F U L L . R E V I E W S



Martin Popoff
Ye Olde Metal: 1973 to 1975

Company: Power Chord Press
Release: 2007
Rating: 4
Genre: Rusted metal
Reviewer: Raising Iron

  • Another enthralling read from Martin Popoff



  • "Ye Olde Metal: 1973 to 1975", the second in Martin Popoff's series of books detailing the early, odd, underappreciated, or just all-around forgotten gems of metal, finds Alice Cooper gracing the cover, bottle of drink in hand, giving the reader quick insight of the tales to be found inside.

    This time out the author elected to include a number of double band entries. From the grand-daddy of shock rock, you get Billion Dollar Babies and Welcome to My Nightmare. Alice is extremely candid in these recent interviews regarding these (30+ years old!) albums, with extra special consideration given to Billion Dollar Babies, the longest chapter in the book. Deep Purple gets the dual treatment as well with their amazing, classic, oft underappreciated Burn, and the tumultuous Come Taste the Band, of which Martin accurately and acutely describes as "the culmination of disaster upon power struggle upon downward descent all within the clouded judgments of intergenerational miscommunications". What a great sentence! BTO is another band getting the twofold treatment with treatises on Not Fragile and II. Finally, Nazareth gets a pair of albums dissected, Loud 'n' Proud and Hair of the Dog, both brought into the mad scientist's lab for deeper analysis. Other gems include Robin Trower's Bridge of Sighs, such a stellar album which garners little respect outside the musician's community these days, despite being a huge hit in the US, going platinum even! Hell, even the mighty Opeth recently covered the title track. Mick Box and his boys get more props (getting a look (at yourself!) in the first book as well) with the inclusion of Sweet Freedom. Sammy and Ronnie give their perspectives concerning Montrose and the debut of the same name another fiery history once again stoked up and now seemingly somewhat resolved. The unheralded and often unheard of Buffalo gets a moment in the spotlight with their hilarious album pictured, Only Want You for Your Body, and Budgie's Bandolier flies in for a quick aviary exam. Completing the excise is the Dictators' Go Girl Crazy!, New York Dolls and their drag-drenched debut, Foghat's Fool For the City, the Texas-sized twanged Fandango from ZZ Top, and Piledriver from Status Quo.

    Another enthralling read, and even if you don't enjoy some of these bands, it's interesting to learn about their intertwining musical connections. For example, did you know Kiss changed their initial costumes from drag to the characters they became known for, as the New York Dolls were experiencing some success in the Big city and that had Kiss worrying they may be seen as a bunch of copycats? Or, did you realize that Ross the Boss, guitarist for Manowar, was a member of the Dictators? If you're interested in picking up other tidbits of trivia like these, go to www.martinpopoff.com for ordering info, then sit down in your favorite reading chair, light up a smoke, take that shot Alice is offering you, and commence.


    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

    Note: Reviews are graded from 0-5, anything higher or not showing is from our old style. Scores, however, do not reveal the important features. The written review that accompanies the ratings is the best source of information regarding the music on our site. Reviewing is opinionated, not a qualitative science, so scores are personal to the reviewer and could reflect anything from being technically brilliant to gloriously cheesy fun.

    Demos and independent releases get some slack since the bands are often spent broke supporting themselves and trying to improve. Major releases usually have big financial backing, so they may be judged by a heavier hand. All scores can be eventually adjusted up or down by comparison of subsequent releases by the same band. We attempt to keep biases out of reviews and be advocates of the consumer without the undo influence of any band, label, management, promoter, etc.

    The best way to determine how much you may like certain music is to listen to it yourself.



    ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: MARTIN POPOFF

    ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: MARTIN POPOFF

    No Summary reviews currently exist for them.


    ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: MARTIN POPOFF
    INTERVIEW BAND INTERVIEWER DATE
    Martin PopoffMartin PopoffFrank Hill10/15/2004


    YOU MAY ALSO LIKE THESE TRADITIONAL STYLED RELEASES:


    << back >>






    ERIC COMPTON PICKS
    Sabaton
    Heroes
    Demonica
    Demonstrous
    Falling In Reverse
    The Drug In Me Is You
    Amorphis
    Circle
    Crystal Viper
    Legends

    GREG WATSON PICKS
    Violet Cold
    Anomie
    H.P. Lovecraft
    Pickman's Model
    Nile
    Those Whom The Gods Detest
    Halphas
    Dawn of A Crimson Empire
    Nhor
    Wildflowers: Autumn

    FRANK HILL PICKS
    Unleash the Archers
    Apex
    Monster Truck
    Sittin' Heavy
    Metallica
    Death Magnetic
    Overkill
    The Grinding Wheel
    Honeymoon Disease
    The Transcendence

    DAVID LOVELESS PICKS
    Saille
    Gnosis
    The Chronicles of Israfel
    Starborn, Tome I
    Throne of Katarsis
    An Eternal Dark Horizon
    Marduk
    Frontschwein
    Gorefest
    Rise To Ruin