First... WOW. A couple of Kim Simmonds classics together, remastered no less! Some nice liner notes too... although author unknown. You know about Hellbound Train, with the title track and Lost & Lonely Child headlining a short (under 35 min) but impressive release. It's getting your hands on a remastered Wire Fire that's the treat. Since the list of songs from that LP is missing here, and since it's WRONG on the CD itself, here it is;
08. Put Your Hands Together 4:57
09. Stranger Blues (not "Strangest Blues" as listed on the package) 3:30
10. Here Comes the Music 5:50
11. Ooh What a Feeling (title missing altogether on the cd package) 6:54
12. Hero to Zero 5:14
13. Deep Water 4:30
14. Can't Get On 4:41
15. Born Into Pain 6:30
Length wise, the double-cd is 76:25.
The cuts off of Wire Fire are incredibly hot; deserving of the front cover photo by Buddy Rosenberg & Bob Levy. If you are lucky enough to find the LP (this is why God made ebay), the back cover is a smokin' amp next to the guitar player stand-in (who ever Warner is?).
Having only heard the music off a beat up 1975 stereophonic London LP release, this remastered release was A GIFT. Just the final song Born Into Pain will put you into tears of joy. But throw in Stranger Blues, Hero to Zero, and Deep Water, and you have one heck of an album.
Band members were; Kim Simmonds (lead guitar), Paul Raymond (keyboards, guitar, vocals), Andy Silvester (bass), and Tommy Farnell filling in for the much-missed Dave Bidwell (drums).
Get this double cd, or the standalone Wire Fire. Most these songs you can't get off "greatest hit" type collections, and you'll be amazed at what you've been missing.
4.5 stars... the editing has some blank spots, the packaging is a touch shabby, a couple weak songs surrounded by blues classics.
If you can still catch Kim live, do yourself a favor. I seen him every year in Colorado Springs a while back, and recently met a very good friend of his in Chicago. Kim signed a giant "Jack the Toad" poster I had drawn by a local artist, and it's one of my favorite pieces of art in my music room. God Bless Kim Simmonds & all the music he's put out!