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5.0 out of 5 stars the beginnings of american metal, 5 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Kingdom Come (Audio CD)
amount of tracks:16
excellent :5
v.good :1
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now.....you all thought that american metal started with blue cheer, the mc5, the amboy dukes,the stooges, grand funk etc, right? wrong! the above mentioned most certainly kicked off the heavy ROCK sound in the states, but this band, SIR LORD BALTIMORE, a band forever lost in the mists of time, were the very first american METAL band. pure and simple. not all of the material on this complete collection (2 albums) of their work can be classed as such, but theres enough on here to justify the tag. the production, by the legendary hendrix producer eddie kramer, still sounds shockingly good after all these years. warm, rich and very powerful. the collection kicks off with probably the strongest track on offer 'kingdom come' - i assure you, metal fans, when you hear this you wont believe it was recorded in 1970! its fantastic stuff - massive, earth shaking guitars with a brilliant vocal. its obvious these boys were touched by sabbaths debut album - at least, it sure sounds like it, cos this track has the same ominous feel and undertones as that sabbath classic does. for me, this is the highlight of the album and is worth the price of admission alone. but there are plenty of other GREAT tracks on here - 'master heartache' 'lo and behold' 'lady of fire' ' chicago lives' amongst them. there are also a couple of incredibly corny numbers which sound so tongue in cheek it makes me feel that they couldnt have been serious! in fact, i'll eat my hat if these said numbers were not the inspiration for the 'spinal tap' music from the film. would love to know for sure but im telling you, theres at least three songs here that could have come straight off of 'smell the glove' 14 years before it was released! - this aint a criticism though - this is truly a landmark album in heavy metal - a blueprint for everything that came after. its truly unbelivable how this band are not more widely recognized and acknowledged as the pioneers they were. in fact, hardly anyone out there has even heard of them! (have you? how long for?) - from what i can find out, they played at the fillmore once and were pretty ramshackle live. they imploded soon after the second album and none of them have really done anything since. i did, in fact , meet the vocalist/drummer for this act when he was fronting a band called 'the lizards' who supported vanilla fudge a couple of years ago in london - i had to shake his hand and tell him i knew all about his past life with the almighty sir lord baltimore! he was kinda philosophical about the whole thing - i dont think even HE realized just how significant this band and these two albums are in the annals of rock and metal history. do yourself a favour....BUY THIS!!!
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Initial post: 22 May 2009 08:48:52 BDT
This bumf is all very well, but utter bollocks- fact is, this band was incurably lame.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jun 2009 15:39:03 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jun 2009 07:52:12 BDT
Go back to your playpen with your air guitar

Posted on 29 May 2010 09:38:36 BDT
Lewis Dye says:
Corsican is correct. This is sub-Uriah Heep garbage
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