"No Place For Disgrace 2014"
By: The Asian Invasion
Hey there kids, The Asian Invasion here. Album reviews aplenty and I've got a real favorite of mine. Ever heard of Flotsam and Jetsam?
If not, you need a serious beating.
Now to help out the confused, "No Place For Disgrace" was released in 1988 and was Flotsam and Jetsam's second album. This album I'm reviewing is their re-release and remaster of this very album. I was a huge fan of the original but I always yearned for a cleaner and crisper copy.
Luckily our prayers have been answered.
The original lineup is in full effect here. I must say, lead vocalist Eric Knutson has updated his lyrics and voice and it sounds amazing. His voice has a fine wine quality to it, it just gets better with age. His vocal abilities on these re-issues are just grittier and he pulls these tracks off like it's 1988 all over again.
I find the separation between each instruments track is infinitely better. It's way less difficult to hear everything that's going on and it's certainly a major plus. A few arrangements are tweaked a little, like on the title track, but it never hurts the overall product.
Their cover of Elton John's 'Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting" kicks so much ass on so many levels. It's way more polished than the original and they completely changed the opening riff for the greater good.
I'm sure there will be some people who feel that this isn't a nostalgia feeding album. It's exactly the opposite; they wanted to put a clear, fresh coat of paint on the original and basically capitalize on better production quality, much like what Exodus did with Bonded By Blood.
I find the pace is slowed down a tad but it seems to make the songs sound beefier. There's more punch to the product and I'm more than pleased with this re-recording.
Cheers Flotsam and Jetsam. 26 years later and you're still cool.
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