Mötley Crüe: Dr. Feelgood Deluxe Edition album review

Motley Crue - Dr Feelgood Deluxe Edition

Mötley Crüe is revisiting the success of 1989’s Dr. Feelgood with the launch of a double-CD Deluxe Edition in celebration of the album’s twentieth anniversary. Dr. Feelgood reached #1 on the Billboard charts in 1989 and sold more than 7 million copies worldwide. “Dr Feelgood” and “Kickstart My Heart” were both nominated for Grammy awards for Best Hard Rock Performance. Thumbs up to the glam rockers! The 80s would not have been the same without the tattooed, high-heeled, make-uped motley crew who spent many a drug induced hour cavorting, on their motorcycles, through strip-clubs and jail cells: debauchery deluxe. The chorus from “Time for Change”:

Now it’s time for change
Nothing stays the same
Now it’s time for change

is indicative of’ Mötley Crüe’s transient mental state when writing Dr. Feelgood, which was the first album the band members recorded after their quest for sobriety and rehabilitation in 1989. The trance-like repetition of the aforementioned words seems to be a mantra for the band at this point in its career. Mötley Crüe’s short dalliance with a less hedonistic lifestyle produced what is arguably its most acclaimed album, and it is the band’s best selling record to date. Although much has changed twenty years later, for the band and within a social context, the album’s themes are still relevant. Human nature tends to be a constant and drugs, sex, relationships and hopelessness will always be pertinent.

The Deluxe edition features two CDs: the original version of Dr. Feelgood on Disk One and on Disk Two, four original demos from the Dr. Feelgood sessions, four tracks recorded live when the band played in Russia, plus a remix of “Get It For Free”. The sense of nostalgia that accompanies the album will surely be enjoyed by established fans and will give new listeners a telescope reaching back to 1989, which heralded the execution of Ted Bundy, the decimation of the Berlin Wall, the release of Ghostbusters II and George Bush Senior’s presidential inauguration. Mötley Crüe has been a fixture in the world of metal since its conception in 1981 and Dr. Feelgood is testament to the band’s star-quality, creative talent and sustainability.

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