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  • Audio CD (January 28, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Frontiers Records (Universal)
  • ASIN: B00GC2KIK2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,945 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The self-titled Red Dragon Cartel debut album was cut at The Hideout in Las Vegas and produced by R. Bernard Mann (AKA Ronnie Mancuso and Jake E. Lee) and executive produced, mixed and mastered by Kevin Churko (In This Moment, Five Finger Death Punch, Ozzy Osbourne). The band features UK born vocalist D.J Smith, Vancouver based drummer/vocalist, Jonas Fairley, bassist Ronnie Mancuso and Jake E. Lee on guitar.

The album also features stellar guest appearances from legendary vocalist Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, original Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di'Anno, former Pantera and Down bassist Rex Brown, Slash's Conspirator's Todd Kearns and Brent Fitz, Scott Reeder of Kyuss and The Obsessed and vocalist Maria Brink from In This Moment and Five Finger Death Punch's Jeremy Spencer.

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars JAKE IS BACK, BETTER THAN EVER January 12, 2014
Format:Audio CD
Great cd and great return of Jake E Lee. Could not wait for this to be released, so I ordered this import with an extra acoustic version of Feeder which I like very much. Maybe more than the regular version with Robin Zander on vocals. Deceived and Feeder are both great songs and most have probably already heard them. Besides them songs, Fall from the Sky, Wasted and Redeem Me are my favorites tunes. Great solo break on Fall from the Sky. Good to hear Paul Dianno on Wasted. I liked his style a lot when he was with Maiden. I think people will find a little bit of everything on this release. Some familiar and some not. Jake in Ozzy, is what inspired me to learn how to play guitar and him in Badlands is by far my favorite today. The sad thing with Badlands was the timing of their release. The funny thing is, if it was released today it would have been more relevant and better received. There is no denying Badlands as a heavyweight in the rock circuit. RDC, I am sure will be just that as well. Will also be checking out the Best Buy version with the extra track American Dream. Jake has got some great guys backing him and I am glad he has returned. This is chock full of Jake's great style of playing and sure to please the masses. Hope the band makes it to my area.
Oh, and there is also a tune that Jake plays on piano, the first song he ever wrote, which is a great listen as well.

So I just got the Best Buy version, and the bonus track American Dream is probably close to being up there with my favorite tunes on this release.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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I've listened to this pretty much non-stop since I downloaded it. Musically, this is as good as anything Jake E Lee has done is the past. Unlike Badlands, this is more of a metal recording that serves as more of a mix between his Ozzy and Lee/Lion days. You get the signature Jake scratch sound, killer rhythms, killer solos, killer time-changes, etc. What you also get is Jakes affinity for Mandy Lion-like singers... what's the deal with that? Darren Smith is ok, but he sounds like the he's trying to sing bigger than his voice on the higher stuff, splitting time between Mandy Lion-like & Ozzy vocals and phrasing... I'm just not a big fan of of Lion and there's really only enough room in the world for one Ozzy! Sass Jordan ( and Maria Bring (Big Mouth) REALLY rock on their tracks! Would have liked to hear more with them. Robin Zander was also good on another very Ozzy sounding track vocally. If you're a fan of Jake, I'd recommend it, but be warned if you're a fan of great vocals... Darren Smith just doesn't compare in any way to Ray Gillen. I could easily see giving this a 4 or 5 star rating if the vocals were better.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Happy to hear from Jake again but was expecting better February 21, 2014
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I am a guitarist and Jake E. Lee is one of my guitar GOD heroes. My favorite period of his is the Badlands material. I wasn't expecting Badlands IV by any means when I heard "Feeder" and "Deceived" so I was staying open to something different. I'm really pleased that Jake decided to make a return but, my feelings on the new album are very mixed. Out of the ten tracks, I only like 4 of them. That's not a good percentage for an album's value. The songs I don't care for may be partly because the style of rock doesn't suit my taste but, mostly, I don't think they're strong songs.

