have given “Appetite for Destruction” a run for it’s money. This CD is the best CD to come out in years. Alas, given the music industry’s unnatural proclivity to shove anything with a melody as far away from the spotlight as possible, this disc will probably join Hair of The Dog’s eponymous debut as yet another undiscovered beauty in the “lost gem” bin. Too bad. This CD is exactly what today’s music industry, and the rock and roll scene in particular, need. BUY IT!!
This is by no means a bad cd. In fact I think it’s quite good and better than most of the stuff that I hear today. However, I think that Bang Tango was a far better band and even more underrated.
This cd has the same ferocity as BT but I don’t think the songs are as strong. And I truly miss Kyle Kyle!!! That being said, this is a talented group and the guitar on this cd is killer. I miss a good solo and guitar thrashing. Joe Leste has an amazing voice too. I’m glad he’s still with us.
Beautiful Creatures are on the same playing field as Brides Of Destruction. Both are good bands with a great raunchy sound. I still have high hopes for a new cd by BC.
I can’t believe both of the “Beautiful Creatures” releases basically slipped under the radar? As most reviews have stated this is great hard rock band in the 80’s and 90′ vein. But by no means does this sound dated at ALL. This could fit in with many bands of today and kick their *&%$#@! Why these guys didn’t get major label backing from Warner Bros. I have no idea?! Gritty, “In Your Face” guitars and vocals, great rhythms’. It has everything you could want. Basically cross “Bang Tango” with “Guns n Roses” and you get “Beautiful Creatures”. If that sounds good to you, pick this up now! I would definitely say start with the debut. If you like that get the sophomore release “Deuce” it comes in a close second.
I’m not sure where to start – this CD is ROCK SOLID. Every track is fantastic/there is no “filler” here. The easiest way to describe the music herein would be a cross between Guns N’ Roses (AFD)& AC/DC. Joe Leste (vocals) sounds better than ever (if you like his first band, Bang Tango, check this out – Joe’s vox are MUCH BETTER here & the band is more talented)and DJ Ashba (lead guitarist) brings back the days of screaming/soaring solos. He doesn’t play just to flaunt his obvious musicianship, but structures his solos perfectly within each song. Whether melodic and beautiful or crunching and complex, his dexterity and instrumental skill is unparalleled. Anthony Focx(rhythm guitarist) provides a solid backing, as do Glen Sobel (THUNDERING drummer) & Kenny Kweens (bassist extraordinaire!). In addition to their musical prowess, the entire band is extremely personable/nice. Their live show is full of energy and will not leave you disappointed. These guys MOVE, own the stage and you are left with no doubt they played every note on their CD. I just can’t promote BC enough! …Onto the songs…! “1 AM” leads of the album – catchy, hook-filled and a great lead track. “Wasted” is the album’s first single and the chorus will stick in your head on the first listen! “Step Back” is the edgiest/hardest song on the CD & is full of intensity. “Ride” rocks along mightily and “Wish” slows things down a bit… lyrics that are very easy to relate to. Then it’s time to for more driving power as “Kick Out” picks up – the solo in this song is my fav. on the CD… “BlackList” is another great song which starts slow & gradually leads into a rocking chorus. “Kickin’ For Days” reminds me of early GN’R, however, BC adds their own style to make it distinctly their own. “Time & Time Again” is a fantastic ballad (though not a “power” 80’s-style one). “Goin’ Off” is great to drive to (road rage! lol), while “New Orleans” is my fav. track on the CD. It’s got fabulous guitarwork (leads reminiscent of Slash somewhat) and is instantly memorable! The album closes with “I Got It All,” which I jokingly refer to as “the best AC/DC song they never recorded.” Though I make frequent comparisons to older bands, BC is very unique and “current.” While including sing-along choruses and melody, there is still a freshness about this CD that brings me back to it each and every day. If you’re looking for something you can bang your head to, sing along with AND appreciate the quality of, this album is a MUST.