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The Title Trackers

The Lost Title Tracks

Review by Gary Hill

The concept here is a bit gimmicky. This act, as the name and title of the album foretells, create songs that would serve as the title track to famous albums that were lacking in such pieces. That makes the set a little on the uneven side because how you feel about each song will have something to do with how you feel about the artist whose style is being mimicked. That said, these guys do quite a good job of accomplishing their victory conditions. Most of this really does feel like it could have fit as the title track of the album where it’s supposed to sit. As gimmicky and uneven as this can be, I’d highly recommend it. That’s because it’s mostly a lot of fun.

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Track by Track Review
Side One

    
living in Exile on Main Street

Wow! This sounds so much like something from the classic period of the Rolling Stones. Right down to the backing vocals and horns, they nailed it. The lead vocals are recognizable as not Mick Jagger’s, but this killer rocker could pass for the real thing otherwise.

Full Moon Fever gone to our heads
Now, this one really nails Tom Petty. The vocals come a lot closer than those on the opener did. I’d have to say that, to me, this feels more like older Tom Petty than it does like something from Full Moon Fever. Still, it would have been at home on that album.
checking in to the Morrison Hotel
Well, I’d say this misses the Doors by more than the others have missed their targets. I suppose that if that’s the victory condition here, this one fails. That said, it’s a great song. It is definitely Doors-influenced. That’s obvious. It just doesn’t seem like The Doors themselves. Taken as a song, though, it’s one of my favorites here.
throwing stones at Glass Houses
I suppose this sounds like Billy Joel. It’s just not one of my favorites here. It’s a good tune with the vocals being the one point that misses the mark for nailing the original artists. It’s just not really my thing.
the trackers send Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.

I have to say that I’m one of a minority of people who don’t like Bruce Springsteen. For that reason, this has a lot in common with the music of Springsteen, but I’d consider it better. It doesn’t quite sound like him, and that’s a good thing. It’s obvious that it’s a nod to his sound, though. It’s enough like Springsteen to land far short of the best material here in my book.

Side Two
    
chopping down The Joshua Tree

Starting slow and mellow, this really does sound like U2, and particularly the Joshua Tree album. Sure, you can tell that it’s not Bono singing, but it’s a close replica. This is one of the songs on the set that works better than the rest for me. I like this one a lot.

doomed to Live at San Quentin
The spoken parts here don’t seem quite right. The rest of the song, though, could pass for an outtake from the live recording. This does get a bit of a parental advisory, though. This is one of my favorite tunes here.
Who’s Next: a meta-rock opera
Well, again, the vocals don’t quite pull off the comparison. The opening section actually makes me think of Klaatu, too. Beyond that, though, they really nail The Who. I like this one quite a bit. There is some pretty impressive playing at times here.
got our slingshot - Combat Rock
Although this really doesn’t feel like the Clash to me, it’s a lot of fun. The rockabilly section even makes me think of the Stones, really. This is entertaining, but not a standout.
Blood on the title Tracks
Musically, this one nails Bob Dylan. The vocals are better (from my point of view) than Dylan, though. I’d have to say points are rewarded for not doing the typical Dylan parody for the vocals. I mean, it’s easy, but also rather cheesy.
 
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