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  • Audio CD (28 July 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Spitfire
  • ASIN: B00004TRHH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 310,621 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Springhead Motorshark was the first album Britny Fox had recorded since 1991s Bite Down Hard. Expectations were high on the bands return featuring the same line up which had been on Bite Down Hard. The eleven songs included here contain some real classic Britny Fox rock songs such as "Pain", "Coup D'Etat", and the title track alongside some softer ballads such as "L.A", and "Is It Real". Personally I think "Is It Real" is the only weak song on the whole album.

The best song for me is "Memorial" which features an epic riff for the chorus complete with clanging bells. "Coup D'Etat" is an instrumental that only lasts for 39 seconds but is still an excellent track made up entirely of a Michael Kelly Smith guitar solo. "Sri Lanka" is an interesting song ending with a 4 minutes plus instrumental section featuring Smith playing the mandolin.

Its a real shame that at time of writing Britny Fox have not released another studio album. Currently bassist Billy Childs is the only original member left in the band which is a pity as the line up on Bite Down Hard and Springhead Motorshark is for me the best Britny Fox line up. Tommy Paris's vocals are much more suited to Britny Fox than his predecessor and Michael Kelly Smith and Jonny Dee were both core members of the band, Smith in particular for his excellent songwriting.

In conclusion Springhead Motorshark is an excellent album and one that is well worth getting your hands on.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Britny Fox Back in the Saddle! 5 Aug. 2003
By Chris A. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After a 12-year hiatus, Britny Fox is back and better than ever! As a long time fan, I eagerly awaited this album after seeing the announcment on the Britny Fox website. The album starts out heavy with "Pain" a down and dirty tune you would not expect from this band. There are ten more tracks of the good stuff mixed in with a couple obligatory ballads. Even these though are moving and well played. There are some unnecessary studio tricks, but this is an otherwise solid disc. And, there are three videos from the Long Way to Live release. I am definitely glad I added this one to my collection.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm infatuated with L.A. 13 Sept. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Band: Billy Childs (bass), Johnny Dee (drums), Michael Kelly Smith (guitars & percussion), and Tommy Paris (vocals, keys, & guitars).
Man. Well, it's been a while for the boys to release a new studio record, but here we are. Before I step any further into this review, let it be known that if the sole reason you enjoyed Britny Fox's music in the past was because of Dizzy Dean Davidson, avoid this cd. Paris has been with the band as singer and rhythm guitarist since 1990/1991. Get over it. 'Bite Down Hard' was Fox's third record and their first with new vocalist Tommy Paris.
Gone with Britny Fox's first new album in twelve years are the 80's production sounds. This is not a heavily reverberated album (i.e. 'Boys In Heat' or Def Leppard's 'Hysteria'). While I love the sounds of past Fox cds, I must say that I appreciate how 'Springhead Motorshark' was executed by the boys. Unlike Dokken's 'Shadowlife', BF hasn't sold out to "the times" They are not desperately trying to fit into the new music scene like half of the OTHER 80's rock bands. So what are we left with? A good hard rock effort that is perhaps a bit too spotty in some areas. Out of the 11 tracks featured on 'Springhead Motorshark', I'd have to say that seven of them are very good leaving the rest a little "iffy". For example, "Sri Lanka" is one of the more undesirable tracks on the album. It could have used a lot more bite than it did (pardon the pun). A hard rock song should be a hard rock song. The added percussion on this track is unnecessary and bland. Some real heavy metal drumming on Dee's behalf would have been appreciated.
The spotlights: "Coup D'etat", the guitar solo which leads directly into the fantastic hard rocking "Far Enough". This tune blends melody perfectly with rock. "Pain" is a good lead-off number that harks back closest to the 'Bite Down Hard' days of all the tracks on 'Springhead Motorshark'. And "L.A.". Ah, L.A. Hmmmmm... What a beautiful song. Parises' keyboard playing and soaring vocals on this one really send it flying. Dee's drumming is tasteful and Michael Kelly Smith's soulful guitar playing is always a plus. That said, "Far Enough" and "L.A." alone are worth the purchase of the cd.
This cd is for: Fans of good, unadulterated, hard rock with no compromises. For people who appreciate talent. For those who enjoyed 'Bite Down Hard' in '91. For fans who loved the 80's music but can still appreciate different sounds of rock bands that they were once familiar with.
In conclusion: Dizzy Dean, we all love ya and we miss you. But Britny Fox is doing fine these days. The Philly boys have reunited once again and have treated us to a satisfying piece of rock 'n' roll history. I can't wait to hear more from BF in the near future.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is what we've been waiting for 11 Sept. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There's no question that if you are into 80's metal, the latest releases from some of these bands are just bad. However, this album is completely different and is, by far, the best of the latest releases. The album is smooth from start to finish, from the opening track Pain to Sri Lanka. My personal favorite, Far Enough is just a perfect track and plays in the traditional Fox style. Even more important, you can tell the band put their heart and soul into this album. For that fact, I gave it two stars. Add to the fact that the music is great and add two more stars to give it four. One problem is that some might be thrown off by the diversity of the album. For that, I can only say, it isn't for everybody. But remember, trying is buying, and after trying, you'll most definitely buy.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NEW Britny Fox?! 1 Aug. 2003
By Octoberize - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I had no idea this was coming out. I was totally surprised when I found and bought it. "Bite Down Hard" is one of my all time favorite albums, and I'll always think that Tommy Paris is a better singer than orignal Fox vocalist, "Dizzy" Dean Davidson. That said, I couldn't wait to hear from this band for the first time in 12 years! The result? Not bad. Not "Bite Down Hard," but a good effort after a 12 year break. This disc starts off great with "Pain." A good, heavy track that could have fit on BDH. The rest range from very decent to somewhat iffy. The song writing is often lackluster and repetitive, and Paris doesn't belt out the tunes as he should. He's either muffled for some reason or joined in harmonies. But the Britny Fox sound is there, and for the most part, so are their hearts. And now that they have practice, let's not wait another 12 years before releasing another disc!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST ROCK RELEASES OF 2003! 22 Nov. 2004
By campboy83 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Yes, I said it. I loved Britny Fox's 2nd CD. Not as much their first and third cds. This one ranks up there as possibly their best. The sound has not changed as much as some of these reviews make it out to be (both from people who love it and hate it), as I felt very comfortable upon the first listen, no surprises..yes some musical growth...but a familiar overall sound. I hope these guys stick together to make more music, because they really have it down.
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