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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Castle
  • ASIN: B0001M63V2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Disc: 1
1. Am I Evil?
2. Lightning to the Nations
3. Prince
4. It's Electric
5. Sucking My Love
6. Helpless
7. Shoot Out the Lights
8. We Won't Be Back
9. I Don't Got
10. Play It Loud
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Call Me
2. Borrowed Time
3. Makin' Music
4. Out of Phase
5. To the Devil His Due
6. Knight of the Swords
7. Ishmael
8. Truckin'
9. Calling Your Name
10. I Can't Help Myself
See all 15 tracks on this disc

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By U Dick VINE VOICE on 13 April 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It`s about time Diamond Head had this kind of collection. Although 1999`s "The best of Diamond Head" was a nice idea, it had a few flaws (namely nothing from the "Death and progress" album, cutting off the begining of "It`s electric" and using the "Borrowed time" versions of "Lightning to the nations" and "Am I evil?" when the "White album" recordings were definitive), and didn`t give a complete picture of the breadth of Diamond Head. This excellent double CD does. Like Hanoi Rocks or Rose Tattoo, Diamond Head`s influence and legend have never translated to fame or money. Listen to these songs, scratch your head and wonder why.
The songs are chronological, kicking off with selections from the "White album". "I am evil?", "Sucking my love", "Helpless" and "Lightning to the nations" are four of the greatest examples of Heavy Metal you will ever hear, and I mean EVER. All the stuff here from that era is classic (although I would have swapped "Shoot out the lights" for "Sweet and innocent"). The electicity between Sean Harris` vocals and Brian Tatler`s guitar drive the band on. The "White album" is arugably better than "Iron Maiden" as the definitive NWOBHM LP, although stylisticly different, more bluesy to Maiden`s punky aggression. The sound quality has always been controversial but the raw edge suits the material. The selections from 2nd album "Borrowed time" have a pretty dull production but the songs are great, still heavy but showing signs of the diversity they would adopt for later albums on the poppy "Call me", the epic "Borrowed time" and the bluesy "To heaven from hell". The "Canturbury" songs are totally different to the earlier Heavy Metal of the "White album".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. A. Ranson on 27 Feb. 2009
Format: Audio CD
In this, the 30th anniversary year of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, thoughts inevitably turn, not just to the likes of Maiden and Leppard, but to those who should've been. And no-one should've been bigger, or better, than Diamond Head.

I had these releases when they first came out but hadn't listened to them for years. I expected they might not have stood the test of time. How wrong I was! Across two discs, I'm stunned at just how inventive and technically astute they were, taking a form often lambasted for being the domain of brainless thickos and ladling on sharp guitar tricks, on-a-dime time changes, and layers and layers of melody. Perhaps the only thing missing is the glossy studio quality on the earlier tracks but who really cares about that.

Easily the best NWOBHM band - no, really! - it's a shame we shan't see the original Tatler/Harris/Kimberley/Scott line-up take to the stage again. Unless....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thrash Guru on 12 Aug. 2013
Format: Audio CD
There is no doubt that Diamond Head should have, would have and most certainly could have been the biggest heavy metal band in the world. Like Riot they had the songs and they certainly had the image and the talent to put them up there with Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, Saxon and Motorhead who were their contemporaries of the day. Most importantly their influence launched the careers of many stellar acts such as Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax to name a few. So what went wrong?. Hhhmmm, thats a tricky question to answer, but bad management, an indifferent record label MCA (Music Cemetery of America!) which also bombed American thrashers Flotsam And Jetsam's career and . . . . not enough roadwork from the band themselves, or naivety as another reviewer mentioned. Its a shame that Dieter Dierks or Mutt Lange didn't work with them coz like their other clients they could have forged that talent into something utterly stellar.

Oh well, at least we have a documented recording here of just why musicians talk about Diamond Head, because they are a musicians' band no doubt. Listening to Borrowed Time, Ishmael, Lightening, Play It Loud, It's Electric et al . . . one can't help wonder what might have been because these songs just RRRRRRRRRRROCK! From big riffs, complex breakdowns, catchy leads and great original vocals they had it all. Diamond Head should be a household name and in many quarters of the discerning rock fans circles they most certainly are. They were a seminal band ahead of their time and like Riot, Flotsam & Jetsam and Tygers of Pan Tang they got washed up on a Stygian shore of lost time and missed opportunities. If you love heavy metal and want to know where all those bands honed their chops and influences from this is a great place to start. They are an outstanding beacon of seminal British heavy metal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scriv on 26 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I can't stop playing the eponymous track, it's fab! The other songs are great too, all one hundred and eleventy five of them, hello value for money!
The best bit is that I can play this while the family are watching "I'm a mediocre Ex Celibrity Factor Idol whose career has gone down the toilet" and I can play along with my Flying V! :D

If u like ur classic metal NWOBHM style, do not hesitate to buy this album. Be cooler than me -buy it on vinyl. Do it.

...*[whino] but I don't have a vinyl player*...

Get a vinyl player then u numpty! Trust me it does sound better. Remember when u were a kid and u used to listen to snap crackle and pop in ur rice pop cereal bowl? Well that same magic applies to vinyl.
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