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  • Vinyl (1 Jun. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Madfish
  • ASIN: B0091PDD4U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,259 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Titanic Overture
  2. The Invisible Boy
  3. Arena Of Pleasure
  4. Chainsaw Charlie (murders In The New Morgue)
  5. The Gypsy Meets The Boy
  6. Doctor Rockter

Disc: 2

  1. I Am One
  2. The Idol
  3. Hold On To My Heart
  4. The Great Misconceptions Of Me

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Coloured 180gram Vinyl

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Format: Audio CD
This album, stands out as probably my favourite W.A.S.P. release. Blackie Lawless' introspective look at himself using the character of 'Jonathan' is both gripping and disturbing. The songwriting on this album was the best yet, and to date, never been matched again. If I had any complaint it would be that the drums are a touch too loud in the mix, but hey, you can cope with that! If you only buy one W.A.S.P. album, make it this one.
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Well, I probably missed it due to not really rating this band. When I was a teenager I enjoyed the 'Animal, **** Like a beast' and 'Mean man' mainly to upset my folks and impress my friends. As I went from teenager to twenties to now late thirties I lost interest in this type of glam and shock rock, in favour of 'serious' metal.

By doing that I seem to have overlooked a real gem in Crimson Idol. Thoughtful, dynamic, well structured metal with a great story told out in a series of hard hitting metal and emotional ballads. The maturity in the song writing and performace is a joy to hear, and Lawless' voice, raw and heatfelt fits the bill perfectly. For me, Invisible Boy, The Idol, and The Great Misconception of Me, stand head and shoulders above what is a very strong collection of songs, that melded together make up a classic concept album.

There are comparisons, of course, with Tommy, and Quadrophenia, but that is not a critisim, Blackie Lawless is a massive Who fan, and he has taken the nucleous of how a concept album should fit together and then lay his heavy metal approach over the top...with devastating results.

This album joins my list of 'classics' - Dark Side, Quadrophenia, Hounds of Love, Sgt Peppers, Pet Sounds- it really is that good.
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oh it took me back too the floral rock night in southport , didn't seem too long ago just left school all hair and boots and that was just the boys ... great cd , some old stuff just what the doctor ordered
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Blackie Lawless, Frankie Banali, Bob Kulick; realistically this album could never be anything but superior WASP, although in real terms more a Lawless solo release. This album, next to the Headless Children, best personifies the WASP sound; excessive, free wheeling, and excellently played. Although the band never received the attention they deserved, sitting somewhat outside the LA party scene overseen by the likes of RATT, Poison and Motley Crue, WASP are always ambitious, which is personified in the Crimson Idol. Other reviews have covered the story in some detail, so all I will add is that it is a good platform for the album's excellent sound, much of which is down to the exceptional playing of the collective, with Banali's hollow, rolling drums a stand out. Indeed, for my money it contains some of the most memorable tracks of the period, with the pure anthem rock out of Chainsaw Charlie (who can forget the classic Lawless Kerrang cover), and the virtuoso ballad 'The Idol', not to mention a fun cover of When The Levee Breaks. WASP do have a habit of recycling arrangements, which was particularly evident in future releases, but if you want to hear them at their musical and creative peak, then get this album.
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The emotion and musicianship that Lawless and friends have put in this record can hardly be surpassed.

The album flows between acoustic Hard Rock to Power Heavy Metal as an emotional rollercoaster.

Highly advised.
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WASP were never known for being a thoughtful band, more concerned with shocking middle america than writing thought provoking lyrics and great songs (although thats not to say their dumb rock isn't enjoyable). Not the best basis for writing a concept album then.

However The Crimson Idol is surprisinly good. Sure the concept is a bit unoriginal - un loved boy becomes rockstar, conquers the world, is adored by all, however his parents refuse to accept him so he kills himself - but the strength of this album lies in the fact that its simply filled with really great songs. For me there are no real standout tracks (maybe Murders in the new morgue), they are all excellent. I also have to make a special mention of the drumming which is extremely powerful and innovative throughout the entire album. Blackies vocals are also great on this, he's really putting his all into it (I think this was originally planned as solo album so that might explain why)

If you are new to WASP get this first then if you like it get The Headless Children, which despite its awful title, is a great sleaze metal album.
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I don't even know where to start. In fact, I don't think any words I could say or write can explain how incredible this record is.

I'll just start by saying it was a nice surprise to find the record has a blood red finish, I just expected the usual black finish.

Now, the music. I've only recently started listening to Wasp. I started with the more well known first few records. All good, I enjoyed listening to them - but nothing groundbreaking. Then I heard about The Crimson Idol. Wasp grown up. More mature and more thought out.

I'm a big fan of concept albums. It makes listening a little more interesting than just a collection of songs. The Crimson Idol tells a great story with everybody listening being able to relate to at least some part of it.

From start to finish, this record is absolutely incredible. From a completely unbiased, new listener - it is outstanding. I would recommend it to anybody who enjoys rock, hard rock, metal or heavy metal. The screaming guitar solos, the thundering drums and of course Blackie's voice, possibly at it's absolute peak.

The record takes you on a rollercoaster of the highest highs and the darkest lows and it's an absolute blast the whole way round.

Do yourself a favour and buy it.
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