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Great Radio Controversy

TeslaAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000000ORE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,183 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Their blues-influenced, grittier edge set Tesla apart from the bands that littered the hard rock landscape from the late '80s to the early '90s. The Great Radio Controversy is arguably their best album, with enough hooks to catch the listener, and good, solid songwriting. Songs like "Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)," "Flight to Nowhere," and "Party's Over" show that Tesla is at their best when tackling anthems; by avoiding the overblown riffs and musical posturing of their peers, they keep these songs from sounding pretentious. Likewise, "Love Song" lives up to its title, a straightforward ballad that doesn't drip with treacle the way most hard rock power ballads do. A solid effort all around, if somewhat dated. --Genevieve Williams

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest - No Controversy!! January 6, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!!

I remember at the time of it's release there seemed to be some thought that this album wasn't as strong as "Mechanical Resonance". Looking back at these first two albums now, whilst the songs on the debut were more immeadiate, it's "The Great Radio Controversy" which has really stood the test of time.

Standout tracks? "Hang Tough" is brooding, moody and powerful (still love the piano breakdown piece as well); "Heaven's Trail" was a mini anthem for me as a twenty something wannabe rock star; "The Way It Is" is a perfectly weighted upbeat ballad and need anymore be said about "Love Song"; the rest of the heavy rock fraternity should have just given up on power ballads after that.

I've often thought that it's a shame that Tesla get thrown in with the other 80's hair bands. They were always more than just part of the hair metal scene and with the possible exception of Cinderella, are the only band of that genre whose material has really stood the test of time.

Just do yourself a favour and buy this album!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JINX , WHAT JINX? June 8, 2003
By Mr D.
Format:Audio CD
No doubt about it! This album broke the sophomore jinx and made a big name for these boys from Sacramento with five top forty hits including, "Heaven's Trail"(No Way Out), "Love Song", "The Way it is" and "Hang Tough".
If you're only going to have one album, this is the one you want! One of the band's best albums, The Great Radio Controversy retains the typical big-sounding production and clever hooks of '80s pop-metal, but Tesla adds a grittier, bluesier edge to their music than most of their peers.
Tesla was no hair band. Their music was blusey and folksey and more. It was basically Pop-metal sort of a cross between Guns and Roses and Tom Petty. Tesla also benefitted from the very unusual sound of vocalist Jeff Keith. His voice was gravely and high pitched and couldn't have fit the music better.
You've probably seen bands where the singer didn't quite fit the music. I always felt that way about Rush. Well, Tesla's music and Jeff Keith's voice were a perfect fit. It was sorta like Sammy Hagar.
Frank Hannon Jeff Keith Troy Luccketta Tommy Skeoch Brian Wheat
Tesla was great, I miss them. If there were still bands like them around, maybe I wouldn't be looking to Imports for my music as much, because I don't think much of whats out there today in american music.
Tesla was also the Musician's band. There the ones that the other bands, on top and wannabes listened to. I remember once reading in an interview with Van Halen when asked who they listened to, to a man said Tesla. Now who did I say sounded a little like Jeff Keith? Sammy Hagar that's who. Conspiracy theory anyone?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No sophomore slump here April 27, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Tesla was a bit different than the majority of the late '80s hard rock bands. When one listens to "The Great Radio Controversy", one can detect Tesla's 1970's influences, whether it is Montrose, The Eagles, Aerosmith, or Peter Frampton. The result is a convincing exercise in hard rock.
This album contains "Love Song", perhaps the best known song off this set. "The Way It Is" has that Eagles influence all over it, while "Heaven's Trial (No Way Out)" has an Aerosmith-esque quality. That's not to say the songs are derivative, though; Jeff Keith's vocals are unique and give Tesla their own identity, with a little help from guitar wizard Frank Hannon and sidekick Tommy Skeoch.
Of course, Tesla does whip out the heavy artillery quite often on this album. "Flight To Nowhere", "Hang Tough", "Lady Luck", "Did It For The Money", "Party's Over" and "Yesterdaze Gone" are excellent examples of the band going for the throat, while "Be A Man" finds Hannon sliding his way out of control in the intro before the song settles into an almost country groove. "Lazy Days Crazy Nights", "Makin' Magic" and "Paradise" are examples of Tesla keen sense of orchestration. Piano timbres grace "Lazy Days" and "Paradise", while the thick "Makin' Magic" uses guitar orchestration to build drama.
This is the most accessible out of Telsa's cannon because it's got something for everyone: crushing hard rock ("Flight To Nowhere"), tender ballads ("Love Song", "Paradise") and acoustic blues ("Heaven's Trail") to name just three genres. Tesla will be remembered as one of the better bands of the '80s hard rock explosion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A decade later, Tesla can still "Hang Tough" June 25, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It's hard to believe this album is ten years old, for it still sounds as good today as the first time I popped it into my stereo. Though I have outgrown a lot of the "80's Hair Bands," I can always count on Tesla to remind me of how good rock 'n roll can be. The band's diversity is clear: "Hang Tough," "Yesterdaze Gone," and "The Way it is," all show the talent the band oozed, and songs like "Love Song," and "Paradise," showed the band's softer side. I have seen the band live 4 times, and all of this material lent itself perfectly to the live audience. This type of music is no longer my first choice, but I will always hang onto this album as well as "Mechanical Resonance," and "Psychotic Supper."
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Published 12 days ago by valerie l. crook
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Published 1 month ago by Joe T Mendoza
5.0 out of 5 stars great cd
takes me back in time to the ol days !!!! great cd
Published 1 month ago by Julie A Morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album, no gimmicks
Good album , no gimmicks , straightforward good tunes
Published 1 month ago by Randy Kelleher
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Everything is great about this CD
Published 2 months ago by Candy
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Published 2 months ago by stacey bearden
5.0 out of 5 stars The 1980's
This is one of the CD's I had been looking for and when it came I started playing in my truck...For the prompt service and other services I thank you and I am, MPP
Published 4 months ago by Michael P. Powers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I've bought more than one of these CDs in my day. It is one of my favorites by one of my favorite bands. I've lost or damaged a couple but I will continue to order if I have to. Read more
Published 4 months ago by L. Lively
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Disc of an Underappreciated Band
If you know or remember the group, you know this is a must have hard rock CD to own. Got it, brand new, at a great price. Couldn't be happier.
Published 6 months ago by Greg
5.0 out of 5 stars C'mon... it's Tesla!
These guys made some of the highest quality rock in the 80's. They had a number of hits and most of their songs have good hooks, but I think they were also very creative,... Read more
Published 7 months ago by JimM
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No way.They never wore make up,they dressed in jeans.They played straight out rock n' roll.No posers in this band.
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