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Great Gonzos-Best of Ted Nugent

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  • 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.

    Posted on December 1, 2009