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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Rca
  • ASIN: B003O0C9FM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By U Dick VINE VOICE on 3 May 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This CD has to be a classic of the AOR genre. Formed from the ashes of Giuffria, mainman Gregg Giuffria`s previous band, House of lords were something of a melodic supergroup. This album more than lives up to their potential.
Opener "Pleasure palace" is driven along by Giuffria`s massive wall of keyboards. Indeed, if you are a fan of keyboard driven rock, Gregg Giuffria is your man. However, unlike the two Giuffria albums, this is more guitar orientated. The quality of songwriting is incredible, with all tracks being uniformly excellent. James Christian does a great job of the vocals, occasionaly sounding a bit like David Coverdale. The production is also brilliant. This kind of music only works when it sounds big. Let`s just say this album dwarfs most of the competition.
My favourite tracks have got to be "Pleasure palace", the grand "Under blue skies" and album closer "Jealous heart", which might just be the best of the bunch. Elsewhere "Call my name" and "Love don`t lie" contain plenty of pomposity and melodic twists and turns, enough to make your hairs stand on your neck. It`s all good. This has to be heard to be believed. Real class.
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By the meister on 17 Mar. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Great 80s hair metal album only shame is not remastered but good guitar solos and catchy choruses sing along and air guitar out
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nigel Birchmore on 21 Mar. 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this cd at the same time as the fantastic "World Upside Down". It parades itself as being a 2007 album but it is actually a 1988 release. This is because the music was sold to a different record company.
I can only assume this is their debut album and although very good, the production is very dated. On saying that if you you like 1980's melodic rock you won't be dissappointed.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Debut album re-issue 19 Sept. 2000
By Michael - Published on
Format: Audio CD
France's Axe Killer labels latest re-issue is the House of Lords first album (CD). This has always been one of my favorite albums, and I was eager to hear the "new and improved" version. A bit of background, House Of Lords was formed out of the group "Giuffria"(who released 2 albums, the 1984 self-titled, and the 1986 Silk + Steel). Greg Giuffria (keyboards), Lanny Cordola (guitar), Chuck Wright (bass- who played on the first G. album) and new members, drummer Ken Mary, and vocalist James Christian (who exec producer and label owner Gene Simmons had recommended).The two later releases from this group featured various band members (between the two Giuffria albums, and the three HOL albums, there was never the same line-up twice)! A few songs on this album (Pleasure Palace, Slip of the Tongue, Under Blue Skies, and Jealous Heart) were written during the Giuffria time period, with then vocalist David Glen Isley sharing the writing credit. If you have always had this album, as I have (which originally came out on CD, Cassette, *and* vinyl in 1988 on now-defunct Simmons label) there are no surprises. If not, you missed a classic and now is your chance. The album is a heavy keyboard driven (with a great extended keyboard based intro. to the first track, Pleasure Palace), yet with the guitar parts blending and countering perfectly. The songs range from the heavier side (Pleasure Palace, Slip of the Tongue, Hearts of the World) to upbeat melodic rockers (I Wanna Be Loved, Lookin' for Strange, Under Blue Skies, Call My Name) to a heavy/power-ballad style where the band really achieves their own sound (Edge Of Your Life, Love Don't Lie, Jealous Heart). A bonus is the 1 minute acoustic guitar piece by Lanny Cordola prior to the last track, Jealous Heart. This album seems to continue in the direction that the band Giuffria was going in, although overall it's heavier than Silk + Steel, yet the instrument arrangements are similar. It is also similar to the two other HOL releases, Sahara (also recently re-issued by Axe Killer) and the hard to find Demon's Down, as well as James Christian's solo album, Rude Awakening. Regarding the "re-packaged" version, I have to give high marks. The original packaging was a black and white booklet with lyrics and credits. (The vinyl version had a clear plastic insert, no lyrics, credits on the back cover.) The Axe Killer version has a full color booklet, with lyrics, credits, individual member photos and a group photo, and a brief one page liner note mainly on the background of Greg and his previous bands. The back insert has the serial number listed out of the 3000 copies being made, and the jewel case comes in a cardboard outer sleeve, with a larger front cover emblem, and the song listing on the back. The "bonus track" ...well, it's actually a remix of Love Don't Lie, which appears to be the "radio edit" (read: shorter) version. The second verse is cut out, some background vocals are removed, and the guitar is a bit buried compared to the full length version. I suspect that this remix is the same version that was previously available on the CD single back in '88. As for re-mastering, I compared it to the original CD version, and the re-mastered version has an overall higher output volume, the bass and high end are accentuated, yet the guitar volume is mixed back (although I think this is just a perceptive result of having the bass and high end increased). It sounds to me as if the "re-mastering" was done by processing the master through a compressor and aural exciter, with slight equalization, as opposed to performing a full remix of the original multitrack tape. Overall, the sound quality of this version just blows away the original -- greater highs, greater lows, and overall clarity. This album is a collection of well-written songs, expertly arranged, well played, and has a very current heavy kicking sound, especially considering it was originally recorded in 1988. What I feel set this band apart and defined their sound was the complex interplay between the keyboards and guitars. Both are very strong, yet don't try to overpower each other. All of the songs achieve a sense of power, and retain melodic elements -- no screaming or repetitious riffing here! One of my fav albums and a great example of melodic/hard rock. This album originally came out with the right sound at the right time, and it's nice to see it re-issued now. Even if you already have the original CD,(or CD and vinyl as I do) the re-issue is worth picking up for the improved sound quality alone, and the booklet is a bonus! With the recent news that HOL has reformed (with the line-up from this album) to do a new studio album, I look forward to new material from this group
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Sizzling Debut - From Gregg Giuffria and Company 14 Aug. 2002
By Anthony J. Piller Jr. - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Whew!! This CD simply grabs you and won't let go! I had purchased this CD several years back on the RCA label. I was pleased to learn that AxeKiller had recently re-mastered this epic of late 80s Pomp. Axekiller has improved the quality of this recording considerably. Also, the CD slip cover scores points as well - nicely done packaging!
