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"Beau Hill-Producer"

"Damn, you guys just flat out rock the nation.... I'm listening to your music right now.........I like what you're doing ... Great material, and I dig your vocal approach, very stylistic .......I really like BIG RAWK...heavier the better."Beau Hill-Producer of Warrant, Ratt, Twisted Sister, and tons more. - MySpace

"Best CD Of 2008"

Excellent hard rock with a heavy twist, shaken and stirred.
author: Mike Prickett

Best CD of the year so far ... not that 24 days is that far, but hey, it'll take a lot to top it! You guys rock ... and rock hard! Great from the first track, well second actually, after the intro, to the last. Pure rock fury, undiluted, at its bludgeoning best! Can't wait for album 2

Pure fun whether it's sincere or a Spinal Tappish take on the 80's
author: Steve Crossman

I listened to this one several times and I could not determine if the band was seriously trying to deliver 80's hard rock or if they were pulling a Spinal Tap on us. Either way the CD is a blast to listen to. Musically there is some AC/DC riffage throughout. Attitude wise I kept thinking Spinal Tap, Helix, and Killer Dwarves. Not taking things too seriously so the fun factor stays high.

If they were taking it seriously they certainly included all the 80's cliche's that made it great. Fists in the air, the word Rock in most song titles, references to rock girls, and all lyrics about having a good time rocking out. The only thing missing is the 10 min drum solo in the middle :-)

If they are Spinal Tapping us, they also did a great job. Only a Tap fan could truly appreciate "The Metal Pokey". And "Where did the 80's Go" is a name dropping montage of all we miss about the 80's, a musical version of VH1's "I Love the 80's". The closer "U.S.A. is the traditional stadium rock ballad/anthem. If you look closely the Nineteen88 logo is suspiciously simialr to the typeface used on the Spinal Tap logo. In the end, no matter which the band is trying to convey, it's some serious fun for anyone who loved all that was 80's hard rock/metal. - CD Baby

"Mark Lush"

you have to have this record! It is incredibly well-made
author: Mark Lush

Musicianship – 9 out of 10
’The Rock we play is rudimentary, but the life we live is elementary’.

These are lyrics from Nineteen88’s song (Rock and Roll), found on their latest album The Great American Rock & Roll Spectacle. I include it here because I think it sums up their musical ability quite nicely! The guys in the band play basic, rudimentary Rock and Roll the way it was meant to be played; loud, fast and raucous! There isn’t a virtuoso quality to their music, but there is a Rock and Roll soul that is evident in every note; fans of 80’s bands, especially AC/DC, will appreciate the ability that they have to play music that hits you where you live! This is 'School of Rock' type of stuff! It’s not the notes they play; it’s the attitude behind the notes that makes all the difference!

That being said, I still think that each musician in Nineteen88 does a great job. As frontman/guitarist, Handsome Mick Rowe brings the bravado and the Rock and Roll Horsepower; bassist Max Alpha and drummer Nate Butler provide the back beat, and guitarist Bobby Beamon brings the flash! All elements are necessary, and handled quite well! I was very impressed, and at the same time, incredibly envious of my stepson Adam, who had the chance to see these guys live! Mick gave me a hard time for not being there, but he didn’t have to, because I felt the pain of a missed opportunity quite readily after hearing the CD. Next time, I won’t be so stupid!

Songwriting – 8.5 out of 10
Make no mistake! The Handsome Mick Rowe is a showman! That quality is evident in his singing, and in his songwriting! The lyrics speak of Rock and Roll being an attitude, and not a descriptive term for music. The music reflects that attitude as well, as song after song comes at you in an aural assault that many haven’t encountered for over 20 years! Mick relishes his role as ringmaster of the Rock and Roll Circus, while at the same time, speaking fondly of a time that seemed simpler in the world of music. As a result of this balanced approach, his ‘character’ doesn’t become overpowering; to the contrary, he becomes a singer/songwriter that you identify and celebrate with! I enjoyed the music for these reasons, and so many more! Each song on the album is cool for a different reason, but all of them are cool! Great job, guys!

