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Nugent, Ted - 1982 Nugent

ARTIST: Nugent, Ted
ALBUM: Nugent
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: SD 19365
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: 2001, Spitfire (USA), SPT-15151-2


LINEUP: Ted Nugent - vocals, guitar * Derek St. Holmes - vocals * Dave Kiswiney - bass * Carmine Appice - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 No No No * 02 Bound and Gagged * 03 Habitual Offender * 04 Fightin Words * 05 Good And Ready * 06 Ebony * 07 Don't Push Me * 08 Can't Stop Me Now * 09 We're Gonna Rock Tonight * 10 Tailgunner


During the late 70's it would have been hard to find a rocker more popular than Nugent, who along with Kiss, Aerosmith and co seemed to be the face of commercial hard rock in the US. Somehow it all dissolved rather quickly for Ted and by 1982 his record deal with Epic was gone, replaced by Atlantic and ever decreasing album sales. Trying to stem the tide, Nugent hired back Holmes, who he had fallen out with back in 1978 in acrimonious circumstances. Appice was added on drums, fresh off his stint with Rod Stewart and the result was one of Nugent's best albums, a pure hard rock set.

The Songs
The fickle audiences that had supported Ted so rabidly seem to have evaporated, but it didn't stop the mans appetite for creating wild rock and roll. Holmes is heard on opener 'No, No, No', a good start, with Nugent never at a loss for a hook or two. One of Nugent's greatest anthems 'Bound And Gagged' is an attack at Iran and the 1980 hostage crisis, with Ted ever the patriot standing up for the red, white and blue in rousing style. The line 'we've always been there to pick up the pieces ... we make all the sacrifices ... and what do we get in return?' is one of the best of his career. As a whole this album rivals anything Nugent did in the 70's, with 'Habitual Offender', 'Good And Ready', Don't Push Me' and 'We're Gonna Rock Tonight', some of the wildest material Nugent has ever created which is saying something. His guitar work is devastating and as good as 1984's 'Penetrator' is, this is the real Nugent, a rock 'n' roll maniac. 'Tailgunner' is a seven minute epic obviously based on 'Stranglehold's ideals, slow and grinding, to the point it could be viewed as a remake.

In Summary
Nugent became afflicted with AOR for the rest of the 80's and never came close to recapturing the vibe of 'Nugent'. Sadly the album only reached 51 on the charts and it looked like Nugent was down and out. Of course that never proved to be the case and when you look back both Kiss and Aerosmith were in sad shape in 1982 as well. Funny how things work out. Classic Nugent and his last really identifiable album, despite some good efforts later on.

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