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Aggro-Phobia

Suzi Quatro

℗ 1977 RAK Records SRAK 525

℗ 2011 barin.livejournal.com BR LLG 52220 2

Suzi Quatro  1977  Aggro-Phobia

By 1976, the glam rock that had made Suzi Quatro famous was on its last legs as disco overtook the airwaves and punk rock festered in the clubs. However, Quatro was not going to give up the fight easily, as proven by Aggro Phobia. This set, produced by British pop mastermind Mickie Most, is a lightweight but tuneful collection of pop/rock. Nothing here hits the manic heights of Can the Can or Devil Gate Drive, but all the songs are solid and listenable. The big surprise this time out is the strong country-rock feel to a number of the songs: the cover of Steve Harley's Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me) places barnstorming acoustic guitar hooks where fat power chords once existed on Quatro's past hits, and American Lady soulfully combines organ and acoustic guitar riffs in a manner reminiscent of Rod Stewart's earthy early hits. Another country-ish highlight is The Honky Tonk Downstairs, a rollicking love lament worthy of Tanya Tucker. However, glam rock is not entirely abandoned on this album: Tear Me Apart works a series of rumbling power chords to create an effective mid-tempo rocker about a hard-loving woman. There is also a great remake of Heartbreak Hotel, that recasts the song in a sultry power ballad style to create one of Suzi Quatro's finest non-hard rock moments. In the end, Aggro Phobia lacks the stellar songs that would win new fans to the Suzi Quatro cause but it is a well-crafted and tuneful release that the singer's fans will definitely want to hunt down. Donald A. Guarisco.

Recorded on the RAK Records Mobile, at the Chateau du Regard, Coye la Foret, Oise, France.

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Heartbreak Hotel

(Axton Durden Presley)

Well since my baby left me
I've found a new place to dwell
It's down the end of Lonely Street - Heartbreak Hotel

You leave me so lonely baby
You leave me so lonely
You leave me so lonely I could die
I could die
Are you lonely
Like I'm lonely

The joint's always crowded, but still they find some room
For broken hearted lovers to cry away their gloom

You leave me so lonely baby
You leave me so lonely
You leave me so lonely I could die
I could die
Are you lonely
Like I'm lonely
Are you lonely
Like I'm lonely

If your baby leaves you
And you've got a tale to tell
Just take a walk down Lonely Street to Heartbreak Hotel

You leave me so lonely baby
You leave me so lonely
You leave me so lonely I could die
I could die
Are you lonely
Like I'm lonely