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King Of The Road - Fu Manchu

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal / Artist: Fu Manchu / Enhanced / Audio CD released 1999-10-11 at Edel

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      09.07.2008 23:31
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      Fu Manchu's fifth album (1999).

      Bearing no stylistic or thematic relation to those dodgy, racist Hammer films that hogsflesh enjoys writing about, Fu Manchu are one of my favourite stoner rock bands, and 'King of the Road' is the pinnacle of their distinctly 1970s sound, benefitting from a 1990s retrospective and production. Scott Hill and Bob Balch's bluesy guitar riffs and solos are comparable to the work of Tony Iommi and Jimmy Page, and all sound as dirty and heavy in their execution as those early seventies metal albums always intended to.

      The best thing about this album is how almost every song is instantly memorable, usually from the aforementioned leading guitar riffs. Only a few fail to male the grade, notably the oddball 'Weird Beard' with its strange chorus and the fairly average 'Drive' which just doesn't stand out in the manner of the others, not to mention that the road trip obsession has become a little grating by this late juncture. For authentic, no-nonsense stoner rock about driving and doing very little else, it doesn't get any better than this.

      1. Hell on Wheels
      2. Over the Edge
      3. Boogie Van
      4. King of the Road
      5. No Dice
      6. Blue Tile Fever
      7. Grasschopper
      8. Weird Beard
      9. Drive
      10. Hotdoggin'
      11. Freedom of Choice

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Hell On Wheels
      2 Over The Edge
      3 Boogie Van
      4 King Of The Road
      5 No Dice
      6 Blue Tile Fever
      7 Grasshopper
      8 Weird Beard
      9 Breathing Fire
      10 Hotdoggin'
      11 Freedom Of Choice