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Last Dance With Randy Rhoads - 92%

SweetLeaf95, May 10th, 2015

Behold, part two of Quiet Riot's underrated albums that nobody knows about. Quiet Riot II is nothing shy of a continuation of the very first album, as the songs structure, style, lineup, and overall sound and production is basically the same. It's just as if they decided to churn out nine more spectacular tracks to top off their underground career before Metal Health would take over the metal scene.

A main difference that this album has is the fact that the pace is slowed down a noticeable amount, however not so low that it sounds completely new. While the predecessor took a fast and fun kind of approach, these songs are rather relaxed sounding and probably not as heavy either. With that, they are also significantly longer, which allows for more guitar work by Randy Rhoads. Sadly, this is the last full length album that he appears in. The problem with the longer lengths is the fact that some of it may seem like filler, which is really the only reason I docked a few points here. Plus, the guitar work wasn't quite as impressive as on the first one, but still good to jam to. Other than that, all of the tracks make for a spectacular listen, just like the first one, and it's just as underrated.

Let's talk about a famous one, "Slick Black Cadillac". As many know, this appears as track four on the next album, but that was actually a re-recording. Here, it's not as amplified, but it's more laid back and the vocal work is more melodic. Not to mention that the chorus sounds better, and they add a little intro to this one. This one is one of my favorite tracks, as well as "Eye For An Eye" as it carries a very steady beat and displays great riffage and vocal work. "Inside You" is also pretty good, and if you listen closely, the main riff sounds like "Wild Thing" by The Troggs.

Something else that this record seemed to incorporate a little more was the gang vocals. Those were hardly used before, but on here it was introduced a little more. As most know, Quiet Riot would eventually use this as a signature sound of theirs. This was where it was tampered with some more and was heavily used more years down the road. The overall sound on this should vanish from the bands career and they would never release anything like this one again. As I mentioned on the review of their debut, I highly recommend giving it a listen. If you like the first one, you're sure to like this one. The pair basically go hand in hand.

R.I.P. Kevin Dubrow and Randy Rhoads.