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Album Review

It may not have ranked among the great mysterious lost albums with Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy, but Hell Yeah!, the reunion album of much less prominent ‘80s hair metal band Black ‘n Blue, has also suffered a lengthy period on the shelf, having been intended for release in 2003, but not turning up until 2011. That makes it the group's first new studio album in 23 years. The reunion brought back together four-fifths of the original outfit, with original singer Jaime St. James, guitarist Jeff Warner, bassist Patrick Young, and drummer Pete Holmes in place, but guitarist Tommy Thayer still playing in Kiss and replaced here by Shawn Sonnenschein. Black ‘n Blue seems to have been intent on re-creating their original sound on Hell Yeah!, and that means pop metal in the mode of Mötley Crüe and Ratt, with the power chords to the fore and St. James huskily singing suggestive lyrics leading quickly to singalong choruses. It's easy to imagine head-banging crowds joining him in shouting, "You're my monkey/Get off my back!" ("Monkey"), "I got a target, and you're the one" ("Target"), or something even simpler, like "Hail, hail to rock & roll!" ("Hail Hail"), and "Are you ready to rock?" ("C'mon"). Even the relative mouthful title "Angry Drunk Son of a Bitch" gets truncated for audience-chanting purposes to "A-D-S-O-B!" Toward the end of the disc, the band tries some changes of pace, including the short acoustic guitar instrumental "Trippin'"; "Falling Down," which sounds more like late-period classic rock than hair metal; and "World Goes Round," which has an Indian sound. But there are plenty of songs here ready for comeback set lists, and given the long period between recording and release, some of them no doubt have been in the set for some time.

Customer Reviews

Fresh sound from a blast from the past...

Great new cd form the 80`s monsters black n blue , starts off with great solid rocker "Monkey" "your my monkey get off my back", an than onto "Target" reminise of ac/dc vibe but just a catchy rockin tune and the fun tunes never stops, "Hail, Hail , to Rock n Roll" , "C`mon" just smokes rockin to the show time, Angry Drunk S.O.B. is a rockin bad attitude tune ,and all the way to end closer "Hellyeah" gives a fresh new sound from a very under rated band of the 80`s ,should please old fans greatly and new fans as well , this cd don`t dissapoint ,Fun Rockin` Solid Roliin`cd

new black n blue

I'm a Portland guy and this band has stood the test of time! Hard rock at it's best! Bout time guys, S%*T!

Thank U !!!! Black

I have been a fan of this bands music for 25 years!!!! I was just in Maryland for the M3 Festival and finally got to see this band play live!!! This album is just great songs from top to bottom. Stellar production by "WOOP". Black 'N Blue has always had a great sense of song. Catchy hooks, melodies, and lyrics that get stuck in your head, I love it!!! I met up with these guys after their set and they are some of the coolest people I have ever met in the music business. It was great hearing the backstory that inspired "Jamie's Got The Bear" and share a few other laughs with these guys. Bottom line is if you like previous Black 'N Blue releases - You will love this album!!


Formed: 1981 in Portland, OR

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '10s

Black 'N' Blue was a 1980s heavy metal band from Portland, OR. Formed in 1981, the lineup was Jaime St. James (vocals), Tommy Thayer (guitar), Jeff Warner (guitar), Patrick Young (bass), and Peter Holmes (drums). They moved to Los Angeles in 1982 and released their self-titled debut album on Geffen Records in 1984. It was followed by three...
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