Love Grenade

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Love Grenade
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 4, 2007
Recorded2007
StudioDRS Studios, Waco, Texas
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length57:56
Label Eagle
Producer Ted Nugent
Ted Nugent chronology
Hunt Music
(2003)
Love Grenade
(2007)
Sweden Rocks
(2008)
Pre-Release Cover
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Love Grenade is the 13th solo studio album by American rock and roll musician Ted Nugent. It was released on September 4, 2007. It was recorded at DRS Studios in Waco, Texas. Sales figures, however, have been low, with the album only selling 360,000 copies in its first week, landing it at No. 186 on the Billboard 200. [1]

Ted Nugent American rock musician

Theodore Anthony Nugent is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and political activist. Nugent initially gained fame as the lead guitarist of The Amboy Dukes, a band formed in 1963 that played psychedelic rock and hard rock. After playing with the Amboy Dukes, he embarked on a solo career. Nugent's trademark guitar is a Gibson Byrdland and he is noted for his bluesy and frenzied guitar playing as well as his energetic live shows.

Waco, Texas City in Texas, United States

Waco is a city in central Texas and is the county seat of McLennan County, Texas, United States. It is situated along the Brazos River and I-35, halfway between Dallas and Austin. The city had a 2010 population of 124,805, making it the 22nd-most populous city in the state. The 2018 US Census population estimate is 138,183 The Waco Metropolitan Statistical Area consists of McLennan and Falls Counties, which had a 2010 population of 234,906. Falls County was added to the Waco MSA in 2013. The 2018 US Census population estimate for the Waco MSA is 271,942.

The Billboard 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart grew from a weekly top 10 list in 1956 to become a top 200 in May 1967, and acquired its present title in March 1992. Its previous names include the Billboard Top LPs (1961–72), Billboard Top LPs & Tape (1972–84), Billboard Top 200 Albums (1984–85) and Billboard Top Pop Albums.

Contents

The album features of new version of the song "Journey to the Center of the Mind", a hit for Nugent's 1960s group The Amboy Dukes.

Journey to the Center of the Mind (song) single by The Amboy Dukes

"Journey to the Center of the Mind" is a song released by the Amboy Dukes in 1968. It reached number 16 on the Billboard charts in 1968 and number 19 in Canada.

The Amboy Dukes were an American rock band formed in 1964 in Chicago, Illinois, and later based in Detroit, Michigan. They are known for their one hit single "Journey to the Center of the Mind". The band's name comes from the title of a novel by Irving Shulman. In the UK, the group's records were released under the name of The American Amboy Dukes, because of the existence of a British group with the same name.

The pre-release cover art drew some controversy, as it depicts a naked woman bound and bent over on a large platter, with a grenade in her mouth. Eagle Records pulled the planned cover, and instead released a milder design featuring a hand grenade with a pink ribbon affixed. [2]

Eagle Records record label in the USA

Eagle Records is an English record label, a division of Universal Music Group and Eagle Rock Entertainment.

Track listing

  1. "Love Grenade" – 5:03
  2. "Still Raising Hell" – 3:21
  3. "Funk U" – 4:00
  4. "Girl Scout Cookies" – 4:03
  5. "Journey to the Center of the Mind" – 4:21
  6. "Geronimo & Me" – 4:44
  7. "EagleBrother" (instrumental) – 4:38
  8. "Spirit of the Buffalo" – 7:29
  9. "Aborigine" – 3:22
  10. "Stand" – 2:43
  11. "Broadside" – 3:36
  12. "Bridge over Troubled Daughters" – 3:36
  13. "Lay with Me" – 6:23

Reception

Professional ratings
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Critical reception of the album was mixed to negative. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic declared the album "sterile" and representing "the same old hard rock that Nugent has been cranking out for over three decades now, and it sure sounds like he's been doing it that long, as the riffs are recycled, the production is too clean, and the performances too professional." [3]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine American music journalist

Stephen Thomas "Tom" Erlewine is an American music critic and senior editor for the online music database AllMusic. He is the author of many artist biographies and record reviews for AllMusic, as well as a freelance writer, occasionally contributing liner notes.

AllMusic Online music database

AllMusic is an online music database. It catalogs more than 3 million album entries and 30 million tracks, as well as information on musical artists and bands. It launched in 1991, predating the World Wide Web. As of 2015, AllMusic is owned by RhythmOne.

Personnel

Band members

Barry Sparks is the former bass player of Yngwie Malmsteen, the Michael Schenker Group, UFO, Dokken, and Ted Nugent, amongst others. Currently Sparks is part of the touring band for the Japanese rock group B'z, and has also contributed to several of their albums and singles.

Tommy Clufetos American musician

Tommy Clufetos is an American session drummer most noted for his work with Black Sabbath during their Black Sabbath Reunion Tour, which highlighted their new album 13. He also toured with them on their final tour. He is also the drummer for Black Sabbath vocalist Ozzy Osbourne.

Additional musicians
Jack Blades American musician

Jack Martin Blades is an American musician. He has worked in several bands: Rubicon, Night Ranger, and Damn Yankees. He also recorded with Tommy Shaw under the name Shaw Blades, and has done work alongside the Tak Matsumoto Group. His most recent efforts include a second solo CD. He is also a member of the band Revolution Saints.

Eric Martin (musician) American musician

Eric Lee Martin is an American rock singer/musician active throughout the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s both as a solo artist and as a member of various bands. He earned his most prominent success as the frontman for the hard rock band Mr. Big, a supergroup who scored a big hit in the early 1990s with "To Be with You," a song that Martin wrote during his teen years.

William Eric Evankovich is an American singer/songwriter and producer from Santa Rosa, California, best known for his performances with The Guess Who, Production/Writing/Performance on Styx' "The Mission", and rock duo Shaw Blades and for his co-production of Tommy Shaw's 2011 debut bluegrass album The Great Divide.

Production

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References

  1. "Ted Nugent Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard.com. Billboard . Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  2. Lynn, Christina (July 24, 2012). "Ted Nugent's Top 10 Tasteless Album Covers". Houston Press . Retrieved 2018-10-21.
  3. 1 2 Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Ted Nugent - Love Grenade review". AllMusic . All Media Network . Retrieved 2018-10-21.