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“Frozen Summer” by 3 Legged Dogg

Artist: 3 Legged Dogg
Title: “Frozen Summer”
Label: Perris Records
Release Date: 10/17/2006
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

While a VH1 “Reality” show used the name before the CD by this band was released I think it is pretty safe to say that the words “Super Group” apply best when you are teaming up former members of Dio, Quiet Riot, Lynch Mob and the David Lee Roth Band. By right the definition of such a term should be “music of heroic or epic proportions” and with that being said, this is exactly what the result is on this Hard Rocking Blues influenced quintet called “3 Legged Dogg”. Here’s why its so easy to stand by this statement; the bands core membership reads like a who’s who in “Big 80’s” Hard Rock and Metal with Vinny Appice (drums), Chas West (vocals, harmonica), Jimmy Bain (bass), Carlos Cavazo (guitar) and Brian Young (guitar). Singer Chas West (Bonham, Lynch mob) reminds me a lot of David Coverdale with a touch of Chris Cornell thrown in and behind him is air-slicing guitar riffs and thunderous drums that possess a quasi Led Zeppelin/Deep Purple finesse. The band is surprisingly fresh and catchy all around and a perfect band in a day where the old sound is sorely required once again. I felt this was also a great new vehicle for the players involved and allows us to see just how creative they are outside of the bands that we know them so well from. I had trouble finding preferential tracks here and I was pretty much just caught up in the overall groove that was happening but I did feel that “Rain On My Parade” had some moments where it really reminded me of Badlands and the late and lost too young Ray Gillen. “One Good Reason” crunches like old Whitesnake and I mean the really old stuff where it was much more Blues based while “Wasted Life” sounds like a tribute to Led Zeppelin or something you would have hoped that Audioslave would have come up with. The pairing of Young and Cavazo really worked and while we all know Carlos pretty well from QR, the world needs to see Mr. Young shine a little more since he is one incredible player and does not let you down on any of the tracks on the album. There is not much more to be said about Bain and Appice beyond the fact that they are probably the tightest Hard Rock rhythm section in the business and have proved this for years while working in Dio. With 3 Legged Dogg they merely remind us of this standing.
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“Hollywood Hairspray 5” by Various Artists

Artist: Various Artists
Title: “Hollywood Hairspray 5”
Label: Perris Records
Release Date: 4/4/2006
Style: Glam Rock
Rating: 3/5

Perris Records is a great label if you are a fan of or in a band that longs for the way Rock and Roll used to the delivered in “Hair Metal” eighties. Musically, the time was a little simpler, and a whole lot glitzier when it came down to it. It launched the word “Poser” and so many people wore the term like a badge of honor. The music industry literally embraced almost every band that came from the budding Hollywood scene while the fans of the harder edged stuff often fled the country, in a manner of speaking. This compilation takes a number of good bands and gives you a great sampling of their work. It’s largely kitschy, glam-based Hard Rock singing about the glories of Rock and Roll, women and whiskey. There is some stand out tracks like “Instant Animal” and “Hold On To Your Dreams Tonight” as they have some of the catchier choruses that would just beg for an audience sing along back in the day. A couple of odd placements begin with Dirty Rig and their contribution of “Suck It”. A great band, but don’t belong on a release like this as opposed to something more along their lines.
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