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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2005
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Motley Crue's "Too Fast for Love" (1982) is one of the band's finest albums, as well as one of their most overlooked. Originally released independently in 1981, the album was remixed and released the following year on Elektra Records. Although the Crue wouldn't break through and hit it big until the following year with their landmark "Shout at the Devil," (1983) "Too Fast for Love" remains a cult/fan favorite.

"Too Fast for Love" does and does not have the Crue's sound that most people are familiar with. "Too Fast for Love," although quite pop sounding at times, does not sound like a pop-metal album, the way their other 80s albums do. While it certainly has the classic Motley Crue sound and feel; these songs sound rawer, more punkish, than the bands later work. Overall it is the band's least commercial, least polished album. Comparatively speaking, "Too Fast for Love" is like a diamond in the rough.

While "Dr. Feelgood" (1989) is a great album, no doubt, the songs are sophomoric and tailor-made for MTV. Although "Dr. Feelgood" is a definitive album from that era, it's somewhat contrived. "Too Fast for Love," in contrast, sounds far more dangerous, genuine, and lived in. When the band recorded "Dr. Feelgood," they were complacent multi-millionaires and on top of the rock world. When the band recorded "Too Fast for Love" they were struggling and hungry. The songs on "Too Fast for Love" reflect that.

While most Motley Crue albums have four or five very strong songs, with the rest being good, but not great, every song on "Too Fast for Love" is memorable and well written. As the cliché goes, it's all killer and no filler. Calling "Too Fast for Love" a pure "punk" album in the truest sense of the word wouldn't exactly be accurate. But there is definitely an element of punk to the album. It's probably most comparable to Generation X or Billy Idol's early solo albums. In other words, it's not hard-core punk, but assessable punk, with a fair amount of pop-content.

On thing that immediately strikes the listener is how young and hungry the band sounds. Motley Crue never sounded as good as they did on their classic debut. They really sound like their ready to take on the world.

These are Nikki Sixx's best penned songs. Although always a gifted songwriter, on subsequent albums he would at times try too hard, or try to embrace a trend. There is nothing contrived or pretentious about "Too Fast for Love." The songs are genuinely dangerous and come straight from the heart.

Vince Neil sounds fully fearsome, an indisputable street punk. Mick Mar's playing is top-notch and gives all the songs a real vitality. Tommy Lee's solid pounding is stellar as always, even when he was just a kid.

"Live Wire" is probably the most well-known song on this disc. Fast and furious with a great hook, it's a good way to start off the album. The up-tempo "Come on and Dance" is one of the album's more popish songs and keeps up the momentum. "Public Enemy #1" is one of the Crue's most underappreciated songs. Fast and highly melodic, it's an anthem that epitomizes youth and rebellion. The album slows down a bit for the bleak "Merry-Go-Round." Young and poor at the time, when Vince Neil asks "am I going down?" he meant it, which makes the songs sound all the more real. "Take me to the Top" and the Motley staple "Piece of your Action" are fast paced and infectious. The strength in the former is its melody, and the strength in the latter is its fierceness. "Starry Eyes" has an almost hypnotic intro and a haunting chorus. The album's title track "Too Fast for Love" is another anthem, akin to Skid Row's "Youth Gone Wild," which was recorded almost a full decade later. The grand finale, mini-epic, tragic "On with the Show" is a perfect way to conclude the album.

I really don't have any bones to pick with "Too Fast for Love." From start to finish, the songs are all superb. Although not as well known as some of the bands later work, it surpasses much of it. "Too Fast For Love" stands besides "Shout at the Devil," and "Motley Crue" (1994), as the band's edgiest, most genuine, rocking music.