First, I'll address my "duds". "Shout It Out", "Wasted", "Slave", & "Big Mouth" all have the trappings of a BIG arena-rock sound that comes off as pretentious and dated and basically just gives me a headache. "Big Mouth", while featuring some kick-a$$ lead vocals from Maria Brink, sounds like one of those weak, post-Empire Queensryche songs. (doesn't the new Geoff Tate-Queensryche album have a 'Slave' on it, too?) "Feeder", while being the first song that kicked off this RDC project, is ok, but, not great. It sounds like it was written for Ozzy's whiney voice ("picking daises in the summertime") so getting Robin Zander to sing it was a bit of a waste. It's not a good vehicle to display the unique tonalities of his voice. I saved War Machine for last. This one is particularly bad. While obviously paying homage to one of my favorite bands of all-time, Sabbath, did we really have to wait 15 or so years for Jake to come up with a porno-style chord re-arrangement of War Pigs and N.I.B.?? The chorus in the tune (which I liked) is left stranded by a verse that has me singing "some people say my love cannot be true" in my head. Why, Jake??
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FIVE STARS FOR JAKE E. LEE! January 29, 2014
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Jake is back with a vengeance and it feels sooooooo good to hear his entirely unique and distinctive sound once again! If you're a long-time fan, this album does not disappoint. It should also capture some new fans. Like another reviewer put it perfectly, the grooves are "nasty" and "filthy and digging", in true Jake E. Lee fashion. To add two more words that describes Jake's playing here - as in everything else he's ever done - raw and sexy!

It's unfortunate that some people are unhappy about Darren Smith's vocals, but it's easy to understand why Jake chose him. He has a perfect voice for this style of music and he's really *not* a bad singer. He is no Ray Gillen, but we shouldn't expect him to be - Ray was one of the greatest rock vocalists of all time. Darren deserves a fair chance though. At the very least, let's trust Jake's artistic vision here - he chose his singer for a reason.

The many guest vocalists on this release sound great, too. But it's Jakey who really shines here. Track after track, he rips some of the meanest rhythms and solos he's ever done. This album is definitely more metal and hard rock than it is blues. I think that was smart on Jake's part - this can in no way be compared to Badlands. Jake has moved on and produced something fresh and true to the moment.

As a rabid fan of Jake's for 31 years, I couldn't be happier to see him back in all his glory. It's great to see the live video clips of him on stage smiling and doing what he loves again. Congratulations, Jake, on a rocking new album! And thank you for such an amazing gift to your fans. We love you! :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
by far my very favorite guitar player of all time!!! JAKE E LEE. Excellent cd, totally recommend
Published 4 days ago by TraceyStudios
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I don't love the album but they were great live!!!
Published 12 days ago by Jason Tanzer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great listen. I love Jake's style and discovered this ...
Great listen. I love Jake's style and discovered this researching for his material. If your into hard rock you've got to try this.
Published 1 month ago by gottaluvit
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice to hear Jake E. Lee back in action! A guitar god re-born!
Published 1 month ago by billy hayes
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Jake E. Lee is back!!!
Published 1 month ago by geeker
5.0 out of 5 stars The Long Awaited Return of Jake E. Lee
The long awaited return of Jake E. Lee! This album delivers, a mix of his time with Ozzy and Badlands... but done Jake's way. Some tracks are a little raw, but it is the intent. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kenneth kopplin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD from Jake E
Great CD from Jake E. Lee's band. Lee's guitar work doesn't disappoint, and Mancuso's bass-playing complements that guitar work. The band's live show at M3 in May was great.
Published 1 month ago by James R Libbey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by gavin riddle
4.0 out of 5 stars nice comeback
Reminds me of Badland day's. A classic bluey rock album that I've come to expect from Jake E. Lee. nicely done
Published 2 months ago by J. B. Thompson Sr.
5.0 out of 5 stars nice guy got to talk to him and got his ...
Big Jake E Lee fan from the 80s when he first played with Ozzy on the bark at the moon album, met Jake in Fayetteville ,N.C. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ken C. Rogers
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I gave this album 3.75 stars (4 under amazon's rating system). The return of Jake is an awesome thing. The album as a whole is a mixed bag. I wasn't expecting and honestly don't want a continuation of Badlands, although his playing with that band was stellar at times. Where I think Jake shines... Read More
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