Sorry everyone.... work's been really a treat lately!!
Here's my song by song blurb list. feel free to comment or ask any specific questions.
1. Set Me Free - Sweet** - I can't say that I ever heard the original of this song but, I love it as an opener. Speed, trademark guitars and harmonies abound!!
2. Blackout - Scorpions - This is my least favorite song on the disc. I'd like it better if it weren't for Micheal's Oh-ee-Oh's after he says "Blackout". Otherwise, a good representation of the song.
3. Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath*** - What can I say. The best non-BS/Dio version I've ever heard. They slow the tempo down of the main part just enough to make you think about it. Then whack you in the head in the ending!! The singing is excellent thourghout and they even have a few nicely place harmonies, which add a nice touch.
4. Lights Out - UFO** - When I was growing up, UFO's Strangers In The Night was in my car non-stop. Being from Chicago and hearing Phil go "Lights Out, Lights Out, Chicago!!" always made me feel on top of the world!! That version kicks so much f'n ass that it's hard to live up to it. That being said, Stryper does a great job with the song and consequently is one of my favorites. It rocks!!
5. Carry On My Wayward Son - Kansas - great version; harmonies are great. It's everything you expect, including the song pick. I wasn't surprised by the song and when I saw it I said to myself, that should be good... andit was... nuff said.
6. Highway Star - Deep Purple - same as above. Though coming from Buckcherry's sad-ass cover, this is the cat's ass of covers. lol
7. Shout It Out Loud - KISS* - I'd say same as above for this one too but, it sounds even better than I thought it would; very nicely done!
8. Over The Mountain - Ozzy* - Nice song selection. I like what Oz did to the guitar riff. It almost sounds like he's riding a horse over the mountain.
9. The Trooper - Iron Maiden - Didn't expect this song. They do a great job. This song definitely showcases the skill of both Micheal and Oz. I miss the grittiness of Bruce's voice though.
10. Breaking The Law - Judas Priest - They started doing this song some time in 2009, I think. My guess is that with some of these songs, they wanted to take some people by surprised, and with this track, I'm sure they did.
11. On Fire - Van Halen*** - Unbe-f'n-lievable version!!!!! You gotta here it to believe it! Tied for best song with H&H.
12. Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin*** - same as above but just a notch or two below. I love the muffled intro then BAM!
13. God - Original Tune - I really like this song a lot and find myself having it creep into my head every now and again. The harmonies in the chorus are amazing!