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Under the Influences Import

4.4 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 29, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: CD
  • ASIN: B000XZJECM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,050,549 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on November 10, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I thought that a formidable follow up to Cheating at Solitaire would be difficult. This album surpasses my expectations and then some. Ness mixes all his influences here along with his own unmistakable style to create an album so full of pure emotion that the listener can't help but be inspired. This album is for anyone who has an appreciation for music. There's country, folk, punk, rock n'roll and pretty much anything else you'd want short of hip-hop. It's all here and it's all perfect. The most amazing thing about it is that it was done so quickly. Does this guy sleep? It seems that I just saw him performing last week and already he has another album on the shelves. Ness is a true musician who appreciates not only his influences but his fans as well. His dedication to himself and to us is unmistakable and unparalleled.
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By Buck on January 25, 2000
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I am writing this reveiw for anybody who read Mr Roulette's reveiw and for him.like Mr Roulette when I first listened to this CD it didn't go back into my player for weeks.I thought Cheating at Solitaire was a great album,but I just couldn't adjust to this one.however when I gave it a second chance I realized just how good this album was.No its not as good as Solitaire,and its a far cry from Social D....and yes Ness' best work is when he writes the music.However he is very respectable on this CD,and to Mr Roulette and anybody else who prematurly judged this album,all I can say is give it another spin!
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This is a good cd. Mike Ness gives his heart and soul to these old clasic songs. My favorite is his cover of Big Iron. I would first recomend Cheating at Salitaire. Cheating at Salitaire is the best CD I have heard in years. I love the concept of doing the songs that made the music we hear on the radio today. Overal this is a Good follow up to Mike Ness first solo CD.
P.S Dennis Danell we will miss you.
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This is a very nice album, yo can find in this record, country song, rock and roll song, rockabilly song, nice version of some classics songs, this is a great cd for fans of rock and roll and country music, not is a punk cd but still sound like another mike ness release.
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The parallels are unrelenting, so many great bands find the ability to rise above tragedy and drug addiction with the help of, or because of country music ... not the least being The Rolling Stones, who's late 60's and early 70's albums are just infused with the ghostly influences of Hank Williams, and Johnny Cash, and all inspired by the late Gram Parsons, who's own demons could not be subdued by the sweet emotional meanderings of one of America's greatest contributions to the world of music. Mike Ness, stepping into a clean work, found himself on the same path, yet took a slightly different turn, mixing country with a form of dark emotional rockabilly that was light years from where L.A.'s Social Distortion first established themselves as the seminal American punk band.

In 1999 Ness created two solo albums, with Under The Influence carrying a sly double meaning ... the first being that Mike had certainly been under the influence of drugs, and the second, that he was now under the influence of a new musical vision that would be even more relentlessly outlaw than any of his early material with Social Distortion. He was now dealing head on with personal and actual emotional issues of an adult living in an adult world; memories, isolation, loss, and even the pride of possessing something he was totally responsible for and loved ... his car. And he's managed all of this brilliantly through first rate poetry, the ability to find his voice and anger within the song and within the chords that were becoming ever more complex and detailed; as was Mike's life, because wide awake eyes off the nod take in so much more. From the opening track Mike's unique voice stands in stark juxtaposition to his driving acoustic guitar, sounding more tamed, yet more effortless and direct ...
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Social Distortion is one of my all time favorite bands, and Mike Ness' solo albums are right there as favorites!! Under the Influences AND Cheating at Solitaire are both great albums!! They have a different sound as opposed to Social D, more of a Rockabilly sound, and I'm a huge fan of Rockabilly music!!! These two albums will NOT dissappoint if you like this music!! I highly recommend both of them!!
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I saw Mike Ness perform last night at Slim's in San Francisco. It was a great show even though most of the songs were from the first album (no problem with that). There is just something about the man when you see him live. In any case, Under the Influences is definitely a good cover album. Songs from George Jones to Hank Williams, great tribute to great American Roots music heroes. It just doesn't have the same effect as Cheating at Solitaire does. Seems like Mike was a lot more restricted in this album. I have to admit that the album starts out with a bang with "All I can do is Cry". All in all this is a good album and any Mike Ness fan should have this in their collection. Once again, if you are expecting a Social Distortion album, you will be highly disappointed. Mike Ness has always been that musician for me that I could listen to when feeling low spirited. His music has always been heart felt. This still is the case in Under the Influences even though they are all covers. By the way, the Road Kings who opened up for Mike Ness was also an excellent band. Great Job Mike......... Hope to see ya on the road again.
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