Sound Quality/Professionalism - 10 out of 10
Above all else, this album sounds incredible! It’s hard to describe the sound that they achieved without babbling on like an idiot; suffice it to say that I haven’t heard an album that impressed me this much sonically since Back in Black, AC/DC’s groundbreaking release in the early 80’s! If that’s what the producer/band/engineer were going for, they did an incredible job! Every instrument sounds incredible, and Mick’s vocals have just the right growl. I don’t know how long it took the band to make this record, but it sounds like it took forever. I’d imagine that I can chalk that up to an incredible ability on the part of each band member to find just the right sound for themselves, and then work with the engineer to translate that to the recorded media. They definitely found the right combination, and made a top quality recording! Again, well done!

Packaging – 9 out of 10
The packaging for The Great American Rock & Roll Spectacle is done well. The cover art makes the CD look like the front and back of a Marshall speaker cab and amp head, while the enclosed booklet has lyric sheets duct taped together like set lists; production credits are also included with a picture of several enthusiastic Nineteen88 fans! I was really happy with the way it looked, and felt that the band did a good job putting the finishing touches on a CD that I would have bought if it was wrapped in a piece of brown paper grocery sack! The packaging definitely adds to the quality of the product, and for that I am happy!

Favorite Tracks
Big Rawk
Play Your Guitar
Rock All Day
Highway of Rock and Roll

Overall Rating – 9 out of 10
This is, a fun CD to listen to! The Handsome Mick Rowe and Nineteen88 have made an album that all Hard Rock fans will go nuts for! The music celebrates a time that a lot of people my age took very seriously back in the 80’s; now, we all have the good grace to take a step back and have a chuckle at our own expense. And, in the meantime, we can relive good memories!

This is an album packed with Rock Anthems, the likes of which you only typically got to hear once on a record! With a sound reminiscent of AC/DC, Def Leppard (the early years), Autograph, Accept, and the Scorpions, Nineteen88 gave me a feeling that I hadn’t felt in years. No, not a warm rush of nostalgia; a sore neck from head-banging!

It was always my dream to see AC/DC in the height of their careers (late 70’s, early 80’s). I didn’t get to see them, but I had every album they made up t - Midwest Bands


The Great American Rock and Roll Spectacle.
Purchase everywhere including Wal Mart!



From Evansville, IN comes an exciting party rock band. Vocalist/Guitarist Handsome Mick Rowe, Bass Guitarist Tim Thompson, and Drummer Adam Silverman- collectively known as Nineteen88-have been able to accomplish alot in the very short time they have been together. Formed from the ashes of Mick's previous band Goliath (Music Cartel Records), Nineteen88 was created to play "good time rock that has something for everyone" as Handsome Mick puts it. "We all grew up listening and playing different styles of music, we consider Nineteen88 sonic territory to include ACDC, JET, and Big & Rich. but include a nod to the past heros of 80's rock music. We are not a cover band in the least, but we do not try to hide those Classic ifluences, if we did, the music wouldn't be as honest".

An actively touring band, Nineteen88 has been able to share stages (both acoustic and electric) with some of Nashville's rising stars. They have performed in almost every region in the U.S. picking up fans all along the way. Now with the national release "The Great American Rock And Roll Spectacle", the doors are wide open for the new band. Bass Guitarist Tim Thompson, a South Carolina transplant who moved to Nashville a decade ago says, "Touring and playing music is an amazing "job perk" to have. I love traveling so much! Meeting all sorts of people and getting to know them is something I don't take for granted." Adam Silverman. adds " I would echo Tim on that. I mean, we can drive all night with no sleep and be 100% wiped out, but the minute we hit that stage and I see a crowd of total strangers connecting with the music, it makes it all worthwhile! That rocks!."

When one hears Nineteen88 for the first time, they are reminded of a care-free time in their lives. It's almost impossible not to sing along. The band weaves musical portraits that relate to any hard working American man and every female that loves them!. Do yourself a favor, Check out the new CD "The Great American Rock And Roll Spectacle" and be sure to catch them when they perform in a town near you.