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More '80s Hair Metal

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As if the first installment weren't enough, Cleopatra unleashes another triple-disc hard rock set of questionable origin with More '80s Hair Metal. Like its predecessor, This Is '80s Hair Metal, the CDs are separated into three sections. There's "Studio Fuelled," which features what appears to be re-recorded tracks of "classic" metal anthems by the artists -- sometimes -- who composed them; "Live & Dangerous," which focuses on obscure tracks by bands like Saigon Kick and Junkyard that were probably recorded in the last few years at a bowling alley; and "Power Ballads," a collection of Bic lighter-inspired breast-flashers that also sound suspiciously like re-recorded tracks of songs that the label couldn't get the rights to. In the tray beneath the useless liner notes is an insert advertising a new band called the Numb Ones -- who just happen to appear at the end of disc two with a "live bonus track." Listeners who enjoy being used and manipulated will no doubt send this remarkable series into multiple pressings.

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