on 23 May 2014
I first saw the Almighty in August 1989 - they arrived fully formed with their own fan base and most of the songs in this wonderful debut album. They were the real deal - it's hard to remember how low British and indeed European rock, (outside of a few exceptions that proved the rule) was at this time, crushed under the weight of pop and American rock bands.
The Almighty, Thunder and a few others resurrected it and this is, IMO, the best album by that group of bands and is further bolstered by the welcome addition of the otherwise unavailable on CD, tracks from the Wild and Wonderful EP.
The Almighty in those days were far more Sex Pistols than the thrash of the Ramones.
When Warwick sings "you can feel the strength, you can feel the power", he might as well be singing about himself and the band, they play in their own time, at their own pace, ala the Pistols, the songs are better for it and they always have another gear they can go up. The glorious lush strings of Blood, Fire and Love are the kind of stretch bands make on 3rd or 4th albums, a doors vibe 2-3 years before a doors vibe was a trendy thing to do.
If like me you're worried that it doesn't sound as good as you remember it on Vinyl, don't worry, it still does.