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  • Who are the guys, Damn Yankees? The album cover well describes who they are. On the far left obscurely stands Michael Cartellone, the drum guy unknown to us, showing that he is just new to the glorious corporate rock world. Next to Michael is Tommy Shaw standing straight representing Styx’s glorious days. The guy roaring with his fists thrust out to the sky is Ted Nugent, living up to his rockin’ beast reputation. On the far right staring at Ted is Jack Blades the leader of the pack who also led Night Ranger one of the greatest 80s rock bands. The album is as superb as the lineup. It features pop rock tunes such as Coming Of Age, Runnaway, Tell Me How You Want It and High Enough excellent ballad and their biggest hit so far. Come Again is my #1 pick of the album mixing ballad and dramatism as in some of Styx and Survivor tracks. And great rockers with excellent mixture of wildness as shown in Bad Reputation, Damn Yankees and Rock City and rhythm and blues flavored Mystified. And destructive nice power rocker, Piledriver is the fitting track to end the album called Damn Yankees. It will really make you feel how good to be the Yankees. Enjoy out loud!

    Posted on November 23, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • If a CD has at least three good songs its worth buying and this CD has eight. If you like Ted Nuggent and the rock from the 80’s and early 90’s you’ll like this CD. If you like good music that is well crafted you’ll like this CD. If you like rock bands that can sing you need to get this CD.

    Posted on November 23, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I don’t usually use superlatives like I did in the title above, especially considering how such superlatives are overused in these reviews. That being said, this to me is the epitome of an INCREDIBLE melodic hard rock album. The main reason the album sold a couple million is because of the ballad “High Enough”, which for sure is a great song. But how about the anthem “Come Again”??? To this day this is one of the best songs I have ever heard. It starts slow, builds to an amazing cresendo, then slows back down at the very end. Never mind the lyrics–which I have had posted on my wall for a good 10 years. Tommy Shaw is at his best on this one. “Coming of Age” and “Bad Reputation” start off the album with two great rockers; Shaw and Blades truly show their chemistry here. “Damn Yankees” and “Rock City” flat out rock–I wish rock radio had picked up on these (not that any of these songs are heard anywhere anymore, which is truly a shame). And for sure, Ted’s only “lead vocal” song “Piledriver” is a Nugent classic–rocking hard and offsetting nicely songs like “High Enough”. This CD has such a wide variety of great melodic rock music. Warning: NOT for Nirvana fans would would rather dwell on their “hero’s” demise! Not for REM fans who actually think Michael Stipe can sing compared to Jack and Tommy. (There’s no accounting for taste, I guess.) This is for rock fans who listen to music for ENJOYMENT (what a concept!). Particularly for most Night Ranger and Tommy Shaw fans and some Styx and Ted Nugent fans. A MUST OWN for fans of melodic hard rock.

    Posted on November 23, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Damn Yankees comrised of Ted Nugent, Styx’s Tommy Shaw, Night Ranger’s Jack Blades, and drummer Michael Cartellone. Their music blended elements of each member’s respected sound, These guys had terrific harmonies.”Coming of age” starts the album, it had a good video on MTV bck in the day. “Runaway” kicks off with a pleasant Nugent riff followed by Michael Cartellone’s underrated drumming. It’s a great uptempo tune with a rocking chorus.”High enough is the big hit you’ve probably heard once or twice, it’s infused with a nice violin arrangement. The title track “Damn Yankees” is excellent. It’s the name of the band, song and album, reminiscent of “Bad Company”, another all time great band name in song title tune.The ballad “Come again” contains a nice acoustic portion from Ted Nugent. Given his electric skills, he’s gone unnoticed in that field. “Mystified” rocks hard with a country twist.”Rock city” is obviously an ode to Ted’s hailing ground. “Tell me how you want it” includes a driving rhythm section and a great chorus. I think the song is from Michael Cartellone’s perspective, as he was the only one guys not rich yet at the time.Closing the album is “Piledriver”, which features a heavy, rollicking mainframe and some clever commentary from Mr. Nugent himself. Although they have put out a greatest hits compilation, I’d recommend the individual albums (There were only 2 of ‘em). As many of the lesser known songs are worth a listen. These guys were a supergroup, here’s hoping they reunite and step to world as a weapon sometime soon.

    Posted on November 23, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • What do 3 very talented musicians do once their careers start saggin’?, get together and form a supergroup. That’s what the Damn Yankees are. Tommy Shaw of Styx, Jack Blades of Night Ranger, and Ted Nugent as himself alongside unknown drummer Micheal Cartelone, bash out rockers and ballads far beyond the reaches of the galaxy. This band is the start of something beautiful for all 3 superstars, none of them act like the lead dog(which is really surprising for Ted Nugent), they all get their fair share of the spotlight, and Tommy and Jack have become a hitmakin’ machine. While Tommy and Jack handle many of the vocals, Ted takes care of 99% of the lead guitar parts. All the songs are incredible, High Enough, title track, Come Again, and Ted’s Piledriver are all excellent. Actually, the entire album is excellent and if you love this, be sure to get the next one, Don’t Tread, and the Shaw/Blades Hallucination CD(a Damn Yankees CD without Ted, ehich is also excellent). Yank me!

    Posted on November 23, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now