Hope You Like It / Geordie
Extra Tracks, Import, Remastered
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MP3 Music, December 20, 2011
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Repressing. Digitally remastered and expanded edition (in it's original sleeve) of the debut album from '70s rockers Geordie, now featuring six bonus tracks. Geordie were fronted by Brian Johnson before he replaced Bon Scott in AC/DC. Booklet contains detailed liner and pictures of all the relevant singles releases including many rare European ones. 7T's.
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Granted, Geordie didn't break any real ground musically, but that's not the point...they weren't trying to. Like their UK counterparts The Move and Slade, Geordie were simply a loud, good-time pub band who wrote catchy and fun songs with a punchy, hard rock edge.
I seriously beg to differ with anyone who thinks that Brian Johnson doesn't have one of the most powerful and distinctive rock & roll voices; that may not be the case now since he's been screaming for 24 years with AC/DC, but at the time that Geordie were at their peak, Johnson's voice had the ability to splinter concrete! The only equal to Johnson would be Noddy Holder of Slade; that guy had tonsils made out of iron!
On "Hope You Like It", Geordie's infectious, catchy songs are pretty much all over the map; my personal favorites are the crunchy "Give You 'Til Monday" and "Natural Born Loser" as well as their UK hit singles "Can You Do It?", "Geordie Stomp", "Black Cat Woman", "All Because Of You", and the great "Don't Do That".
Perhaps the oddest song of the lot is the goofy "Geordie's Lost His Liggie", where Johnson sounds as if he'd put away one pint too many and goes into a mock-Cockney/Scottish accent on the vocals. I get a kick out of him breaking up laughing at the end of the song, and then you hear the sound of him lighting up a cigar and blowing out the match; he obviously had a great time with that one!
All in all, this is a good, fun rock album; there are certainly worse ways for one to start their career, but this is no embarassing "skeleton in the closet" for Brian Johnson. I recommend this CD!
Geordie empieza poderosamente con melodias muy bien estructuradas con mucha fuerza. Muy equilibrado en sus partes y excelentemente ejecutado.
La voz de Brian Johnson es única, la guitarra de Vic Malcom es ejecutada con maestría, mientras que el bajo de Tom Hill y la batería de Gibson marcan magistralmente el desarrollo de cada pista.
Las letras si bien no son una obra poética si reflejan las perocupaciones de la banda y cierto ambiente de la región.
Después de esta trabajo seguirá otro también notable. Seguidamente vendrá un decaimiento notorio para dar paso a la caida dramática del grupo, que produce trabajos francamente muy pobres y mediocres.