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  • Audio CD (Feb. 14 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002INR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,022 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Big Guns
2. Sweet Little Sister
3. Can't Stand The Heartache
4. Pieces Of Me
5. 18 And Life
6. Rattlesnake Shake
7. Youth Gone Wild
8. Here I Am
9. Makin' A Mess
10. I Remember You
11. Midnight/Tornado

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Certified at 5 million units by the RIAA. (3/01)


Skid Row distinguished themselves from the legions of pop-metal bands of the late '80s and early '90s chiefly by their attitude, which was closer to Guns N' Roses than to Bon Jovi. They're also distinctive these days, mainly because they're still around. Though their debut is the most radio-friendly and least musically mature of their albums, it does have some excellent songs on it, including the slow but edgy "18 and Life" and the anthem (every metal album must have one) "Youth Gone Wild". Musical talent and vocalist Sebastian Bach's over-the-top delivery made this band stand out from the crowd, although these days the material on this album does sound dated. -- Genevieve Williams

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By T. Skylar TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 15 2010
Format: Audio CD
Skid Row was never one of my favorite bands but I always liked their music and particularly their 1989 self-titled debut album. It's a collection of strong ballads, heavy and rocking songs with great energy, I wish they could still do this. It has this kind of energy only musicians their age (on this album) can have and that's why it's so good. As another reviewer said, it really is youth captured on "Skid Row". Their moment of fame didn't last long after this album sadly but I still enjoy listening to this one frequently even today.

I love Sebastian Bach's vocals, I feel he has one of the best voices in his genre and he is underrated. The guitars have a great rocking sound to them and make this album much edgier and give it much more attitude than the average hair band did. They certainly have fun songs but they are heavier than usual, that's the thing about skid row. Here Skid Row made rocking songs, heavy songs and I must say excellent ballads. "18 and Life" and "I Remember You" are two of my all time favorite ballads, there is just so much passion in them. Some songs found here may sound cheesy today, particularly "Can't Stand the Heartache" and "Rattlesnake Shake" but others like the hard-rocking "Big Guns" and the anthem "Youth Gone Wild" kept me rocking to this album. There are also some underrated ones like "Here I Am" and "Midnight Tornado" who deserve a listen.These songs captured the feeling of an era and bring back great memories to many.

If you're a new fan or a just curious about Skid Row, their first and self-titled album is the one to get. I would favor this over a greatest hits album, pretty much all the songs are great and this was the band's heyday.
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Format: Audio CD
Skid Row (1989.) Skid Row's debut album.
In the eighties, there were a number of excellent hard rock and heavy metal bands that emerged in the United States, but sadly, only a few of them got the proper recognition. Although Skid Row was, indeed, an excellent band, they never really got the proper recognition they deserved, because they arrived on the scene so late in the eighties metal movement. Still, the band achieved moderate popularity, and their most popular album remains their 1989 self-titled debut. How does this album measure up? Read on and find out.
Let me start this review my saying that, while they were an eighties metal band, they were NOT one of the many glam/hair bands that pretty much dominated the genre. These guys were much closer to, say, Guns 'N' Roses or Motley Crue. They were a HEAVY heavy metal band, plain and simple. Hard and heavy is the way metal was meant to be played, and these guys demonstrate that point a number of times on the album. The big hits here are the hard rock anthem Youth Gone Wild, and the semi-melodic rocker 18 And Life. These two tracks would become extremely popular, and why not? But, it doesn't just stop with the hits. There are a number of rockers exploring a plethora of styles, and every one does its job excellently. And, as with just about any eighties metal album, there are even a few power ballads. In the end, this is widely varied and excellent heavy metal album.
Currently in America (as of June 8, 2004) the only version of this album that is readily available is the original CD issue. It's good that the album is still readily available, but I think it could use a rerelease. The sound could use some remastering, and some bonus tracks and expanded liner notes would be cool. Let's hope such a reissue takes place, eventually.
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I'm sure some of you out there are asking ...has Kasey lost his mind? ...a hair metal band with a classic cut?
But truth be told here people Skid Row's debut album represents everything that was good about eighties rock. From the bulletproof voice of lead vocalist Sebastian Bach to the lightning fast guitar solos of guitarists Dave "Snake" Sabo and Scotti Hill, Skid Row proved from the get go that they meant business.

Kicked off with the rowdy one two punch of "Big Guns" and "Sweet Little Sister" Skid Row's debut was easily one of the best and in my eyes most genuine albums of the eighties rock genre. Lead Vocalist Sebastian Bach could not only sing circles around just about anyone... he had the x factor in conviction because the material was lived in... which much music of the time lacked.You believed that Bach and the boys were the "Youth Gone Wild" because plain and simple they were. Even on power ballads "I Remember You" and the "guns don't kill people f**ked up teenagers kill people" anthem "18&Life" Skid Row had an authenticity that few could touch... with the exception of maybe Guns N Roses and Motley Crue.

Unfortunatly for Skid Row the band would only release one more album of original material with Sebastian Bach on lead vocals. It really is a shame because altough Skid Row had a good run... it could have been longer and we needed them more than ever in the late nineties. Now Sebastian is singing on broadway while Skid Row is continuing on with a new singer.Rumour had it that Sebastian was one of the singers considered for Velvet Revolver ....the band that contains three former member of Guns N Roses ....now that would have been a rock band.
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