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Artist: Y and T

Title: Earthshaker

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Y and T Earthshaker Album Cover


Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1981

Label: A&M Records

Catalog Number: AMLH 64867


Dave Meniketti lead vocals, lead guitar
Joey Alves rhythm guitar, vocals
Phil Kennemore bass, vocals
Leonard Haze drums


1.  For Rock  
2.  Dirty Girl  
3.  Shake It Loose  
4.  Squeeze  
5.  Rescue Me  
6.  Young and Tough  
7.  Hurricane  
8.  Let Me Go  
9.  Knock You Out  
10.  I Believe in You  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: AOR freaky Date: January 15, 2004 at 5:01
FINALLY ON THIS EXCELLENT SITE ! THE ULTIMATE HARDROCK RECORD ! Personally, I find this IS THE VERY BEST PURE HARDROCK RECORD IN HISTORY ! AN ALL TIME CLASSIC !!! This record has everything : the strongest songs you can imagine, very varied, heavy, subtle, the ultime hardrock ballad, great musianship, fantastic guitars by Mr. Meniketti, great singing, nice production (certainly for that time) etc. etc. If you only should have one hardrock record in your collection, it must be this MASTERPIECE !!

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From: Whiplash1972 Date: January 15, 2004 at 9:59
This is indeed a CLASSIC! With songs like 'Dirty Girl','Rescue Me','Hurricane',and 'I Believe in You', whether you're a big Y&T fan like myself, or a fan of GREAT hard rock in general, you should pick up a copy of Earthshaker.This is one of those discs that has stood the test of time.....AWESOME!

From: holyroller Date: January 16, 2004 at 0:47
One of my all time favourite bands, I never could understand why they never broke big. This album is generally considered their best work, and while I hate to go along with critics, I do believe that while they never really put out a bad album, this one sums up all that rocks about Y&T.

From: Zaldun Date: January 28, 2004 at 10:38
Dios que album!!!! uno de los mejores albumes que e oido nunca.Unos riffs muy buen puestos y unos solos perfectos!!!esas gibson estan vivassss 10/10

From: AOR freaky Date: January 29, 2004 at 8:12
I know some are 'playing' with the rates of this one ! But one fact will stand up : THIS IS THE BEST HARDROCK ALBUM OF ALL TIMES !, how good AC/DC, Van Halen, Montrose, Riot etc. etc. may be. This beats everything with real ease. Hearing is believing !!!!! In Holland there is no discussion (Aardschok etc.) : this is considered as the ALL TIME HARDROCK ALBUM, the STANDARD for all others !

From: Rycheage Date: February 8, 2004 at 16:52
So to the album.. Unrivalled hard rock anthems of the best sort, as witnessed by the superb opener 'Hungry For Rock', the raunch of 'Dirty Girl', the full frontal power that is 'Shake It Loose' and the rabid franticness of 'Squeeze'. However, the standout cuts are probably 'Rescue Me' and the extended ballad 'I Believe In You'.

From: Rockhead Date: April 23, 2004 at 4:26
Indeed a genre classic-this is in the all time top 10 of rock albums and should be a mainstay in the collections of everyone who visits this site. Rycheage summed up the stand outs perfectly. This is a monster.

From: theredrobber Date: April 23, 2004 at 15:14
I agree with everyone above. Their best album ever!...and that says a lot because they put out 3 pretty good rockers after this one.

From: Date: April 24, 2004 at 21:13
rescue me, no tengo palabras para esta cancion,lo tiene todo y resume en si misma todo lo que fueron los y & t

From: Desslar Date: April 25, 2004 at 23:33
Hmmm.. this is very basic hard rock. That'snot a bad thing, except the songs aren't very catchy and are still a bit mired in the 70s. Young and Tough however stand out as a great song. Mysteriously it's not on their greatest hits album.

From: Jörg Date: April 28, 2004 at 12:28
This CD is Killer, i Love Y&T Alway special to me. It´s a Hurricane coming through JÖRG 'THE IRON POSTMAN OF STEEL' From germany

From: AOR freaky Date: April 30, 2004 at 8:32
About time that the world is beginning to know this PERFECT HARDROCK RECORD, maybe THE BEST EVER (even above Coney Hatch, Montrose, Van Halen, BTO etc.)MASTERPIECE !!!!!!! ALL TIME CLASSIC !!

From: Rockhead Date: April 30, 2004 at 9:57
Welcome back Freaky-You been on holiday?

From: Blue Tequila Date: April 30, 2004 at 10:23
From the comments here this seems to be either their best release or close to it. Why is it out of print in the U.S.? In fact almost all of Y&T's albums are only available as Japanese imports. What's going on when a band like Y&T doesn't have a U.S. catalog of in print albums besides Ten, Contagious and their greatest hits releases? Just another record label head scratcher I guess...

