1. “Free” … 4:06
2. “Blind Faith” … 3:25
3. “South of Heaven” … 5:44
4. “Black Reign” … 4:50
5. “Old Habits Die Hard” … 6:17
6. “Strange Daze” … 4:17
7. “In Harms Way” … 4:37
8. “Beggars and Thieves” … 6:38
9. “Don’t Think” … 4:58
10. “It Sucks to Be You” … 4:01
11. “Evil Woman” … 8:50
Kevin DuBrow – Vocals
Neil Citron – Guitar
Tony Franklin – Bass
Frankie Banali – Drums
Glenn Hughes – Vocals, Bass on “Evil Woman”
Produced by: Kevin DuBrow & Frankie Banali
I was really surprised by how good this album was when I picked it up. After hearing about how bad most QR albums had been post-Condition Critical, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had read many interviews leading up to this from Kevin DuBrow and Frankie Banali talking about the strong 70s rock influence on this album and they were right! They consciously avoid doing any type of party-metal anthems they made it big on and deliver a solid platter of classic sounding hard rock.
The 1970s influence is especially apparent on “Old Habits Die Hard” and obviously, the Spooky Tooth cover “Evil Woman”, which features a great duet between DuBrow and Glenn Hughes (who also co-wrote a few songs). Kevin’s voice, by the way, is as strong as ever throughout the whole album. He’s always been one of my favorite rock vocalists and matches his early 80s performances here.
Interesting to note that guitarist Neil Citron and bassist Tony Franklin played on the album, but soon after recording, both were out of the band and never played one of these songs live! They were replaced by returning QR members guitarist Alex Grossi (originally played with QR 2004-2005) and QR’s “Fifth Beatle”, bassist Chuck Wright (who has joined & exited the band numerous times since 1982).
Two unfortunate things tied to this album though:
First, the rest of the classic QR line-up, Rudy Sarzo and Carlos Cavazo, were not involved in this project (and hadn’t been involved with the band for a number of years). More important and tragic than that though is the passing of Kevin DuBrow on November 25, 2007, of an apparent accidental cocaine overdose. It makes the title of this album, the final Quiet Riot album, pretty creepy and sad.
I believe Frankie Banali is now the sole owner of the Quiet Riot rights and name. He had this to say in January 2008 about the future of the band without Kevin DuBrow:
“I have been approached to see if I would be interested in contacting Rudy Sarzo and Carlos Cavazo and to audition singers for Quiet Riot. I have also been approached to see if I would be interested in contacting and reforming the version of Quiet Riot that included Paul Shortino, Carlos Cavazo and Sean McNabb. Let me make this very simple and perfectly clear. While I am still actively involved in the business interests of Quiet Riot and will continue in that capacity, I reject any and all suggestions to have Quiet Riot continue as a live performing entity. My friendship, love and respect for [late Quiet Riot singer] Kevin DuBrow as well as my personal love and affection for Kevin’s mother and his family makes it inconceivable for me to ever entertain any ovation to reform or to continue Quiet Riot . Kevin was too important to go on without him. It would also be a disrespect to the fans who have supported Quiet Riot for nearly 25 years. I thank everyone for the wonderful and sometimes unpredictable adventure that I was able to share as a member of Quiet Riot . The only regret that I have is the loss of Kevin. May he rest in peace. I now begin life after Quiet Riot.”
With the passing of Kevin, the music world lost a great champion of rock and a great rock ‘n’ roll band. Quiet Riot was never going to have a hit album or single again, but they proved with Rehab they were still relevant to the hard rock scene, with a release that is almost universally accepted as being right behind Metal Health in their catalog, and I was hoping to hear many more new albums from them for years to come.
Highlights: “Free”, “Blind Faith”, “South of Heaven”, “Old Habits Die Hard”, “Strange Daze”, “Evil Woman”