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Skid Row – “Skid Row” (30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) [Album Review]

Released via Rhino Records, the deluxe 30th anniversary edition of Skid Row’s platinum-selling self-titled 1989 debut certainly will be a must-have treasure for misfit kids from burned-out towns far and wide.



As they say, “timing is everything.” Released originally in January 1989, the debut record from the New Jersey-based combo, Skid Row, arrived at the precise apex of the famed arena rock era. Overseen by renown producer, Michael Wagener (Dokken, Great White, White Lion), the self-titled slab ultimately would enjoy a massively successful three-month residency on the Billboard Top 200 album chart — peaking at #6 and spawning the now iconic classic rock staples, “Youth Gone Wild,” “I Remember You” and “18 And Life.”

To commemorate the record’s 30-year anniversary, Rhino Records has just released an impressive, deluxe edition of this multi platinum-selling set. Remastered for the first time, the original 11 tracks sparkle brighter than ever, and the inclusion of the oft missed, guitar-driven bonus track, “Forever” is an additional treat.

More than a mere remastered reissue, this expanded 22-song edition also features ten previously unreleased tracks, recorded live at the Marquee Club in Westminster, California during the band’s 1989 U.S. tour — the first-ever release of a full live Skid Row show. This raucous, high-energy performance showcases guitarists Dave Sabo and Scottie Hill, bassist Rachel Bolan, drummer Rob Affuso and frontman Sebastian Bach in their gloriously unabashed, sweaty, shirtless, golden-coiffed prime. The live track list mirrors the studio version of the record somewhat faithfully — with the addition of the fist-pumping, set-closing remake of the 1974 KISS classic, “Cold Gin.”

In sum, the deluxe 30th anniversary edition of this much-loved chart-buster certainly will be a must-have treasure for misfit kids from burned-out towns far and wide.

Hair flips and all, Skid Row’s “Youth Gone Wild” is still mega rad!

Skid Row (30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) Track Listing:

01. Big Guns – 3:38
02. Sweet Little Sister – 3:10
03. Can’t Stand The Heartache – 3:25
04. Piece Of Me – 2:49
05. 18 And Life – 3:52
06. Rattlesnake Shake – 3:09
07. Youth Gone Wild – 3:19
08. Here I Am – 3:10
09. Makin’ A Mess – 3:39
10. I Remember You – 5:15
11. Midnight/Tornado – 4:20
12. Forever (Bonus) – 4:05
13. Makin’ A Mess (Live) – 4:12
14. Piece Of Me (Live) – 3:07
15. Big Guns (Live) – 4:07
16. 18 And Life (Live) – 3:49
17. Sweet Little Sister (Live) – 3:56
18. Rattlesnake Shake (Live) – 3:43
19. I Remember You (Live) – 5:56
20. Here I Am (Live) – 5:34
21. Youth Gone Wild (Live) – 4:28
22. Cold Gin (Live) – 4:53

Run Time 88 minutes
Release Date January 18, 2019
Record Label Rhino Records

Christopher Long is an author, show biz analyst, TV / radio contributor, award-winning musician and entertainment personality. Referred to once as “the rock and roll Erma Bombeck,” Long is known for his conversational, common sense writing style and passion for sharing his unique perspectives on pop culture. Raised in Missouri's rugged Ozark Mountains and on Florida's sunny Space Coast, Long currently lives in Cocoa Beach. (