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  • Audio CD (September 25, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tesla Electric Co
  • ASIN: B000UNMTXS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,773 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Tesla first tested out some of their favorite rock classics with their fans in the summer of 2006 during the Electric Summer Jam tour (the first tour with guitarist Dave Rude, who replaced original guitarist Tommy Skeoch). While UFO's Rock Bottom went down like a storm to a standing, cheering, grandstand crowd of 10,000 in Milwaukee, Black Sabbath's War Pigs engaged 6,000 people in Lansing, Michigan so much that they refused to leave during a torrential rainstorm which lasted throughout the entire two-hour show. After getting such a positive reaction from their fans, the band knew making REAL TO REEL was a logical next step for them. Real To Reel is a collection of songs that inspired us back in the day when we first heard them in the '70s, says singer Jeff Keith. We originally had a large list of songs in mind for the record, and we had a lot of fun picking out the ones that ultimately made it onto the album. Making music is all about feeding off of your inspirations and putting your own touches to it. We feel we've accomplished this to the highest extent.

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The second installment in Tesla's Real to Reel collection features the venerable quintet covering classic songs by the likes of Alice Cooper ("Is It My Body?"), Bachman-Turner Overdrive ("Not Fragile"), and ZZ Top ("Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers"), to the same satisfying results heard on the first RtR. While some of the tracks (Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Saturday Night Special," Black Sabbath's "War Pigs") may feel unnecessary, Telsa triumphs with attitude, accuracy, and an enthusiasm for an unpretentious and bygone era of rock & roll. The most successful stabs come in the form of Monstrose's "Make It Last," Mott the Hoople's "All the Young Dudes," and Bad Company's "Shooting Star," each having hints of faithfulness to the original while bearing Tesla's unique sonic stamp. (Witness Peter Frampton's "Do You Feel like We Do?," which bears a Santana-esque vibe.) In the end, Real to Reel 2 and its predecessor stand as great primers for no frills rock & roll. --Jedd Beaudoin

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And they do a good job on it.
Richard Thompson
This cd is easily one of the best cover song cds I've ever heard.
J. Lupton
Thank you Tesla for making this great CD set!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By grego on September 28, 2007
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Thank-you Tesla for making this great CD available to those of us who couldn't make it to a show during the summer of 2007. I thought Reel 1 was good but this one's even better. That oh-so-satisfying heavy guitar crunch that showed up on Reel 1's "Walk Away," "Day of the Eagle," and "Rock Bottom" shows up again on Reel 2's "Not Fragile," Saturday Night Special," and "War Pigs."

In the same way that Reel 1's "I've Got a Feeling" actually sounded BETTER than the Beatles original, Reel 2's "I Want to Take You Higher" sounds BETTER than Sly's original. If you love the classic Gibson/Marshall guitar tone, then this is your CD. It contains some of the best guitar sounds I've ever heard, and effectively pays tribute to pioneers like Ronnie Montrose, Joe Walsh, Robin Trower, Gary Rossington, Keith Richards, Tony Iommi and Joe Perry.

Reel 1 and Reel 2 are so fun to listen to, that I'm prepared to plunk my money down on volume 3 if the boys are so inclined. In fact, Tesla is going to HAVE to create Reel 3, if only to pay tribute to the Who, Cream and Jimi Hendrix. Oh, I just remembered another song from Reel 1 that is superior to the original: "Hand Me Down World" by the Guess Who. Great stuff. Buy it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Lupton on October 9, 2007
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Tesla does it again in outstanding fashion. I appreciate the fact that they picked many less obvious songs and made them all their own. Case in point: Montrose's "Make It Last" and BTO's "Not Fragile" both excellent versions that make you appreciate the originals and the tesla-fied versions - they both rock. This cd contains two other gems Frampton's "Do You Feel Like We Do" and Sabbath's "War Pigs". I've never heard anybody cover Frampton's song (and you thought the live version was the final word!) 12 minutes of electric guitar bliss. "War Pigs" contains a wicked guitar break a la Hendrix (in this case..f'in Frank Hannon very underrated guitarist). I've heard many tribute cds and only a select few can make you forget the original version and seek out a newer version. This cd is easily one of the best cover song cds I've ever heard. P.S. Heard them cover "Rock Bottom" and "Do You Feel Like We Do" in '92 and Tesla rocked the house with smokin' versions of both songs. This rocks...BUY IT and support a band that plays out and is not played out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Thompson on November 8, 2007
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I thoroughly enjoyed Real to Reel 1 by Tesla. Had some great covers, both known and unknown. I couldn't wait to get my hands on Real to Reel 2. I don't think it is as good as the first one due to song selection only, but it does contain MY favorite Black Sabbath song: War Pigs. And they do a good job on it. I would honestly give this 4 stars, but I am trying to compensate for "Apetit's" 1 star review (completely Un-appropriate) from Monkeyville USA. What an IDIOT this guy is.

Anyway, if you liked version one you should like version 2. Plus, it gives you the chance to mix and match your personal favorites and burn to one disc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By vick_troy on December 20, 2007
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The guys from Tesla have done it again. All they have ever done is rock. They never got into all the hair band, glam stuff. They have always been T-shirts and blue jeans hard rockers. The first album is slightly better because of song selections, only because I was not familiar with some of the songs, but the more I listen the better it gets. Once in a while I recognize on the radio some of the original songs they covered on these 2 albums and man what a great job they did covering them. I can honestly say, of all my favorite artists, Tesla has never disappointed me. I love every album and pretty much every song they have ever done.
Keep on making good rock guys and keep it coming.
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You do not have to be a Tesla fan to enjoy this album. But if you are, listening becomes that much more enjoyable. Some of these songs off of Reel to Reel 2 (as well as RTR 1) could easily be voted as the best cover songs, ever! Tesla has done a fantastic tribute to the songs they have covered; keeping true to the original theme of the music adding current tones, precision Tesla styled musicianship and balls out rock attitude!

Per usual, the drumming, the lead & rhythm guitars as well as the lead vocals not only sound great tone wise, but they are executed by the masters of their craft.

One thing to point out that is NOT new to Tesla recordings but stands out here are the backing vocals. Very good harmonies that keep true to the original songs, but with a more modern performance. Very impressive guys!

On Reel to Reel 2, my attention wanders on Do You Feel Like We Do due to the overly lengthy mid section of that comes in over 11 minutes. Wow! The high points for me on the CD are the tracks All The Young Dudes, Saturday Night Special, and the energy shown on I Want to Take You higher.

As is the case with the rest of Tesla's music; this Reel to Reel set 1 & 2 shows the band is a tight unit made up of 5 very talented musicians that work together great!

Thank you Tesla for making this great CD set!
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By Gitters on April 11, 2008
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After hearing "Real to Reel, Vol.1", I had to go out and get my hands on volume 2. I must say the Vol.2 lived up to my expectations. It's great to hear someone paying tribute to their favorite bands and influences, and choosing songs besides the best known songs by those groups. It really enjoyed Montroses "Make it Last", Aerosmith's "Seasons of Whither", etc. The only time the cd becomes a little too much is during the Frampton song, it's a little long and starts to get old, but other than that I love Vol.2.
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