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September 22nd, 2009

Album: Mötley Crüe – Dr. Feelgood: Deluxe Edition

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Mötley Crüe
Dr. Feelgood – Deluxe Edition
Universal Records
21 September 2009

by Luke Morton

With all that’s been said about Mötley Crüe over the years, from the debauchery and drug abuse to the rifts between band members, the music has stayed the same and the band have produced some of the biggest rock anthems of all time. A collection of these are showcased in the 1989 LP Dr. Feelgood which has been revamped into a deluxe edition 20 years after its initial release.

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With more and more of the ‘older’ rock elite are coming out of the woodwork (just look at Sunday of Download Festival this year) “deluxe” editions of classic albums are becoming an increasingly common occurance. A call has come up for the hard rock heroes of yesteryear to come marching back onto our stereos and Mötley Crüe are more than happy to oblige.

Dr. Feelgood is the Crüe’s infamous ‘clean’, and at the time it was their most successful to date.  Built around headbanging riffs and powerful vocals, the album showcases everything what Mötley Crüe were capable of. No track embodies this moreso than the title-track, with Vince Neil’s signature vocals delivering some of the catchiest lyrics in rock history, riding a classic guitar riff from Mick Mars.

Songs such as ‘Rattlesnake Shake’ and ‘Kickstart My Heart’ – famously about bassist Nikki Sixx’s brush with death following a heroin overdose – showcase the Crüe’s hard rock ability in catchy song writing. As well as the band’s ability to write some great hard rock songs, the album is interspersed with ballads aplenty. From ‘Without You’ and ‘Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)’ to the tremendous album closer, ‘Time For Change’.

True: Mötley Crüe’s lyrics are often so unashamedly blunt it makes them hard to tell apart from those of Steel Panther – a band allegedly performing a tongue-in-cheek version of the kind of 80s rock band the Crüe basically were. But when Crüe weren’t shooting up or sticking it to Baywatch stars, they were making some great music.

Watch Part 1 of a Mötley Crüe documentary about Dr Feelgood

The “deluxe” bonus disc, however, is sadly a little lacklustre. Containing four demo tracks, an unreleased studio track and four live songs it’s not that impressive. Not only were the demos were released on the 1999 reissue of Dr. Feelgood, but the live songs sadly don’t transfer that well to CD.

Dr. Feelgood is among the greatest albums from the glam-metal era, and to this day is near unrivalled in its party-brilliance. The lyrics are so infectious you’ll be muttering them in your sleep after only hearing the song once – the mark of a classic rock song. Mötley Crüe have created 11 of these and placed them on a single record. What more do you need?

5.5/6

Sounds Like: Hanoi Rocks, Guns N’ Roses
Top Tracks: Kickstart My Heart, Dr. Feelgood, Time For Change

Mötley Crüe – Dr. Feelgood: Deluxe Edition
TNT (Terror ‘N Tinseltown)
Dr. Feelgood
Slice Of Your Pie
Rattlesnake Shake
Kickstart My Heart
Without You
Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.)
Sticky Sweet
She Goes Down
Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
Time For Change
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Dr. Feelgood (Demo)
Without You (Demo)
Kickstart My Heart (Demo)
Get It For Free
Time For Change (Demo)
Girls Girls Girls (Live)
Red Hot (Live)
All In The Name Of Rock (Live)
Dr. Feelgood (Live)

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