Great gonzos is a superb single disc overview of the work from the detroit guitarist.all his great hits from the seventies like stranglehold,cat scratch fever,free for all,wango tango are included here.ted’s guitar playing is superb on all the songs.very highly recommended with his live at hammersmith album.five stars.
No Description AvailableNo Track Information AvailableMedia Type: CDArtist: NUGENT,TEDTitle: GREAT GONZOS-BEST OF TED NUGENStreet Release Date: 10/12/1999<Domestic or Import: DomesticGenre: ROCK/POP
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this album has everything thats good by nugent. pinfull songs and pleasureable songs,, this would be a good guy to listen to while having sex with your girl. i would rate this album 10 stars but they dont go that high.
While many of today’s music fans only know Ted Nugent for his pro-hunting stance and his lack of subtlety, Great Gonzos: The Best of Ted Nugent, shows the man in his best setting as an excellent guitarist who wrote several hard rock classics. This compilation covers Ted in his peak years from 1975 through 1980 when he was selling millions of records and, as Henry Rollins once stated, blowing audiences into little pieces. The excellent rockers “Just What the Doctor Ordered” and “Motor City Madhouse”, along with one of the great long tracks of the classic rock era, “Stranglehold”, are from Ted’s self-titled debut album. “Free for All” and “Dog Eat Dog” are the best tracks from his Free for All release. His most popular album, Cat Scratch Fever, is represented by the essential title track, which like Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water”, is instantly identified by its opening guitar riff, and the melodic instrumental “Homebound.” The tracks “Yank Me, Crank Me”, “Baby Please Don’t Go”, and “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang” are from the Double Live Gonzo release and show Ted’s stellar reputation as a live performer. “Paralyzed”, originally released on State of Shock, and “Wango Tango”, which appeared on Scream Dream, are the best tracks from those albums. The remastered version also features the strong rocker “Give Me A Little”, which actually sounds it was recorded recently, since its sound is similar to that of his latest release, Craveman. While this is a very good representation of his peak, it feels incomplete as several great rockers such as the minor hit single “Hey Baby”, the underrated melodic rocker “A Thousand Knives”, and the live version of “Stormtroopin’”, which has an absolutely wicked solo from the Nuge that must be heard to be believed, are not featured. Also worth noting is there are no tracks from the decent Weekend Warriors album. While not definitive, Great Gonzos hits most of the high points of Ted Nugent’s peak and is a good place for newcomers to start.
This is a great compilation of Ted’s earlier hits. If you want to hear some awesome guitar playing, make your purchase.
I would also like to respond to “Fed Up”’s review: Yes, Ted is quite opinionated and has no restraint in voicing those opinions. I certainly don’t agree with all his views. But how offensive is Kurt Cobain spray painting “Jesus Christ is an abortion” on a school bus? It’s all relative. Try to separate the music from the person – and consider how boring it would be if we weren’t all different.
Yes, yes, yes, “Wango Tango” and “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang” are sexist songs with sexist lyrics about sex. But Ted Nugent communicates best when he hangs his loincloth up, leaves his guns on the rack and grabs a guitar. Then you hear some of the hardest, finest rock riffs ever put on tape. This collection was overlooked when it was first released in New Wave-crazy 1981, but it’s all here to enjoy again in clearer sound. “Cat Scratch Fever” has a opening air-raid guitar riff equal to the best of the Rolling Stones. “Motor City Madhouse” and “Dog Eat Dog” from 1976’s “Free For All” build rock n’ roll chants up to screaming climaxes. “Baby Please Don’t Go” shows what Ted can do to a (relatively) traditional blues song. Then there’s “Stranglehold,” with its whirling bass line and punishing guitar work, a song which with any justice belongs in the rare air with “Free Bird” and “Stairway to Heaven.” You never will hear rock guitar this good yet this unsubtle. A great one-disc sampler of a rock and roll original.