Damn Yankees

Damn Yankees

by Damn YankeesDamn Yankees


Although the term "supergroup" doesn't quite apply to the Damn Yankees, they did manage to rekindle the spirit of 1970s (and '80s) rock with each of their talents, at least to some extent. Damn Yankees took the unblemished, radio rock ballad "High Enough" to its deserving number three spot on the singles chart, with its power stemming from the oily melody and the made-to-order guitar playing of Ted Nugent. Both Tommy Shaw and Night Ranger's Jack Blades give "High Enough" an even quantity of lushness and might, which helped the album itself climb to number 13 and gain platinum status. "Coming of Age" is the album's second-best track, which has the band rocking out without going over the edge and sounding too contrived. The rest of the album finds the group reliving their glory days, which is to be expected, and tracks like "Runaway" and "Come Again" come through as avid little rockers. Only "Piledriver" and "Rock City" sound silly and pushed, most likely influenced by Nugent himself. As the 1990s approached, the slick sound of guitar rock may have been dwindling, but Damn Yankees do a fine job at keeping it alive at least for a little while. By the time their next album was released, the decade had no room for their brand of arena rock, which sounded more passé than ever before, despite a decent sounding single which kicked it off.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/20/2008
Label: Rhino Flashback
UPC: 0081227992804
catalogNumber: 26159

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Damn Yankees   Primary Artist
Ted Nugent   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Tommy Shaw   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Jack Blades   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Danny Cahn   Trumpet
Michael Cartellone   Drums,Group Member
Sarah Carter   Cello
Richard Centalonza   Multiple Reeds
David Chase   Conductor
Katherine Easter   French Horn
Lawrence Feldman   Multiple Reeds
Ian Finkle   Percussion
Steve Freeman   Keyboards
Gerald Tarack   Violin
Steve Guttman   Trumpet
Clifton Hardison   Percussion
Jimmie Haskell   Conductor
Kenneth Hitchcock   Multiple Reeds
Jeanne Ingram   Violin
B.J. Johnson   Violin
Dale Kirkland   Trombone
Jesse Levy   Cello
Ray Marchica   Drums
Charles McCracken   Cello
William Meade   Multiple Reeds
David Niwa   Violin
Keith O'Quinn   Trombone
Alan Pasqua   Hammond Organ
Marion Pinhiero   Violin
Ron Raffio   Bass
Roger Rosenberg   Multiple Reeds
Jack Schatz   Trombone
Marti Sweet   Violin
Nancy Wolfe   Multiple Reeds
Ann Yarbrough   French Horn
Neverleave Bros.   Background Vocals
Umfante   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Douglas Besterman   Arranger
Jimmie Haskell   Arranger,String Arrangements
William Meade   Contributor
Ron Nevison   Producer,Engineer
James Nichols   Engineer
James Raitt   Arranger
Tommy Shepard   Producer
Kim Champagne   Art Direction

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