THE SHAZAM - Meteor

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Can't find this one on CD anywhere - HUGELY Rare. (the rarest Shazam cd is the "Here's to All The Misfits" 250 pressed album that was sold as a pre-sell for this album....that is NOT included here, so you are clear.)

ONLY ONE COPY! (only 1, 000 of these were pressed)

"Meteor is a titanic yawp of hard rock anthems alternating with hooks so sweet they take your breath away. Hans Rotenberry, who wrote and sings the songs, has carved a unique and immediately identifiable style from hard rock dynamics crossed with his sweet, supple voice.

“So Awesome” opens the record with a twenty-one guitar salute to the joy of living, lead guitar as hard and elegant as the Golden Gate Bridge. “Don’t Look Down” is a power ballad with every lick carved in stone. You could climb the notes like a staircase. Rotenberry’s vocals are winsome and masterful, going from cooed aside to anthemic bellow in a heartbeat. “Disco at the Fairground” is the best Move song the Move never recorded. Alternating sinister, earth-chewing minor chords with drunken sailor music hall choruses it crunches euphorically. Zappa would approve...You won’t hear them on Big Radio, certainly not on MTV or VH-1. The Shazam are merely the tip of the iceberg. And the hardest part of the iceberg too."-Breitpart.com

"Produced by legendary arena-rock boardman Reinhold Mack (the man who gave E.L.O. and Billy Squier their whomp), Meteor is as big, brash, and hooky as The Shazam’s best. Frontman Hans Rotenberry bellows giddily through songs about being “not fucked-up enough,” and about attending a disco at the fairgrounds, and about how there’s always time for a piece of pie; throughout all this, he sounds like a man free from any of the angst and self-doubt that’s the enemy of fun in rock ’n’ roll. The ship may have sailed on The Shazam becoming superstars—especially since power-pop has always been a tough sell to the public at large—but for the 38-minute duration of Meteor, it seems stupid to fret over where the band goes from here. The bottom line is that Rotenberry got to work with a personal hero and make an explosive, entertaining rock record. It was time and money well-spent." - AV Club

AMG: "

While most contemporary power pop acts seemingly subscribe to the notion that all cultural progress came to a halt after the release of Big Star's Radio City, the Shazam are one band not afraid to pledge allegiance to the bigger pop/rock sounds of the late 1970s and early '80s, and on their fifth album, Meteor, they've literally put their money where their mouth is by hiring Reinhold Mack (professionally known simply as Mack) to produce. Mack was behind the controls for albums by Queen, Billy Squier, Sparks, and Electric Light Orchestra in the '70s and '80s, and here he gives the Shazam the sort of big, punchy, and polished sound that by all rights would have made them radio fodder had it been recorded at a time when radio still cared about rock & roll. With its crunchy guitar sounds, booming drums, and layered harmonies processed within an inch of their lives, Meteor is the closest thing to a Queen album the Shazam will ever have the chance to make, but in its heart it has a lot more in common with Sparks -- for all the slick popcraft, this band can't resist letting their smart-ass sense of humor rise to the surface on tunes like "Hey Mom, I Got the Bomb," "Time for Pie," "Disco at the Fairgrounds," and "NFU" (which stands for "Not F--ked Up Enough"), and in some respects, Meteor seems like a knowing parody of '70s rock rather than a for-real contemporary pop/rock epic, with bandleader and songwriter Hans Rotenberry having a hard time not snickering at his own joke. In all honesty, the joke is pretty funny, and from a musical standpoint, the Shazam are more than solid enough to make these songs work in the studio, and the melodies are well served by Mack's epic-scale production. But at the same time, it's hard not to think that the Shazam missed an opportunity by not playing a bit straighter on Meteor -- they could have created a gloriously mammoth rock album instead of just making fun of one."