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Ted Nugent- Intensity in 10 Cities

Posted in 1980s, Concerts, Heavy Metal, Heavy Metal and the 1980s, Music, Rock, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2015 by 80smetalman

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Someone once called me “clueless” because I stated that I would still go to a Ted Nugent concert in spite of his political ramblings. What do they know? What I know is that when you see the Motor City Madman on stage, you don’t care about politics, you are simply amazed by the energy Ted emits while on stage and the magic he creates with that guitar. Having seen him live twice and both accounts are recorded for posterity in “Rock and Roll Children,” I can personally testify to this.

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“You’re Double Live Gonzo, Live at Budokan, Intensity in 10 Cities.” Wayne Campbell to Casandra in Wayne’s World 1

I have heard many a live album in my years and I can say that no one else brings the energy from a live show onto a record better than Ted Nugent. This is just as much true with the 1982 live album “Intensity in 10 Cities” as it was with the 1978 “Double Live Gonzo.” The songs recorded on the album were a series of songs that were never recorded previously. Ted believed that since those songs had been well honed over the months of playing them on tour, they would sound better recorded live as opposed to in the studio. I have to say, I think he was right on that one.

If “Intensity in 10 Cities” had been recorded as a live concert instead of over a series of concerts, it still would have been worth the price of admission. These are 10 songs that simply sound fantastic live and the order they appear is near perfect. If it wasn’t for his introduction of the song before he played, “Put Up or Shut Up” would have been a great show opening song. It’s one that would have definitely gotten the crowd on their feet.

While his trademark work with the guitar is well cemented on the album, it is the third track “My Love is Like a Tire Iron” where he really goes to the ionosphere with it. The long lead solo is simply hypnotic and the same can be said for the solos on “Heads Will Roll,” “Land of a Thousand Dances and of course, the instrumental “The TNT Overature.” Furthermore, his between the songs banter is best on “Jailbait” which is shows his more humourous side. However, the stand out track for me is “I Am a Predator” because that song has many of the elements I have already mentioned.

This mighty combination propels things very nicely to the closer “I Take No Prisoners.” It’s not a bad closer, especially when he works his typical guitar magic, but if I were in the audience and heard that song before he left the stage, I would certainly expect him back to play more. Me personally, like the Mitch character in the book, I would be screaming for him to play “The Great White Buffalo.” His failure to play that song either time I saw him is the only thing I can hold against his performances.

Track Listing:

  1. Put Up or Shut Up
  2. Spontaneous Combustion
  3. My Love is Like a Tire Iron
  4. Jailbait
  5. I Am a Predator
  6. Heads Will Roll
  7. The Flying Lip Lock
  8. Land of a Thousand Dances
  9. The TNT Overature
  10. I Take No Prisoners
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Ted Nugent- lead vocals, lead guitar

Charlie Huhn- lead and backing vocals, rhythm guitar

Dave Kiswiney- bass, backing vocals

Cliff Davies- drums, backing vocals

So there you have it, a live album that would have sounded great as a concert on its own. Ted Nugent shows why he is so awesome live and puts that down on vinyl, cassette and CD. “Intensity in 10 Cities” is a tribute to a fine musician. BTW, can any of you spot the mistake in this post?

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

Posted in 1978, Heavy Metal, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2012 by 80smetalman

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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