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Cat Scratch Fever Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Ted Nugent's third and best-selling album for Epic cemented his position as a hard-rock icon. With this 1977 album the Motor City Madman loudly proclaimed that he would leave his loin-clothed, alpha-male stamp on the mangy hide of rock music. Songs such as the anthemic title track and "Sweet Sally" brought a melodic sensibility to hard rock that would later inform the music of Cheap Trick. The instrumental "Home Bound" expands on the soaring guitar line of Steve Miller's "Swingtown," and "Workin' Hard, Playin' Hard" stands as a testament to the rock & roll lifestyle rivaled only by Kiss's "Rock and Roll All Nite." This remastered reissue includes bonus live versions of "Cat Scratch Fever" and "Wang Dang Sweet Poontang" that testify to the sexually charged excitement of Nugent's fierce live show. --Michael Wells

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  7. Sweet Sally 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. A Thousand Knives 4:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 22, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000JBEG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,834 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark H. on June 30, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Ted Nugent achieved his long sought solo superstar status in 1977 on the release of his third album 'Cat Scratch Fever'. This record was a watershed moment for both Ted and 70's hard rock, but in some ways it signaled the beginning of Nugent's decline. His band would soon split, the band that created the triumverate of classic rock discs which included 'Fever'. The power struggle for unquestioned dominance of the band that bore his name was completed but at what cost? Ted would never again reach the heights of his mid to late 70's glory again. However in the mean time the current album included everything a Nugent fan wanted to hear. Balls out hard rock from a tight and powerful rock band? Check! "Sweet Sally", "Workin' Hard", Live it Up" and "Thousand Knives" fit the bill. Outrageous sexual inneundo? "Wang Dang Sweet Poontag", does that work for you! The return of a seriously good hard rock vocalist who perfectly complemented Ted's tirades? Derek St. Holmes was on hand for the entire recording after his conspicuous absence for much of 'Free-for-All' and for a very brief time the stars were in alignment. A monster hit single which became an undisputed anthem for this era? The title track of course which was all Ted would ever need to say again. Personal favorite besides "Fever" would be "Out of Control", the riff hits you like a sledgehammer and is probably the heaviest cut on the record. Buy Ted's first three and you have pretty much all you need from this icon of hard rock who let it slip away when he couldn't find replacement conspirators with the same magic after his original band took a walk.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Alapick on September 24, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Cat Scratch Fever is a fantastic album and along with his self-titled debut are Ted Nugent's best solo albums. Although he was better known for his live shows, wicked guitar playing, and wildman image, Ted wrote some of the best hard rock songs of the late 70's and several of them are featured here.

The best known track here is the title track which is not only his most well known song but also contains one of the most recognizable riffs in rock. Tracks like "Wang Dang Sweet Poontang" and "Workin' Hard, Playin' Hard" are among his best and continue to be part of his live show. Like his self-titled debut, Derek St. Holmes sings many of the vocals here and his efforts on the underrated tracks "A Thousand Knives", "Live It Up", and "Fist Fightin' Son Of A Gun" are all outstanding. Ted's guitar work continues to be killer, particularly on "Death By Misadventure" and the instrumental "Homebound." The remaining studio tracks "Sweet Sally" and "Out Of Control" are also very good. There's not a bad monent to be found on this album. Highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rubens Nogueira on August 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I'm from Brazil, and when visiting US in 1978 I saw Ted Nugent for the first time in Oakland, California, in the "Day On The Green" festival. I didn't know much about him by that time. Blue Oyster Cult, Cheap Trick, Journey and AC/DC played before Ted. They were ok, but when Ted Nugent started playing I said "WOW! This is rock'n'roll!" From that moment on I started buying his records. In my opinion Cat Scratch Fever is his best record. The album is real good, from the first to the last song. There you have high energy and the finest hard rock. The recording production is still very good in spite of being recorded almost 30 years ago (The drums could be a little louder and heavier, like John Bonham's, but it's ok). Well, all I got to say is that this cd has brought good feelings back to my mind, after all these years. Basically, that's why I rate it 5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JAMES MCCORMICK on October 24, 2009
Format: Audio CD
5 Stars = Masterpiece

Nuge hit his highest popularity mark with, "Cat Scratch Fever," the titular song all over the radio airwaves in 1977. On this album Ted shortened up his songs, & arguably toned down the over all heaviness that his former album, "Free for All," had in spades. That is not to say this album did not snarl & snap, for it did with sharp teeth, & Ted wrote some of his most catchy riffs & songs here, songs like, Wang Dang Sweet Poontang" who could forget the stuttering intro riff, let alone the chorus line. "Death by Misadventure," with it's howling leads & addictive riff & melody, &"Live it Up," more addictive riffs & melodies. "Homeward Bound," & its beautiful melodic lead guitar that starts the song,& works as the anchor for the melody, & "Workin' Hard Playin' Hard," yet another song with just an outstanding lead guitar that anchors the melody, great stuff here folks! "Sweet Sally," just another catchy riff laden song that I'll take to the grave. "A Thousand Knives," just a killer song that's filled with great melodic lead guitar! "Fist Fightin' Son of a Gun," another song of many from this album that just won't stop playing on that little radio station inside my brain. Lastly, "Out of Control," just Ted doing what he does best, Rock n' Roll!

One thing that also brings this album up to the legendary status it enjoys is the voice of rhythm guitarist & vocalist Derek St. Holmes, his voice so perfectly suited to these songs, like strings on a guitar; I could not imagine this album, or the two that came before it with out him. St. Holmes is the signature voice here, to bad Ted & Derek parted ways, a shame.

"Cat Scratch Fever" is the last iconic album to come from the Nuge, though in 2002, Ted would come back with 16 inch teeth & fire shooting eyes with his heaviest album by far, the monster that is called "Craveman!"
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