CD VH1 Storytellers [Billy Idol] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 927202),
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VH1 Storytellers [Billy Idol] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. Cradle of Love
    2. Don't Need a Gun
    3. Flesh for Fantasy
    4. White Wedding
    5. Sweet Sixteen
    6. To Be a Lover
    7. Rebel Yell
    8. Kiss Me Deadly
    9. Eyes Without a Face
    10. Dancing with Myself
    11. Ready Steady Go
    12. Blue Highway
    13. Mony Mony
    14. L.A. Woman
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 36919

  • Credits
    ProducerPatrizia DiMaria; Keith Forsey; Billy Idol; Bryan Kelley

    Personnel: Billy Idol (vocals); Steve Stevens (acoustic & electric guitars); Joseph Simon (piano, Hammond B3 organ); Steve McGrath (bass, background vocals); Mark Shulman (drums, background vocals); Greg Ellis (percussion); Stella Soleil (background vocals).
    Includes liner notes by Bill Flanagan.
    Personnel: Billy Idol (vocals, acoustic guitar); Steve Stevens (guitar); Mark Schulman (drums, background vocals); Steve McGrath, Stella Soleil (background vocals).
    Audio Mixers: Keith Forsey; Brian Reeves .
    Photographer: Kevin Mazur.
    While it might seem incongruous for a rock & roll rebel like Billy Idol to perform on an ostensibly introspective songwriters show like VH1's STORYTELLERS, he pulls it off with the same adaptability that allowed him to move from punk upstart to pop star to rock veteran with such seamlessness. In all honesty, it's rather a kick to hear the familiar moody guitar intro from "White Wedding" played on acoustic guitar, especially knowing that it's longtime Idol cohort Steve Stevens doing the picking. Surprisingly, Idol's wildman bellow modulates quite well to a lower dynamic on this song and such others as "Flesh For Fantasy" and the R&B cover tune "To be a Lover." The all-acoustic format doesn't stop Idol and his stripped-down band from rocking out on "Cradle of Love" and the Generation X (his old punk band) staples like "Ready Steady Go." What's more, the STORYTELLERS setup seems tailor-made for tackling one of the aforementioned band's finest tunes "Kiss Me Deadly," which seemed out of place amid the roar of late-'70s punk but is flattered by it's treatment here.

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (3/02, pp.122-3) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Idol continues to curl his lip expertly and delivers a performance rich in swagger..."
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