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  • THE BAND: Vince Neil (vocals), Mick Mars (guitar), Nikki Sixx (bass), Tommy Lee (drums). Home town: Los Angeles, CA.

    THE DISC: 17 total tracks (16 music tracks, 1 bonus video “Looks That Kill”). The original 11 songs, plus 5 unreleased demos (3 songs from the album, and two new songs). All together, clocks in at approximately 60 minutes. Originally released on Elecktra Records label; digitally remastered and re-released on Hip-O Records.

    COMMENTS: “Shout At The Devil” (1983) was my first real introduction to Motley Crue. When their debut (“Too Fast For Love”) hit the street 2 years earlier, I thought it was good in a very raw sense… but it didn’t hit me like “Shout” did. Where “Too Fast” was all over the place (coarse, unrefined, perhaps even immature), “Shout” was the slick polar opposite… cultivated, well written, professional, polished; a full-blown ripe and ready rock band ready to take on the world. As good as the hits were (“Looks That Kill”, “Too Young To Fall In Love” and even briefly the remake of the Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” hitting the FM airwaves), the deeper album cuts totally rocked… “Red Hot”, Ten Seconds To Love”, “Bastard”, “Knock ‘Em Dead Kid” and the title track were all classics in my book. The bonus cuts here are very worthy. It’s great hearing alternate takes on such classic material. The two new songs are equally good – especially since I had never heard them before (I must admit, when I first picked up the new CD, I was hoping “Hotter Than Hell” was a remake of the old Kiss tune… but it’s not). The Crue has numerous compilations (“Red, White & Crue” easily being the best) and “Shout At The Devil” is well represented on each. Some fans will say 1989’s “Dr. Feelgood” is the Crue’s best album. I agree that “Dr. Feelgood” was their most commercially successful release (4 major hits), but not the band’s most rock solid collective effort. If you want one studio album from the Crue, it has to be this one. Great disc.

    Posted on November 16, 2009