Title - 'Pride & Glory: Expanded' [2CD]
Artist - Pride & Glory
For those not in the know, before there was Black Label Society there was Pride & Glory.
Known at the time as a Zakk Wylde side project, Pride & Glory and their debut self-titled record would lead to what Berzerkers worldwide now know as Black Label Society.
Indeed, Pride & Glory was Wylde's first self-fronted project, before releasing his first solo album, Book of Shadows, in 1996.
Coming together in 1991, during the No More Tours supposed-retirement tour for Ozzy Osbourne's No More Tears, the band was originally named Lynyrd Skynhead and included the former White Lion rhythm section of bassist James LoMenzo and drummer Greg D'Angelo alongside Wylde.
Although credited solely as 'Zakk Wylde' solo tracks, this line-up actually released two individual recordings; a raucous Southern instrumental entitled 'Farm Fiddlin' on a compilation called The Guitars That Rule the World (1991) and a cover of the blues-standard 'Baby, Please Don't Go' on the L.A. Blues Authority Vol. 1 compilation (1992).
Now that debut album gets a wonderful, and well deserved reissue, as on October 25th, 2019, Metal/Entertainment One released an expanded version of the album as a 2CD set, which now adds seven new bonus tracks.
1. 'Losin' Your Mind'
2. 'Horse Called War'
3. 'Shine On'
4. 'Lovin' Woman'
5. 'Harvester Of Pain'
6. 'The Chosen One'
7. 'Sweet Jesus'
8. 'Troubled Wine'
9. 'Machine Gun Man' - By Black Label Society
10. 'Cry Me A River'
11. 'Toe'n The Line'
12. 'Found A Friend'
13. 'Fadin' Away'
14. 'Hate Your Guts'
1. 'Machine Gun Man' (acoustic bonus)
2. 'Mother Mary' (alternate version)
3. 'The Wizard' (Black Sabbath cover)
4. 'Torn & Tattered'
5. 'In My Time Of Dyin' (Led Zeppelin cover)
6. 'The Hammer And The Nail'
7. 'Come Together' (Beatles cover)
Simply put, Pride & Glory (the band and the self-titled album) is Southern Rock at its finest! Which is made all the more amazing knowing that Wylde was born in New Jersey!
The songs really rock and really show what an amazing guitarist Wylde truly is and the veritable ranges he is capable of.
Combining his rather entertaining, emotive song writing ability with a sound that is definitely reminiscent of Stone Temple Pilots, Aerosmith and, believe it or not, Sister Hazel at times, this mix of heavy crunchy riffs, light acoustic rhythms, and feelgood catchy melodies, meant that once Wylde's extremely technical guitar wizardry take over the backbone to the songs re: grunge metal kicked in.
For me, and still after all these years, the majority of the album is great and is so well produced, with pitch perfect soundscapes and a lovely, even structure to the songs and their placement.
As noted, the album has a lot of different musical styles to show off within the songs, even the now seven bonus ones that are, without a shadow of a doubt, the most perfect top up to an already mighty fine album.
Furthermore, Pride & Glory have also released a new music video for the track 'Machine Gun Man' (Acoustic Version) along with the brand-new, reissue of the self-titled album today.
The video, compiled from live footage during the Pride & Glory years, depicts a young Zakk Wylde honing his distinct sound that becomes the hallmark of Black Label Society.
Official 'Machine Gun Man' (Acoustic Version) Video
In closing, Pride & Glory is also now available on an all-new double vinyl picture disc version and contains five of the new bonus tracks via a download card.
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