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Young Man's Blues [CASSETTE]


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  • ASIN: B000OSZPQW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jason M. Blenner on August 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The Rock City Angels were the east coast answer to Guns N Roses. The band scratched and clawed their way out of Ft Lauderdale Florida to a multi-million dollar deal on Geffen Records. That would be a dream for most young rockers. This dream slowly became a nightmare of what could of been. A dark cloud hangs over this band like Hurricane Andrew hanging over Ne 2 Nd Ave. Origanlly called The Abusers Bobby Bondage and the correctly named Andy Panik were as punk as they come. Another local band The Kids were the Abusers running buddies.Their young talented guitar player would drift between the bands. There was something different about this kid he had much bigger plans for his future so when the Kids and the newly Renamed Rock City Angels moved to LA LA land in 1985 this kid would play with both bands by night and hit endless auditions during the day. The Angels would tweek the line up until Geffen Records heard some local lp with the RCA on there doing Teenage Lipstick Girls. All was well a new album deal and the future looked bright ... WRONG >>> First comes the news that the Angels would soon need a new guitar player. Johnny Depp just got Nightmare on Elm Street.More bad news followed Geffen also signed an LA band with the same sound look and pension for destruction . So the word came down the Angels were to become Rebels, Delta Rebels to record their debut cd. To make a very long story short In Memphis with Tom Zuzat the recorded a double album, derailed a freight train and consumed all the beverages and anything else they could get their hands on! One of the songs was Mary co -wrote by Johnny Depp. But Liza Jo co-penned by future country star David Lee Murphy is more of a blues fest than rock...but it worked. All the songs on this album are Rock N Roll classics.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lastofthewild1s on January 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Well...the title of my review might not be totally accurate. But apparently someone at Geffen Records in 1987-1988 feared that this band would interfere with their precious investment in G N' R.

The Rock City Angels were signed to a contract not long after Guns N' Roses, and were subsequently sent to Memphis to record an album that was delayed in it's release just to prevent them from stealing G N' R's thunder. Do I think the Angels could have done that?...No...do I think the the Angels could have become a big band had Geffen given them proper backing?...Hell yeah!

This album was a gem that I took a risk on buying and was not disappointed. They were more akin to classic rock than they were to glam rock (much like Guns N' Roses).

Another odd thing about this album is that it was the band's debut album, and it was a double album. 15 tracks long, and just short enough to fit on one cassette and one cd...but the vinyl issue of it took four sides...well 3 for the album...and on the fourth side, they included an extended remix of a song titled Beyond Babylon.

If you ever see this album in any form, you owe it to yourself to buy it. I doubt you'd be disappointed. I would describe the Rock City Angels as being a cross between the Stones, Skynyrd, and a hint of ZZ Top (see Deep Inside My Heart and tell me it doesn't have some influence from La Grange).

Another very cool fact about the band is that Johnny Depp was once in the fold and co-wrote a song that appeared on this album called Mary.

Check it out if you get the opportunity, but this one is damn hard to find, but worth the effort.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 18, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Young Man's Blues is the 1988 major label debut from Rock City Angels, a Florida-based band whose main claim to fame seems to be the early involvement of a young Johnny Depp. Other reviewers have covered the band's history in great detail, so I won't get into that. And I really don't think Guns n' Roses is a good point of comparison either.

Young Man's Blues is essentially a hair metal album, but Rock City Angels had a good deal more streetwise charm and Southern swagger than the average Hollywood hair band. It's the same kind of sound bands like Royal Court of China, The Front and Sweet F.A. had - all swinging barroom rockers and soulful ballads with raspy vocals and bluesy guitars. They weren't reinventing the wheel here, but the band did put together a very solid, very rocking, and very fun album.

I don't know that I'd call it an essential album, but Young Man's Blues is well worth tracking down if you're a serious fan of the `80s hard rock sound. I suppose it might be a curiosity piece for Johnny Depp fans, though his involvement here was limited to a songwriting co-credit.

Edition Notes: Gott reissued Young Man's Blues in 2005, giving it a good digital remastering, expanded liner notes and a slipcase. It's a really nice reissue, but it's already out of print. If you run across a copy, by all means grab it.
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Format: Vinyl
They woulda, coulda, shoulda been a contender back in the day. But as the legends go, they got shafted, drank & drugged themselves to oblivion, lost a coin toss for fame...Whatever, this is a great album with some great songs and worth having if you're into this type of music. Not dated even now in 2012. RIP lead Singer, Bobby Durango...your music will be remembered and enjoyed...later
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