Desperado - 'Ace'
(Deadline/Cleopatra) Cat. no: CLP 1644 - 2006 release
From Aural Innovations #36 (May 2007)
For those of you that might remember hearing about it, 'Ace' is the unreleased album that Dee Snider had recorded in 1990 that was shelved by his record label just prior to it's release date. Glad that I finally got the chance to hear this eleven track metal effort for myself. Actually, it's pretty good. If you were a Twister Sister or Widowmaker fan, then you should get a lot out of this Desperado CD. As most of you know, the band's name comes from Alice Cooper's personal tribute song off his 'Killer' lp. Tracks that make this disc worthy of staying in your current rotation stack for awhile are the kick-ass opener "Hang 'Em High", the in-your-face "Gone Bad", "Run Wild,Run Free", the total rocking "See You At Sunrise", "There's No Angels Here" (possibly the CD's best track altogether?) and "Emaheeval". Line-up: Dee Snider - vocals, Bernie Torme (ex-Ozzy, Ian Gillan) - guitar, Marc Russell - bass and Clive Burr - drums. Let's face it, true hard rock like this will never die. I'll go as far as to say I believe this title might appeal to many fans of Jackyl, Great White, Motley Crue, possibly even Whitesnake or Quiet Riot. The UK label Angel Air had also put this CD out with completely different art work. Check it out. If you're in the mood for a really well produced and assembled unreleased heavy rock title that you've never heard before, I encourage you to give 'Ace' a listen. You'll be glad you did.
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Reviewed by Mike Reed