The reissue of "Too Fast for Love" has many bonus songs that should be of interest to fans. The upbeat "Toast of the Town" and the popish "Tonight" are up-to-par with the rest of the album's songs. It's great that they have finally seen the light of day. The mid-tempo "Stick to your Guns" is good, but not quite as strong as the other tracks. "Too Fast For Love" with the alternative intro is cool, and is a nice bonus.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2002
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This Album was my first glam rock album I bought back in 1984. Never even heard a single song from the album but bought it anyway purely based from all the hype around high school. It was one of the best decisions I've made and had a huge impact on me. Every Album I bought after that was compared to it. When I hear any song from this Album now, a rush of good memories race through my head giving me a good feeling and a sense of pride from knowing, "I could'nt have picked a better time to grow up in Long Beach, CA". This Album was so pure without all the fake synthesizers and such, just four guys with instuments and talent. There were alot of little things going on in this album that alot of people didn't catch, like in "Come on and dance" the cow bells were hit six times in three sets(6-6-6). None of us were into that sort of thing but we thought it was cool how they hid messages in thier songs. In the CD that was released in 99, there are 4 songs that weren't on the original. I must say as much as I love Motley crue, I understand why they were left out. I felt they didn't flow well with the rest of the Album. The "Too fast for love" Alternate intro, lacks feeling. They did a good thing by leaving them out of the original. The timing of this album came at a perfect time, it kick started the rock scene. I've always thought that without this album, I wouldn't have had all the good times back then nor the good memories now.My Thanx to the Crue.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2011
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Interestingly enough I bough both Motley Crue's first two albums Too Fast For Love (1981) and Shout At The Devil (1983) on the same day (they were also some of the first albums I bought with my own money). Back then I only bought Too Fast because of "Live Wire" and "Piece of Your Action" but there's so much more to it than those two songs. I preferred Shout initially but as time went by I now have to say that although they are both very strong records and I love them both to death Too Fast For Love is my favorite. The mixture of Rock, Punk, Glam and other styles along with the sheer attitude that comes with it, there's just something special about the band's first album. It's not the most Motley sounding album I'll give you that but that youthful attitude and innocence in the studio cannot be replicated. Its' raw and Motley's sound hasn't been defined just yet (that would happen with the follow up, Shout At The Devil) so this is a different Motley Crue album.

Most fans are at least familiar with two songs from this album namely "Live Wire" and "Piece of Your Action". "Live Wire" opens the album with a bang; it's fast, aggressive, heavy and it takes no prisoners. It features a terrific breakdown which sees Tommy Lee use the cowbell! "Come On and Dance" is more a pop song lyric wise and there is nothing wrong with that. "Public Enemy #1" is rather punk-ish and works pretty well and the lyrics reflect being young, crazy and rebellious. "Merry-Go-Round" is a good track although it is slightly repetitive. Vince's voice shines here and the song rocks. "Take Me To The Top" is a highlight of Too Fast, it's very catchy and effective. Somehow this great track is never mentioned and is rather underrated if not forgotten. "Piece of Your Action" may be the best track on this album it's undeniably a great rock and roll song and has some great lyrics. The breakdown has Mick Mars doing this cool guitar work and Tommy Lee's drumming backs it all up perfectly and Vince's voice is high-pitched to perfection. "Starry Eyes" is probably the closest thing here to a ballad yet its millions of miles away from the power ballad "Home Sweet Home" as its edgier. The way Vince sings here just gets me; it's one of those moments where he stands out. There's a lot of emotion in the way that he delivers those lines. The title track was never my favorite, I don't want to say "worse" but in fact it's my least favorite song on the album not that its bad. "On With The Show" ends it all nicely. It starts a slow-rocker that gets heavier quite effective with the lyrics once again reflecting a youthful aura and tells an interesting story (that of Frank Feranna becoming Nikki Sixx "Frankie died just the other night/some say it was suicide/but we know/how the story goes).

In 1999 Motley Crue re-released their albums as part of the Crucial Crue remasters and featured extra content such as live tracks, demos, alternate versions and unreleased material. As for the bonus content for Too Fast there are five extra songs here. "Toast of the Town" is a bonus here but the truth is it should have been on the album to begin with because it's probably one of the best songs here. Mick Mars even says so in the booklet. "Tonight" is an unreleased cover of the Raspberries song, I'm pleasantly surprised this was included. A cover well done and Motley make it their own while still doing the song justice. "Stick To Your Guns" was on the original version of the album from the band's own Leathur label but somehow when Elektra remixed and re-released the album the next year in 1982 this song was omitted. Nice to see it back. There's also another version of the title track which features an alternate opening and sounds slightly different. The last bonus track is a live version of "Merry-Go-Round" recorded in St-Antonio, Texas. Given the time this was taken and the fact that they didn't have the best recording equipment it sounds good even if the song is slightly repetitive (after all Vince does sings the title for most of the song). Those Crucial Crue remasters are the editions to get if you're a fan who doesn't own the albums on CD yet, the sound is great and the extra material makes those release worthwhile its always cool for fans to hear unreleased stuff form their favorite bands.

