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Mechanical Resonance
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2006
I'm so excited in writing this review, more than twenty years after I did buy this album. I'm excited in writing the review for Mechanical Resonance, MECHANICAL RESONANCE, which to me is like a picture from my youth, a smell from my youth, ... it is like having again the taste of the first kiss I had in my life. MECHANICAL RESONANCE GUYS!!!!! I remember quite clearly those days, when this album came out. Instead I can't remember how many times I have listened to this one. A billion maybe! It is the soundtrack of my teen age years! This album is just one of those albums that sign a time. It is simply perfect, one note after the other, one riff after the other, one song after the other, nothing is out of place here. This album is perfection in this style. Few albums in this style we love, rock, hard rock, metal, hair metal whatever you may call this, can match this perfection. But Mechanical Resonance is up there with the best of them in the very first positions. It was a shot in the dark to me! I will never forget the first listenings! I remember quite well I immediatly thought ... Wow this is unbelievable! Mechanical Resonance, yes, is perfect. It is the "Kind of blue" of rock 'n' roll, modern hard rock I might call this. Rock with chops, more chops than the Zep or Aerosmith. It was rock 'n' roll in the era of guitar heroes when the competition in guitar was very high. The guys from Tesla won that contest through a kind of Van Halen guitar style taking back to the simple and no frills rock'n' roll. This is the album to have from those years. From any era if you want a rock album that will shake your walls and delight your ears. It will never sound dated because it is simple and sophisticated, hard and tender, anthemic and brilliant. It has that special quality of the things that you know from the very first time you listen to them, that will last. It is a perfect example of what rock should be about. No frills, great chops, great energy, simple but catchy songwriting, extremely clever arrangements, and that special sense of modernity that will never fade away in a thousand years from now. There are wonderful ballads like We're no good together, phenomenal country rock songs like Little Suzi, incredible rock anthems like Ez come Ez go, or Comin atcha live, Cover Queen. I mean. It is perfect. It is FOR SURE one of the albums I love the most FROM ANY ERA. Neither Tesla ever reached this level. Some people say The great radio controversy is better. I don't agree. "Radio" is a good album, but Mechanical Resonance is PERFECTION. Everything is perfect in this album, even the cover which exactly speaks for the music. A shot of fire, the warmth of the tubes, an electric meltdown that was going to shake the world. And it did!!!!! Lights and thunder guys, close your eyes and listen here it is one the best rock albums ever made, MECHANICAL RESONANCE!!!!!!!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2000
THE BAND: Jeff Keith (vocals), Tommy Skeoch (guitars), Frank Hannon (guitars, keyboards), Brian Wheat (bass), Troy Luccketta (drums & percussion). Hometown: Sacramento, CA.

THE DISC: (1986) 12 tracks clocking in at just under 54 minutes. Included with the disc is a 6-page booklet containing a 2-page intro to the making of the band, musicians, song titles/credits/times, and thank you's. All songs written by Tesla members except "Little Suzi" (Diamond/Hymas). Recorded at Bearsville Studios, Bearsville, NY. Label - Geffen.

COMMENTS: Start your Tesla collection with THIS album. "Mechanical Resonance" absolutely rocks. No filler - one blistering song after another. The album reached #32 on the Billboard charts. Certified radio hits with "Modern Day Cowboy" and "Little Suzi". Mild successes with "Changes", "Getting' Betta" and "Cumin' Atcha Live". 4 of the 5 here (minus "Cumin Atcha Live") made it to their "Time's Makin' Changes - The Best Of Tesla" disc. 5 songs from this album made it to their "Five Man Acoustical Jam" (1990) disc. "Mechanical Res" starts off fast and stays that way through track 7... with the exception of the slow and bluesy "We're No Good Together". The last 4 songs lean toward the slower/pop side. Simply a classic rock album (5 stars).

Behind the name - Nikola TESLA: Inventor, engineer, scientist... born: 1856 (Austria), died: 1943 (New York City). Inventions: a telephone repeater, rotating magnetic field principle, polyphase alternating-current system, induction motor, alternating-current power transmission, Tesla coil transformer, wireless communication, radio, fluorescent lights, and more than 700 other patents.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2004
Yes, I was a hair metal 13-yr-old headbanger when this baby came out. But only this album makes me proud of that fact. While my friends were busy watching Ricky Rachman (or however you spell that idiot's name) helplessly hoping to regain their souls, I was busy losing my hearing on the only album that really mattered. If I have any Ratt or Cinderella or Dokken left in my collection, it's only there for comfort and reminiscence. This CD on the other hand finds it's way into a player at least once every couple of months. Like anything of quality, it's stood the test of time. It sounds as relevant today as it did back then. Maybe even more so, considering their lack of popularity when this was first released.

The Great Radio Controversy may have brought Tesla the limelight. It may even have more depth and breadth than this. But nothing has the prowess, consistency, and, well, the guts that this album displays. Great, down to earth lyrics, blistering guitar work X2, awesome use of modern musical technology, and an uncanny confidence and muscle about it that only Mick Jagger or Jimmy Page should be able to flex. How can this possibly be the sound of a band's first album? It's simply insane.

