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Ted Nugent

Full Bluntal Nugity

Review by Gary Hill

Recorded live in Detroit on New Years Eve 2000-2001, this is all out gonzo Nugent. There is no great risk being taken here with much of this material being straight up classic Ted. Still, the performance is inspired and sure to please the wild Nuge fan wherever he may be hiding. Also, being recorded on the New Year's eve and all, this one might be a good choice for playing at your holiday bash.

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Track by Track Review
KLSTRPHK
Coming in brutal and hard-edged, this one is based in a pretty basic but tasty rock riff. It begins a Nuge solo-fest, and in fact that makes up the vast majority of this instrumental. It runs straight into the next track.
KLSTRPHK
Coming in brutal and hard-edged, this one is based in a pretty basic but tasty rock riff. It begins a Nuge solo-fest, and in fact that makes up the vast majority of this instrumental. It runs straight into the next track.
Paralyzed
A cut from Nugent's not so glorious '80's era, this one is a bit raw around the edges here, but that is an improvement from the studio cut's somewhat over-produced texture. Nuge turns this one into an opportunity for an extended and rather meaty solo, but for him almost any song is an opportunity for that.
Snakeskin Cowboys
This one again segues straight out of the previous cut. The main riff here is quite meaty and solid and the Nuge really jams on it. This one is very strong. The slower, more sedate (well, as Nugent does sedate) segment is quite effective.
Wang Dang Sweet Poontang
This is a classic Nugent cut, and delivered in classic Ted style. Nothing too far out of the ordinary here, but you really can't go too wrong with this song.
Free For All
Always a Nuge classic this one comes across pretty well here. In fact, this is one of the strongest performances on the album, although it does feel a bit slower than the original.
Yank Me Crank Me
Not taking any major chances here, Ted delivers up another hot slice of classic Nugent music. This one is another that really works well here, with the soaring guitar riffing early on adding a lot to the cut. This is quite a brief number. It runs straight into the next track as sort of a first part of a medley.
Hey Baby
Always one of Nuge's most meaty and effective riffs, this cut is a fun one and well represented here.
Fred Bear (Acoustic)
Doing this cut acoustically seems like an obvious choice. It really adds a lot to the flavor of the piece. This cut is a personal favorite of mine, and this version is very strong.
Cat Scratch Fever
On to another classic Nuge rocker, this one comes across pretty strong here. Again, no real surprises, but rather meaty and fun.
Stranglehold
Nuge really went with the meaty riff cuts here. Stick with the classics is not a bad theory. This one is another of the best of Ted and it comes across here quite strong. The guitar work here particularly stands out, but it always has on this number. If anyone wants a great example of Ted Nugent, they need look no further than "Stranglehold".
Great White Buffalo
Yet another from Ted's classic bag of tricks, this one is delivered in standard Nugent fashion, loud and in your face.
Motorcity Madhouse
This is another of Nuge's classic riffs, and it really screams out here. This is an energetic end to an energetic album.
 
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