Ted Nugent (album)

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Ted Nugent
Studio album by Ted Nugent
Released September 1975[1]
Recorded The Sound Pit, Atlanta, Georgia
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal, blues rock, psychedelic rock, stoner rock, rock and roll
Length 38:33
Label Epic
Producer Tom Werman, Lew Futterman
Ted Nugent chronology
- Ted Nugent
(1975)
Free-for-All
(1976)
Singles from Ted Nugent
  1. "Hey Baby"
    Released: 1975
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Classic Rock 5/5 stars[3]

Ted Nugent, the first solo effort of the so-called 'Motor City Madman', is a rock album released in 1975 after Ted Nugent disbanded his former group, The Amboy Dukes.

Background[edit]

Tired of the Amboy Dukes lack of effort and discipline, Nugent decided he had enough and left the group. He took a three month vacation (his first ever) clearing his head in the Colorado wilderness, spending his time deer hunting and enjoying the outdoors.[4]

Renewed, Nugent returned to civilization in search of a new direction and a new band. Joining him in the Ted Nugent band would be former Amboy Duke Rob Grange on bass, along with Cliff Davies (ex-If) on drums and finally, from a local Michigan band called Scott which had opened for the Dukes previously, a singer/guitarist named Derek St. Holmes.

The new group hit the road and then the studio, forming the songs which would send their first album into the Billboard Top 30 and into the multi-platinum range. The first track, "Stranglehold", would set the stage for Nugent's career, an eight minute plus guitar attack with vocals by St. Holmes and Nugent, a healthy dose of a Gibson Byrdland guitar, a famous guitar solo recorded in one take and a unique phase bass guitar effect by Rob Grange. Songs such as "Stormtroopin'", "Hey Baby", "Just What the Doctor Ordered" and "Snakeskin Cowboys" (features an 8-string Hagstrom bass played by Rob Grange), (with St. Holmes providing lead vocals on all of them) would prove to be staples of the band's wild concert tours for years to come. "Motor City Madhouse" is an ode to Ted's hometown of Detroit.

The album was produced by former If-manager Lew Futterman and Tom Werman. Ted said about the album, "If anyone wanted to know what rock 'n roll was all about, that's the only album they'd need".[4]

The last track on the album, "Queen of the Forest", was the first rock song played by Dr. Johnny Fever on the TV series WKRP in Cincinnati.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

In 2005, Ted Nugent was ranked number 487 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[5]

Stranglehold has been ranked 31st greatest guitar solo of all time by Guitar World.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ted Nugent, except "Hey Baby", written and arranged by Derek St. Holmes, all songs arranged by Rob Grange, Derek St. Holmes and Cliff Davies. In Martin Popoff's book, "Epic Ted Nugent", Nugent admits that the song "Stranglehold", was co-written by Rob Grange, yet he never received a share for co-writer.[4]

  1. "Stranglehold" – 8:22
  2. "Stormtroopin'" – 3:07
  3. "Hey Baby" – 4:00
  4. "Just What the Doctor Ordered" – 3:43
  5. "Snakeskin Cowboys" – 4:38
  6. "Motor City Madhouse" – 4:30
  7. "Where Have You Been All My Life" – 4:04
  8. "You Make Me Feel Right at Home" – 2:54
  9. "Queen of the Forest" – 3:34

1999 CD reissue bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Stormtroopin'" (Live) – 6:36
  2. "Just What the Doctor Ordered" (Live) – 4:52
  3. "Motor City Madhouse" (Live) – 8:38
  4. "Magic Party" (Studio outtake) – 2:55

Personnel[edit]

Band members[edit]

Ted Nugent Band

Additional musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Bruce Dickinson (not to be confused with the lead singer of Iron Maiden) - producer (1999 reissue)
  • Vic Anesini - remastering
  • Stephan Moore - 1999 reissue project director
  • Gary Graff - 1999 reissue liner notes

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1976 Billboard 200 (North America)[7] 28
1976 UK Album Chart[8] 56

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Position
1976 "Hey Baby" Billboard Hot 100 (North America)[9] 72

Sales Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Sales
U.S. RIAA 2x Platinum (2,000,000)[10]
Canada CRIA Gold (50,000)[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New LP/Tape Releases". Billboard (Billboard Publications, Inc.): 66. September 13, 1975. 
  2. ^ Prato, Greg. "Ted Nugent Ted Nugent review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  3. ^ Dome, Malcolm (February 2005). "'Ted Nugent'". Classic Rock 76. London, UK: Future Publishing Ltd. p. 108. 
  4. ^ a b c Martin Popoff (2012). Epic Ted Nugent. Toronto, Canada: Power Chord Press. pp. 64–65. 
  5. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 12. ISBN 3-89880-517-4. 
  6. ^ "50 Greatest Guitar Solos". guitarworld.com. 2009-01-29. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  7. ^ "Ted Nugent Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  8. ^ "Ted Nugent Chart Stats". Chart Stats.com. Archived from the original on 2012-09-08. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  9. ^ "Ted Nugent Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  10. ^ "RIAA Database Search for Ted Nugent album". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  11. ^ "Gold Platinum Database - Title: Ted Nugent". Music Canada. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 

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