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My Regeneration
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2010
I have always been a fan of Def Leppard and like most fans I always like to know who influenced my favorite bands, singers, etc. On Joe Elliott's side venture he offers up some really good remakes of classic Mott the Hoople songs and made them his own with out compromising the awesomeness of the original.
If you enjoyed Def Leppard's YEAH!, or his other side gig The Cybernaughts then this is a must have. I strong l recommend this cd for anyone who loves music.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon July 22, 2010
To me, this is Yeah! Pt. 2. I'm not as familiar with Mott the Hoople as I am with Def Leppard, and I admittedly approach this album primarily as a Def Leppard Fan rather than as a Mott fan. Def Leppard nailed the Yeah! album, and Joe Elliott brings that same spirit, energy, and respect to a full set of songs by the members of Mott. It's focused, well-played, and a ton of fun.

Amazon's exclusive download version was irresistible. Not only are there more songs than the CD version, but the price was lower, too. I like CDs (it's easy to convert them to digital files and the CDs serve as back-ups, if nothing else), but this was a no-brainer. Great value for a great product.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2010
Joe Elliott's Down N'Outz My ReGeneration is a Must Listen, a Must Buy! I am a huge Leppard Fan and Mott, The British Lions & most of Ian Hunter's solo stuff is a lil' bit before my time but, these songs that Joe & The Quireboys belt out are Awesome, just Awesome! Classic Rock is way more than Stairway, Freebird, etc...and songs such as Overnight Angles, Golden Opportunity, Shouting & Pointing, are just Impeccable. Glad to see VH1 Classic airing the new England Rocks video btw, a catchy tune that was out before Cleveland Rocks.

This CD is Fun to listen to, especially for Summertime driving.
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VINE VOICEon July 30, 2010
"My Regeneration" is, technically, a tribute album but the subject of the tribute is Ian Hunter who is best known as the eccentric leader of Mott the Hoople and Mick Ronson's sometimes collaborator. Since Ian Hunter is essentially a cult hero, the material on the CD doesn't suffer from overexposure the way that Hendrix and Stones and Beatles tributes do. (Absolutely no tracks are drawn from Mott the Hoople, and the best known track is "England Rocks" which is better known internationally in a different version as "Cleveland Rocks"). Furthermore, Ian Hunter is - let's face it - the author and singer of some very quirky material so the Down N Outz' performances need to have tough hard rock mixed with a tongue-in-cheek attitude if they are going to pull this off.

Joe Elliot's singing is absolutely great. I haven't listened to Def Leppard in a long time and wouldn't regard myself as a fan but fair is fair - he knocks himself out on this one. He sings these songs like he owns them. There isn't a bum track on the album. Production is sharp, but not glossy - it's classic-style hard rock production.

If you like Cheap Trick or Kiss, you're going to love this CD even if you've never heard of Ian Hunter or hate Def Leppard.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2010
Joe Elliots tribute CD of Ian Hunter, Mott and British Lions tracks on my CD player. Got to say IMHO that he and the Quireboys have done a fantastic job of all the tracks. In fact the Mott and British Lions tracks are so enhanced from the originals. Much heavier and the guitars, bass and keyboards are much more to the fore.Just brilliant and a worthy homage to a great group of musicians! If Your An Old Mott The Hoople/Mott/Ian Hunter Or Def Leppard/Joe Elliott Fan
It's Well Worth Investing In - Buy It Now!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 1, 2010
I was not too familiar with any of the songs covered, but Joe and the gang do a great job. It was smart to recruit band members who could do backing vocals as well as Def Leppard. By the way, for those lucky enough to have "Classic Rock" magazine at their book stores, a 10-track version of this cd comes packed FREE with this month's issue (Summer 2010).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2010
Bottom line...this is simply great R&R!! I'm not going to review every song, but overall, when you listen to this album, your foot will be tapping. Nuff said.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2010
Joe Elliot's solo cd is great. There are a lot of hard rock songs simular to Def Leppard so this album does rock.
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on October 17, 2010
I didn't know what to think of this when I was ordering it. A guy from Def Leppard, I figured it might have the same "sound." It doesn't. This is NOT a Def Leppard album, and I'm sure it wasn't intended as such. Knowing that a lot of rock stars have side interests, I bought it. Just because they make their primary income from one band doesn't mean they don't have other interests. After 30 years, they now have that opportunity. Phil Collen also has a band called ManRaze, and Vivian Campbell has also recorded on his own and toured with Thin Lizzy, all while being members of Def Leppard. Bill Champlain, who was in Chicago for nearly 30 years, also has Sons of Champlin, and left Chicago in 2009 to work with them. Side projects keep people from getting totally bored. If that happens, then the band may decide to hang it up. We don't want that! That being said. . . .

This isn't "modern" music in any shape. What it IS, is music from a day long past sung and played by folks who love it for what it is. Now more of us can enjoy it as well. Admittedly, I'd never heard of Mott The Hoople, or any of its subsequent incarnations. Thanks to Joe Elliot's interest, we can all enjoy this music.

My personal favorites: England Rocks (of course), Overnight Angels, Career, and By Tonight. All the songs are fantastic (although 300 Miles From Here is not good to listen to if you're in a bad mood), and one wonders what one missed out on when this was popular.

Joe Elliott has branched out the Down N'Outz name into beer, although it's only available in Europe. The CD label is made up like a cap from a bottle of beer, and one of those beer bottle caps is on the back of the liner notes. Joe even thanks the other members of Def Leppard (Sav, Rick, Phil & Viv) "for letting me go out & play with the other boys."

It's a good listen, and a little something different from a guy who you'd never thing would do this. But I'm glad he did. Thanks, Joe!
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VINE VOICEon August 27, 2010
Joe Elliott is no stranger to writing a catchy tune or two, oftentimes with the help of one or more of his band mates in Def Leppard. And as he writes in the liner notes of this CD, he's always been an enthusiastic Mott the Hoople fan, as well as a fan of spin-off bands of MTH. So it's no surprise he chose these rare gems to showcase on his first (and hopefully not last) album with the boys from Down 'n' Outz.

This is premium British rock 'n' roll, the kind of live-sounding, instantly catchy jams that sound great banging out of a jukebox on a Saturday night. Though Leppard continues to put out great stuff -- for those that don't know, the band's less-popular post-"Hysteria" work is worthy -- lately the group's slickly produced sound has worn a bit thin. (Admittedly, the band's 2006 effort, "Yeah!," packed a grittier punch and was full of not-so-well-known cover songs, similar to "My Generation.") In short, Elliott badly needed a spontaneous musical release in a band like this. You can tell he's having fun from the moment the CD starts and the crackle of a needle hitting the record introduces the hopeful "Golden Opportunity." Elliott's rock-worn voice is nowhere near as raspy as it once was, but he hits the screaming high notes with abandon and gets the job done.

The infectious keyboard work of Keith Weir is splattered all over these songs, giving them added good-time depth, while lead guitarist Paul Guerin puts in his share of scorching solos. Also impressive are the background vocals on many of these tunes, which, incidentally (or perhaps not so incidentally), are reminiscent of Def Leppard. Elliott is not above showing off his sensitive side on a few maudlin tunes, but more often than not, "My Generation" rocks out on all cylinders like your favorite bar band around the corner.

Elliott and his cohorts put their hearts and souls into this organically created, bold effort, but they also seemed to treat the project in a lighthearted manner. The band's bottle-cap beer logo is a hoot, as is the accompanying band motto: Enjoy Irresponsibly. Such advice is kind of refreshing in this careful, politically correct world we live in. Let's hope some of that spontaneity rubs off on Elliott's big-paycheck band.
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