From "Pleasure Palace" through to "Jealous Heart" this release is strong and will not disappoint.
The opener, "Pleasure Palace", showcases the keyboard mastery of Gregg Giuffria - one of the most creative players in the rock business. The entire band executes this number perfectly.
James Christian and Lanny Cordola deliver scorching performances on "Jealous Heart", a track co-written by Giuffria/Eisley. This track is high on emotion and really hits hard. After a few listens you may well concede it to be the finest song on this release.
Yes, this is truly what rock was meant to be. Just think how great rock music would be today if 80s metal was not "intentionally killed" by record companies and disgusting (can you say "baggy"?) 90s fashion and mentality.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
House Of Lords 8 Jun. 2000
By "superman1975" - Published on
Format: Audio CD
One of the best pop-metal albums of the late Eighties, this offering was largely overlooked by both fans and critics alike. Heavily influenced by keyboard rhythms and classical/metal style solos, this album offers a more progressive type of pop-metal. Cuts such as "Jealous Heart, "Edge Of Your Life", "Under Blue Skies", and "Pleasure Palace" set the overall mood of this debut CD from House Of Lords. This disc actually offers a higher quality of musicianship than many of the other more well known "where are they now" bands offered in the late Eighties. "House Of Lords" is an album containing a little more substance than just "T & A tunes" (although "Slip Of The Tongue" is an exception), and tries a little harder to refine its artistic edge. Definitely worth a listen if you enjoyed the style that the Eighties offered, yet don't want just radio metal, this disc displays a more refined and coordinated style of writing than many of the other albums released around the same time. Produced by Kiss' Gene Simmons.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
House of great music 21 Jun. 2005
By Jazzcat - Published on
Format: Audio CD
House of Lords was a terrific band back then in the hair metal era. This first album from the band is surely very consistent from its beginning to its end. Extremely high quality music! I can say that the three albums the band recorded in those years are the pinnacle of Gregg Giuffria music and some of the best music of that decade. Greg was Angel's keyboard player in the past and after that he tried another time with a band called Giuffria to reach another huge commercial success and high level of music quality. But he had to wait until House Of Lords were born to obtain another time what he deserved. This music is epic, melodic, powerful hair metal, some of the best music of the period for sure. The sound of the band had great impact. The fusion between nice keyboard sounds and heavy distorted sounds generated an extraordinary powerful amalgama in the hands of these men. James Christian voice was superlative in the category and the songwriting consitently high on all the original three albums (this one, Sahara and Demons down). I treasure the three albums fron the band I was fortunate enough to have bought them at that time. Now they are unavailable unfortunatly. If you find them and you like fantastic energetic, high quality hair metal, buy them immediatly.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I have all four CD's 28 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I don't know if everyone is aware, but this is a re-release CD. This originally came out in 1988, when I bought it on tape. All the songs are the same and in the same order. This is there second best CD. The first tape, w/ four songs came out in the summer of 1987. Three songs are on this CD, but there is a song that you will only find on that original tape called "waiting on love." That is their best song EVER. If you can find that tape, buy it just for that song, it's worth it!!! Anyway, Sahara, by far as everyone else has said, was there best CD and I'm sure it will be re-released in the future, just as this CD was. My favorite song off Sahara would have to be "Can't find my way home," but all 10 songs are AWESOME. Demon Down is my least favorite CD and I guess the band broke-up because they started to loss their edge. Anyway, they where and always will be one of my top 10. To the group, you get 5 stars based on the fact you were one of the greatest bands of the 80's and into the 90's.
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