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Damn Yankees - 1990 Damn Yankees

ARTIST: Damn Yankees
ALBUM: Damn Yankees
LABEL: Warner Bros
SERIAL: W2 26159
YEAR: 1990


LINEUP: Jack Blades - vocals, bass * Tommy Shaw - vocals, guitars * Ted Nugent - vocals, guitars * Michael Cartellone - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Coming Of Age * 02 Bad Reputation * 03 Runaway * 04 High Enough * 05 Damn Yankees * 06 Come Again * 07 Mystified * 08 Rock City * 09 Tell Me How You Want It * 10 Piledriver

If it was an experiment, it turned out to be a damned good one! By the time 1989 turned up on the clock, most of the members above (excluding Cartellone), had reached a hiatus with their other bands. Night Ranger had run out of puff, Styx.. well who knows whatever goes on in that camp? Anyway, Tommy Shaw had a solo career at that point, his 'Ambition' album a 'must-have' within the AOR genre. Ted Nugent on the other hand was still releasing solo albums but his drawcard capability was becoming scarce, just like the prey he hunts throughout the Michigan hinterland perhaps? The union of these exceptional musicians, plus the talented but unknown Michael Cartellone resulted in the fantastic debut Damn Yankees album. Released at the beginning of 1990, it would go on to become a successful record during that year, going double-platinum alone in the USA.

The Songs
The album spawned the hits 'High Enough', and the extremely popular opener 'Coming Of Age'. Coupled with the infectious sounds of 'Runaway', a song which sounds as if it was originally penned from his 'Ambition' album, plus the blistering duo of 'Bad Reputation' and title track 'Damn Yankees', the album already has many songs headed for the repeat-play button. However, for me the highlight is the epic sounding 'Come Again', a southern-sounding ballad in the great tradition of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackfoot etc. The fiery solos from both Shaw and Nugent sending this track into instant 'rock-classic'. The bluesy swagger of 'Mystified' is an entertaining offset, but it's no match for the Danger Danger like party-anthem of 'Rock City'!

In Summary
As a live attraction, the band bought all their considerable live experience with them and they proved to be a popular draw as a result. The follow up 'Don't Tread' was released in 1992, and though it went platinum, it didn't contain the same sort of raucous energy of the debut. The band technically folded in 1993, though did release material for Sony during 2000. The Damn Yankees are far from a spent force, and despite all the members busy working on other projects, there is every likelihood that the band will release a third album some day into the future. Just make sure you invite Ron Nevision along to twiddle the dials!

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#1 | jeffrey343 on February 09 2009 16:19:59
I got this one when it came out, and it was the CD of the summer of '90 for my wife and me. There are eight superb songs on here. I'm not hugely enamored with "Damn Yankees" or "Piledriver" - a little too "Nugenty" perhaps. But this is a definite classic.

"Don't Tread" just did not capture the same magic to me, unfortunately. I bought it with great expectations. It's not bad, just not as melodic as this one. Several good songs with a few very good ones. I think it had more of a Nugent influence than Blades or Shaw. My favorite three songs from it ("Where You Going Now", "Silence Is Broken", "Someone To Believe" ) are not quite as strong as the songs on the first album.
#2 | jeffrey343 on August 26 2011 16:35:07
I just noticed that this is listed in 1989 but it has a (correct) 1990 release date.
#3 | gdazegod on August 27 2011 00:04:35
Oops, thanks for the heads up Jeff.
#4 | sabace on May 11 2012 19:12:03
this is good stuff the production is similar to kiss' crazy nights lp . I know now that Kelly Keagy is the man with the voice in NIGHTRANGER!
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