The Dead Daisies – “Locked And Loaded” CD / LP (Spitfire Music / SPV)
Anyone who’s seen The Dead Daisies live will know these boys love their covers – so much so in fact, that every one of the band’s albums to date has had at least one on it drawn from the great songs all eras, from the early blues greats to classic rockers and heavy hitters of more recent times. Featuring the all star talents of Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake / Dio), Deen Castronovo (Journey), Dizzy Reed (Guns N Roses), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy) and John Corabi (Mötley Crüe) among the rotating musical elite formed by Aussie entrepreneur extraordinaire David Lowy, you can bet that these 10 songs aren’t just mere ‘fillers’ whether live or on the band’s studio albums when you know they’ve been ‘Daisified’ with big – no, make that massive f–kin’ guitars, huge arena reverberating drums, ball shaking bass and pure, red bloodied drenched in rock vocals. Now you know why they’re not just called The Daisies! With all the tracks re-mastered including classics ‘Fortunate Son’ (Creedence Clearwater Revival), ‘Join Together’ (The Who), ‘Helter Skelter’ (The Beatles) and ‘American Band’ (Grand Funk Railroad), it’s the previously unreleased live material that’s the real bonus here. Playing to almost 1/2 million people at the huge Przystanek Woodstock festival in Poland and accompanied by the 60 piece Gorzów Philharmonic Orchestra, Neil Young’s ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’ proves an apt choice with its absolutely massive sound (like I said, ‘Daisified’!) of heavy driving guitars graced by chiming melodies and plenty of hard drumming that fire up the crowd to shout out the chorus – not that I can imagine 1/2 million Poles needing any encouragement to do so ha ha! Still, if it’s intensity you crave, then ‘Highway Star’ recorded in Croatia will take some beating thanks to the roaring crowd – put it this way, when Purple recorded this song in 1972, it already kicked ass and now in the hands of these rock demons it absolutely rips, especially when those solos electrify your rocking pleasure. I’m not a great lover of covers but “Locked And Loaded” left me totally stoked from being ‘Daisified’!