Universal JAPAN UICE-1006
Produced by: Cybernauts
Released: OUT / Website
Relatives: Bowie, Mott The Hoople
The Cybernauts is a side project for Def Leppard vocalist Joe Elliot and guitarist Phil Collen.|
Joining them live and on this record is Trevor Bolder, Woody Woodmaney and Dick Decent.
I am a long time Def Leppard fan, but would still not recommend every Leppard fan rush out and buy this album. Instead consider carefully what your tastes are.
The album was recorded live in 1997 and is an album off all cover tunes - all originally featuring the legendary guitar work of Mick Ronson, who died in 1993.
This album is a tribute to him and the songs he played on through his years. That included several years and albums with David Bowie and Mott The Hoople, not to mention his solo work.
There are some classic covers included here, but also a few moments where the record is better suited elsewhere than stadium rock fans.
There will be an audience that will just adore this record. Those in that category are likely to be fans of Ronson, David Bowie and major fans of the 70's British rock era. Personally I don't listen to a lot of 70's tracks, but still enjoyed the retro vibe of this collection of songs. Best tunes are the opening number Watch That Man, Suffragette City, White Light, White Heat, Starman, Hang On To Yourself and Life On Mars. In fact, it is amazing how many great songs Ronson was a part of.
I thought a couple of other tunes didn't work so well, but the album does have a cool raw vibe to it.
|PRODUCTION: 80%||SONGS: 85%||VIBE: 70%||ATTITUDE: 70%||ESSENTIAL FOR: 70's British rock fans, Mick Ronson and David Bowie fans and some Def Leppard fans.|