Album review: Contraband, Contraband (1991)

 

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JUNE 6, 1991

By Steve Newton

Ian Hunter must be feeling pretty comfy these days. First off, Great White made him a pile of royalty bucks with its hit version of his 1975 barrelhouse-boogie “Once Bitten, Twice Shy”. Now Contraband—a new conglomeration of members from the Michael Schenker Group, L.A. Guns, Ratt, Shark Island, and Vixen—has released a version of the Mott the Hoople classic “All the Way from Memphis”.

Buy yourself another condo, Ian. You deserve it.

Contraband itself isn’t quite so deserving. Apart from the Hunter homage and a Montrose-style remake of Roy Brown’s “Good Rockin’ Tonight”, there’s nothing remarkable among this record’s 10 tunes (only three of which feature writing input from the band), and Michael Schenker’s considerable guitar talents are lost on boring, formulaic cuts like “Bad for Each Other” and “If This Is Love”.

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