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All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
Tim "Ripper" Owens rocketed from anonymity to fame when he was picked to replace Rob Halford in Judas Priest; he's since continued to impress die-hard metal fans with his work fronting Iced Earth and performing on the latest Yngwie Malmsteen album. This, his debut as a solo artist, isn't any kind of break with his past; the opposite is true, in fact. Play My Game is a metal album that all but denies that anything's happened in the music since 1982. The riffs could all have come off a Judas Priest, Dio, or Accept album, and Owens' delivery continues to owe its very existence to Rob Halford's and Ronnie James Dio's examples (there's a little bit of Axl Rose in his voice on a...
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All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
Tim "Ripper" Owens rocketed from anonymity to fame when he was picked to replace Rob Halford in Judas Priest; he's since continued to impress die-hard metal fans with his work fronting Iced Earth and performing on the latest Yngwie Malmsteen album. This, his debut as a solo artist, isn't any kind of break with his past; the opposite is true, in fact. Play My Game is a metal album that all but denies that anything's happened in the music since 1982. The riffs could all have come off a Judas Priest, Dio, or Accept album, and Owens' delivery continues to owe its very existence to Rob Halford's and Ronnie James Dio's examples (there's a little bit of Axl Rose in his voice on a couple of songs, too). But that very classicism has made Owens a lot of friends among musicians he likely grew up idolizing. Consequently, the album is stuffed with guest guitar solos by folks like Steve Stevens, former Kiss member Bruce Kulick, Whitesnake's Doug Aldrich, Savatage's Chris Caffery, and more. Similarly, the bass chair is filled on various tracks by ex-Megadeth member David Ellefson, Billy Sheehan of Mr. Big and David Lee Roth's solo band, Quiet Riot's Rudy Sarzo, and others, and the drummers include Simon Wright of AC/DC and Rhino Bucket, and Bobby Jarzombek of Halford. Which is great for fans who track guest appearances like baseball stats, but the guitarists are the only ones who get real showcases for their skills, and the songs they're guesting on are largely unmemorable. Based on this material, Owens could sell out a medium-sized club, or deliver a killer set opening a bigger act's tour, but he's got to find a way to be memorable on his own terms if he's gonna have a career as more than an extremely talented hired gun.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/2009
  • Label: Steamhammer Us
  • UPC: 693723066226
  • Catalog Number: 306622
  • Sales rank: 106,016

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Starting Over (3:33)
  2. 2 Believe (4:35)
  3. 3 The Cover Up (4:30)
  4. 4 Pick Yourself Up (4:32)
  5. 5 It Is Me (2:53)
  6. 6 No Good Goodbyes (3:35)
  7. 7 The World Is Blind (6:00)
  8. 8 To Live Again (4:50)
  9. 9 The Light (4:36)
  10. 10 Play My Game (4:43)
  11. 11 Death Race (3:29)
  12. 12 The Shadows Are Alive (5:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tim "Ripper" Owens Primary Artist
Steve Stevens Guitar
Craig Goldy Guitar
Billy Sheehan Bass
Carlos Cavazo Guitar
David Ellefson Bass
Tony Franklin Bass
Bob Kulick Guitar
Bruce Kulick Guitar
Ray Luzier Drums
Rudy Sarzo Bass
Neil Zaza Guitar
Doug Aldrich Guitar
James LoMenzo Bass
Michael Wilton Guitar
Chris Caffery Guitar
Jeff Loomis Guitar
Marco Mendoza Bass
Dennis Hayes Bass
Brett Chassen Drums
Simon Wright Drums
Technical Credits
Wendy Dio Management
Bob Kulick Composer, Producer
Chris Caffery Composer
Tim "Ripper" Owens Composer
Brett Chassen Composer, Producer, Engineer
Tom Baker Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2011

    GET IT

    NOW!! This is GREAT. I would say one of Rippers Best!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    RIPPER is one of the top 10 singers of all time!

    Ripper sings with aggression most of the time which is why I like it but he also tones it down a little on some songs and shows parts of his huge vocal range. Ripper was amazing in the band Beyond Fear and this solo project rivals that easily. This is a must buy for any Metal fan.

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