Too Fast For Love is a special album, it doesn't have the distinctive Motley Crue sound but its rather a mixture of different sound and it shows the band's influences proudly. Yet Nikki is already a competent songwriter and wrote some of the best Motley Crue songs with this first album. Vince Neil's voice was always high-pitched but on the debut they're even more high-pitched due to him being quite young when Too Fast For Love was recorded. His voice would change following this release and that can be seen clearly on the follow up, Shout At The Devil. A young Tommy Lee is impressive behind the drum kit. I'm a drummer myself and I love Tommy's playing on the album, just listen to that cowbell! Mick Mars was older than his bandmates and an accomplished guitar player, his riffs and solos here are excellent.

So there you have it. The band's self titled album is my favorite Motley Crue album for many reasons but mostly because it has so many great songs that mean a lot to me. It's a younger Crue and not quite the same band people remember them as but Too Fast For Love is an amazing album and it stood the test of time in my opinion. It's just this great rock record that shows the band's influences and is great all the way through. It was one of my first albums and to this day it remains one of my favorites. I would highly recommend this album but not only to Crue fans. Those who enjoy 70's Glam-Rock such as KISS and Cheap Trick, or even punk stuff or metal this one has it all in one package. 5/5 stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 1999
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I've always thought this was a great Crue album, but the addition of the extra tracks on the re-mastered version make it essential for Motley Crue fans. The album is fun because it's sleazy, raw and not nearly as polished as the other later albums that they made with the help of record label producers. The extra tracks are great and fit in perfectly with the rest of the album since they all have that early Motely sound. "Toast of the Town" and "Stick to Your Guns" are from their original demo single and they are real rockers. Even if you already have "Too Fast For Love" on cd, it is worth getting this remastered version for the extra songs!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 1999
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THIS IS THE VERY BEST ALBUM THEY HAD PUT OUT. MOST BANDS FIRST ALBUM IS JUST O.K., BUT THEY OUT DID THEIR SELVES ON THIS ONE. THEY MADE AN EVERLASTING IMPRESSION WITH THIS ONE. ALL THEIR OTHER ONES ARE GREAT TOO. IF YOU DON'T HAVE THIS ONE. GET IT!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2010
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I am the biggest Motley Crue fan out there and this should be in the top 5 of hard rock/metal debuts of all time!!!!!!!!!You have classics like Too fast for love,Livewire,and Piece of your action.Also one of the Crue's best ballads in my opinion in On with the show!Sure it is a little raw musically,but that is what makes it a great cd.So get yourself a taste of how the ICONS started the rocknroll wheel rolling,and bang your head all night and day long!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Motley Crue Rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2012
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Raw, aggressive and not too polished, what good rock music should be. I discovered this gem from my college roommate after Theater of Pain came out and I'd worn out my Shout At The Devil record(!). With those other 2 albums having been issued on major labels and professionally produced, I honestly didn't know what to think at first. Then I read the back story, about how the band produced and recorded it themselves on a shoestring budget, and warmed up to it immediately. The raw intensity is what makes this album so appealing. Granted, the production values aren't like the other albums, but this is a young, hungry band clawing it's way out of the gutter, and it shows in the music. Strangely enough, this album was re-mixed by a professional producer when the band signed to Elektra, yet still remains its grittiness. The original mix is available on the box set "Music to crash your car to, vol. 1", which I highly recommend, and prefer. But this is definitely a great litmus test before shelling out for a box set. Sorry for rambling, just buy the #$%^&*(* thing!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2005
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Motley Crue's "Too Fast for Love" (1982) is one of the band's finest albums, as well as one of their most overlooked. Originally released independently in 1981, the album was remixed and released the following year on Elektra Records. Although the Crue wouldn't break through and hit it big until the following year with their landmark "Shout at the Devil," (1983) "Too Fast for Love" remains a cult/fan favorite.

"Too Fast for Love" does and does not have the Crue's sound that most people are familiar with. "Too Fast for Love," although quite pop sounding at times, does not sound like a pop-metal album, the way their other 80s albums do. While it certainly has the classic Motley Crue sound and feel; these songs sound rawer, more punkish, than the bands later work. Overall it is the band's least commercial, least polished album. Comparatively speaking, "Too Fast for Love" is like a diamond in the rough.

