Stan FREDOTOP 500 COMMENTATEURS le 27 octobre 2010
TESLA propose dans la seconde partie des 1980s un hard rock entre AC/DC et Van Halen (le premier titre de la compilation démarre comme 'Eruption' et se poursuit comme 'Dirty Deeds Sone Dirt Cheap'), très honnète et compétent mais, il faut bien le dire, sans glamour ou risque. Le groupe est en effet presque sans histoire. Le seul "thrill" dans son histoire est le départ d'un des membres pour cause de consommation de dope. Cette compilation pioche dans toute la carrière du groupe pour Universal, soit en fait presque toute la carrière du groupe, en procédant par ordre chronologique. Elle inclut des b-sides et autres raretés. Sur le CD 1, les titres studio originaux sont de bonne facture quoique peu mémorables en matière de refrain à deux exceptions près, dont une ballade qui n'est pas loin de rappeler Foreigner. Les extraits unplugged montrent des compositions qui tiennent la route sans placer les potars sur la position onze. Ce CD 1 contient enfin deux reprises peut-être un peu trop fidèles ('Love In Vain' est proposé dans l'arrangement des Rolling Stones). Le CD 2 aborde les 1990s et démarre avec plusieurs titres de ce qui reste peut-être le meilleur album de TESLA (Psychotic Supper) et en particulier un riff inspiré du meilleur Thin Lizzy (celui de 'Jailbreak'). Ces titres, un peu moins crispés que ceux du CD 1 ou un peu plus "soul" (une influence Aerosmith et Led Zeppelin ? la compilation contient en tout cas deux reprises du dernier), relèvent du meilleur 'classic rock US'. Avant, qu'hélas, la "crispation" (aka "le hard au kilomètre") revienne après le 8ème titre ou que l'inspiration s'atténue...
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Over 20 Years of TESLA30 novembre 2008
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With only two other reviews for this set, even though its been out for about three months, I decided that everyone may want a little more information about what they're getting with this latest offering. For one thing, I really like these "Gold 2 CD compilations" by Universal music. If you are a casual fan of a band but like their music, you usually get a lot of bang for your buck. Also, being a modern release, the sound quality is usually much improved, but not always.
This two CD set contains 32 tracks by the Hard Rock band Tesla. It spans their entire career from the debut album in 1986 right up to last year's cover albums "Real to Reel" volume 1 & 2. It presents the songs in a basic chronological order instead of mixing them up like some Best of packages do. Kicking off with six tracks from the band's debut album Mechanical Resonance, and then five more from The Great Radio Controversy (1989), that's more than half of the first disc. Then we get the only previously unreleased track of the collection: Love In Vain (Robert Johnson) and a couple of "rarities", I Ain't Superstitious (Willie Dixon) which was the b-side of the Love Song single, and Rock the Nation (Ronnie Montrose) which was the b-side of Edison's Medicine. Next up are two tracks from the Five Man Acoustical Jam Live album (1990), the most popular being a remake of Signs, which was originally a hit for the Five Man Electrical Band in the 60`s. Disc one ends with two more b-side songs from the Psychotic Supper album. Children's Heritage was the flip side of Call It What You Want, and Cotton Fields was the b-side to What You Give.
Disc two begins with four tracks off the Psychotic Supper album (1991), then three off Bust a Nut (1994). Track eight is another hard to find song, Tesla's cover of Led Zeppelins "The Ocean", which was formerly only found on the Japanese Import version of Bust a Nut. Next up are a couple more unique tracks, Tesla's contribution to the soundtrack of the movie Last Action Hero, which, if you can track down, I highly recommend on it's own since it contains many "one-off" songs by major Hard Rock acts such as AC/DC, Megadeth, Alice In Chains, Queensryche, Def Leppard, and others. The next song, Steppin' Over, was previously only offered on the Geffen records Best of Tesla entitled Time's Makin' Changes (1995). Three more songs from 2004's Into The Now album round out disc two, leaving just one track left, another cover song from last year's Real to Reel series, Thank You by Led Zep.
Now to the packaging. It's the typical Gold 2 CD standard jewel case with the song list on the back against a white background, a decent 14-page booklet with a short history of the band, old photos, and extensive liner notes on all the included tracks. As far as sound quality goes this set is about average. The older songs sound a little "thin" compared to the newer ones off Into the Now, since most modern recordings have much more bass response than older (pre-1994) recordings. In an A-B comparison with the original release CD's my impressions are that the mid-range guitars and voices have been brought more "forward" in the mix. The low-end bass response is practically identical to the originals, which isn't bad considering the era they were recorded in. That's about it. If you even remotely like Tesla and want to check out more of their music this is a great place to start. If you an old time fan like myself and want to track down some bonus material without buying entire CD's for one track, this is a great deal. I'm giving this one 4-stars just because I am a little disappointed in the sound quality. It could be better. The RUSH Gold collection sounds fantastic. An improvement even over the 1994 remasters!
