Album review : Foxy Shazam, Church of Rock & Roll

Credit has to go to Classic Rock magazine for putting me in touch with this band.  I’ll be honest, I had never heard of them before I listened to Welcome to the Church of Rock & Roll  on one of their free cd’s.  I am now addicted.  Granted, when I first listened to this album, I wasn’t sure – it is very unique and an album that you have to “get into” so to speak.  But once you get past that initial barrier it is truly a joy to behold.

What was that?  This is their 4th album?  Let’s get the wallet out…..

Foxy Shazam - Church of Rock & Roll1.  Welcome to the Church of Rock & Roll
What a way to start an album!  mesmerizing, unique, high-pitched rock and roll.  This could be the church of rock and roll – an absolute classic!  9/10

2.  I Like It
This track should be called “I Love It”.  Genuinely don’t know why, I have never heard anything like it before – it’s a grower but slowly becoming my favourite.  8/10

3.  Holy Touch
The tracks keep coming with this uniquely brilliant.  Eric Sean Nally’s vocals are breathtaking on this track.  8/10

4.  Last Chance At Love
A hint of Queen, and a more pop-rock ensemble from the Ohio band, still solid tho.  7/10

5.  Forever Together
Simply bizarre, but uniquely brilliant.  8/10

6.  (It’s) Too Late Baby
Best song on the album, and that takes some doing.  The emotion in this track takes your breath away.  9/10

7.  I Wanna be Yours
A hint of slow-punk, electronic and once again Queen.  Trying to explain this album is proving tricky.  7/10

8.  Wasted Feelings
Hmmmm, Jimmy Somerfield anyone?  Very 80’s feel, but hugely entertaining and catchy.  7/10

9.  The Temple
Starts off dirty, even slightly Sabbath-esque and turns into Muse.  Not sure about this one?!?  5/10

10.  The Streets
Thought this album was going to fizzle out and come to a disappointing end.  Oh no……  7/10

11.  Freedom
A delightful, mellow ending to a terrific album.  8/10

Top 100 rock vocalists : And the winner is…….

We are finally here at the number 1 spot, after a long, hard slog, a lot of planning, changing minds and many debates I can finally announce the top rock vocalist of all time.  The cream of the crop, the level by which all other rock vocalists should aspire to.  The one, the only, the greatest, the voice of rock and roll…….

All hail Mr Robert Plant.

Top 100 rock vocalists : 2 Ian Gillan

2.  Ian Gillan (Deep Purple)
After watching countless live dvd’s and clips on YouTube , and then finally seeing the master live in Birmingham, I have come to the conclusion that Gillan is an absolute legend.  I always knew that but seeing him live just re-iterated this fact…..the guy didn’t miss one note!  And he is in his 60’s!  He hasn’t quite got the mobility and stage presence he once had but who cares?  He blew me away…..from the opening track Highway Star through classics such as Black Knight, Woman from Tokyo and of course Smoke on the Water it was 2 hours of pure rock and roll heaven.

We bow in your presence Mr Gillan….

Top 100 rock vocalists : 3 Roger Daltrey

3.  Roger Daltrey (The Who)
The Who singer has recently risen in my opinions.  I’m not sure why, I have always admired him and have been a fan of The Who for a long time, but I think I just am appreciating the vocals a lot more.

Daltrey’s vocal performance of Love Reign O’Me has been voted the best vocal of all time by many…

Top 100 rock vocalists : 4 Freddie Mercury

4.  Freddie Mercury (Queen)

Now I class Queen as a rock band, I don’t care what anyone else thinks.  They are.  Fact.  Freddie Mercury was an ideal lead singer.  He had charisma, personality; he could play, sing and captivate his audience.  He was recently voted the ultimate lead singer.  He doesn’t quite win this countdown but a top 5 spot  is most certainly worthwhile.

 

Top 100 rock vocalists : 5 Paul Rodgers

5.  Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company)

Probably the least well know singer in the top 10, but former Free and Bad Company singer has a magical voice.  And he stepped in for a certain Freddie Mercury once……nuff said.

If you weren’t a fan, then you will be now.  Sit back and enjoy the talents of Paul Rodgers…..

Top 100 rock vocalists : 6 Axl Rose

6.  Axl Rose (Guns ‘n’ Roses)

Guns ‘n’ Roses vocalist Axl Rose.  You know what?  If you are not a fan of his vocals, then just listen to this acapella version of Welcome to the Jungle.



Top 100 rock vocalists : 7 Bon Scott

7.  Bon Scott (AC/DC)

Now, considering DC are my all time favourite band, many of you may have thought Scott would have been #1.  I wouldn’t be that predictable now would I?

Now as much as Scott was pure entertainment on a stage, he certainly isn’t the greatest.  However, Scott would captivate his audience with his sexual innuendo’s, tight jeans, hairy chest and a cheeky smile….hang on, he was a rock singer – so was this for the girls or boys?  Who cares…

He wrote many a song on early DC albums Highway to Hell, TNT, Powerage, Let there be rock and Dirty Deeds, and when Scott sadly passed away in February 1980, many thought that was the end of AC/DC as was the legacy he left.  However, he would have wanted the band to continue, and promptly appointed Brian Johnson from relatively unknown band Geordie.  Before you could blink their best ever selling album Back in Black was released as a tribute the great man and soon became the second biggest selling album of all time.