Saturday, September 27, 2014

Suzi Quatro - The Girl From Detroit City

Suzi Quatro - The Girl From Detroit City (2014) Cherry Red Records
Produced by Mike Chapman / Andy Scott / Steve Grant / Nicky Chinn / Chris Andrews / Len Tuckey
Tracks : CD 1 : 1.What a way to die 2.Light of love 3.Locked in your love 4.Rolling stone 5.Can the can 6.Ain´t ya something honey 7.48 Crash 8.All shook up 9.Glycerine queen 10.Daytona demon 11.Roman fingers 12.Devil gate drive 13.In the morning 14.Too big 15.The wild one 16.Your mama won´t like me 17.I bit off more than I could chew 18.You can make me want you 19.Michael 20.I may be too young 21.Half as much as me 22.American lady
CD 2 : 1.Tear me apart 2.If you can´t give me love 3.Suicide 4.The race is on 5.Stumblin´ in 6.I´ve never been in love 7.Mind demons 8.She´s in love with you 9.Hollywood 10.Mama´s boy 11.Love hurts 12.Rock hard 13.Lonely is the hardest 14.Ego in the night 15.Lipstick 16.Glad all over 17.Heart of stone 18.Main attraction 19.Two miles out of Georgia 20.Can I be your girl 21.Good girl 22.Wild thing
CD 3 : 1.I got the sun in the morning 2.Moonshine lullaby 3.If you can´t give me love 4.Baby you´re a star 5.Kiss me goodbye 6.Back to the drive 7.I´ll walk through fire with you 8.No choice 9.I don´t do gentle 10.Fifteen minutes of fame 11.Whatever love is 12.Strict machine 13.Breaking dishes 14.A girl like me 15.Singing with angels 16.Does your mother know 17.The cost of living 18.The girl from Detroit city
CD 4 : 1.Curly hair for sale 2.Sugar flash rapper 3.Ain´t got no home 4.Sweet nothin´s  5.Wild in the night 6.Don´t let me be misunderstood 7.What goes around (demo) 8.Love and war 9.Walking through the changes 10.Warm leatherette 11.Intimate strangers 12.And so to bed 13.Sometimes love is letting go 14.Flying to my destiny 15.Free the butterfly 16.Ambition 17.If there ever was a reason 18.Desperado 19.Dancing in the wind 20.No choice (demo)
3,5 out of 5

This is christmas for Suzi Quatro fans, the 4 box set "The girl from Detroit city" including all her hits, b-sides, rarities and the new single "The girl from Detroit city".
The glam rock queen is celebrating 50 years in the music business with 82 tracks, everything from her early days in the 60´s band The Pleasure Seekers, the Mike Chapman era in the 70´s and lots of interesting cover versions (some never officially released before).
The first disc contains 3 recordings with The Pleasure Seekers where the song "Light of love" stand out, an adorable 60´s pop song.
We also get the classic hits such as "Can the can", "Devil gate drive", "The wild one", "48 crash" and "Daytona demon" where the majority of the tracks are taken from the albums "Suzi Quatro" (1973), "Quatro" (1974), "Your mamma won´t like me" (1975) and "Aggro-phobia" (1976).
The b-side "In the morning" bring thoughts to Status Quo which is cool.

Suzi has sold 55 million albums, mostly because she has always released strong albums like the ones represented on the 2nd disc. We get songs from "If you knew Suzi" (1978), "Suzi and other four letter words" (1979), "Rock hard" (1980) and "Main attraction" (1982), where we take a trip down memory lane with some of her best songs like "If you can´t give me love", "Stumblin´ in", "She´s in love with you", "Glad all over" and "Wild thing".
This is my favorite disc in this box set.

The material on the 3rd disc focus on her comeback albums "Back to the drive" (2006) and "In the spotlight" (2011) but as a bonus, you can expect the two songs "I got the sun in the morning" and "Moonshine lullaby" from the musical "Annie get your gun" which Suzi performed the leading role of Annie during 1986.
The highlights on this disc are Suzi´s tribute to Elvis Presley in the beautiful "Singing with angels" as well as the new track "The girl from Detroit city", the song speaks of her early days in Detroit and her discovery by Mickie Most. The song is written by Mike Chapman but sounds more like a Phil Spector penned tune.
But there are other nice songs too, just take the 1991 single "Baby you´re a star" where it´s easy to understand that Joan Jett has been influenced a lot by Suzi Quatro.

Perhaps the most interesting disc for Quatro fans must be the 4th disc with lots of rarities, unreleased songs, demo versions and b-sides.
The quality feels like a roller coaster ride with both up´s and down´s but I especially like her covers of "Desperado" (The Eagles), "Don´t let me be misunderstood" (The Animals) and "Warm leatherette" (Tom Petty). Her version of "Warm leatherette" can be described as Lou Reed in a new wave mood, what a sexy voice she has.
Suzi Quatro shows no signs of slowing down, she says -When I turn my back on the audience and shake my ass, and there is silence.....I´ll stop!
We love you.

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