The Mer­cury Years Caro­line In­ter­na­tional/mer­cury You shall go to the ball!

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff Reissues - essi Bere­lian

From 80s hairmetal suc­cess story – first cham­pi­oned by both Gene Sim­mons and Jon Bon Jovi – to bluesy hard rock­ers tough­ing it out in a world gone grunge, over the course of th­ese four al­bums Cin­derella stuck to their guns, with chief writer Tom Keifer con­sis­tently de­liv­er­ing the goods even though their record sales were dwin­dling.

All four of their al­bums are burst­ing with great tracks, and the in­clu­sion of a slew of sin­gle ed­its, live tracks and B-sides makes The Mer­cury Years even more en­joy­able. First al­bum Night Songs boasts the cun­ningly ti­tled The Live EP, while a fifth disc con­tains 14 live tracks in­clud­ing the Live Train To Heart­break Sta­tion EP. Kick­ing off with a sparky cover of Jumpin’ Jack Flash, this disc is brim­ming with en­ergy and show­cases the live tal­ent that got Sim­mons and Bon Jovi so ex­cited in the first place.

A very tidy col­lec­tion in­deed.

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