Friday, November 23, 2018

Tygers Of Pan Tang

Tygers Of Pan Tang - First Kill - 1979/1980
Tygers Of Pan Tang - Wild Cat - 1980
Tygers Of Pan Tang - Wild Cat - 1980
Tygers Of Pan Tang - Live At Nottingham Rock City - 1981
Tygers Of Pan Tang - Crazy Nights - 1981
Tygers Of Pan Tang - Spellbound - 1981
Tygers Of Pan Tang - Spellbound - 1981
Tygers Of Pan Tang - Live At Wacken - 2001
Tygers Of Pan Tang - Animal Instinct X 2 - 2009
Tygers Of Pan Tang - Ambush - 2012
Tygers Of Pan Tang - Tygers Of Pan Tang - 2016
01. Tygers Of Pan Tang - First Kill, 1979/1980 CD Compilation Reissue
     Castle Classics - CLACD 258
     Reissue from 1992
02. Tygers Of Pan Tang - Wild Cat, 1980 CD Album Reissue
     Edgy Records - EDGY101
     Reissue from 1997 - includes 8 bonus tracks
03. Tygers Of Pan Tang - Wild Cat, 1980 Vinyl LP Album
     MCA Records, MCA Records - 202 966-320, 202 966
04. Tygers Of Pan Tang - Live At Nottingham Rock City, 1981 CD Album
     Edgy Records - EDGY112
     Reissue from 2001
05. Tygers Of Pan Tang - Crazy Nights, 1981 CD Album
     Edgy Records - EDGY103
     Reissue from 1997
06. Tygers Of Pan Tang - Spellbound, 1981 Vinyl LP Album
     MCA Records - MCA-5235
07. Tygers Of Pan Tang - Spellbound, 1981 CD Album Reissue
     Edgy Records - EDGY 102
     Reissue from 1997 - includes 5 bonus tracks
08. Tygers Of Pan Tang - Live At Wacken, 2001 CD Album
     Spitfire Records, Edgy Records - 6-72011-5149-2, 6-72011-5149-2
09. Tygers Of Pan Tang - Animal Instinct X 2, 2009 CD Album, DVD DVD-Video, All Media Special Edition
     Angel Air - SJPCD300
10. Tygers Of Pan Tang - Ambush, 2012 CD Album
     Rocksector Records - RSRCD1223
11. Tygers Of Pan Tang - Tygers Of Pan Tang, 2016 CD Album
     Bickee Music - BKMY-1035
Rock til you drop! As soon as I put the needle on Wild Cat for the first time, I was in awe. The (very) young me had just found another gem of the magnitude of Iron Maiden, Bomber and Wheels Of Steel and it was a great day. The rough, non-melodic vocals of Jess Cox (that earned them some awful reviews from the press, but were gold to a fan of punk rock) and the killer riffs made my day. Wild Cat is a terrific headbanger classic! The next two albums are almost equally great in rocking energy, you just had to adapt to the new singer, a true heavy metallist this time. After Spellbound (of which my LP is rather worn out with two massive bumps that I had to edit out and you can hear it - I strongly advise to settle for the CD version), things deteriorated very strongly, by 1984 they seemed to have chased the elusive radio success and become some ugly Def Leppard wannabees. I may be wrong, I never listened to these albums again, but my memory of their mid/late 80s albums makes me very reluctant to try again. Pointers to any good stuff not present in this post are welcome. Then they retired. Then they came back - do not miss the formidable Live At Wacken - and the last three albums are just heavy metal gold (pun semi-intended). Absolutely classic hard rocking stuff! Except for the occasional ballad. NB: as a rule, on all albums you can just skip the awful ballad. No ballad on Wild Cat! Tygers of eternal Top Ten Hard Rock City! Fist in the air!
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2 comments:

  1. This is so good. Can definitely hear how 1st album influence Kill 'em All.

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