Title - 'Stripped'
Artist - Daniel Ash
For those not in the know, Daniel Ash is an English musician, songwriter and singer. He became prominent in the late 1970s as the guitarist for the iconic goth rock band Bauhaus, which spawned two related bands led by Ash: Tones on Tail and Love and Rockets. He has also recorded several solo albums and that now includes his latest, entitled Stripped.
But Stripped isn't a usual album by any means, for as much as it is a collection of his songs "stripped" down, he put the whole thing together via the Pledge Music website - and asked all the donators, all his fans what THEIR fav tracks were! After the votes were cast on their collective favorite songs from the many albums he has been a part of, he then stripped those songs down and recorded all new versions of them.
Very cool. So, what we have here are 12 all new do-over's of his fan favorites from his days in Love & Rockets, Bauhaus, and Tones On Tails, produced and put through their new paces by the production genius of Adam Bravin (She Wants Revenge), Mat Mitchell (Puscifer) and original Love & Rockets producer John Fryer.
The album kicks off in fine style with a brilliant remake of his hit single, the mid-80's Love & Rockets smash 'So Alive,' and continues ever onward with a slew of musical genres to work with. Thus, we get electronica bass-lines, Danielís nod to Punk, Goth and Old-School Glam Rock heavily nodded to throughout.'Love Me', from the same classic L&R album, excitedly follows and is backed by both 'OK, This Is The Pops' and 'All In My Mind.'
The album continues as Ash puts through the paces many more old school Rockets, Bauhaus, and Tones On Tail classics, such as 'Too Much Choice,' 'No Big Deal,' 'Slice Of Life,' and both 'Mirror People' and 'Christian Says.' Then, out of nowhere comes the only new, unreleased track on the album, 'Come On,' A decent enough cut, but nothing compared to what has gone before, in truth, or the remaining two songs, 'There's Only One' and 'An American Dream.'