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Theatre of Pain

Motley CrueAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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Rock group. Original members include Tommy Lee (b. October 3, 1962, in Athens, Greece), Nikki Sixx (b. December 11, 1958, in San Jose, California), Mick Mars (b. April 3, 1956, in Huntington, Indiana), and Vince Neil (b. c.1961 in Hollywood, California). One of top rock acts of the 1980s, Mötley Crüe became famous for their over-the-top live shows and hard-partying ways. The group ... Read more in Amazon's Motley Crue Store

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  • Audio CD (September 30, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Eleven Seven Music
  • ASIN: B001EN1R36
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,898 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. City Boy Blues
2. Smokin' in the Boys Room
3. Louder Than Hell
4. Keep Your Eye on the Money
5. Home Sweet Home
6. Tonight (We Need a Lover)
7. Use It or Lose It
8. Save Our Souls
9. Raise Your Hands to Rock
10. Fight for Your Rights
11. Home Sweet Home [*][Demo Version]
12. Smokin' in the Boys Room [Alternate Guitar Solo-Rough Mix][Alternate Ta
13. City Boys Blues [*][Demo Version]
14. Home Sweet Home [Instrumental Rough Mix][*]
15. Keep Your Eye on the Money [*][Demo Version]
16. Tommy's Drum Piece from Cherokee Studios [*]

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2003 digitally remastered and expanded edition including six bonus audio tracks plus the video to 'Home Sweet Home'. 1985 album from the L.A. Heavy Metal band including the hits 'Smokin' In The Boys Room' and 'Home Sweet Home'.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In defence of this album... July 18, 2009
Format:Audio CD
The popular myth is that Theatre Of Pain is Motley's weakest album - as opined by no less than the band itself! I offer this review by way of an alternative viewpoint.

I was 16 when this album came out. At the time I was (and still am) a huge Iron Maiden fanatic. Having dabbled in the fun-but-hardly-life-changing Quiet Riot and Def Leppard (plus ol' Purple and Sabbath which just seemed so...70s) I was totally floored by Motley's Shout At The Devil in every way - the look, the attitude, the riffs etc etc and they shared my top spot along with trusty old Maiden through the 80s.

The great thing about Theatre was that it was such a dramatic left turn from Shout. The image was all Nikki's commedia dell'arte concept with the flowing trenchcoats and the `comedy/tragedy' design. Glam? I didn't even know what glam was at that age and to the best of my knowledge David Bowie was the dude who sang `Let's Dance' right? No, this was just the Crue being bizarre! There's no way this could be compared to Marc Bolin or The Sweet in their indian feathers.

Musically the Crue had opened it up - ditching the straight-ahead crunch of Shout and moving into bluesy grooves, big melodies, and lush production. Mick had opened (or reopened) his guitar palette with slide and acoustics. Nikki was playing 8-string basses and synths, and Tommy had famously added piano to his arsenal. This was probably the first album where I really noticed the production, the use of keyboards and dynamics plus the ginormous drum sound! The songs covered a wide stylistic spectrum from the full-on rock of Fight For Your Rights and the bluesy City Boy Blues to the 70s acoustic RYHTR and the lush Home Sweet Home.

