Must Own Heavy Metal Hard Rock Albums :
Artist : Motley Crüe
Album : Too Fast For Love
Released : November 10, 1981 (Leathur Records Version )
August 20, 1982 (Elektra Records Version)
M.M. Album Rating : 4.5/5 (One Of The Best Debut Albums in Heavy Metal/Hard Rock History)
For most fans of Motley Crüe, their debut album wasn’t the first record they heard from the group. Most people became fans of the band from albums like Shout At The Devil, and Theatre Of Pain, then would discover the debut album Too Fast For Love. At first it wasn’t an easy listen for most fans, many even didn’t like it. That shouldn’t be too surprising, especially after the polished production Tom Werman had given their albums that followed it. As the years have passed though it seems to be the album from the Crüe that has aged the best. Not only does it have great, and simple songs, but a very raw production. Almost like it was recorded in a garage live with no tracking done. It’s the sound of a band not only confident, but still hungry. Everything that’s great about all types of Rock And Roll music.
There are two different versions of this album that actually both sound pretty different, even with different sequencing. The first version done by the band themselves on their own label they formed to make the album called “Leathur Records had a limited edition of 900 copies made. Today it’s one of the most valuable collectable items especially for vinyl freaks. The only reason the band made the album themselves is because they couldn’t get a record deal from anyone. But once executives at Elektra Records heard the album they signed the band with the plan to release it World Wide. Since the band produced the record themselves Elektra wanted a professional producer to not only remix, but re-record some weak parts of the original.
Under the supervision of legendary producer Roy Thomas Baker, who thankfully would not add his bombastic style of production to the music. He would keep the sound raw, taking out things like the clapping at the end of “Live Wire” and leaving the song “Stick To Your Guns” off the new version, and change the song sequence. Also since he too was a huge fan of The Rolling Stones, they would keep the cover which was a tribute to the legendary Stones album “Sticky Fingers”. The sound of the Elektra version is tighter, but thankfully not too tight. The main feel of the simplicity of the sound fits the songs that Nikki Sixx wrote.
Today this album is a celebration of who the Crüe were at their best. All three musicians, especially Mick Mars shine, and Vince’s youthful voice fits the music perfectly. You can hear why Nikki Sixx would become one of the greatest songwriters of the 1980s. Today this record is respected more than ever, even by people who don’t like anything else the band recorded, especially Punk fans. The only argument isn’t how good it is, it’s what version do you like more. Now that the original Leathur Records version is available on the Compilation “Music To Crash Your Car To : Vol 1” it’s easy for you to decide for yourself. As for me, I like different parts of each of them. Mine is an “LeathElek” version, haha. It doesn’t matter which version you have as long as you have it.
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