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BANG TANGO ‘Rockers And Thieves - The Ultimate Collection’ Lemon CDLEM48 (2004)

With all their albums currently unavailable, this collection could go a long way to pleasing fans of this kind of music.

With their debut appearing in 1989, the band were big in the 90s, taking big hair metal to the sleazy end and having a lot of fun in the process. The sound, however, is very derivative. Think LA Guns a few years on. Even Faster Pussycat and Slaughter. And with opener 'Someone Like You' thereís a strong GunsíníRoses sound. Even Joe Lesteís vocals sound like Axl Rose.

'Untied And True', 'Do What Youíre Told' and many other a Bang Tango number is aired, many live too. Thereís also two Marc Bolan covers in '20th Century Boy' and 'Children Of The Revolution' and several previously unreleased bonus tracks.

Guests include Tracii Guns and Gilbu Clarke (both ex GíníR), Randy Castillo and George Lynch, which may explain the sound. That said, the music is a lot of fun, if shallow in places.

The sleevenotes are typical of an aging rock journo (Raw / Classic Rock) - very much the 'I was there' attitude which tires quickly and doesnít tell you a great deal.

Still pretty enjoyable though.


Review by Joe Geesin

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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