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Bang Tango Ready To Go Shrapnel Records
SH11742
Produced By: Anthony Focx

Running Time: 54.04

Release Date: Out Now

Released: US

Musical Style: Hard Rock

Links: Shrapnel
79%
Songs: 76%
Sound: 82%
This is a pretty good album, but is does somewhat struggle to find an identity and doesn't always compare musically to what the Bang Tango name represented.
It's only definite link with that of the band who released their last studio album 10 years ago is the very talented singer Joe Leste.
Bang Tango 2004 is a different beast than the band they were in the early 1990's. Only Leste remains from the Dancing On Coals line-up an album that saw the band teeter on the edge of mainstream success. Since then there was only 1994's Love After Death and the odd compilation released.
Leste has more recently gathered acclaim for his role in the new band Beautiful Creatures an album that featured an updated and more straight ahead hard rock sound.
This album is not purely Bang Tango, nor is it Beautiful Creatures. Rather it is a mix of both and perhaps something different again.
The line-up for this album features vocalist Leste along with fellow Beautiful Creatures guitarist Anthony Focx who incidentally does a good job on the material provided.
As stated at the start of the review, the album at times finds itself searching for an identity. I had heard that several tracks from the planned second BC album were used on this release and that makes perfect sense.
Half of Ready To Go features Leste's Bon Scott inspired vocals driving home AC/DC riffs reminiscent of the Beautiful Creatures release.
There's only a small taste of the funky blues & sleaze of the band's classic sound best represented here by I Came To See You and It Ain't Easy.
The other half of the album is a mellower hybrid of Tango and Creatures.
The ballad Rainy Day and the albums mellower closing sequence of The Most Important Thing, Tell Me and Carry On all have the hallmarks of LA sleaze, but remind me more of Faster Pussycat than early Bang Tango.
The Bottom Line
The album's sound quality isn't always consistent, but the majority of songs sound pretty good. The variation in style isn't off-putting and I'm sure fans of both Bang Tango and Beautiful Creatures will find a lot to like about this album. All that I could suggest that would have made the album better is a couple of more memorable songs.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
Psycho Cafe
Dancin' On Coals
Love After Death
Ready To Go

Line Up
Joe Leste: Vocals
Alex Grossi, Anthony Focx: Guitar
Matt Starr: Drums
Chris "Curtis" Roach: Bass

Essential for fans of:
Beautiful Creatures
Track Listing
Ready To Go*
I Came To See You*
It Ain't Easy*
Rainy Day
The Other Side
She Knows better
Roll Me Over
Save Myself For You
Love The Life
Most Important Thing
Tell Me
Carry On
--*Best Tracks


23/03/05: Metal Mark - metalmark@charter.net
Rating: 85
The new (and long awaited, maybe) Bang Tango effort disapoints to a degree because of Joe LeSte's other band Beautiful Creatures. Those guys kicked the lead outta my butt with their debut. Other than a handful of songs, i.e 'Ready To Go,' 'Came To See You' and 'The Other Side,' this effort is rather 'boring.' Not much fire, little 'bang' and a bunch o' tango. Keep an eye out for the NEW Beautiful Creatures "Deuce," I'm sure that'll blow the doors off this Bang Tango effort.

09/02/05: Marc Vanway - vanway@hotmail.com
Rating: 90
Altough I've never been a Bang Tango fan, I must admit that this album caught me by surprise... With an excellent production, the songs are one of their best ever. The only thing is that maybe it's a little layed back... Anyway, an excellent album.

02/01/05: WardyS3 - micktward@ozemail.com.au
Rating: 0
Regarding my comments 'In hope of a Beautiful Creatures' album...

See news Friday last day of 2004, Andrew posts confirmation and link to BC site with sample of a new track from forthcoming album Deuce. Now THAT's what I'm talking about!

25/12/04: jeramie - jercar2004@netscape.net
Rating: 97
hell i agree an i say this is the best of all the bang tango noted that the last cd love after death was killer too this may have a few fillers but hell its one of the best of 04 an a good comeback cd buy it an support hard rock

14/12/04: WardyS3 - micktward@ozemail.com.au
Rating: 60
Can't say I'm too pleased with this album, particularly after the storming Beautiful Creatures debut. I understand this to be the follow-up album from BC, the band having problems getting it released hence the merging of both groups for the reformation of Bang Tango. This is more BC than it is Tango, however less gutsy than the BC debut. The guys this time around have gone for a more pop approach, but there's still a couple of cracking songs to be had, especially with the album opener. Great stuff but not enough great stuff!

By the end of the album I grew tired (and continue to do so after repeated listens I'm afraid) and to be honest was dissapointed with what I regard as filler tracks in that second half of the album. Joe sounds great, couple of the songs go off, but no, expected more.

PS - Contrary to what I said re this being the 2nd BC album, in an interview during Aug/Sept Joe said there was to be both a BC and Tango album released. I hope I'm wrong and he's right, cause I could go a smashing BC album right now!?

25/11/04: Jeramie whitehead - jercar2004@netscape.net
Rating: 95
shit my opinion on this cd is that it kicks ass i love bang tango an have all the cds an by far this is the best sure maybe its not as funky but sound wise it is better stronger songs an joes singing sounds way better theses day . so go by it an support rock

25/11/04: Freddy De Keyzer - freddydekeyzer@hotmail.com
Rating: 50
Very disappointing third rate hardrock !
A pity, cause these guys have proven to be a reasonable band !
But this is not good !
Next time, if there ever comes one after such a weak release, better, guys !

25/11/04: Henrik Sjogren - Hsjogren@mail.tele.dk
Rating: 99
Even if I wasn't such a huge Bang Tango fan, I would not be able to deny this album's appeal. True, it might be a little more differet than the old ones, but the band's (Joe Leste) ability to reinvent itself like this is astounding. The songs just grows bigger and bigger.
And they don't sounds like Faster Pussycat, it's just a great comeback album. SO BUY THIS ALBUM


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