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MECHANICAL RESONANCE: 1986

Mechanical Resonance1986

TESLA are just one of those bands that just ARE real rock & roll. Something about them is just meaty, and the band just exudes quality. Much has been written about this universally-acclaimed debut, and you don't need me to tell you that this is up there with Van Halen's first one in terms of significance to the rock world. But I'm going to anyway.

Jeff Keith is a gritty and impassioned vocalist, while guitarists Tommy and Frank and technically excellent and tasty musicians whose duelling lead lines never fail throughout this work. They are ably backed by the more than tight rhythm section, in all making one of the most exciting musical units of the '80s and early- to mid-nineties. Remember that "quiet first part of a verse that explodes in the second half of the verse sound" that was all over some of the louder hard rock bands in the '80s? Here it is, fully showcased for the first time ever on this album, fully showcased on tracks like "EZ Come EZ Go" and "Modern day Cowboy", which are, incidentally, two of the standout tracks on this album.

The sound will appeal to the more aggressive hair metal fans as well as hard rock and heavy metal fans. The riffs are simple chord progressions, delivered with firey power and serious attitude. The guitar solos are kickin', as you would expect, and in most cases the songs are good enough to showcase the band's potential, including "2 Late 4 Love", "Rock Me to the Top", and the anthemic "Love Me."

- Skazza

TESLA:
Jeff Keith – lead vocals
Frank Hannon – electric & acoustic guitars, keyboards and backing vocals
Brian Wheat – bass guitar and background vocals
Tommy Skeoch – electric, acoustic & slide guitars and backing vocals
Troy Luccketta – drums and percussion

DETAILS
Release Date
Dec. 8, 1986
Length
53:28
Format
Jewel Case
Label
Geffen
Chart
#32 (US)
CREDITS
Produced/Mixed by
Michael Barbiero, Steve Thompson
Engineered by
Michael Barbiero
Mastered by
George Marino / Sterling Sound


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    August 29, 2013 1:52 pmPosted 1 year ago
    J Michaels

    First album I ever bought without hearing more than one song. I saw Modern Day Cowboy on MTV, went to the mall, and bought the record. And I wasn’t disappointed in a single song. Listening to it right now, in fact, on Rhapsody. ;)

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    November 8, 2012 12:51 pmPosted 2 years ago
    AtlantaGuy

    parents out of town. partying with friends. beer cans everywhere. screamin to tesla. those were the days.

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    August 21, 2012 9:58 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lindsay

    I was wondering if any of you remembers when Troy was with Benny and the Jets? and if so do you remember the song “One in a million? I’m not sure if it was with them or 415? Ok I know I’m going way back! I use to hang out with him and his brother Tony and russel and let’s not forget Byron who was a good friend of troy’s at the time…..

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    April 13, 2012 6:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tracy Smith

    YES the all time altimute album in the 80s, forever and along with the others and more to come. My first time my heart seen TESLA was in Las Vegas Nv. at the Hard Rock Cafe.

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    April 13, 2012 6:32 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tracy Smith

    I,ll never forget the very first time i seen u guys in LAS VEGAS NV. of 84 ,My heart just could,nt stop beeting with all TESLA LOVE, so need to say im yr 1 fan and always will be. ps. THis is mainly one of my favorite albums. and now along with they others u guys have made a treamenduse job .So ROCK ON!

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    March 23, 2012 12:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Reggie Kereemang

    The eighties the greatest music years, they don’t make music like these. In Africa we miss the live shows. Tesla are great.

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    March 22, 2012 8:43 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Dave Franklin

    First live band that I ever saw at Hammersmith Odeon – 7th September 1987. This album sounds as good today as it did back then – a classic!

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    March 22, 2012 5:23 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Brigette Olender

    Where it all began! What a timeless, epic album and an extraordianry team of musicians. Thank you Tesla :)

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    March 22, 2012 3:03 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Matt King

    Best album ever IMO…been a fan since and saw the first time live in Orlando a month ago and had a wonderful time. You all are still amazing!!

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    March 22, 2012 2:57 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Joy Lepage

    Love you guys sooooo much!!! Please come back to the Hampton Casino Ballroom in NH again!!!!!I’m dying to see you guys again. I’m renewing my wedding vows in Oct. of this year and since I can’t get you guys to play, we hired a band that can do some of your songs!!!!!!! Rock on!!!

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