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Xyz [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, Import]

Xyz Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 3, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 1989
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Axe Killer
  • ASIN: B00005A3VQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,697 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Maggy
2. Inside Out
3. What Keeps Me Loving You
4. Take What You Can
5. Follow The Night
6. Come On N Love Me
7. Souvenirs
8. Tied Up
9. Nice Day To Die
10. After The Rain
11. On The Blue Side Of The Night

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I made it to the light to realize I'm too far gone" December 12, 2004
Format:Audio CD
XYZ is the eponymous debut of the Hollywood-based metal band that was formed in 1985. Don Dokken produced this album and, like the band Dokken, XYZ plays straight forward, radio friendly 1980s metal, although their music is heavier than Dokken's. Released in 1989, XYZ is similar to briefly popular metal bands of the late 1980s like Winger, Hurricane, etc. Although the album is not spectacular, there is not anything weak on it either. Standout tracks include the single "Maggy" and the addictive "Tied Up." XYZ released a couple more albums after this one, but never achieved much fame. Their first album was released a little too late to capitalize on the 1980s hair metal scene which is unfortunate because they were better than a lot of bands that hit it big (however briefly) during that time. Still, XYZ is decent and solid and anyone who likes the aforementioned bands will like this album.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's more like 4.5 stars September 27, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I'll be the first to admit, I have no idea why some really amazing bands never achieved success in the late 80's/early 90's. Bands like Blue Tears, Wildside, Johnny Crash, Sister Whiskey and Pretty Boy Floyd all had amazing talent, but for some reason, they never hit the top. XYZ is more than definitely another band that should have been rock-mosters, but instead, nobody even cares they existed. I guess the easiest excuse for why they never achieved greatness, is pretty simple actually, there were to many bands that looked and sounded just like XYZ.

XYZ's self-titled debut album, is almost perfect in every facet. These guys were the real deal. They had the look (for that time anyways), they wrote and played killer songs, and they had amazing showmanship for an unknown band. For my money, i'm guessing that's why Don Dokken took them under his wing.

The album boasts several songs that should have been all over rock radio back in the day. Maggy, Inside Out, Follow The Night, Souvenirs and Come On N' Love Me are all top notch tracks. The rest are easily just as good, the only thing that makes this album 4.5 stars and not 5, is the song, What Keeps Me Loving You. The song itself is great, however, it just doesn't seem to fit with the other tracks on the record.

Like I said earlier, I don't know why some bands never hit the top. These guys were more than deserving, and it's a damn shame they never achieved success at a high level.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock solid. Atrociously under-rated. July 3, 2002
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard this album, I thought, man this band rocks! Ballads or rockers, their music kickass! And the guitarist plays some mean guitar! Many said they sounded like Dokken (since Don Dokken was the producer) but to me, they sounded much better, they rock harder and their ballads are better too.
Too bad, they came out little too late, when the music scene is starting to be taken over by those 'grunge' bands ala nirvana. Thus, sadly, they never really got the recognition they deserved.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great debut December 4, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I've long since given up trying to figure out why some bands make it and others fail to do so, but you really have to wonder why XYZ never really reached the same level of success as bands like Steelheart or Firehouse. They had a great sound that should have gone over quite well in the late 80s, and yet I don't recall ever hearing their music or seeing any MTV videos back then, and I was a total junkie for this kind of music.

The band released their self-titled debut in 1989. The album was produced by Don Dokken, so you definitely catch bits of Dokken in XYZ's sound, though it is closer to the typical hair metal sound than Dokken was. The band stuck pretty close to the hair metal formula in terms of musical style and songwriting, but they managed not to sound overly clichéd or cheesy - no mean feat. What makes the album really stand out is Terry Ilous's powerful vocal performance. His voice is like a lower-pitched Mike Matijevic (of Steelheart), and gives the album a slightly bluesy feel that adds some depth to the songs.

I hate that so may people (myself included) overlooked XYZ when they were originally active, because they were one of the scene's better bands. Instead, while Slaughter and the Bulletboys were selling albums by the truckload, XYZ's 1991 follow-up album Hungry went largely unnoticed and the band members went their separate ways.

If you're still into hair metal and 80's rock, you'd do well to add some XYZ albums to your collection. The Axe Killer remasters of this album and Hungry are your best bets, but if you run across the original discs used you'll definitely want to grab them.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST DOKKEN ALBUM EVER! March 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Between mid 1980's and early 1990's, Dokken released a few good albums. The albums "Tooth & Nail" and "Back For The Attack" had some killer riffs, excellent lead guitar playing and good song writing but neither nor any other Dokken album set my world on fire. But for some reason, I was pulled to listen to their music. I have no explanation other than to say it's possible I was hoping that one day they would deliver a knock out album. That never happened. However, I just happened to run across this album on the day it was released back in 1989 and saw that it was produced by Don Dokken so I made the purchase. I'll sum it up with this simple statement: This is the best album Dokken never made. George Lynch was an excellent guitarist (overrated in my opinion) but I found Marc Diglio's sound and style even more impressive. I could never really get used to Don Dokken's voice but Terry Ilous' lyrical renderings were more to my liking. The song writing is impressive which suggest that though this is their debut album, the band honed its chops writing and playing on the road. I still have this album after all of these years and it still floors me every time I take a listen. Every song has a different flavor. My personal favorites are "Maggie" for it's melodic simplicity and tasty guitar solo, the bluesy "Follow The Night", the sincerity of the ballad "What Keeps Me Loving You" and the surprisingly mean sounding "Take What You Can". Incidentally, I saw XYZ perform in a Washington DC club called The Bayou about 6 months after the release of this album and you talk about putting on a show! They were unbelievable. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good debut album !!!!
Good album. I think these guys were produced by Don Dokken so I can hear the hooks in there that have a Dokken like feel. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Robert R.
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic all around
A major band that got screwed when grunge came out ,Kelly Hanson now sings 4 Foreigner, fantastic all around , at 1 point amazon wanted $225.00 for this c.d.
Published 1 month ago by Randy Kelleher
5.0 out of 5 stars Like to see them get back for an encore album
I can"t believe I missed these guys in there day!! I now have all there cd:s and can"t stop listening to them!!! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Manny 1973
5.0 out of 5 stars rockin'
This is a good solid rock album. Produced by Don Dokken. If you like classic rock this album is for you.
Published 8 months ago by Joy
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!
Awesome band that should have gone much further than they did. This is a must have album if you like metal.
Published 10 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome band!!
Kick ass metal band.One of the great 80's metal bands.Produced by Don Dokken,so how could it be anything but kick ass!!!
Published 15 months ago by nolesfan63
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD!
Great 80s Metal! The music is tight and crunchy, the vocalist has a great voice, and the louder you crank it, the better it sounds!
Published on May 24, 2012 by Daniel T. Oldham
5.0 out of 5 stars XYZ Turns it "Inside Out" with their debut album!!!
I could never figure out what record producers/labels of the late 80s and early 90s were thinking. 80s hair metal was "punching them in the face" with kick-ass riffs, wicked solos,... Read more
Published on January 11, 2012 by Jake R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Hair Rocks Hard
XYZ came into the game a little late in 1989 however they brought a keg of dynamite when they arrived. Read more
Published on December 25, 2011 by E. D. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars a good one oportunity
is a pleasure to me the oportunity to make a review about the product that i comes at time and it was faster than i ever though. i just want to say!! Read more
Published on October 26, 2011 by Alexum
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