TITLE: Metal Health
YEAR RELEASED: 1983
CHART ACTION: #1
SINGLES: Metal Health (Bang Your Head) #31, Cum On Feel the Noize (#5)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Only if you bought the record, unless Slick Black Cadillac was played on your local AOR station.
LINEUP: Kevin Dubrow, Carlos Cavazo, Rudy Szaro, Frankie Banali. Chuck Wright plays bass on a couple of tracks. You will probably need a chart to map out the number of times Wright has been in and out of this band.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: It summarized LA glam metal in the 80’s. Shouty, loud and in the long run, empty. Its success was a payoff for the late Kevin Dubrow, who worked for many years before hitting with this album, one of many rags to riches stories from the 80’s metal scene.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Everyone knows the first two songs on this record – the title track and the song they stole from Slade. (Actually, they really made a better version of Cum On Feel the Noize than Slade did itself – starting with the chorus was genius). The rest of it is fair to middlin at best and overbearingly maudlin at worst. Dubrow can’t really sing ballads – he still tries to shout them at a lower volume.
The second side of the record is better than it should be. But thanks to the sequencing, I bet it was hardly played by your average teenager.
NOTES & MINUTAE: This is actually the THIRD Quiet Riot album. They had two releases in Japan in the late 70’s that haven’t been re-released. That’s because Randy Rhoads’ family (who played guitar for Quiet Riot before joining Ozzy’s band) has asked that they not be out of respect for Rhoads.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: A couple of bonus cuts have been added that don’t really add anything except the realization that Kevin Dubrow is even more of a shouter in concert.
GRADE: C-. There’s not a lot of depth. The two hits are fun for nostalgic purposes but you probably should just find collections that have those songs.
EXILED except for a the hits and a few side 2 songs. The ballads? Nah.