From: AOR freaky Date: May 2, 2004 at 9:20
Thanks for the kind words, Rockhead ! Healthy problems kept me away for a while. Not totally recovered by now, but I try to start up my live again. And this is and stays a MILESTONE in hardrock history. That there are still people out there, also on these pages, that don't know that CLASSIC is beyond me !

From: Rockhead Date: May 2, 2004 at 11:18
Im glad your OK-Look forward to the banter with you later!!

From: razor2467 Date: May 7, 2004 at 11:33
THEIR BEST!!!!!! If you own any Y&T cd, it should be this one!!! Every song on this is a Classic!!! Unfortunately it is a bit hard to find, as it is only available as a Japan import...

From: Big Papa K Date: June 30, 2004 at 23:48
The first of three classic albums released one right after the other by the band along with 'Black Tiger' and 'Mean Streak'. This one is the worst of the three, but that is no put down as this album is excellent. Songs like 'Rescue Me' 'Hurricane', and 'I Believe In You' are songs that sound a little ahead of their time. 8/10

From: Uusiolli Date: August 5, 2004 at 17:21
Rescue Me is one of my alltime favourite songs. Best powerballad ever. Tear of joy came when I heard it in Swedenrock-03. Rest of the album is good but not as excellent as others here say. But that's just my opinion. 8/10

From: Maxie Date: October 7, 2004 at 21:55
No other words to describe this album other than 'The best rock album ever released'....I bought it the week it came out and it blows Montrose & Van Halen's self titled outta the water....Not a bad track in sight..Just straight ahead rock.

From: Dave Date: October 8, 2004 at 6:14
Maxie, i pretty much agree with you on this.If it's not the best ever, it's very close to it !!!!!

From: Nick Clarkson Date: October 21, 2004 at 14:25
The best album Y & T have ever done, and one of the best hard rock albums ever. But I must admit having heard I Believe in You and Rescue Me sooooooo many times in rock clubs they begin to annoy! Hey you DJ's there's more than these two songs on the album! Time to go to the bar! 10/10

From: iyanola Date: December 16, 2004 at 14:46
An essential album of the early eighties, and probably the best lp of the band.

From: Date: December 16, 2004 at 14:48
i forgot 'let me go' is really one of the best riff ever made.

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From: Jez Date: January 24, 2005 at 11:42
A benchmark album in 80's hard rock along with Van Halen's debut. Everyone else has summed it all up above. I slightly prefer 'Black Tiger ' to this in the song department, but this is a more powerful album in general, with some of the bands best material - 'Rescue Me', 'Hurricane' & 'I Believe In You' being the picks.

From: AOR freaky Date: January 26, 2005 at 7:26
All those thinking that SoulsirkUS made an unbelievable good heavy record SHOULD listen to this MILESTONE in hardrock first ! Then their eyes will be opened ! This is UNBELIEVABLE great heavy rock, a MILESTONE in hardrock/heavy rock ! Other tips for all SoulsirkUS fans, to hear how it should be done : Riot : Fire Down Under, The Godz : The Godz, BTO : Not Fragile or Montrose : Montrose ! That's what I call class heavy rock, not SoulsirkUS, mates !

From: ArnoldLancelot Date: February 10, 2005 at 17:14
Probably more than someone would not agree with me on this: although it is a great record, I would not compare it with 'Black Tiger' or 'Mean Streak' wich by far are strongly and truly better. Lacks of melodies and the powerful weight of songs like Forever. Once again don't get me wrong: great music(specially I Believe in You and Rescue Me are classics)on it, but the works after this one are better indeed. Get it, but don't kill for it.

From: AOR freaky Date: February 11, 2005 at 4:14
I do not agree : this is maybe the VERY BEST HEAVY ROCK ALBUM EVER and certainly the best of Y&T, one of the greates bands ever ! A MILESTONE in hardrock history !

From: Doc Date: February 11, 2005 at 13:22
Freaky, this release is alright, I bought it new on LP when it was released and it was good enough to keep me interested in the band...no where close to the quality of their next few releases, every Y & T fan I know thinks of this as a good start, nothing more...take the wax outta your ears.

From: ArnoldLancelot Date: February 12, 2005 at 14:01
Dear Freaky, I do respect you a lot,but I have to agree with Mr. Doc on this... Anyway for those others: get this one! but get as well Black Tiger, Mean streak, In rock we trust and so on till the Ten album.

From: Swriter Date: February 12, 2005 at 14:06
no question, u can not get one Y and T release, u must have Earthshaker, Black Tiger and Mean Streak, no need for reviews, 3 classic rock albums that are a must have!!!

