Outlaw Blood

Signs of Life Outlaw Blood (Atco) 1991

1. "Tower of Love" (4:23)
2. "Body and Soul" (4:09)
3. "Last Act" (4:39)
4. "Sink My Teeth" (4:04)
5. "Every Day I Die" (4:26)
6. "Soul Revival" (3:36)
7. "I'm N Shock" (4:25)
8. "Red Hot 'N' Blue" (3:46)
9. "Slave to Love" (4:27)
10. "Fall Thru the Cracks" (3:57)
11. "Hollywood Babylon" (4:08)

Outlaw Blood were a hard rock band who release this one major label album and then disappeared into obscurity. Unfortunately, despite having the mighty Atco behind them, this CD is relatively unheard of. Shoot, I didn't hear of it for over a decade after it's release. Sort of a shame too as the music here is pretty darned good. Outlaw Blood are Hollywood strip, sleazy, hard rock with a touch of The Cult thrown in for good measure. Musically I would compare Outlaw Blood to bands like LA Guns, Cinderalla, Bang Tango and a bit of that AC/DC vibe as well. The band offers up a nice mixture of songs with hard rockers like "Tower of Love" and "I'm N Shock", bluesy numbers like "Last Act" and obligatory ballads, "Every Day I Die". Vocalist Marc McCoy has a raspy voice that works well for this type of music. I think one thing that would have made this album a bit stronger would have been a slightly heavier, beefier production. As it is, the sound is a bit too clean and I suspect had the band had their way, this would have been a meaner affair. Lyrically, the band was pretty typical for the times with plenty of cliché lyrics about women, love and sex. If this CD had been release a year or two earlier, Outlaw Blood may have been a contender. They may not have been on the commercial calibur of bands like Cinderella and Guns N Roses, but they had the looks, the chops, the vocals, and even a nifty cover design.

Marc McCoy (vocals) became a pastor shortly after the release of this CD and died of cancer in March 2000. Guitarist Marti Frederiksen has gone on to be a fairly successful songwriter working with such artists as Ozzy, Def Leppard, Aerosmith and the Scorpions.

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