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DuBrow, Kevin - 2004 In For The Kill

Kevin DuBrow - vocals
Kevin Curry - guitars
Gunter Nezhoda - bass
Jeff Martin - drums
Michael Lardie - keyboards

The sudden split of Quiet Riot in 2003 was surprising to say the least, given the strength of their last two albums, the excellent 'Alive And Well' (1999) and 'Guilty Pleasures' (2001). The band had run its course apparently and Kevin DuBrow has struck out immediately with his first solo album, a covers affair of well known and obscure 70's hard rock tracks, all of which are British the exception being Montrose. While it would be better to hear some entirely new material from DuBrow, this fills the gap quite well, as most of the covers are of first rate classics; the early 70's glam rock scene a heavy influence on DuBrow as he has made known in the past. Joining DuBrow is ex Racer X singer/drummer Jeff Martin, and ex Great White member Michael Lardie who co produced the album with DuBrow. In the press release Dubrow wisely stated that most are 'apprehensive' about cover albums, but this is a rare exception, all the covers handled with vitality and DuBrow's infectious enthusiasm.

The Songs
Sweet's 'Burn On The Flame' is up first, the track originally a B side to 'Fox On The Run' in 1975. With such an identifiable vocal style Dubrow turns this into his own, very Quiet Riot like, with the band members sounding very much like Dubrow's former bandmates. Montrose's 'Good Rocking Tonight' is next, this time sticking closely to the original, with the freshness of the 1973 classic intact. All that appears to be missing are those awesome handclaps! Quatermass' 'Black Sheep Of The Family' is an unexpected selection, with shades of the progressive 70's evident in the organ use. Topping any Deep Purple original is an unenviable task but DuBrow gives his all on 'Speed King', if never approaching the fearsome intensity of the Purple 'In Rock' classic. The Faces 'Stay With Me' is given a perfunctory run through, followed by Humble Pie's 'Red Light Mama, Red Hot', taken from Humble Pie's 1970 debut, which updated sounds contemporary, the raunchy rocker taken from DuBrow's favourite artist Steve Marriott. DuBrow then tackles seminal sixties Aussie rockers The Easybeats 'Gonna Have A Good Time', which doesn't quite measure up to the Jimmy Barnes/INXS cover all those years back! Elsewhere there's covers of Mott The Hoople's 'Drivin Sister', T-Rex's '20th Century Boy' and Nazareth's 'Razmanaz', which are 'by-the-numbers' in comparison. Not so, is the fierce handling of Queen's 'Modern Times Rock and Roll' from their 1973 debut, which demonstrates how heavy early Queen could be. The final cut is of Silverhead's 'Rolling With My Baby', from the Michael Des Barres fronted groups 1972 self titled debut. A nifty slice of piledriving boogie which is almost enough to warrant seeking out the original.

In Summary
An above average set here, heads above the majority of bland covers albums which has become the norm. At least DuBrow has put some thought and imagination into the track listing, with some familiar and not so tracks making the cut. DuBrow himself turns in a fine vocal effort, obviously enjoying the chance to sink his teeth into his favoured tunes. Always underrated, DuBrow deserves greater recognition as a first rate vocalist. Having chatted with the man in the past I expected there to be a Who cover in here, as he once stated they were his favourite band, but what's on offer is highly credible. Naturally this will appeal to fans of DuBrow and the musical period he has chosen, but if you decide to pick this up you wont be disappointed.


Track Listing:
01 Burn On The Flame
02 Good Rocking Tonight
03 Black Sheep Of The Family
04 Speed King
05 Stay With Me
06 Red Light Mama
07 Gonna Have A Good Time
08 Drivin' Sister
09 20th Century Boy
10 Razmanaz
11 Modern Times Rock And Roll
12 Rolling With My Baby

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