Guns N Izzy Fan wrote:
I have a $15 I-Tunes gift card, and I would like to purchase one of the albums Izzy has released on I-Tunes. Most likely, I can only purchase 1. So which one, would you say, is the best to purchase?
Thank you all for your opinions!!
Here's a short album description originally posted by IzzyDutch...
Ju Ju Hounds (1992) - Very Stonesy and Faces sounding album, more vintage and different vocal style. All the post JJH albums sound more like Izzy himself imo. Highlights on this album are probably 'Somebody Knockin', 'Shuffle It All' and 'Train Tracks'.
117 degrees (1998) - It's got the most variety of all Izzy albums, acoustic, countryrock, rockabilly, surfrock, blues it's got it all. Production's more live and less dated sounding. Highlights are 'Old Hat', '117 degrees' and 'Methanol'.
Ride On (1999) - In the same vain as 117 degrees, only a bit less variety, more hardrock sounding. Lyrically it's got some very strong songs, Taz and Rick are playing just excellent on it.. to me it's a kind of desert sounding album. Highlights are 'Spazed', 'Needles' and 'Highway Zero'.
River (2001) - More country rock, bassy sounding album with 2 reggae cuts and acoustics. Not my personal favorite but to others it is. Highlights are 'Jump In Now', 'River' and 'Feelin' Alright'.
On Down The Road (2002) - This one is very Stonesy sounding, probably the most of all imo even more then JJH in a way. This one's usually rated in the top 3 of one's favorite list along with JJH and 117 degrees. Contains the song 'Sweet Caress' which is basically the most beautiful song Izzy has ever written.. the two covers on the album aren't listed on iTunes cause of legal rights. Other highlights are 'On Down The Road' and 'Coke'N'.
Like A Dog (2003) - The most GN'R and hardrock sounding album of all. This one is recorded right after Izzy spent time jamming with 'The Project' aka Slash and Duff. Actually he also brought these songs to them in ideas, but Izzy's own band worked them out to this. 'Bomb' is something Velvet Revolver also partially used on 'Do It For The Kids' and 'Snafu' is a song mentioned in Slash's bio. Other highlights are 'Just Don't Know' and 'Chop Away'.
Miami (2004/2005) - A bit sounding like 117 degrees or Ride On. Got much varation and some strong songs, but hasn't really been many's favorite as far as I can tell. Highlights are 'Buildings In The Sky', 'JR's Song' and 'Partly Cloudy'.
Fire (2007) - An awesome laidback acoustic rock album. Very basic a bit sounding like the Stones' acoustic Beggars Banquet songs. Highlights are 'Infrastruk', 'Seems To Me' and 'Box'. The latter two also feature Timo Kaltio on guitar.
Concrete (2008) - This one's got the less variety of all albums, eventhough it's got a dub and acoustic song. These songs are full of single note guitarlines all over the places compared to previous stuff. Highlights are 'Easy', 'Drove' and 'I Know'.
Smoke (2009) - This one is in terms of style inbetween JJH and 117 degrees I'd say, but the general sound is different then those (which goes for all Izzy's albums - each a unique sound/vibe) and more raw with vintage sounding guitars. Less modern ounding then Concrete or Like A Dog for example. Just like on the Fire' album Timo Kaltio plays on three songs. Highlights are 'Comfort Zone', 'Snow' and 'I'm Breathing In'.
& DJ_Bullet replied with the following...
Smoke is a pretty good album, but I have to say it's far from my best IMO. I have five or six of his albums and I'm going to run down each one I have.
On Down The Road- In my opinion, this is by far his best album. I mean, it has a ton of awesome agressive songs and some pretty awesome slow songs (like, Sweet Caress, which you mentioned is on the album). Some of the best tracks are
"Lot To Learn"- definatly an agressive song, and a great one. I may be a minority in thinking it's one of Izzy's best but when I hear it, it overpowers me. I couldn't not fling myself all around the living room if I tried. The song pulls me like a marienet
"Sweet Caress"- Well, I think you've heard it so I'm not going to review it.
"On Down The Road"- Feels like that one AC/DC song "Ride On". Th'are both awesome songs about how everyone drives on the open road but few LIVE IT.
here's Like a Dog- It is the most hard rock feeling album, however it feels unfinished for the most part. It kind of sounds like listening to VR demo's from before the songs were finished. The one song that breaks away from this is "Chop Away", a really awesome bluesy song. The title track ain't bad either. Everyone also seems to really like "Hell Song", and though it might be a highlight, I'm not as obsessed with it as most here (I've heard some people call it Izzy's best song), but yeah....
Fire- If you like Patience type stuff, this is the album for you. It's definatly one of his better ones, especially for following that mold. If you wanna hear more on that one, look at my itunes review of it (under DJ_Bullet).
Concrete- Well, the first three tracks are kind of week, but after that, it's an awesome album. "Concrete" is an awesome song about Izzy's life that's just like, pure Izzy. "Ship" is the best rocker song on the album to me (most would give that to Concrete or Drive), and "Raggadubbacrete"... Lemme just say you NEED to hear that one, I'm not gonna even try and describe what it sounds like. Do not be mistaken, it's not his greatest album ever and few here would call it such. It's a grower, though, and do not underlook that. I hated it at first.
Smoke- Okay, I was disapointed with this album, but uh... I'm gonna let someone review it 'cause it hasn't grown on me... YET. I know it will, Izzy can do no wrong