Alice Cooper – Killer One of the HMOverlord’s Top-20 albums of all-time and the best of the enviable run of amazing records that the classic line-up put out from Love it to Death to Billion Dollar Babies. Anyone reading this blog that hasn’t heard this album should remedy that forthwith.
Rod Stewart – Every Picture Tells a Story and Never a Dull Moment Good old Rod’s got his book out so he’s been getting lots of press attention. He has also been greetin‘ at the fitba. I’ve seen a couple of articles imploring everyone to cast their minds back to the time when Rod was God. Any inquiry into Rod’s godliness should involve listening to these two 70s classics. Praise Rod!
Twisted Sister – Under the Blade (Secret Records version) I talked about this last week. This is the HMO-approved original mix of Twisted’s debut album.
Riot – Narita and Riot: Live Two brilliant albums from the US should’ve-beens. Narita is one of those Rock Candy reissues I like so much. Great guitar and songwriting and Guy Speranza’s vocals are fantastic. Listen to tracks like Kick Down the Walls and Road Racin’ and marvel at Riot’s lack of success. It’s a sad fact that sheer talent is just not enough. (Check this post out if you want to hear a splendid live performance of Road Racin’)
Sodom- Obsessed By Cruelty On the subject of talent… German Thrash/Black Metal giants Sodom happily operated in a sphere where talent wasn’t even necessary! They were offered a record deal with the words “you guys are so shit I have to sign you”. Pure, primitive savagery was the order of the day here and Sodom’s raw assault launched a trillion corpse-painted devotees. And rightly so.
Black Sabbath – Headless Cross Great album from the undervalued Tony Martin-era of the Sabs. I’ve had to rely on an mp3 copy of this. Hopefully this will get a well-deserved reissue soon or maybe I’ll be able to buy a reasonably priced copy on eBay when no-one’s looking. A vinyl copy is top of my wish-list.
Robert Plant – Fate of Nations One of my favourite albums of Plant’s career and that includes the Zep stuff. Although, I have to say, I do consider the last two songs optional. They’re not bad but I’m usually done by the time they roll round.
Manowar – Lord of Steel (Retail version) So good I bought it twice, having already bought the “Hammer Edition” that came out earlier in the year. I’m usually a bit stingy for this sort of behaviour but Manowar are special. The new mix is more grandiose sounding than the Hammer mix and has more studio bells and whistles. Both versions are very different and both are worth having. The extra song The Kingdom of Steel on the Retail edition is very welcome, being the kind of sweeping Manoballad that the Hammer version missed.
Bathory – Under the Sign of the Black Mark Like Sodom’s Obsessed By Cruelty, this is a seminal work of early Black Metal and a must-have for anyone interested in the genre. By the time the infamous Norwegian “Second Wave” started making headlines, Bathory had arguably already done it all.
The Dictators – Every Day is Saturday Excellent compilation of unreleased demos and radio spots from the NY band’s career. Many of the versions here are considered superior to those that would subsequently end up on their albums. I only have this and Go Girl Crazy so I can’t really comment on that but it is a great album. The esteemed Martin Popoff rates the band’s later albums and they can be got pretty cheaply over here so I should get round to buying them soon.
SONG OF THE WEEK I’ve chosen Black Sabbath’s Kill in the Spirit World. Probably not the best introduction to the Headless Cross album but… do you know that way when you’re walking around the shops listening to music and a song comes on that totally puts a spring in your step and makes you feel like you’re in an amazing movie about how amazing you are? This song made that happen.
[Black Sabbath – Kill in the Spirit World]