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Bush v Belladonna - no contest.
on 5 February 2007
In brief, there are two sides to this disc.
In my opinion, the Belladonna originals have been improved, and the Turbin originals have not.
As with all these re-recordings albums (Saxon, Testament etc) the spirit and atmosphere of the original recordings has been lost. The updating is most noticeable on The Fistful of Metal tracks, and whilst it doesn't make them bad, it hasn't made them better in every case either. What you do gain, though, is all the best songs from the early albums under one roof, and with the enormous benefit of John Bush singing them.
Belladonna fans will probably disagree, but for me, Bush is superior in every department, and it is because of, rather than in spite of, his involvement here, that this disc is worth having. He adds aggression and depth, and fits the nature of the music better than Joey ever did.
Otherwise there are no surprises. The band know the tracks inside out already - and probably so do you. Golden nuggets from the heyday of Thrash Metal.
Belladonna fans can pick up a greatest hits compilation, and leave this alone, if they think they might be offended. I own both, and this album gets spun more often - by miles.