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Vinyl, Original recording, January 1, 1984
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Product Details

  • Vinyl
  • Original Release Date: 1984
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording
  • Label: Emi America
  • ASIN: B000P17NAY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #744,048 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Emi America ST-17133: Frontier Days by Del-Lords

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Good liner notes.
Mansfield Dude
The Del-Lords will always be one of my all time favorite bands and i treasure this album and my memories of their live concerts i was lucky enough to see.
Laura Ann
The closing song, Feel Like Going Home, is the crown of this record.
C. Hesting

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anon on May 29, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you never saw this band, back in the day, you don't know what you missed. Can't say I saw them all, but I saw plenty, and there was not a better live band around. Imagine Bruce doing an entire set of Clash songs, or maybe the Clash doing a whole set of Johnny Cash, and that will give you some idea of what they were like. I mean, these boys could PLAY.

The reissues sound great, and I am glad to see that some of my favorite cuts that didn't make the first LP are included here.

If'n you like your rock from this side of the Atlantic, and you appreciate the pure perfection of guitars, bass, drums, voice, and sweat, get all of these, you won't be disappointed.

I am gonna give this one my top rating. Trust me, my taste is impeccable. ;-)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence J. Simonutti on May 30, 2009
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Finally, the first two Del-Lords albums are released on cd with great bonus tracks as well. This may be my favorite album from the 80's. Hard rockin with great lyrics. It's a shame this band wasn't playing in the arenas in the 80's instead of friggin REO, Styx, and Journey. Check this cd out. You'll be glad you did.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mansfield Dude on June 3, 2009
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This is a true classic album, the vinyl copy of which was pretty much worn out on my turntable. Been waiting for it to be released on CD for a long time! Great songs - gritty lyrics, strong melodies, excellent lead and backing vocals. And, unlike the Johnny album, very good production. The Del Lords greatest hits CD had skipped over several of the best songs on this CD, including Mercenary and Feel Like Going Home.

The bonus tracks don't really add much, those on the Johnny CD add more value. Good liner notes. Great live band - hopefully they'll do a tour in support of the CD releases.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on July 11, 2009
Format: Audio CD
After propelling The Dictators with his guitar for three albums, Scott "Top Ten" Kempner struck out on his own, forming the Del-Lords with ex-Blackhearts guitarist Eric Ambel, future Cracker drummer Frank Funaro, and bassist Manny Caitati for this 1984 debut. Kempner's sole co-write for the Dictators ("What It Is" from Bloodbrothers) gave only a hint of what he'd offer as the Del-Lords' primary songwriter. Intact from his days with the Dictators was the straightforward punch of electric guitar rock, but where the Dictators played fast and loud staccato rhythms that presaged punk rock, the Del-Lords struck a more classic rock `n' roll vibe, with rockabilly and mid-60s guitar rock replacing the Dictators' primal approach.

The Dictators performed songs of pop culture and adolescent joys (TV, wrestling, girls, science fiction), but the just-turned-30 Kempner had more serious things to get off his chest. The Dictators lack of commercial success left Kempner well placed to write about the struggles of the underclass. Three years into the Reagan administration, Kempner had become a musical activist, and though the Del-Lords didn't muster the confrontational spittle of the era's hardcore bands, neither did they shy away from the disastrous effects of the dry spout of trickle down economics. Kempner's songs include office workers augmenting meager incomes with illicit nighttime jobs, mercenaries prowling Central American, and tough times stretching from Brooklyn to Beirut. The album's opener is a revitalized take on the depression era "How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live," ramped up to a rocker and fleshed out with original verses.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura Ann on July 12, 2009
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I was 19 and i loved rock n roll and punk rock. I used to go see Joan Jett and loved Eric Ambel who was a Blackheart at the time. Scott was a Dictator so I knew he was a rock god. When i first saw this record on the wall of my favorite Long Island record store i had not heard a song on it but bought it because of Scott and Eric.

"Frontier Days" is a classic album. Scott, you did better than Bruce on "How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live," and the version of that classic on this album is still my favorite of them all. "Livin' On Love" is Eric Ambel's vocal breakout and i still love to hear this song as much as i did twenty-five years ago. Frank Funaro's "I Play The Drums" is one of those cool bug your neighbors songs to blast, but at the end of the day it is the beauty and grace of Scott Kempner's songs that take hold on the ear. Listen to "Feel Like Going Home" and Scott Kempner's heart and soul come pouring through. The Del-Lords will always be one of my all time favorite bands and i treasure this album and my memories of their live concerts i was lucky enough to see. If you like pure American rock n roll you must own this album! The only bummer is the cheap packaging this label does on their covers. At least Scott Kempner wrote the liner notes though.
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