When people write this album off as an 80s party record they're not paying attention.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Somethin's Not Right Here May 24, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Although this was the album that rocketed Motley Crue up to the top of the charts in 1985, I just can't get it. Considering its two predessesors are two of the greatest albums known to man, this one should be, too. But it's not. It is MUCH lighter and pop-oriented than Shout At The Devil, and it just doesn't have that Motley Crue sound that they used before and later. And also, this is some sort of a concept album I believe, but I just acn't get the concept. One song they are singing about gambling and money, they next they are talking about the the pains of going on tour. I just don't understand much of it. City Boy Blues, Smokin' In the Boys Room and Louder Than hell are great, but a lot of it is filler. If you are just a casual fan, stay away from this one.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excess Starts To Show The Crue The Way To Hell December 29, 2005
Format:Audio CD
After the sucess of Shout At The Devil and the stardom that followed, Motley went back into the studio and made themselves a sure hit with Theatre Of Pain. Great...only a few hundred problems....the band is thrashed from excessive touring....the band is seriously f*cked up from substance abuse....Nikki is doing heroin...Vince kills Hanoi Rocks drummer Razzle in a drunk driving incident...the list goes on and on. Motley Crue begin to self-destruct. Theatre Of Pain is a decent album. More radio friendly & now that the Boyz have become MTV icons with the Home Sweet Home video, these songs will be played into the ground. Smokin' In The Boys Room is a cool cover tune. Louder Than Hell, City Boy Blues, Use It OR Lose It & Save Our Souls are my favs. Some filler here. The household name that is Motley Crue has been fleshed out with this album and the ensuing world tour with Loudness opening for The Crue. Nikki OD's. Vince does his jail time. and off to rehab they all go before someone ends up planted in the ground. Could have been harder is what you'll be saying. After the perfection of Shout, its hard to follow up, especially when plagued by that many demons at once. Still a solid effort and a classic, just not perfect.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dramatic turn from Shout at the Devil January 28, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I was 15 when this came out. I eagerly anticipated its release, for SHOUT AT THE DEVIL was my Teenage angst statement to the world. I wanted to hear what the Crue had to say.

Honestly, At first it was completely dissapointing. A Ballad (Home Sweet Home), and not as heavy as it's predecessor. However, it grew on me, and I own it to this day. LOUDER THAN HELL, and TONIGHT (WE NEED A LOVER), saved this from total disspointment.

I give it 4 stars for the classic(ness) of it, however, it's not their heaviest effort. If you are looking for Raw metal, go to TOO FAST FOR LOVE..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Crue August 19, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
I bought this when albums were still being sold. I listened to this every day then all my albums got stolen. I just recently started getting all the albums I had, but in CDs. This is classic crue.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A true classic from the 80s..... February 28, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I recently bought a new copy of this and man...did it bring back memories. I remember anxiously awaiting it's release back in the summer of 1985. I had discovered Motley right after Shout At The Devil came out. Theatre Of Pain was a big change from Shout....but it was EXCELLENT to the ears of this 15 year old headbanger. Tommy Lee actually taught me to play drums. It was on the dash of my buddy's car, but that's beside the point.
Listening to it now, of course it does sound kind of a lot of music from the 80s does. But those memories come rushing back when City Boy Blues first kicks in. Does it every time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars MOTLEY CRUE RULES!!!!!
THEATRE OF PAIN is clearly a polished album if you compare with CRUE's first 2 raw METAL PUNK classics.... Read more
Published 29 days ago by FLUMINENSE
4.0 out of 5 stars Motley Crue
I bought this album for my sister, she likes it but it is unfair for me to write a review about it because I haven't listened to it.
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Published 1 month ago by Chris K.
4.0 out of 5 stars Rock n Roll Party Machine!!
This album rocks. I first heard it in 85 when it came out. I didnt like the album cover but the songs were kool. The Hairband Era was about to start.
Published 1 month ago by Francisco J. Pedraza
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Great
GREAT STUFF CRUE THATS ALL THERE IS TOO IS TO it but they when see at show then know good really are
Published 2 months ago by Albert Carlisle
5.0 out of 5 stars Stands The Test of Time
Better now than 30 years ago.Great bonus demo tracks,Home Sweet Home instrumental absolutely kills.The Crüe says this is one of their least favorite albums,I respectfully... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Craig S Hamm
5.0 out of 5 stars motley Crue album
I like my album. the quality of it was perfectly stated. And the price was nice. I would recommend it to my friends. The packaging was professional. Read more
Published 7 months ago by steven c gonzales
5.0 out of 5 stars CD
This was a CD my son has requested for Christmas this year as he had one years ago that was stolen.
Published 15 months ago by Charlene A. Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars the Crüe's best record ever
If you haven't listened to it, do so before making up your mind. The first two records did have that awesome early-80's punk-metal feel and tons of cowbell, but songwriting-wise... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ferguson
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the ...
Worst cd's ever released. Watch Vince Neil's interview on That Metal Show. If it wasn't for Home Sweet Home & Smokin' In The Boys Room, we would have never heard from this band... Read more
Published 16 months ago by David S. Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Mint condition
Awesome to have in my collection again! This was sent in perfect condition and as promised! It even contain newer unheard tracks that I was unaware of!
Published 17 months ago by David
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