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gor blimey -Ladies with guitars!,
This review is from: The Collection (Audio CD)
I am on a personal quest to relive my misspent youth by purchasing many of the old 45's and lp's i used to have on cd.
I was lucky enought to see Girlschool live on many occasions in the late seventies and early eighties and this collection whilst flawed does them great credit and is good place to start to learn a bit more about the band.
Like many bands who have been going for a while Girlschool have changed members frequently but for me the "classic" line -up is the one that made the first LP namely,Kim McAuliffe on rhythm guitar , Kelly Johnson on lead guitar , Enid Williams on Bass and the miniscule dynamo Denise Dufort on drums,lead vocals were shared around in Beatles fashion.
I personally lost interest in the band after the dissapointing second album "Screaming Blue Murder" although I did see them on tour and still enjoyed them (Gil Weston had replaced Enid by then).Girlschools charm was that they didnt play up to the fact that they were girls, they demanded to be taken seriously and were all the better for it.
The best material stems from the first 2 albums where they were churning out classic NWOBHM style rockers Like no tomorrow!It seemed at the time that each week would bring another new single to add to the collection "Emergency" "Nothing to lose" "Race with the devil" "Yeah Right" which still sound great to my jaded ears after all these years.The patronage of Motorhead (Who were red hot at the time) played a large part in their success as they toured as support to them and enjoyed their biggest single chart success with thier shared EP "St Valentines day massacre" which went to no 5 in the charts and featured Motorhead playing a Girlschool number "Emergency" and Girlschool turning their hand admirably to Motorheads "Bomber" with the two bands teaming up as "Head School" for the Johnny Kidd & the Pirates hit "Please dont touch".(all included here).
As time and constant touring took its toll various members left the fold and the band changed direction into a more polished sound akin to Kiss or Bon Jovi and had a new singer who is on a few of the tracks on the second cd here which is generally later years material thst i'm not so familiar with and to my mind in polishing up the sound they ruined the spirit of the band. The new singer Jackie something or other sounds like an eleven year old kid trying to do a "growly" voice and it really doesn't work.
They also seemed to have a penchant for dodgy cover versions at this stage in their career and they are also included here but dont let that put you off (Mind you the version of Mud's "tiger feet" has to be heard to be believed in it's appalingness!)
In summary this double cd represents great value for money and is a great reminder of how excellent the band were especially in the early years,I believe they are still going now - with Enid rejoining on bass - If you like NWOBHM music then buy this cd and go and see them on tour and to Girlschool if you're reading this "cheers you Lot" for brightening up my youth!
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Initial post: 8 Sep 2010 11:11:54 BDT
Sorry to picky but "Screaming Blue Murder" was actually their 3rd album - I thought it was pretty good - but agree with you comments about their later stuff.
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