Give me a break… Carmine come on your better than this! How much money do you need?
Previously released separately as “Guitar Zeus” and “Guitar Zeus 2” and only available through his website for Members Only in the late nineties, now in 2006, parts of the originals released as the “Ultimate Guitar Zeus”, this is almost like Kiss! Kiss reunited, Kiss returns, and Kiss final tour, Kiss Kiss Kiss, old shit rehashed.
You have some great guitarists on the CD, well not all of them! How do you consider Steven Seagal a great guitarist? “Days Are Nights” is a good opening track and the motor city madman does his wango tango, as he hooks up with Franklin’s bass lines. “Nobody Knew” does nothing for May and does not show his signature guitar work, just an average song with too much reverb.
“Stash” has the feel of Dr. John, is boring just like the doctor, and has no direction plus the song is all over the place. I mean for a rock drummer playing with some high voltage bands trying to bring the sound of Vanilla Fudge and Woodstock back to the new century is a lost cause!
Finally, a track full of blues “Where You Belong” and Slash shows these boys what it’s all about. Slash doesn’t have to rock out to show the class act he is. “Gonna Rain” has nothing to offer not even Richie Sambora can help. Never thought Sambora was a great guitarist and still don’t.
Two high-octane musicians Yngwie Malmsteen & Doug Pinnick King’s X together on
“This Time Around,” should be a match made in heaven. Well HELL they could have given Malmsteen some leeway by playing some of his killer riffs, but he let’s his guard down and gives a sub-par performance. Not all is bad as Vivian Campbell turns in a great performance on a melodic ballad “Doing Fine” now if the rest of the CD was anything like this track it would have been one fine CD. With musicians of this caliber, this could be on everyone’s list.
“Under The Moon & Sun” brings the ageless wonder of Mr. Edgar Winter who still has the pipes and range to make flushing a bowl sound good. With that, he has never let his fans down. This is a star!
One of the best showing on the entire CD has to be the shredding of Zakk Wylde on “Code 19.” His guitar playing is set back a little on the track. He does manage to outshine anything on “Ultimate Guitar Zeus.”
All in all, my favorite song will have to be “Out Of Mind” with Neal Schon. I was never a big Journey fan, but I must say Schon gave it all and I never knew how good he was until I heard this track.
The worst song has to be “Do Ya Think I'm Sexy” vocals are completely off key and the music sucks Pat Travers should have changed his mind about cutting this one! Pitiful “Gz Blues” and Steven Seagal! I am going to pass on any comments because he might come and kick my ass!! Oh ok, he’s good “Real Good”! I hope I’m on his good side now!!! Carmine I would have thought twice about this CD release, think that it should have been kept “Members Only”! You could have done much better for a premiere legendary drummer.
- Carmine Appice - Drums, Vocals
- Tony Franklin - Bass
- Kelly Keeling - Lead Vocals, Guitar
- Days Are Nights (w/ Ted Nugent)
- Nobody Knew (w/ Brian May)
- Stash (w/ Stevie Salas & John McEnroe)
- Where You Belong (w/ Slash)
- 4 Miles High (w/ Steve Morse)
- Gonna Rain (w/ Richie Sambora)
- This Time Around (w/ Yngwie Malmsteen & Doug Pinnick)
- Killin' Time (w/ Ty Tabor)
- Doing Fine (w/ Vivian Campbell)
- Under The Moon & Sun (w/ Mick Mars & Edgar Winter)
- Code 19 (w/ Zakk Wylde)
- Out Of Mind (w/ Neal Schon)
- Do Ya Think I'm Sexy (w/ Pat Travers)
- Gz Blues (w/ Steven Seagal & Seymour Duncan)