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Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Ted Nugent & The Amboy Dukes “Call Of The Wild” 1973 US Hard Rock


Ted Nugent & The Amboy Dukes “Call Of The Wild” 1973 US Hard Rock
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Most hard rock fans only know Ted Nugent’s solo career, judging what happened before irrelevant. This is partly true. In the late ‘60s, Nuge officiated in a psychedelic rock band named Amboy Dukes. The guitarist already has a style of his own but delusions under acid are definitely not his thing despite a first hit, “Journey Through The Center Of The Mind.” Ted decides to take things in hand and bring the training to a more direct, more concise music. 

To begin, change your name. The guitarist clearly stands out by renaming the band Ted Nugent & The Amboy Dukes. His instrument is also a larger part in the compositions, and this from the live “Survival Of The Fittest”, fundamentally psyche but where we begin to feel the beginnings of a new musical orientation. Then, radical change of personnel, Ted engages the bassist Rob Grange and the drummer Vic Mastrianni and replaces the keyboardist Andy Solomon by Gabriel Magno (that it will not keep long). The pieces are in place on the chessboard, the game can begin. 

Released two years after the aforementioned live, “Call Of The Wild” is in total break with the past of Uncle Ted: screaming guitar, steel rhythm, punch compositions, in short, it’s hard rock pure and hard! The title track is a model of its kind and paves the way. “Sweet Revenge” with its aggressive intro and popping melody is the same, as is the wild “Pony Express”, a long ride where Ted shows the full extent of his talent, or the instrumental “ Renegade ”. 
Moreover, instrumental pieces, the album contains a number. Apart from “Renegade”, we can mention “Rot Gut”, a rather traditional blues where Ted shows a certain sensitivity but does not really fit with the rest. As for “Below The Belt”, it recalls a little interstellar travel of the previous millet. Interesting backtracking but would have preferred to see on “Marriage On The Rocks” rather than here. Finally, “Cannon Balls”, more interesting and burned, marks the return of the song and concludes the affair brilliantly. 

Thus, Ted and his henchmen negotiate the turn with a lot of class and sign a very good album of hard rock which, if it had benefited from more notoriety, would have enthroned in good place among the best opus of our virtuoso hunter…..~


Call of the Wild is the sixth album by Ted Nugent and The Amboy Dukes. Recorded at Sleepy Hollow Studios in Ithaca, NY in the summer of 1973, it was the first of two albums released on Frank Zappa’s DiscReet label. A new rhythm section was added with Grange and Mastrianni, adding a hard driving rock beat to Nugent’s compositions for the remaining Dukes albums. Jezowski was added to the vocal mix. Magno adds some inventive keyboards and even a flute. A final Dukes single was released by the new record company, “Sweet Revenge” b/w “Ain’t It the Truth”….~


Four stars just for the wild, Guitar overdrive rides of Call Of The Wild and Sweet Revenge. Call Of The Wild is easily the best Amboy Dukes album outside of Tooth Fang & Claw, it is a record dominated by the personality and Guitar of Ted Nugent. Which you can see by the album cover, credited to, by this time Ted Nugent & The Amboy Dukes. Terrible Ted was getting mighty impatient with The Dukes laid back lackadaisical approach to music, and he has a real overbearing (To put it mildly) personality, so Call Of The Wild is almost like a dress rehearsal for some of Uncle Ted’s later solo works….by…DarthKarl ….~ 

Four stars just for the wild, Guitar overdrive rides of Call Of The Wild and Sweet Revenge. Call Of The Wild is easily the best Amboy Dukes album outside of Tooth Fang & Claw, it is a record dominated by the personality and Guitar of Ted Nugent. Which you can see by the album cover, credited to, by this time Ted Nugent & The Amboy Dukes. Terrible Ted was getting mighty impatient with The Dukes laid back lackadaisical approach to music, and he has a real overbearing (To put it mildly) personality, so Call Of The Wild is almost like a dress rehearsal for some of Uncle Ted’s later solo works….by…DarthKarl ….~ 
  There’s a ringin’ in my ears and I think it’s the call of the wild… 

Ted Nugent is all about wild rockin’ and stalking prey in the wilderness. Before deadly Tedly pursued his all-for-one, one-for-all solo career, the straight shootin’ alpha rock dog guitarist stood tall with the Amboy Dukes. The power trio’s 1974 recording for Discreet Records, Call of the Wild, is a primal effort, with the Tedinator showing the way throughout the collection of eight songs penned by the Nuge and bassist Rob Grange. 

Recorded in out-of-the-way Ithaca, New York, at Sleepy Hallow Studios, on a shoe-string budget under the production reign of Lew Futterman, the Call of the Wild LP is a tale of two sides. The album opens with the chaotic title track, which sounds like Ted’s idea of Motor City surf rock. The ridin’-high, wild west rockin’ “Pony Express”, and the '60s styled throwback groover “Ain’t It the Truth”, push side one of Call of the Wild to a riveting finish. 

