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CD Review
Blue Coupe - Million Miles More

Blue Coupe

Million Miles More
Record Label: Blue Coupe
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Review by Sal Serio
June 2013

Blue Coupe is a new trio comprised of Dennis Dunaway (bass) from the original Alice Cooper group, with Joe Bouchard (guitar, keyboards) and Albert Bouchard (drums) from the original Blue Oyster Cult. All three sing. Their new CD, the outstanding ‘Million Miles More’, is dedicated to late Cooper guitarist Glen Buxton.

One may think, “oh, retro act…” but that would be far from the point. While many of these songs bring back the electric and eclectic vibe of ‘Agents Of Fortune’/‘Spectres’ era BOC, this collection of all new material rocks solid and has the big modern production value that sets it apart from the previous work of these three musicians. ‘Million Miles More’ stares directly into the future rather than dwelling on the past. Also of note, several special guests keep things interesting and diversified.

“Hellfire Hurry”, with a terrific vocal and pounding piano line by Joe Bouchard, features a blistering lead guitar break by Buck Dharma, giving the song a melodic urgency combined with the lush sound of classic BOC.

“Hallow’s Grave” has a duet vocal by Albert Bouchard and Alice Cooper, two of the more unique voices in rock. A huge chorus by back-up singers Tish & Snooky add to the gothic atmosphere of this shock rock killer. Albert’s drumming throughout this release is uncanny in its ultra-tight precision, with tempos both unique and, especially, unusual in the hard rock genre.

Two guest lead guitarists really spice things up nicely. Deniz Tek of Radio Birdman compliments Joe Bouchard’s husky vocal on “Supernatural Love”, while The Dictators’ Ross The Boss lays down some eardrum-rattling lead runs over top of Dunaway’s driving and punchy bass on one of this disc’s hardest rockers, “Ain’t Dead”, which also features a fun 80s style anthemic chorus.

The special bonus track “More Cowbell (Gotta Fever)” brings closure to the proceedings with a humongous grin. Albert Bouchard was the original cowbell man on “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”, as immortalized on SNL by Will Ferrell. Therefore it is fitting that “More Cowbell” is a live party song, with audience call & response, and Albert unabashedly nailing the cowbell into oblivion.

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