CD Reviews

Skull – No Bones About It/Skull II: Now More Than Ever, Expanded Editions

Written by John Deaux

From the archives of Bob Kulick, HNE Recordings are releasing not 1 but 2 albums by Skull.

No Bones About It was the only ‘officially’ released album and this version has a shed load of bonus tracks. So many, that it has to have its own disc. This 2nd disc contains an alternative early version of No Bones About It but also original 12 and 24 track demos. The original album disc is of course also expanded with rare versions (4 and 8 track demo recordings). 

There is now a ‘lost album’ Skull II: Now More Than Ever. Skull II which contains an albums worth of material along with the addition of original demos. Once again even more material is added to a 2nd disc. This includes instrumental and original demo recordings.  

The majority of bonus tracks featured on both releases have rarely (if at all) heard.

Of course Bob Kulick is renowned for being part of Kiss and history, but these albums actually show what this man is capable of.  Dennis St.James, (who has also worked with Paul Stanley) on vocals provides an edge on all 4 CDs that rivals Matt Mitchell of Furyon and Pride fame. The drums of Bobby Rock (Lita Ford, Alcatrazz, Vinnie Vincent Invasion) grooves along with the bass of Kjell Benner (Quiet Riot) whilst Kulick gives his guitar the full beans and shreds.

 

Both CD sets are monsters and cannot be faulted. Highly recommended for fans of pure hard rock and metal who want something a bit different from today’s genre.

Score 9/10 for both albums

Track List – No Bones About It

DISC ONE: NO BONES ABOUT IT (1991)
1. EYES OF A STRANGER
2. BREAKING THE CHAINS
3. I LIKE MY MUSIC LOUD
4. LITTLE BLACK BOOK
5. LOSER’S GAME
6. LIVING ON THE EDGE
7. HEAD OVER HEELS
8. GUITAR COMMANDOS
9. THIS SIDE OF PARADISE
10.KING OF THE NIGHT
BONUS TRACKS (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED)
11.I LIKE MY MUSIC LOUD (8 TRACK DEMO)
12.LIVING ON THE EDGE (8 TRACK DEMO)
13.KING OF THE NIGHT (8 TRACK DEMO)
14.GUITAR COMMANDOS (4 TRACK DEMO)
15.HEAD OVER HEELS (4 TRACK DEMO)
16.LOSER’S GAME (ORIGINAL DEMO)
17.BREAKING THE CHAINS (ORIGINAL DEMO)
18.THIS SIDE OF PARADISE (12 TRACK DEMO)

DISC TWO: EARLY ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS OF NO BONES ABOUT IT
1. I LIKE MY MUSIC LOUD
2. BREAKING THE CHAINS
3. LIVING ON THE EDGE
4. LITTLE BLACK BOOK
5. LOSER’S GAME
6. EYES OF A STRANGER
7. HEAD OVER HEELS
8. GUITAR COMMANDOS
9. THIS SIDE OF PARADISE
10.KING OF THE NIGHT
BONUS TRACKS (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED)
11.I LIKE MY MUSIC LOUD (24 TRACK DEMO)
12.GUITAR COMMANDOS (24 TRACK DEMO)
13.LIVING ON THE EDGE (24 TRACK DEMO)
14.KING OF THE NIGHT (24 TRACK DEMO)
15.HEAD OVER HEELS (12 TRACK DEMO)
16.THIS SIDE OF PARADISE (ORIGINAL DEMO)
17.LITTLE BLACK BOOK (ORIGINAL VERSION)

Track List Skull II: Now More Than Ever

DISC ONE: SKULL II: NOW MORE THAN EVER
1. CAVE OF THE HEART
2. I WALK THESE STREETS
3. CHILDREN OF PARADISE
4. TROUBLESHOOTER
5. NOW MORE THAN EVER
6. THREE WORDS AWAY
7. HEART OF STONE
8. ALL NIGHT LONG
9. A PLACE IN THE SUN
10.AT THE END OF THE LINE
11.VELVET TOUCH
12.EYES OF FIRE
13.THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER
14.STREETFIGHT
BONUS TRACKS
15.CHILDREN OF PARADISE (ORIGINAL DEMO)
16.TROUBLESHOOTER (ORIGINAL DEMO)
17.I WALK THESE STREETS (12 TRACK DEMO)
18.NOW MORE THAN EVER (12 TRACK DEMO)
19.SKULL RADIO ADVERT

DISC TWO: BONUS TRACKS & DEMOS
1. I WALK THESE STREETS (INSTRUMENTAL 4 TRACK DEMO)
2. NOW MORE THAN EVER (12 TRACK DEMO)
3. STREETFIGHT (12 TRACK DEMO)
4. I LIKE MY MUSIC LOUD (DEMO)
5. HEAD OVER HEELS (ORIGINAL DEMO)
6. GUITAR COMMANDOS (ALTERNATE DEMO)
7. LIVING ON THE EDGE (ORIGINAL DEMO #1)
8. LIVING ON THE EDGE (ORIGINAL DEMO #2)
9. KING OF THE NIGHT (ROUGH MIX)
10.LITTLE BLACK BOOK (12 TRACK DEMO)
11.BREAKING THE CHAINS (LIVE REHEARSAL)
12.I WALK THESE STREETS (REHEARSAL)
13.THIS SIDE OF PARADISE (ROUGH)
14.GUITAR COMMANDOS (ORIGINAL DEMO)
15.HEAD OVER HEELS (ALTERNATE DEMO)
16.STREETFIGHT (ALTERNATE DEMO)
17.LIVING ON THE EDGE (ROUGH MIX)
18.LITTLE BLACK BOOK (ALTERNATE DEMO)

Label
HNE Recordings
Release Date
24th August 2018

For all things Bob Kulick, Click HERE. To Purchase No Bones About It, click HERE and for Now More Than Ever, click HERE

About the author

John Deaux

Some say Yank My Doodle, It’s A Dandy! is a biographical movie based on John

Some have even said that his favourite artist is Chesney Hawke

All we know is he is the ultimate bargain hunter & his skin, a hazy shade of winter

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