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Great "Hits" compilation27 août 2008
Christopher T. Baker
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This is a great set for people getting into Tesla that don't have any of their back catalog or other Greatest Hits sets. 2 CDs full of Tesla classics, remastered for great sound. It's also for Tesla addicts who are craving for some "unreleased tracks" as this set has a few, incuding Montrose's Rock The Nation and a few others. These songs will most likely end up on their Box Set coming out next year ?? But it's a good sneak peak. There are obviously quite a few songs not on here that should be but no release is perfect. If you dig this set, go out and buy the rest of their CDs because this band delivers the goods and every studio and live CD they've released are great.
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TESLA's MOST COMPLETE COMPILATION ALBUM!!!3 septembre 2013
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This is the only Tesla compilation CD that includes all of their big Rock Radio Hits and Pop Radio Hits. Tesla only had 2 Top 40 Pop Hits that both cracked the Top 10, which were "Love Song" (peaked at #10 in 1990) and "Signs" (LIVE Hit Version that peaked at #8 in 1991). However, Tesla had a bunch of AMAZING Rock Radio Hits including the already mentioned "Signs" (LIVE Hit Version) & "Love Song", as well as, "Little Suzi", "Modern Day Cowboy", "Hang Tough", "Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)", "The Way it is", "Call it What You Want", "Edison's Medicine", "Paradise" (LIVE Rock Radio Version), "Song & Emotion", "What You Give", "Thank You"/"The Ocean" (Led Zeppelin Covers), "Mama's Fool", "A Lot to Lose", "Steppin' Over", and "Caught in a Dream". ALL of these songs are included on the "Gold" album!!!
Regarding the song, "Signs" on this album.
1. I prefer the listening to the version off of the album "Five Man Acoustical Jam" because of the first 3 seconds of the song. On that album, the first 3 seconds of the acoustic guitar are crisp & clear and the sound of the acoustic guitar "stands out." On this "Gold" album, the song has trouble getting started as it "fades in" thereby cutting off the crisp & clear acoustic guitar that is in the first 3 seconds. So on my iPod when I go to play the album, I substituted the version from the "Gold" album for the version from "Five Man Acoustical Jam" album. I have no other problems with any other songs on this "Gold" album!!
2. It is the explicit version that includes the lyric:
"So I got me a pen and a paper and I made up my own F'in sign. I said, thank you Lord for thinking 'bout me, I'm alive and doing fine". If you also want the clean version which substitutes the word "F'in sign" for "little sign", that version only comes on the CD Single, "Signs." Although I own both versions on my iPod, the clean version gets played more simply because of small children around.
3. As many of you probably know, "Signs" is a cover version that was originally done by the band, "The Five Man Electrical Band." This song peaked on the Pop Chart at #3 in 1971. FYI for those who may wish to buy that version of the song as well.
Lastly, and this was very important to me, this "Gold" album includes the longer acoustic guitar "intros" of the songs, "Little Suzi" and "Love Song". To me, when some other compilation albums cut those longer acoustic "intros" off, they are just not the same songs!!! As an example, on Tesla's compilation album, "Time's Makin' Changes: The Best of Tesla", the record company included the short version only of "Little Suzi" on the album, cutting off most of the acoustic guitar "intro."
Hopefully, you have found this review to be helpful. Enjoy the music!
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TESLA great hard rock band living in a time of pop-metal giants28 octobre 2014
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TESLA was a great hard rock band living in a time of pop-metal giants. Though they had some big hits, highlighted by an unplugged cover of "Signs" and the terrific epic "Love Song," they never were as flashy as, say, Poison, so they didn't reach the charts as often. Also, they weren't as recognizably "serious" as Metallica or Queensryche, so they didn't get written about in magazines outside of guitar publications, who were always thirsty for hard rock guitarists of any fashion. Tesla fans looking for something a little more fulfilling than 1995's Time's Makin Changes: The Best of Tesla or 2001's 12-track 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Tesla will find Geffen's two-disc 2008 Gold compilation to be an aptly titled career summary, especially considering the fact that it's the first anthology to include songs from 2004's Into the Now and 2005's all-covers release, Real to Reel. At 32 cuts, Gold is clearly aimed at listeners who have more than just a passing interest in the underrated California pop-metal outfit. Fans who have followed the group since its late-'80s heydays will find all of their favorites ("Modern Day Cowboy," "Little Suzi," "Heaven's Trail [No Way Out]," "Love Song," and "Signs"), along with a bevy of live tracks, covers, and deep album cuts that follow the group well into the 21st century. ~ James Christopher Monger Audio Remasterer: Ellen Fitton. Liner Note Author: Dave Thompson. Tesla: Jeff Keith (vocals, tambourine); Frank Hannon (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, harmonica, keyboards, background vocals); Tommy Skeoch (acoustic 12-string guitar, electric guitar, background vocals); Dave Rude (electric guitar); Brian Wheat (piano, bass guitar, background vocals); Troy Luccketta (drums, percussion). Audio Mixer: Michael Rosen.
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TESLA ROCKIN' ON ALL THEIR BEST17 octobre 2008
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GOES ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE BEGINNING OF THEIR RECORDING CAREER AND THEIR IS EVEN SOME COVER SONGS ON THIS 2 CD SET THAT REALLY ROCK. THE WHOLE 2 CD SET IS TOTALLY WORTH IT