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Nugent by Ted Nugent
Released: Jan 1982
Label: Eagle Rock/Eagle Records
The wildman of the '70s ushered in the '80s by bringing the pitch down just a hair, evidenced by the sedate album cover -- no tail, no loincloth -- and the lack of any songs in which he "goes off" in typical Nugent fashion. There is stellar guitar playing (he can't help it), just no "Stormtroopin'" moments until closer "Tailgunner" essentially sets the rest of the album on fire. His famed political views make their first appearance in the anti-flag burner rant "Bound and Gagged." "Ebony," an ode to an African American teenage call girl, is another one that maybe hasn't aged so well.
Mike McGuirk
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