Contraband

Contraband

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In 1991, Impact/MCA had high hopes for Contraband, a commercial, AOR-oriented "all-star" project that united guitar dynamo Michael Schenker (of UFO and MSG fame) with Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer, Vixen bassist Share Pedersen, and L.A. Guns guitarist Tracii Guns. The only Contraband participant who wasn't a big name was Richard Black, who'd been singing with the L.A. band Shark Island. Though this was obviously a talented lineup, the resulting album wasn't nearly as memorable as some rockers assumed it would be. "Loud Guitars, Fast Cars & Wild Wild Livin'," "Intimate Outrage," and "Kiss By Kiss" are routine, run-of-the-mill, corporate hard rock, and there's little that sets the generic "Bad for Each Other" apart from countless other power ballads that came out in the '80s and early '90s. Contraband's covers of David Bowie's "Hang On to Yourself," and Mott the Hoople's "All the Way From Memphis," aren't bad, but all things considered, this isn't worth the price of admission.

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