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Hanoi Rocks - “All Those Wasted Years”... album review

The best of this month’s trio of Rocks reissues

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By now the reflex response to another routine repackage of anything by Hanoi Rocks is “Again? Really?”’ Even to dyed-in-the-wool fans of the band, still harbouring fond memories of the band’s heyday (as captured to excellent effect on this most essential of all quintessential Hanoi artefacts), it’s hard not to wonder whether enough will ever be enough.

Yes, it’s their classic lineup presented to their best advantage. Yes, the band are captured operating at their preening, Stones-clone peak in their natural habitat of London’s Marquee club. But surely all who need to hear this have heard it, memorised it, bought it, sold it, upgraded it and are pretty much buggered if they’ll be buying it again. Sure, HR’s scant catalogue’s fab, but give it a rest, eh?

Classic Rock’s Reviews Editor for the last 19 years, Ian stapled his first fanzine in 1977. Since misspending his youth by way of ‘research’ his work has also appeared in such publications as Metal Hammer, Prog, NME, Uncut, Kerrang!, VOX, The Face, The Guardian, Total Guitar, Guitarist, Electronic Sound, Record Collector and across the internet. Permanently buried under mountains of recorded media, ears ringing from a lifetime of gigs, he enjoys nothing more than recreationally throttling a guitar and following a baptism of punk fire has played in bands for 45 years, releasing recordings via Esoteric Antenna and Cleopatra Records.