Rose Tattoo [2008 Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
If AC/DC are the greatest blue-collar hard rock band of all time, then Rose Tattoo also Australian, also managed by the Vanda & Young team just may qualify as the world's greatest blue-collar punk rock band. Led by impetuous, diminutive frontman Angry Anderson the Ronnie James Dio of punk? and the brilliant slide guitar work of Peter Wells, Rose Tattoo were a mean and not-so-lean gang of tattooed misfits, all of them veterans of the hard as nails Aussie pub rock scene -- in short, the kind of guys you'd cross the street to avoid. Released in 1978, their eponymous debut issued in Europe as Rock 'N' Roll Outlaw almost two years later is a dangerous, unpredictable, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
If AC/DC are the greatest blue-collar hard rock band of all time, then Rose Tattoo also Australian, also managed by the Vanda & Young team just may qualify as the world's greatest blue-collar punk rock band. Led by impetuous, diminutive frontman Angry Anderson the Ronnie James Dio of punk? and the brilliant slide guitar work of Peter Wells, Rose Tattoo were a mean and not-so-lean gang of tattooed misfits, all of them veterans of the hard as nails Aussie pub rock scene -- in short, the kind of guys you'd cross the street to avoid. Released in 1978, their eponymous debut issued in Europe as Rock 'N' Roll Outlaw almost two years later is a dangerous, unpredictable, monster of a record whose power has hardly diminished an ounce in the decades since. First song, "Rock 'N' Roll Outlaw," draws the line in the sand, challenging all comers to cross at the peril of a split lip; then "Nice Boys Don't Play Rock 'N' Roll" if you thought Guns N' Roses' version was bad-ass, think again delivers an uppercut to the jaw that'll set you reeling. The boogie-intensive "One of the Boys" recalls George Thorogood at his baddest, while "The Butcher and Fast Eddy" -- a gritty shuffle about dueling gangs of outlaws -- offers a Down Under adaptation of the classic Stagger Lee urban fable. First single "Bad Boy for Love" borrows its main riff rather blatantly from AC/DC's "She's Got Balls," and the lone, slow number "Stuck on You" is the Rose Tattoo equivalent of the Stooges' "Gimme Danger." "Remedy" and "T.V." are blasts of pure raw energy, and if you're not reduced to a sweating, drained pile of pulp by the time you arrive at the tee-total lunacy of closer "Astra Wally," you better check your pulse. As seemed inevitable, given their combustible nature, Rose Tattoo's career was quickly derailed by internal strife, but this only adds to the timeless mystique and unique triumph of this debut. It's as "street" as white boy rock gets -- essential hard boogie. [The 2008 reissue of the album adds non-album track "Snow Queen" plus four live cuts.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/2008
  • Label: Repertoire
  • EAN: 4009910104125
  • Catalog Number: 1041
  • Sales rank: 79,390

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rock 'N' Roll Outlaw (3:22)
  2. 2 Nice Boys (2:53)
  3. 3 The Butcher and Fast Eddie (6:32)
  4. 4 One of the Boys (3:11)
  5. 5 Remedy (3:00)
  6. 6 Bad Boy for Love (3:05)
  7. 7 T.V. (2:00)
  8. 8 Stuck on You (3:56)
  9. 9 Tramp (2:38)
  10. 10 Astra Wally (5:58)
  11. 11 Snow Queen (4:21)
  12. 12 Rock 'N' Roll Outlaw (3:33)
  13. 13 Bad Boy for Love (5:39)
  14. 14 Rock 'N' Roll Is King (4:25)
  15. 15 Suicide City (5:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rose Tattoo Primary Artist
Peter Wells Vocals, Slide Guitar
Mick Cocks Guitar
Geordie Leach Bass
John Meyer Guitar
Digger Royal Drums
Robert Riley Guitar, Vocals
Angry Anderson Vocals, Throat
Greg Jordan Slide Guitar
Michael Cooks Guitar
Technical Credits
Peter Wells Composer
Michael Heatley Liner Notes
Vanda & Young Producer
Dallas Royal Composer
Angry Anderson Composer
Ian Rilan Composer
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