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Keep The Dogs Away
LP (12" album, 33 rpm)
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Get ready for the most incredible metal reissue of the YEAR - a super deluxe edition of the legendary, underground classic, the 1977 debut album from metal icon THOR!
This landmark release has become revered among music aficionados of every generation as one of the most bombastic, explosive debut albums of any era with such ultra catchy rock anthems as Keep The Dogs Away, Sleeping Giant, Thunder and more!
The vinyl version meticulously recreates the original pressing with original cover art, foldout poster, and printed inner sleeve!
1. Keep The Dogs Away
2. Sleeping Giant
3. Catch A Tiger
4. I'm So Proud
5. Tell Me Lies
1. Military Matters
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The KEEP THE DOGS AWAY album has been mixed so loud from scratchy vinyl rips with way too much treble and with levels so high that the tinny sound is enough to make your ears bleed so consider yourself warned! I am so glad I still have my vinyl copy and the 30th Anniversary CD so I can still enjoy it the way it was meant to be heard. This release is such a disappointment because of this negligence. DOGS is such a great album and probably represents Thor’s best work with some witty lyrics, lots of earworm hooks and riffs and a happy medium between the early stuff from his stage show and the later metally ‘80s offerings. The material here strikes the perfect balance with touches of Glam and influence of Alice Cooper and Kiss. In fact the anthematic I’M SO PROUD has Thor doing his best Alice impersonation except in fact Thor can back up the lyrics (“I got the body and I got the goods”) and both the sinister MILITARY MATTERS and THUNDER sound like something off of Alice’s KILLER album (too bad the mix here totally muddies the background vocals on the former). SUPERHERO is actually quite profound and both it and WASTED boast interesting, trippy arrangements with the latter finding Thor adopting a breathy, growly delivery (think “Hungry” by Paul Revere & the Raiders). SLEEPING GIANT and CATCH A TIGER are probably the most accessible tracks if any had been candidates for radio airplay.
WOW, just WOW. 22 Bonus Tracks with many so good there is enough material here for two full-length terrific albums that could have been but sadly never were. Catchy melodies, rockin’ rhythms and diverse vocal stylings that really show that Thor could have gone far with the right breaks. He kind of sounds like David Byrne on ASGARDIA, the next two songs are kind of proto-New Wave rock: ALL NITE and ATOMIC VIBRATIONS. We get two versions of the anthematic DO THE MUSCLE. The first version sounds like a garage band hit from 1965 with this irresistible twangy guitar riff and ad-libbed vocal but Thor and the boys give us a new arrangement with more….well, muscle… and the update adopts a real rocking Bachman Turner Overdrive feel with more rugged guitar work, great organ flourishes and shouts of “Flex” during the chorus. This song makes me wanna rush to the gym LOL.
AWAY FROM YOU is a great mid-tempo romantic acoustic guitar number that would have had the chicks swooning had it been a single. TOUCH ME is a hot, throbbing suggestive number where Thor really amps up the sexual heat in his breathy moaning delivery over the dirty guitar licks. WE GOT THE POWER and HEY TONIGHT are simple straight-ahead galloping rock and roll. EVERYBODY NEEDS A HERO could have easily been a HUGE single. With a relatable lyric and melody it seems like a lost classic, and ironically the sound quality sounds like it actually WAS recorded from AM radio circa 1977. Both the fast-pumping, SHE SAYS (YOU HAVE TOO MUCH) and GREEN COLORED LIGHTS sound like lost late ‘70s Top 40 classics with the latter borrowing a riff and organ solo from BORN TO BE WILD and Thor even growling like Steppenwolf’s John Kay a little. LAND LOVER also reminds me of late ‘60s Steppenwolf.
You can really hear the Beatles influence in songs like YOU TRIED MY WORLD and TEARS IN MY SOUP. There is a short unfinished demo called JUST FOR YOU that really shows promise, too bad they didn’t craft the whole song because what’s here sounds great. There’s a demo of KEEP THE DOGS AWAY but Thor’s vocals sound a little flat and the music somehow sounds nastier than the album version. A few tracks were obviously more suited to the stage show than meant as actual album material: WE ARE BODY ROCK, SHE SINGS THE BODY ROCKER and BEST BUILT MAN ALIVE (live complete with stage patter).
The majority of the Bonus Tracks have EXCELLENT sound quality that puts Disc 1 to shame. I can’t understand how they managed to screw up the original album yet the majority of these extra tracks sound amazing.
THE DVD: Taken from a 1980 concert on VHS this is basically bootleg-quality and a bit of a mess. The camera wanders across the bottom of the stage at times hovering over the electrical cords, etc. and there are chunks of the show missing due to choppy VHS editing, but what’s here proves what a charismatic performer Thor was on stage. The first half he appears in the trademark black spandex lightning bolt pants then halfway he emerges in a low-cut leopard-print bodysuit.
It’s a shame he never achieved bigger success while David Lee Roth was basically making a killing doing some of the same things, yet on a cheesier, campier, more conceited level. You can hear some of the girls in the audience chanting “Take it Off” in between numbers, one bold one plays grabass when Thor turns his back to the audience and when he’s gyrating to WILD THING he puts those Chippendales to shame! He has a great rapport with the audience and you can see by the twinkle in his eye he’s enjoying the hell out of it. He even toasts the rock-and-rollers while taking a swig of tequila and when he does his famous water bottle trick he announces he’s gonna pretend it’s Ayatollah Khomeini’s head and “I’m gonna pop it like a pimple!”.
The show features more Beatles songs and other 1960s covers than original material which to me is a disappointment. Only KEEP THE DOGS AWAY, ROSIE and the last bit of I’M SO PROUD make the cut. Otherwise we get to hear SATISFACTION, GLAD ALL OVER, DO YOU WANNA DANCE, WILD THING, DAY TRIPPER, I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND and MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR.
The glossy booklet features the original album cover for KEEP THE DOGS AWAY, some color and B&W photos and the centerspread reproduces the poster that came with the LP.
Such as shame that DeadLine Music botched this because I had been looking forward to it for months. Still a must-have for the Bonus Tracks disc and DVD but hold on to your vinyl copies or earlier CD pressings of KEEP THE DOGS AWAY because the one here is garbage.
ONE STAR for Disc One, FIVE STARS for Disc Two.