From: AOR freaky Date: March 1, 2005 at 5:18
Dear Doc and ArnoldLancelot : in Europe this is seen as their masterpiece, with Black Tiger as a good second ! I Believe In You, Dirty Girl, Squeeze, Rescue Me etc. are their top songs ! PHENOMENAL ! Tastes differ !

From: TomSawYa Date: July 6, 2005 at 3:08
'I Believe in you' is one of the best rocksongs ever written. This album is what one could call a lucky shot if there weren´t such phenomenal albums following like 'black tiger' or 'mean streak'. But 'Earthshaker' gets the gold medal from me. I´m truly excited about going to my first Y & T gig t h i s e v e n i n g !!!

From: Geoff Date: October 31, 2005 at 23:02
I don't mean to stir unnecessarily, but Freaky has posted the same comment about 7 times here. What's the go? Anyway, these kinds of albums and AOR 'classics' seem to be the only times I really disagree with the general thoughts here. To me, this is straight up hard rock - no frills, nothing special, just straight ahead hard rock. It's nice background music, but for me there is nothing that lifts it to a special place or makes it memorable. As I said, good solid hard rock, but not my thing.

From: PAUL Date: November 1, 2005 at 5:51
Geoff - No problem if you don't like Y&T and this album, but don't tell us that's just good hardrock and nothing more. You have the right to say your personal opinion, but man see the reviews above. This is the first piece of Y&T golden trilogy (together with black tiger and mean streak) and one of the best hardrock albums ever released from U.S.A. AOR freaky - I didn't know you love 'earthshaker' so much.

From: PAUL Date: November 1, 2005 at 5:54
Certainly classic album. Not better than '1987' from the mighty WHITESNAKE which is my fav hardrock album of all time, but not far...

From: AOR freaky Date: November 1, 2005 at 7:20
Yeah PAUL, I really LOVE this one ! IMO far better than 1978 and God knows I really love that great record too ! It's just a way of saying that this one is one of the all-time hardrock classics, whatever Geoff may say. It's seen EVERYWHERE as a MILESTONE in hardrock history and Geoff's strange and childish opinion won't change that ! We can discuss about a lot of records, but there are classics where no discussion is possible. This one, Holy Diver, Van Halen, 1987, Heaven And Hell, Montrose .

From: Geoff Date: November 1, 2005 at 19:20
Sorry Paul Freaky, but I take the opposite road to you. I do not sit down and listen to 'classics' with my mind already made up because everyone else has called it a classic. I like a classic to prove itself to me first, and I'm happy for the people who rate this so high because it's what they dig, but for me this is good solid hard rock (like 100s of others) but I cannot see it's spectacular edge? It is good, and why do you think I don't like Y&T, Paul? Where did I say that? Just my opinion.

From: Remastered Reason Date: January 19, 2006 at 10:30
Probably the bands best cd, top to bottom. Heavy production with great songs make for an excellent hard rock record. Hardly a weak track here. This is the beginning of the bands golden era in the early 80's. Rock & Roll would have survived without it, but surely a better genre with it. Essential to any hard rock collection.

From: Real rock fan Date: January 16, 2008 at 14:52
This is one of my all time favourite albums. As much as I like Y&T, this is their one and only classic album, although Black Tiger is very good. Fantastic guitar playing, overall a pretty hard rocking album. Personal highlights for me are...... Dirty Girl, Rescue Me, Knock You Out and I Believe In You. Absolute top quality

From: Hotwire Date: July 28, 2008 at 21:53
Playing this as i'm writing my 2 cents...Not a huge Y & T fan but as i sit here,drinking my beer and listening to this with an open mind..my ears are happy. Splendid slice of hard rock done to with style and grace..classic? not sure yet...check with me in about 5 yrs and we shall see how many times i go back and give it a spin. Ear Candy for sure..A+ for the effort!!

From: george_the_jack Date: April 5, 2009 at 9:51
Earthshaking album indeed...A real must in everyone's rock collection.This one together with the first two VH's, epitomised Hard Rock music.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 24, 2011 at 21:38
Great album...reading some comments above(Arnold Lancelot,AOR freaky)yes,Mean Streak & Black Tiger are very good ones but add to that list Earthshaker Lancelot!!! ...such solid songs in here..."For Rock"(excellent rocking opener),"Shake It Loose","Squeeze"(kick a**),"Rescue Me"(the best of the album IMHO),"Young And Tough"(catchy) & "I Believe In You"(epic)...do i need 2 say more???...a matter of tastes but for me this one rocks pretty good!.95/100

From: hair metal again Date: July 21, 2012 at 9:14
one of the best hard rock releases ever!the mighty Y&T set the rules in hard rock with this one and all the songs are classics!i was shocked when i first heard this record back in the early 90 s if i remember well and i m still in that state as it sounds so fresh and true!long live hard rock music!

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