This release/remaster is long overdue and now it's got a few 'b' sides added which ain't a bad thing. This album produced by Ian Hunter showed Billy Idol and his boys develop into a rock act of the highest calibre drawing on various styles including glam rock.
The first two tracks 'Running With The Boss Sound' and 'Night Of The Cadillacs' are powerhouse songs driven by the underrated guitarist Derwood, whose hybrid sound of Mick Ronson and Jimi Hendrix really shines. The third track 'Paradise West' builds from a lull to a storm but Billys lyrics are amazing comparing his growing up to classic and cult films which Billy always referred to throughout his career.
Next up are the three singles released from the album, 'Fridays Angels', 'King Rocker' and the title track, which proudly borrows its riff from Bowies 'Rebel, Rebel. 'King Rocker' was their biggest hit single and it's a glorious stomp of a song about Elvis. Again great lyrics from Billy.
'English Dream' is my favourite on the album. Cracking riff and a really uplifting song. 'Love Like Fire' has a riff to die for and the album finishes with the epic 'Prime of Kenny Silvers'. Quite an epic for the boys and its easy to see that Billy was already drawing on the US influences strongly.
Some great extras on this CD. A supersonic version of the 60s classic 'Shakin All Over' which starts of like the original but wanders of into Generation X territory towards the end. Also a great cover of Lennons 'Gimme Some Truth'.
They would never sound this good again. If you like rock music or clever punk, you need to buy this.
Just received this great cd from Amazon and am thrilled with it!
I've been aticipating a cd release for this LP for ages and am so glad it's arrived.
The best thing for me about this album is that it reinstates Billy Idol as a great rock performer and writer and has rescued him from the "gary glitters retarded nephew" image that he has made for himself in the states where his musical output has,in my opinion been crap.
However this album is not just William as it features some great guitar playing from Derwood and a good solid rhythm section with Tony james (whose song writing seriously outweighs his bass playing!)and Mark Laff kicking up a storm.One of the strongpoints of this collection for me seems that it almost captures a snapshot of an era where many of the erstwhile punks were stretching their wings to fly off to more testing ventures and also personally for me it reminds me very much of a time in my life when i wasnt such a cynical so and so!
There are many excellent tracks within including three great singles "King Rocker" "Valley of the dolls" and the underated "Fridays angels" which bring back memories of trips around my home town record stores trying to hunt down the best picture sleeve,or scarce coloured vinyl editions!A lot of my friends after Punks untimely demise turned to the NWOBHM to get their kicks and I guess that although a long way from being a heavy metal album this is a tad more trad rock than their earlier incarnation as punks pretty boy glam band and i think thats probably the appeal for me. There are so many good tracks on here but my personal favorites are "Paradise West One" and "Valley of the Dolls" another great thing is the inclusion of Lennons "Gimme some truth" with what appears to be producer Ian Hunters reprising the ad libbing at the end of Motts "All the young dudes" and also a stirling workout of "shakin All over".Anyway to sum up a classic album from a very underated and at times sneered at band of punk rock glamour boys.
on 8 October 2011
bought this cd to re capture my youth i suppose, this album is still rough round the edges and a great listen, still sounds like it was recorded in the garage,actually i think it was? ? anyway cracking album and get turned up loud
on 12 December 2012
Let's face it Gen X were a flash in the pan and only made a handful of good songs. Two of those songs are represented here; King Rocker, their biggest and most well known hit, still thrills and Valley of the Dolls, my personal favourite. Fridays Angels is okay. The less said about the rest the better. One for completeists and afficinados really.