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The Great Radio Controversy

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Their blues-influenced, grittier edge set Tesla apart from the bands that littered the hard rock landscape from the late '80s to the early '90s. The Great Radio Controversy is arguably their best album, with enough hooks to catch the listener, and good, solid songwriting. Songs like "Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)," "Flight to Nowhere," and "Party's Over" show that Tesla is at their best when tackling anthems; by avoiding the overblown riffs and musical posturing of their peers, they keep these songs from sounding pretentious. Likewise, "Love Song" lives up to its title, a straightforward ballad that doesn't drip with treacle the way most hard rock power ballads do. A solid effort all around, if somewhat dated. --Genevieve Williams
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 1, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000000ORE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,907 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Michael D. Hicks on January 6, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!!

I remember at the time of it's release there seemed to be some thought that this album wasn't as strong as "Mechanical Resonance". Looking back at these first two albums now, whilst the songs on the debut were more immeadiate, it's "The Great Radio Controversy" which has really stood the test of time.

Standout tracks? "Hang Tough" is brooding, moody and powerful (still love the piano breakdown piece as well); "Heaven's Trail" was a mini anthem for me as a twenty something wannabe rock star; "The Way It Is" is a perfectly weighted upbeat ballad and need anymore be said about "Love Song"; the rest of the heavy rock fraternity should have just given up on power ballads after that.

I've often thought that it's a shame that Tesla get thrown in with the other 80's hair bands. They were always more than just part of the hair metal scene and with the possible exception of Cinderella, are the only band of that genre whose material has really stood the test of time.

Just do yourself a favour and buy this album!!!
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No doubt about it! This album broke the sophomore jinx and made a big name for these boys from Sacramento with five top forty hits including, "Heaven's Trail"(No Way Out), "Love Song", "The Way it is" and "Hang Tough".
If you're only going to have one album, this is the one you want! One of the band's best albums, The Great Radio Controversy retains the typical big-sounding production and clever hooks of '80s pop-metal, but Tesla adds a grittier, bluesier edge to their music than most of their peers.
Tesla was no hair band. Their music was blusey and folksey and more. It was basically Pop-metal sort of a cross between Guns and Roses and Tom Petty. Tesla also benefitted from the very unusual sound of vocalist Jeff Keith. His voice was gravely and high pitched and couldn't have fit the music better.
You've probably seen bands where the singer didn't quite fit the music. I always felt that way about Rush. Well, Tesla's music and Jeff Keith's voice were a perfect fit. It was sorta like Sammy Hagar.
BAND MEMBERS
Frank Hannon Jeff Keith Troy Luccketta Tommy Skeoch Brian Wheat
Tesla was great, I miss them. If there were still bands like them around, maybe I wouldn't be looking to Imports for my music as much, because I don't think much of whats out there today in american music.
Tesla was also the Musician's band. There the ones that the other bands, on top and wannabes listened to. I remember once reading in an interview with Van Halen when asked who they listened to, to a man said Tesla. Now who did I say sounded a little like Jeff Keith? Sammy Hagar that's who. Conspiracy theory anyone?
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By A Customer on April 27, 2000
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Tesla was a bit different than the majority of the late '80s hard rock bands. When one listens to "The Great Radio Controversy", one can detect Tesla's 1970's influences, whether it is Montrose, The Eagles, Aerosmith, or Peter Frampton. The result is a convincing exercise in hard rock.
This album contains "Love Song", perhaps the best known song off this set. "The Way It Is" has that Eagles influence all over it, while "Heaven's Trial (No Way Out)" has an Aerosmith-esque quality. That's not to say the songs are derivative, though; Jeff Keith's vocals are unique and give Tesla their own identity, with a little help from guitar wizard Frank Hannon and sidekick Tommy Skeoch.
Of course, Tesla does whip out the heavy artillery quite often on this album. "Flight To Nowhere", "Hang Tough", "Lady Luck", "Did It For The Money", "Party's Over" and "Yesterdaze Gone" are excellent examples of the band going for the throat, while "Be A Man" finds Hannon sliding his way out of control in the intro before the song settles into an almost country groove. "Lazy Days Crazy Nights", "Makin' Magic" and "Paradise" are examples of Tesla keen sense of orchestration. Piano timbres grace "Lazy Days" and "Paradise", while the thick "Makin' Magic" uses guitar orchestration to build drama.
This is the most accessible out of Telsa's cannon because it's got something for everyone: crushing hard rock ("Flight To Nowhere"), tender ballads ("Love Song", "Paradise") and acoustic blues ("Heaven's Trail") to name just three genres. Tesla will be remembered as one of the better bands of the '80s hard rock explosion.
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WOW, WHAT TO SAY? THIS ALBUM WAS AND STILL IS ONE OF THE DEFINING POINTS OF THIS PERIOD OF ROCK. TESLA ROCKED THE ARENA'S OF THE WORLD AND THIS ALBUM WAS THEIR BREAK OUT. COMPLETELY FULL OF GREAT SONGS. NO NOT ONE BAD ONE TO BE FOUND HERE! IF YOU HAVENT HEARD THIS ONE YOU SERIOUSLY NEED TO. TESLA CONTINUED TO PUT OUT GOOD ALBUMS BUT THIS IS THEIR BABY !

ALSO IF YOUR INTO THIS TYPE OF GOOD TALENTED ROCK N ROLL CHECK OUT THE TORA TORA CDS. ABSOLUTELY WAY UP THERE IN MY OPINION. THESE GUYS WERE BEHIND IN THE GAME BLOOMING LATE AND GOT LOST IN THE GRUNGE BUT LORD HAVE MERCY THIS IS SOME OF THE BEST ROCK IVE HEARD AND IVE HEARD IT ALL.
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