Manifest Destiny/Bloodbrothers

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
When the Dictators' debut album, 1975's The Dictators Go Girl Crazy!, landed with a thud in the marketplace, the band was dropped from its contract with Epic Records, and it took two years before the band signed a new deal with Elektra and resumed its campaign for world domination. The Dictators cut two albums for Elektra, 1977's Manifest Destiny and 1978's Bloodbrothers, and both appear in full on this CD. Manifest Destiny is, quite simply, the Dictators' weakest album; it dials back the oddball humor and mock-anthemic tone of Girl Crazy in favor of a more conventional sound that was designed to appeal to the arena rock crowd. However, there's enough of the band's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
When the Dictators' debut album, 1975's The Dictators Go Girl Crazy!, landed with a thud in the marketplace, the band was dropped from its contract with Epic Records, and it took two years before the band signed a new deal with Elektra and resumed its campaign for world domination. The Dictators cut two albums for Elektra, 1977's Manifest Destiny and 1978's Bloodbrothers, and both appear in full on this CD. Manifest Destiny is, quite simply, the Dictators' weakest album; it dials back the oddball humor and mock-anthemic tone of Girl Crazy in favor of a more conventional sound that was designed to appeal to the arena rock crowd. However, there's enough of the band's trademark sound and style in "Science Gone Too Far" and "Young, Fast and Scientific" to confound the average REO Speedwagon fan, while "Heartache" and "Hey Boys" are too bland to please most serious Dictators followers, and the result is an album that won't truly satisfy either crowd, even if it rallies for a big finish with a fierce cover of Iggy & the Stooges' "Search and Destroy." Bloodbrothers, however, was arguably the finest album from the group's original run; tighter, tougher, and enlivened by the rise of punk, Bloodbrothers features some of the Dictators' best songs (including "Faster and Louder," "The Minnesota Strip," "What It Is," and "Stay with Me") and the band fires on all cylinders, concluding with an epochal cover of the Flamin' Groovies "Slow Death." If it isn't as funny as Girl Crazy, it also rocks harder, and Handsome Dick Manitoba had finally grown into a top-notch rock & roll howler on these sessions. So this disc features one essential album and a flawed album with a few fine tunes; do a little programming with your CD player and you have a copy of Bloodbrothers with some great bonus tracks, and that's something well worth having in your collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2011
  • Label: Floating World
  • UPC: 805772608122
  • Catalog Number: 7260812
  • Sales rank: 43,212

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Exposed (4:29)
  2. 2 Heartache (3:39)
  3. 3 Sleepin' With the T.V. On (4:18)
  4. 4 Disease (6:28)
  5. 5 Hey Boys (3:04)
  6. 6 Steppin' Out (5:49)
  7. 7 Science Gone Too Far! (3:29)
  8. 8 Young, Fast, Scientific (3:24)
  9. 9 Search & Destroy (3:28)
  10. 10 Faster and Louder (2:50)
  11. 11 Baby, Let's Twist (3:54)
  12. 12 No Tomorrow (3:19)
  13. 13 The Minnesota Strip (4:08)
  14. 14 Stay With Me (4:12)
  15. 15 I Stand Tall (5:06)
  16. 16 Borneo Jimmy (4:06)
  17. 17 What It is (3:02)
  18. 18 Slow Death (4:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Dictators Primary Artist
Handsome Dick Manitoba Vocals
Mark Mendoza Bass, Bass Guitar
Ross the Boss Guitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Slide Guitar
Andy Shernoff Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Ritchie Teeter Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Petronius Woocs Keyboards
Top Ten Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Paul Angelli Remastering
John Jansen Engineer
Scott Kempner Composer
Murray Krugman Producer
Sandy Pearlman Producer
Alan Robinson Liner Notes
Andy Shernoff Composer
Shelly Yakus Engineer
Anne Garner Art Direction
Roni Hoffman Art Direction
Richard Manitoba Composer
Dick Destiny Composer
Veronica Drew Ink Art Direction
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