For those of you who only know the "Love Song" or "Signs" Tesla, slap some Depends on before you listen to this album. If memory serves, this release hangs in history somewhere between '1984' and 'Appetite for Destruction'. It's the perfect spot for it. If any comparison's can be attached to Mechanical Resonance, it would be a mix between those two albums. But take that and make it harder, slicker and somehow more raw. This is an essential album for any rocker. It's joining me on my way to work tomorrow, and the way home I'm sure. That's its only flaw: if I pop it in my CD player, I may not listen to anything else for a week or more. But the absence of diversity is more than worth it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2000
Tesla are just one of those bands that just ARE real rock & roll. Something about them is just meaty, and the band just exudes quality. Much has been written about this universally-acclaimed debut, and you don't need me to tell you that this is up there with Van Halen's first one in terms of significance to the rock world.
But I'm going to anyway.
Jeff Keith is a gritty and impassioned vocalist, while guitarists Tommy and Frank and technically excellent and tasty musicians whose duelling lead lines never fail throughout this work. They are ably backed by the more than tight rhythm section, in all making one of the most exciting musical units of the '80s and early- to mid-nineties. Remember that "quiet first part of a verse that explodes in the second half of the verse sound" that was all over some of the louder hard rock bands in the '80s? Here it is, fully showcased for the first time ever on this album, fully showcased on tracks like "EZ Come EZ Go" and "Modern day Cowboy", which are, incidentally, two of the standout tracks on this album.
The sound will appeal to the more aggressive hair metal fans as well as hard rock and heavy metal fans. The riffs are simple chord progressions, delivered with firey power and serious attitude. The guitar solos are kickin', as you would expect, and in most cases the songs are good enough to showcase the band's potential, including "2 Late 4 Love", "Rock Me to the Top", and the anthemic "Love Me."
It's rare that a band sounds this good on their debut release, and listeners in 1986 must have been killing themselves with anticipation over what this band could develop into.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 1999
Along with the Cult, this band helped propel hard rock back into it's power zone, after countless heavy bands had melted away into pop ballad, gutless relics. If you grew ill listening to Van Halen trying to imitate a keyboard guru, then this little gem would have provided instant resucitation indeed. The guitars are razor sharp, tearing into simple,yet overwhelmingly macho chord sequences. If you're an aspiring guitarist, you can learn the artistry of power rock/metal by listening to this CD. It's just that simple. This was THE guitar rock album of the late `80's, and well worth a listen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2006
Tesla is probably the best metal band to come out of the 80's (considering that Motley is my all time fave). These guys rocked harder and louder than anybody else but only got moderate recognition from top 40 radio when they released Love Song off of Radio Controversy. This is their legacy to the rock world. Every song rocks, HARD. Even the ballads. They had better muscianship and song writing than any of their contemporaries. I listen to this cd often and everytime I hear I still bang my head. This cd has stood the test of time. Thank you Tesla, for everything.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2006
Few "metal" bands can successfully integrate melody into their music without falling back on the overused "power ballad". Tesla seems to be able to turn it on when needed, and shut it off when unnecessary. This debut from the Sacramento quintet is full of enough speed to satisfy any metalhead, yet also contains enough substance to satisfy those who want more from their rock than double kicks and 140 on the metronome.

The album starts off with a great rythym section groove, then growing and ripping into EZ Cum EZ Go, a song that takes the listener up and down more often than a Valencia theme park ride. Comin' Atcha Live seems destined to be the song that the band opens their live shows with, falling back into the rif-filled melodic offering of "Getting Better". Then the pace swells again into "Too Late For Love", and thunders into the anthemic fist-pumping "Rock Me To The Top". "We're No Good Together" may start like the dreaded power ballad as Jeff Keith laments about the proverbial one that got away, but screams to a conclusion through a profusion of lightning fast (pun intended) guitar solos. "Modern Day Cowboy" is the token political anti-war statement, slows down a bit for "Changes" but up next is one of their fans' favorites. "Little Suzi" begins with a tasty acoustic piece, and progresses into the culmination of the bands' melodic songwriting talents as they chronical the ups and downs (pun intended) of a young starlet discovering the high costs of fame. I'm a little surprised at the way the album closes, though. After the huge highs through the middle of the album, the final three cuts are somewhat disappointing to me. Don't get me wrong, they're still decent, but I would have liked these three shifted to the middle of the album and slid the rest towards the end - "Little Suzi" would have been a great way to end the album. Overall, even though the band did a lot of great stuff (including their biggest commercial success) in later albums, this remains their best body of work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2006
Tesla is amazing, and it brings me back to my high school days! Fun stuff, and highly recommended for anyone who loves listening to good guitar and a unique voice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2008
My buddies and I saw Tesla's first Detroit appearance backing-up Def Leppard at Joe Louis Arena in 1987. Def Lep was promoting the Hysteria album, as well as their back catalog. The stage was round, and it rotated at center ice. Tesla only had Mechanical Resonance to draw from, but they came out blistering with "Cumin' Atcha Live". We were absolutely blown-away with their stage presence and hard-rocking command of a live show. While Def Leppard was stellar, as well, Tesla was unforgetable. And they still are, today.
Get Mechanical Resonance. It will be in your Top 10 favorite hard rock CDs, for sure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2004
I agree with R. Gorham's review. This is one of the first albums I ever purchased (yes, I'm talking vinyl here because I didn't have a cassette player until 1987). At that time in my life (as well as now I suppose) I was looking for a fresh sound in the music that I chose to listen to. Tesla was definitely representative of that sound. They had everything that I loved in a band. Namely: guitars, unique vocals, decent lyrics, and a totally different package than what was out there at the time. I was bored with hair bands like Motley Crue, and the other bands that were more circa 1984, and looking for something new.
I personally schlepped this record to parties all over Central Pennsylvania before Tesla ever got a hit on MTV. I have the scratches on the album (from some idiot dropping it in a gravel driveway) to prove it. I'm sure that I was one of their original east-coast fans. Every single song reminds me of a place in my life or something in particular and I'm transported to this day. It's music I can plug in now, almost 20 years later, and it's still relevant for me. Love these guys! And I never cared how they looked from day one...
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