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Saudades De Rock CD

4.2 out of 5 stars 97 customer reviews

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Extreme is a US Rock band that achieved popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Some of Extreme's influences, Queen and Van Halen (the latter of which Gary Cherone would eventually join and later leave), are readily apparent from their music's multi-part vocal harmonies and electric guitar tone and instrumental techniques. The band lends the listener a sound that blends the genre of glam metal with the shredding guitar work of thrash metal. Being asked about their style, Extreme categorized their music as 'Funky Metal'. Extreme has released four studio albums, two EPs (in Japan) and two compilations since its formation. The band was one of the most successful of those from the early 1990s, selling over 10 million albums worldwide. Extreme rose to fame with its 1990 release Pornograffitti, which peaked at #10 on the Billboard 200.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 12, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Open Records
  • ASIN: B001BP4U2W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,409 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Extreme first came onto the hard rock scene in 1989 with their self titled debut. It was a decent album that was really set apart by Nuno Bettencourt's amazing guitar work on the album along with Gary Cherone's gutsy vocals.

However, on their 1990 release Pornograffiti, they really pulled out the stops and quickly made me a fan. While many people remember this album mainly for the ballad More Than Words when minus that song, the album rocked like almost no album that I've heard then or since. Nuno quickly was rightfully elevated to guitar god status and the band became huge selling around 3 million copies.

But in 1991 Nirvana and grunge hit big and Extreme got caught in the hair band backlash that IMO they really didn't deserve. So it was with no fanfare and only Gold album sales with 1992's III Sides To Every Story which was my favorite album that came out that particular year.
The band then was really jaded with how quickly a band can get popular and then have those same fans turn on them when their material itself actually got stronger.
So that jaded mentality caused their (up till recently) final album Waiting For The Punchline (released in 1995) to reak of mediocrity with only a few good songs on it. They just sounded unhappy on it and not really wanting to record an album at that point after the sales debacle of their fantastic 3rd album.

3/4's of the original lineup (minus the original drummer who is a successful manager of bands such as Godsmack in addition to Extreme as well now) has returned though in 2008 with an album called Saudades De Rock which is for the most part a proper return to form for this underrated band.
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One of the most underrated bands of all time is back with a new album. Extreme's Saudades De Rock is the type of album I have been waiting for. Straight up rock! It does not try to reinvent the wheel, yet manages to sound fresh and fun. Gary's vocals are a bit raspy this time around but I like it as it fits the style of music they are now playing. Nuno is great on lead guitar as usual. Pat Badger tears it up on bass. Pat has always been a great bass player but has been overshadowed by Nuno through the years. New Drummer Kevin is the perfect fit and gives Extreme a new dimension that they have never had before. Admittedly this album takes a few listens to really catch on but once it does there is no stopping it. Fans of the band or just plain ol' great rock and roll should pick this up.

1) Star - 6/10 - I can't get past the chorus. I love the rest of the song. Not the best way to start off the album but many other fans I know love it.

2) Comfortably Dumb - 10/10 - Love this song. I read that it has grown on some. This was great to me on listen #1.

3) Learn to Love - 10/10 - WOW! Just WOW! First time I listened I thought it was good but now every time I hear it I just get pumped. My fav. Chorus on the album.

4) Take Us Alive- 8/10 - First off this is a GREAT Live song! Loved it in concert. Rockabilly is alive and well.

5) Run - 8/10 - A lot of people like this song and think it' the best on the album. Not my fav. but a good tune.

6) Last Hour - 8/10 - A great rock/blues song that takes some time to catch.

7) Flower Man - 7/10 - This sounds like Nuno's Solo work.

8 ) King of the Ladies - 8/10 - A fun rock, almost hip/hop song that shoul never be taken too seriously.

9) Ghost - 8.
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I got into Extreme in 2000 and therefore had the opportunity to experience their albums well after they disbanded. Not only that, in recent years, I've immersed myself in all of Nuno's solo bands. I was delighted when I found out that my favourite band was making a new album. I was surprised with how long, though, it took me to get into this album. Firstly, as a drummer, Paul Geary and Mike Mangini have been major influences. I happened to really like Kevin Figueiredo and enjoyed his work on the Dramagods album. He does a great job on this album but I would have really loved to have had a full Extreme album with Mike Mangini (as opposed to 3 songs on Punchline).

Anyway, I would describe this album as combination of the straight-ahead rock attitude of the first album, some of the rawness of Waiting for the Punchline and the sensibilities of Nuno's solo material. As with any Extreme album, you'll find many different types of styles.

Star = Extreme's take on classic rock
Comfortably Dumb = This song could have been on Waiting for the Punhcline (that's a really good thing!)
Learn to Love = Incredibly funky beat/riff with a great, catchy chorus.
Take Us Alive = Fun little song
Run = Funky and one of my instant favourites
Last Hour = To be honest, this is probably my least favourite song despite some great vocals by Gary
Flower Man = Punkish type feel. I absolutely love Nuno and Pat's background vocals, especially in the last chorus.
King of the Ladies = Awesome song. I love the fact that Nuno sings lead.
Ghost = Amazing pop rock song. An Extreme classic.
Slide = One of Extreme's funkiest songs. Love it.
Interface = A great re-do on this Dramagods song. Took a while but I came to really like this version.
Sunrise = One of those songs that you don't "get" right away but I've come to like it.
Peace = Another Extreme classic. One of the songs that made me feel like this was a "real" Extreme album.
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