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The Rods Import

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Reissue of the second studio album from the underground US metal band which featured former Elf guitarist David Feinstein.

1. Power Lover
2. Crank It Up
3. Hungry For Some Love
4. Music Man
5. Woman
6. Nothing Goin On In The Ci
7. Get Ready To Rock N Roll
8. Ace In The Hole
9. Rock Hard
10. Roll With The Night
11. Getting Higher
12. Wings Of Fire

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 12, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: MSI:HIGH VAULTAGE
  • ASIN: B000G8P2HM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,770 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Courtney on February 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This was the first album I ever heard and bought by the Rods. They are a three piece band that turns up the volume and plays some great loud rock music. The guitarist is David Feinstein, who is a cousin of Ronnie James Dio. His work and vocals in this release is incredible. In addition, Carl Cannedy plays some serious drums and adds some good vocals, too! I can't think of the bass player right now, so, I'll edit that in here later. I had always thought this was their first release, but a review I read said otherwise, so, I don't know.
The music here is tight and played with precision. There isn't a song here that isn't fun to hear. From the screaming and guitar on the Nugent-like "Nothing Going On In the City" to the Budgiesqe "Crank It Up", the great music doesn't ever stop. In addition to the afore mentioned songs I loved "Hungry For Some Love", "Power Lover", "Music Man", "Get Ready to Rock N Roll", and "Ace in the Hole". This music all has a driving beat, energetic guitar and vocals. If you have a good system in your vehicle, put this in and crank it up! This is probably the best release by the Rods that I have heard. If you like this you may try LET THEM EAT METAL next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. B. Ivarsson on February 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The Rods released a self financed album "Rock hard" in 1980. Then the trio from New York City got signed by the label Arista. From "Rock hard", they included eight songs on the more official debut, simply titled "The Rods" (1981).
The album starts with "Power lover", a rather fast song with a pre-chorus that obvious is inspired ...by Deep Purples "Highway star". The next one is "Crank it up", a good heavy metal tune with a satisfying drive and a melodic approach. The third track is a blues based, slightly slower number called "Hungry for some love". This one is followed by "Music man", a mid tempo with a groovy chorus and a guitar solo that makes you think of Ace Frehley's heyday. The fifth track is titled "Woman", and is a semi ballad (very much alike "End of the line" from The Rods follow up album "Wild dogs"). Then it's time for "Nothing going on in the city" which is a fast rocker and maybe even the albums highlight.
Up till now, The Rods have surly delivered the goods but "Get ready to rock `n' roll" isn't really a good song. But the band is back on track with the following "Ace in the hole" (the only song sung by bass player Garry Bordonaro). "Rock hard" is a mediocre song, followed by the rather thin sounding "Roll with the night". The last two songs (on my release) are bonus tracks, and they're alright - nothing more, nothing less.
All in all, The Rods give you seven good heavy metal tunes, typical for the genre in the early 1980's, before Hair Metal took over the scene. For fans of heavy metal from this period (also called New Wave Of British Heavy Metal), this album is a must - and therefore I rate it 4 stars. If you like Tank's "Power of the hunter" and Tygers Of Pan Tang's "Spellbound" you should buy this one. And while you're at it, please check out The Rods follow up album - "Wild dogs".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 23, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Originally released in 1981, this self-titled album was the second album from underground US metal band The Rods, which featured former Elf guitarist David "Rock" Feinstein (cousin of the late Ronnie James Dio). The Rods always seemed to exist just under the radar, but put out a series of totally rockin' albums in the `80s before metal went glam.

The Rods is essentially a reworked version of their 1980 album Rock Hard, and it more or less served as their official debut. It's a very raw album from a very raw band. These were definitely not spandexed pretty boys writing sweet love songs. The Rods played heavy, raw, stomping heavy metal before heavy metal had a real identity. I hear a little bit of Elf here (especially on "Woman" and "Hungry for Some Love," but for the most part that swamp boogie is buried under a layer of steel. Maybe it's the cover artwork, but the Rods, at least on this album, were like the Ramones of metal - bold, brash, and combining aggressive new music with a retro style.

The Rods is a classic heavy metal debut, and believe it or not it holds up pretty well today. If you're a fan of classic hard rock and heavy metal, you definitely need some Rods in your collection, and The Rods is the perfect place to start.

Edition Notes: High Vaultage reissued The Rods in 1998. This is a high quality reissue, featuring digitally remastered sound, expanded liner notes (with extensive biographical details, vintage interviews and rare photos), and a pair of bonus tracks from earlier Rods singles.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. D. Clark on November 19, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I have fallen in love with this band !!! Now I have all of their albums along with Heavier Than Thou and Bitten by The Beast its been a costly road but I wouldnt take anything for them. So far I havent found not one bad release by them in fact the early you go back into their discography it seems the better it gets. Which brings us to this release referred to as Rock Hard. This stuff is just awesome !! Feinstein is one hell of a guitarist, rifting , ripping, picking, soloing, and just sailing along. This 3 peice should have been huge in its day. I know that now in the music circle that Im in which includes many in the business that we are making them large and loud. No get together can go without some Rods blasting out and it doesnt matter which one just give us some Rods. Its no wonder that they toured with the almighty priest for a time.
If your a lover of heavy rock / metal and especially the early stuff you have to hear the Rods. I guarantee you you will love it!

Check all your used record stores and cd shops frequently because I can attest that these albums do pop up from time to time. I had a friend who found a mint copy in a antique shop for 3 bucks while I found my lp in a used record store for 4. Now thats a bargain.
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