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  • Audio CD (February 25, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Rock Candy
  • ASIN: B00HHIN9WE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,149 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This first of the four 'must have' King's X albums is their debut release.

I bought this album virtually when it came out, and it is one of the best purchases I ever made. In an entire evening of watching 'Headbanger's Ball', I only saw one band that seemed different to all the Bon Jovi's/Slayer's/Warrant's/Poison's/Judas priest's etc. of the time, that were played in constant rotation. I saw King's X's ''King'', and though it was the second release ''Shot of Love'' that actually made me run down to the store to buy this album in 1987, I liked what I was seeing for a number of reasons.

1) King's X have an amazing vocalist named Doug Pinnick.

2) They were an interracial band in a world full of hairsprayed, mid-80's glamrockers.

3) Their guitarist played with 'soul', but was as good as the Yngwie Malmsteen's of the day.

4) They took elements from The Beatles / Jimi Hendrix / Sly and the Family Stone / Black Sabbath / Stevie Wonder, and made something very brand new out of all this.

I had found the band I was waiting for.

When I first played this King's X album to my friends, they had no clue what I was playing them, but I insisted this was the best band out there, forget about Guns & Roses, who were just making waves at this point. Pinnick could outsing most of the heavy metal hairpsray boys in a heartbeat. But it wasn't that. It was the sheer quality of their songs, and this unexplained energy that was happening in them. Whether this was the production of Sam Taylor, or a combination of Tabor/Gaskill/Pinnick and where they were at the time, Out of the Silent Planet is one of the most influential hard rock albums of its time.
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I am amazed at how diverse and TIGHT this three-piece band is. Why I waited so long to catch up on all of the King's X CD's was because their CD "Faith, Love, and Hope" was promoted as a religious album. By that time the whole religious CD industry had turned in on itself and became just another big business. King'g X is admittedly not a religious band, although they lack the angst on most non-religious CDs and do occasionally sing about God. As for mentioning God in a song ... so what? They don't preach, or align with any religious niche. They are a positive force. Yes, they are spiritual and yes you will feel as though their music is "lifting" you. They tour with every album they've released for 23 years now. Live, they are astonishingly tight and seamless. I hope they go on forever. Their latest came out in 2012.
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`Out Of The Silent Planet' is the band's genre-busting, game-changing debut - though the band itself had already been playing together for nearly 10 years at the time of its release in 1988. The fact that these same 3 musicians continue to make music together in the 21st century without a single lineup change, coupled with the fact that at least 5 of the debut album's songs continue to dazzle audiences as steady fixtures of today's live set, speaks to the magic of this album - and to the magic of King's X. `Goldilox' holds the power to bring grown men to tears (only an emotionless psychopath could listen to the song without getting lost in his or her own emotional memories and fears). `Visions' and `Shot Of Love' and `Sometimes' and `Power Of Love' and `Wonder' are all triumphant masterpieces espousing hope and promise and joy with no traces of self-aggrandizement. This is the sound of real people expressing themselves honestly through highly personal lyrics and exceptionally complex music. It is also that rarest of treats: a perfect album from start to finish.
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Funny to listen to this again after so many years. Lotsa great tracks and the songs just get better and better the more you listen. You can really hear the influence Kings X must have had on Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden, etc. "In the New Age" alone has elements borrowed by each if those bands. "Far, Far Away" has some of the best vocals dUg has ever done and the key change coming out of the bridge is just sick. "Shot of Love" hasn't aged well though, sounds pretty geigh, but is the only blemish on a great record that started the whole "D" tuning craze.
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This was not the first King's X cd I bought, but I have to say it remains my favorite. It's not often I find a cd that I like every song on, but this is one of them. Absolutely fabulous, all the way through. "Goldilox" is a power ballad that should have taken hit radio by storm, but these guys weren't that well-known at the time, so marketing wasn't that big for them. "Summerland" off of their next album "Gretchen Goes to Nebraska" followed the vein of this one musically, but nothing touches it. Put this in your stereo, turn it up, and get ready to hear some guitar artwork that will blow you away! I highly recommend you follow this one up with "Gretchen..." and then go straight to "Ear Candy".
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When I first saw "King" on MTV I fell in love with the powerful groove of the band that in the coming years I would come to love more than any other. I instantly relished the opportunity to turn on some of my friends to them, who would also become devoted fans. The music was like nothing I had ever heard before and, despite the influence they have had on the world of hard rock, like nothing I have heard since. The first sign of their uniqueness is their use of drop-D tuning. The added crunch was important to give impetous to their grooves, but unlike most who have used this tuning since, power was not the only thing it added. It gave Ty Tabor the ability to create chordal structures that were truly groundbreaking, making his guitar one of the most unique instruments in rock music. The arrangements as a result were intricate, but the boys made it all fit into the overall structure of the song; the chords fit just right. Doug Pinnick's voice is the heart of the band and on 'Planet' he sings with a gravity that touches your soul but with a freedom that takes you away. The harmonies are unlike any other hard rock band (the only comparison I have ever come up with is CSN).
Finally, the songwriting and lyrical content are amazing. The songs have solid grooves with powerful chord progressions and melodies that are memorable but inventive. The lyrics are more intelligent and positive than any other metal band and probably were the main reason they never got off the ground. They sang about spirituality and real issues in an age where blatant sexual references and satanic posing were the tickets to success.
'In the New Age' begins the album with a strong statement about pseudo-spirituality with a muscular melody playing against snaking guitar lines and almost spooky backing vocals.
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