8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2004
This another collection of unrleased songs from y and t. A couple of them are alternate versions of songs on other cd's released before Dance, Dance, Dance(basically LA Rocks) and an excellent accoustic version of Hands of Time. Most of this cd reminds of Contagious cd. Vol1 has several songs that I don't know how they didn't make to the original albums or cd's...better than songs that made those cd's. This cd has a few but not as many songs in that category. If you like the better stuff off of Contagiuos and Ten then you should like this cd really well.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2005
Y&T Rocks! I can't believe how good this is! Some of these
songs should've been hits! I feel like I bought a brand
new album or a greatest hits package. Most demos bands
release are not good but not this one. Songs like Crazy
Make Love, Over Under and Showdown are some of the best
songs they ever wrote. If your tired of all the garbage
out there and have no new music to listen to, you need
to hear this and feel good that there is still good hard
rock out there. Thanks to Y&T for keeping rock alive!!!!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
We start off with a few Ronnie Montrose co-penned numbers. "Face to Face" has a wicked guitar riff that's prominent throughout, while "Showdown" is loaded with hard charging rhythms and strong vocals. For the third Montrose ditty, we have an 80s rock cliché alert: A song that uses a popular idiom for its title, "Ashes to Ashes". "Love Has No Cure" was written originally for the Contagious album, it has a cool electronic guitar riff that mixes well with Meniketti's powerful melodic vocals. Dave admits in the liner notes that he pretty much ripped off two sources for the bluesy ballad "Help Me Hear Me". The lyrics were taken from a poem by an anonymous author that he read in school, while the music was `borrowed' from Deep Purple's "Gypsy". Chugga-chugga riffing controls the feel of "New Kid in Town". It's the proverbial anthem for the outsider in a new environment. For such a great build up, the chorus is kind of weak musically. The solo is quite impressive though.
"Long Time Coming" is a demo that shares the same verse as "Cold Day in Hell", which appeared on 1995's Musically Incorrect. Another track they may sound familiar is Dance Dance Dance. This one had several name changes apparently. It appeared on 1987's Contagious as L.A. Rocks because its second title "Boys Night Out" was going to be used by Sammy Hagar that same year. Umm...someone had Whitesnake's "Slow & Easy" cranked up in the background when they wrote "Crazy Make Love". Meniketti even delivers a Coverdale style. "Hands of Time" is a powerful and emotional acoustic ballad that appeared on an AIDS charity album originally. The acoustic tones are great. Y & T throws in a dark yet heavy, sexually charged rocker about my favorite type of girls, "Bad Bad Girls".
I have to agree with Dave Meniketti when he says in the liner notes that "More" has a lot of quality issues and the chorus is kind of lame.
Another surprising collection of could-have-been hits from the vaults of Y & T
on May 6, 2005
Y & T was such a great band on those releases and maybe even up to Down for the Count, but somewhere, this band truly lost it's way. Listen to the CD "Contagious" and besides the title cut, each song is structured to mirror a "hit" from another band such as Def Lep, G 'n' R, etc. The fact was the guys stopped writing great songs and tried to write the next hit, trying so hard that they lost what made them great in the first place. Every Y & T fan wanted the "10" record to be sooo good but we all know how bad that was. This is a collection of mostly rockers that makes Contagious and the 10 record so weak that if this collection was released instead of either of those, Y & T would not have left in the first place. Not every song is a winner here such as "Crazy make Love", a song that sounds more than just a bit like 2 different Whitesnake songs combined bringing my point crystal clear. The year is 2005 and these songs are at least 17 years old if not older but still sound very fresh today. We need this collection to bring some class back to the hard rock and heavy metal scene. Thanks Dave and company for releasing this and the other volume. It is great to here you again and I just wish most of these would have seen the light of day when they were recorded but better late than never. Now come out to Pittsburgh and play a show. Last time I saw you, you guys opened up for Motley Crue. Say What!