The flip side goes heavy on instrumental action behind “Renegade”, the bloozy “Rot Gut”, and the self-indulgent, experimental seven-minute shot of “Below the Belt”. Stranger things have been recorded, but it still stunning that flute work accents “Below the Belt”… yes, you read correctly, flute. Side two is saved by the Jimi Hendrix-crossed-with-Blue Öyster Cult’s-“Hot Rails to Hell” closer “Cannon Balls”. 

One year later, big talkin’ Ted left the Amboy Duke tag behind, signed with Epic Records, and promptly wasted no time introducing all within ear shot to the mayhem of Motor City Madhouse no-frills, hard-wired rock 'n’ roll. 

KNOCK IT BACK!……by….JonFox …..~

Frank Zappa founded with her manager in Los Angeles in 1973 DiscReet Records, one of her first performers being Detroit guitarist Ted Nugent. Even though his background band was still the old Amboy Dukes name, it has completely recaptured. In addition to Ted, in the summer of 1971, in addition to Ted, in the spring of 1971, Bob Grange and Vic Mastrian, who was recruited in 1972, joined Ted and joined the band in spring 1971. In addition, the sessions were the singer Andy Jesowski and the keyboard player / glider Gabriel Magno, who also joined the band for a short time. 

Musically, Call Of The Wild is somewhere close to Nuget’s later soundtrack sound, but in the midst of it, it goes as unbelievable as the man’s past performances. The worst example is the horrible space rocket Below The Belt. Ted did not know how to play solo albums as a solo artist. In addition to the opening title track, for example, the final piece Cannon Balls would have been well-suited for two years after the release of this album on the same set of Ted Nugent albums. 

Frank Zappa challenged his company’s records with Warner and this is probably why Call Of The Wild has not been in production for a long time. Its latest vinyl script will be from 1977, when Warner bundled this and Ted’s next album on the 2 Originals Of bubbles on the folding covers. The album was released in America and England on CD in 1989, and in this context some information included a vinyl weight in England. I was able to find the original US vinyl in Berlin for a long time in the autumn of 2013. ….Petri Myllylä….~



Would author Jack London be appalled? A table set with freshly killed game on back of this 1974 release by the trio known as Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes has the guitar being edged out of the picture by a rifle while using London’s famous book title as a handle for the music inside. Not as blistering as his Cat Scratch Fever, but more metallic than the psychedelia/blues of the original Amboy Dukes, the riff-jamming opening track of side two is more Jeff Beck gone rock than the quasi-Ozzie persona Nugent gleefully would embrace. The opening and title track plays more like the band Spirit or Jo Jo Gunne, and “Sweet Revenge” maintains its pop sensibilities enough to keep it from going off the scale – it lifts a Grass Roots melody from “Things I Should Have Said,” the album taking liberally from AM and FM radio of the day. “Pony Express” is a strange amalgam of '60s out-of-the-garage/heading-toward-stadiums riff rock, nicking the melody from Deep Purple’s “Highway Star,” which was released on Machine Head the year before. “Ain’t It the Truth” ends side one with a “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”-plus piano boogie number. “Rot Gut” on side two could be Joe Perry emulatingJeff Beck on “Red House,” while “Below the Belt” is adventurous vamping on the Rolling Stones’ “2000 Light Years From Home” riff, de facto band member Gabe Magno’s keyboards and flute add some depth to the proceedings, and it is interesting stuff that you wouldn’t expect from either the original Amboy Dukes or the madman the world knows as Ted Nugent. Side two plays like one long jam; highly creative stuff that the album cover of a tiger penetrating a sleeping city hardly hints at. Drummer Vic Mastrianni would later find himself on records by Crystal Gayle, Reba McEntire, and joining The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. The mostly instrumental second side culminates in a heavy vocal progressive rocker, “Cannon Balls.” It’s Ted Nugent going through another mutation, but shows him as more diverse and adventurous than he sometimes gets credit for. It’s nice to see bassist/vocalist Rob Grange stay onboard the ever changing merry-go-round here that was the Amboy Dukes…..by…by Joe Viglione….~ 
















Credits 

Arranged By – Rob Grange, Ted Nugent 
Bass, Vocals – Rob Grange 
Drums, Vocals – Vic Mastrianni 
Guitar, Vocals, Percussion – Ted Nugent 
Keyboards, Flute – Gabe Magno 
Lacquer Cut By – RL* 
Vocals – Andy Jezowski 



Tracklist 
A1 Call Of The Wild 4:46 
A2 Sweet Revenge 4:03 
A3 Pony Express 5:18 
A4 Ain’t It The Truth 4:54 
B1 Renegade 3:34 
B2 Rot Gut 2:42 
B3 Below The Belt 7:02 
B4 Cannon Balls 5:42 

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