Great Metal Albums of 1978: Ted Nugent- Double Live Gonzo

I didn’t get to hear this great live album until 1982 and when I did, I regretted not having seen Ted Nugent live. It wouldn’t be until 1986 until that opportunity came my way and when it finally did, I got the great delight in seeing him perform with the intensity that you can hear on “Double Live Gonzo.” For me, this album is the blueprint on which all live metal albums have followed ever since. Song after song gives you that “I’m there too” feel as the music pounds away. When he’s not showing why he appeared in my “Great Guitarists of the 70s” post last year, Ted Nugent is using his vocals or the in between songs banter. Therefore, it is no surprise why so many people regard this as one of the greatest live albums.

The first time I listened to “Double Live Gonzo,” I was mainly waiting to hear classic songs like “Cat Scratch Fever” and “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang.” While I was bobbing my head and thoroughly enjoying the other tracks as they built up to those two, it was still those two songs I was wanting most to hear. Then something happened at track number five. I got my metal ass totally kicked by “The Great White Buffalo!” That for me, with the possible exception of live “Freebird,” is the greatest live song ever. Every time I listen to it I feel a surge of energy, probably eminating from the energy Terrible Ted uses up while performing it. The guitars and vocals provide a great combination to take it well over the top. It is definitely the reason why in “Rock And Roll Children,” when the characters see Ted Nugent live, the Mitch character calls out for him to play it throughout his entire show. Like Mitch, I too was disappointed when he didn’t play the song either time I saw him.

Track Listing:

1. Just What the Doctor Ordered

2. Yank Me, Crank Me

3. Gonzo

4. Baby Please Don’t Go

5. The Great White Buffalo

6. Hibernation

7. Stormtroopin’

8. Stranglehold

9. Wang Dang Sweet Poontang

10. Cat Scratch Fever

11. Motor City Madhouse

Ted Nugent- lead guitar, lead and backing vocals

Derek St. Holmes- rhythm guitar, lead and backing vocals

Rob Grange- bass

Cliff Davies- drums

Even though, Ted Nugent didn’t play “The Great White Buffalo” when I saw him live, they were still both great concerts nonetheless. Still, I have the consolation prize of this great live album to hear that song recorded live and the best thing is that I can listen to it whenever I want to. Still, that great “what if” remains.

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2 Responses to “Great Metal Albums of 1978: Ted Nugent- Double Live Gonzo”

  1. The 10 Motown Digits of Doom at their finest. One of the great live rock and roll albums of all time (along with Seger’s LIVE BULLET, Skynyrd’s ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD, and Zeppelin’s SONG REMAINS THE SAME). This one captures Ted at his high-energy, ear-splitting, lickety split best. Unparalleled guitar playing, Ted as the First White Rapper, Nuge’s primal screams – it’s all here. As a veteran of a half dozen Ted shows (most in his hometown of Detroit), DOUBLE LIVE GONZO is a terrific representation of one of the 70s’ great rockers. Opens with a souped-up “Just What the Doctor Ordered” and closes, as it should, with “Motor City Madhouse.” What’s in between is worth cranking up the volume all the way to 11 (eh, Spinal Tap fans?). Highlights are “Stormtroopin'” and an incredible version of “Great White Buffalo” that showcases Ted’s amazing guitar virtuosity. Even the album cover, with the Motor City Madman, complete with tail (yes, an actual tail), getting blasted with a wall of sound is worth the price. If you’ve got room on the rack for only one Nugent CD, this is the one. It’s such a madhouse.


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