While "Dr. Feelgood" (1989) is a great album, no doubt, the songs are sophomoric and tailor-made for MTV. Although "Dr. Feelgood" is a definitive album from that era, it's somewhat contrived. "Too Fast for Love," in contrast, sounds far more dangerous, genuine, and lived in. When the band recorded "Dr. Feelgood," they were complacent multi-millionaires and on top of the rock world. When the band recorded "Too Fast for Love" they were struggling and hungry. The songs on "Too Fast for Love" reflect that.

While most Motley Crue albums have four or five very strong songs, with the rest being good, but not great, every song on "Too Fast for Love" is memorable and well written. As the cliché goes, it's all killer and no filler. Calling "Too Fast for Love" a pure "punk" album in the truest sense of the word wouldn't exactly be accurate. But there is definitely an element of punk to the album. It's probably most comparable to Generation X or Billy Idol's early solo albums. In other words, it's not hard-core punk, but assessable punk, with a fair amount of pop-content.

On thing that immediately strikes the listener is how young and hungry the band sounds. Motley Crue never sounded as good as they did on their classic debut. They really sound like their ready to take on the world.

These are Nikki Sixx's best penned songs. Although always a gifted songwriter, on subsequent albums he would at times try too hard, or try to embrace a trend. There is nothing contrived or pretentious about "Too Fast for Love." The songs are genuinely dangerous and come straight from the heart.

Vince Neil sounds fully fearsome, an indisputable street punk. Mick Mar's playing is top-notch and gives all the songs a real vitality. Tommy Lee's solid pounding is stellar as always, even when he was just a kid.

"Live Wire" is probably the most well-known song on this disc. Fast and furious with a great hook, it's a good way to start off the album. The up-tempo "Come on and Dance" is one of the album's more popish songs and keeps up the momentum. "Public Enemy #1" is one of the Crue's most underappreciated songs. Fast and highly melodic, it's an anthem that epitomizes youth and rebellion. The album slows down a bit for the bleak "Merry-Go-Round." Young and poor at the time, when Vince Neil asks "am I going down?" he meant it, which makes the songs sound all the more real. "Take me to the Top" and the Motley staple "Piece of your Action" are fast paced and infectious. The strength in the former is its melody, and the strength in the latter is its fierceness. "Starry Eyes" has an almost hypnotic intro and a haunting chorus. The album's title track "Too Fast for Love" is another anthem, akin to Skid Row's "Youth Gone Wild," which was recorded almost a full decade later. The grand finale, mini-epic, tragic "On with the Show" is a perfect way to conclude the album.

I really don't have any bones to pick with "Too Fast for Love." From start to finish, the songs are all superb. Although not as well known as some of the bands later work, it surpasses much of it. "Too Fast For Love" stands besides "Shout at the Devil," and "Motley Crue" (1994), as the band's edgiest, most genuine, rocking music.

The reissue of "Too Fast for Love" has many bonus songs that should be of interest to fans. The upbeat "Toast of the Town" and the popish "Tonight" are up-to-par with the rest of the album's songs. It's great that they have finally seen the light of day. The mid-tempo "Stick to your Guns" is good, but not quite as strong as the other tracks. "Too Fast For Love" with the alternative intro is cool, and is a nice bonus.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2002
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This was one of my first records in the heavy metal category, and I have been hooked since. The song LIVEWIRE opens the CD with extreme, raw, fast metal, and has the listener wanting to drive at high speeds(Caution when driving the highway). TAKE ME TO THE TOP is quick, and very melodic. The guitar work is indeed a winner, and the sound defines the metal of the 80's. STARRY EYES, PUBLIC ENEMY #1, PIECE OF YOUR ACTION, TOO FAST FOR LOVE take the rest of the cd into a fistful of attitude, which makes the listener "Headbang" uncontrollably. This cd in general does not dissapoint. It is raw, straight up metal, and not for the faint of heart. The front cover and inner sleeve, of the cd, pave the way for the attitude, and "wildside" of the 80's teenage generation(I was there).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 1999
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I haven't heard the extra tracks on the latest version, but I know from years back that this is a kick *** album and in my opinion Motley Crue's best by far. This is their first album and it's raw which I like, but along with that rawness is great songs, great rockn'roll attitude, and ball bustin' guitar playing by Mick Mars. This album is a must have for Crue and metal fans.
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