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Album Review

All six of the albums Hanoi Rocks made in their original incarnation — Bangkok Shocks, Saigon Shakes, Hanoi Rocks, Oriental Beat, Self Destruction Blues, Back to the Mystery City, Two Steps from the Move, and All Those Wasted Years — are packaged together, one album to one CD, in this straightforward six-CD set. There are no extras, just the albums as they were originally released, though there's a 12-page booklet with a solid history of the band and numerous (if small) reproductions of sleeves from their original releases. It's too much at once even for many fans, but for the more dedicated of that lot, it's a handy encapsulation of their primary recorded work. Hearing all of it does make it clear that, although they're often classified as a heavy metal band, they might be more accurately pegged as a hard rock band with substantial traces of glam and pop (and even some bar band blues-rock) along with the metal.

Customer Reviews

Old Punks don't die

Okay let's be clear, you're gettin 6 albums here, one of which was originally released as a double album, for £12.99.

Hanoi Rocks are often slotted in with the hair metal movement due to their glam image although truth is they sound more punk & owe more to the New York Dolls than to their metal forefathers. The earlier albums in this collection are very much punk spirited & recorded on a limited budget. Then steps up the Bob Ezrin produced Two Steps from The Move with a highly polished finish. Sadly the drummer Razzle died in a car crash during the tour for this album & they were no more for many years.

Many artists site Hanoi Rocks as inspiration including Guns & Roses whose initial image owed more than a bow of the hat to them & Paradise City was written after listening to Back to Mystery City, or so I'm led to believe.

At less than £2.50 an album what have you got to lose?


Formed: 1980 in Helsinki, Finland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Finland's major export to the world of heavy metal, Hanoi Rocks, drew much of their sound and inspiration from '70s glam rock and were thought by some to have fused the two styles more successfully than similar acts such as Mötley Crüe. Hanoi Rocks were founded in 1980 by singer Michael Monroe (born Matti Fagerholm) and guitarist Andy McCoy (born Antti Hulkko); after some lineup changes, the rest of the group consisted of guitarist Nasty Suicide (born Jan Stenfors), bassist Sam Yaffa (born Saki Takamäki),...
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