Tooth Fang & Claw

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Tooth Fang & Claw
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Studio album by Ted Nugent and The Amboy Dukes
Released September 1974
Recorded June 1974
Genre Hard rock
Label DiscReet LP
Enigma Retro CD
Producer Jon Child, Lew Futterman, Ted Nugent
Ted Nugent and The Amboy Dukes chronology
Call of the Wild
(1974)
Tooth Fang & Claw
(1974)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]

Tooth Fang & Claw is the seventh and final album by Ted Nugent and The Amboy Dukes. It was the second offering on the DiscReet label. The band consisted of Nugent, Rob Grange on bass and drummer Vic Mastrianni. The album has the feel of the outdoors and Nugent's love for hunting and rock and roll.

"Great White Buffalo" is one of the mainstays of Nugent's catalog and was generated on this album. In an interview with Classic Rock Revisited he discusses how he and Grange developed the song idea: "This was yet another magical moment like the original musical burst of so many of my songs. This amazing lick/song erupted spontaneously during a recording session around 1972-73," Nugent says. "As I was tuning up my Blonde Byrdland, that pattern leaped forth with a force to reckon with. Killer bass player, Rob Grange, stopped me and asked what the hell that was, and I said "I don't know, just jackin’ around, tuning up." He told me to play it again, but I failed to play the lick the same as I had just done moments before and he kept badgering me to re-discover the lick. I didn't. But after recording some other songs, I again went to tune up my Gibson and the lick burst forth again. Rob Grange yelled 'That's it! That's it!' So I played it a few times, showed the guys where I wanted to stop and start it up again, turned on the tape machine and recorded it in one fell swoop, making up the lyrics as I went along, articulating to the best of my ability my take on the great Indian legend of the spiritual beast of yore. Rob Grange came up with that wonderful fluid bass melody at the end, Vic the thundering double bass drum assault, and history was made. To this day it is one of my and the audiences' and band's all time favorites." [2] In the film Dazed and Confused, the character Wooderson, played by Matthew McConaughey, wears a t-shirt featuring the Tooth Fang and Claw album cover.

By 1975, Nugent had abandoned the troubled DiscReet label and signed with Epic Records. He teamed with producer Tom Werman and Aerosmith’s managers, Leber-Krebs, who organized his live tours into commercially successful operations. The only Amboy Dukes member that continued with Nugent was bassist Grange. Nugent added vocalist Derek St. Holmes and drummer Clifford Davies and moved forward to national success.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ted Nugent, and arranged with Rob Grange, except where indicated

  1. "Lady Luck" - 5:57
  2. "Living in the Woods" - 3:54
  3. "Hibernation" - 9:19
  4. "Free Flight" - 4:03
  5. "Maybellene" - (Chuck Berry, Russ Fratto, Alan Freed) - 3:28
  6. "Great White Buffalo" - 4:57
  7. "Sasha" - 3:06
  8. "No Holds Barred" - 4:48

Personnel[edit]

  • Ted Nugent – Guitar, vocals, percussion
  • Rob Grange – Bass, vocals, arrangements, composer
  • Vic Mastrianni – Drums, percussion

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