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on 2 October 2007
Our friend below seems to have covered all the bases about the illustrious Mr. Wallis, TWICE! and he's done it very well so there's not a great deal more to add; EXCEPT once you have played this album it'll take quite a few months to get it off the old CD player. It's one hell of a fine album indeed, and Larry has written some classics in his time for his other band's, but here he's kept them for himself and every one of them is an absolute corker! If all things were equal and the world was fair, this one would have made the #1 album spot instead of the drivel we have to put up with these days. In a nutshell: if you're a rock fan, you'll love this, so just click the button!
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on 5 June 2002
Larry Wallis is Rock 'n' Roll. Quite simply put he is the Hard rock equivalent of Hank Marvin, along with Jeff Beck (when the mood takes him), the guv'nor of axe slingers. Like a top mercenary Lazza has slung his weapon in many places, including 'Blodwyn Pig', 'U.F.O.', 'Wayne Kramer', was the original and easily the greatest guitarist with 'Motorhead' (listen to their debut album 'On Parole', it literally crushes skulls), was a 'Deviant', a 'Shagrat', with Steve Peregrin Took, and of course one of the Pink Fairies, despite their name, Britain's favorite Biker Band.
Fifteen years we have waited for a new Lazza release (not since the last true Fairies album in 1987, the fabulous 'Kill'em and Eat'em', have we heard the guitar groove). If you like guitar driven power trio, low down, dirty, sleazy Rawk and Roll, with snarled vicious vocals, guitar licks that kick you straight in the head, guitar solos that make you realize why guitars are called axes, a bass guitarist that drives every song into your brain, (every bass player should be called 'Big George'), a drummer who has never heard the word subtle, you have a sense of humour and like a good time, then this is the album for you. Don't expect anything politically correct, you aren't goner get it. 'Meatman' will have all the do-gooders reaching for pen and paper writing to Dear Hillary to be signed 'Outraged of Tooting'. No overdubs, no keyboards, no nonsense, just good ole Rock 'n' Roll Party music. This is the sort of thing Rock 'n' Roll was invented for.
In the early seventies Lazza used to concentrate on short sharp shocks of songs like 'City Kids' or 'Seeing Double'. The marvelous hook choruses are still there, but with a new maturity. Some of the songs are allowed to develop into masterworks of the electric guitar. This is perhaps best shown in 'I'm A Police Car', a song first released by Larry Wallis in 1977 in the midst of Punk rock as a single on the newly formed Stiff Label. Larry Wallis was one of the star attractions on the 'Stiff Live Stiffs' tour that toured Britain including 'Wreckless Eric', 'Elvis Costello', 'Dave Edmunds', 'Nick Lowe' and 'Ian Dury & the Blockheads'. Oh for a time machine! On 'Death In The Guitarfternoon' in 2002, Larry has gone back and completely refined the song, gloriously stretching it out to a full seven minutes, forty-four seconds. Same song, same riff, just brought screaming up to date. The Pink Fairies, Hawkwind, and Mott the Hoople were probably the only established bands that still had street credibility when Punk rock arrived on the scene, and that attitude still holds true with Larry Wallis today. You don't even have to hear the songs to know this is a potentially great album, just look at the song titles and the cartoon artwork. 'How Do You Creep' is a wonderful Rant against old Fairy 'Twink', who has made a career of re-playing one song time and time again. 'Dead Man Riding' is a guitar instrumental workout reflecting ghost riders, and 'Mrs Hippy Burning' will have them jumpin' in the aisles at Tahitian Queens Rock 'n' Roll Happy Hour on Fridays or any other day.
I shall leave you with Lazza's final words on the album cover, "This is my Band, who can dish it out, gobble it up, and deep fry the cook for good measure. These men are not normal".
Another album please soon.
Mott the Dog.
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on 31 May 2002
Larry Wallis is Rock 'n' Roll. Quite simply put he is the Hard rock equivalent of Hank Marvin, along with Jeff Beck (when the mood takes him), the guv'nor of axe slingers. Like a top mercenary Lazza has slung his weapon in many places, including 'Blodwyn Pig', 'U.F.O.', 'Wayne Kramer', was the original and easily the greatest guitarist with 'Motorhead' (listen to their debut album 'On Parole', it literally crushes skulls), was a 'Deviant', a 'Shagrat', with Steve Peregrin Took, and of course one of the Pink Fairies, despite their name, Britain's favorite Biker Band.
Fifteen years we have waited for a new Lazza release (not since the last true Fairies album in 1987, the fabulous 'Kill'em and Eat'em', have we heard the guitar groove). If you like guitar driven power trio, low down, dirty, sleazy Rawk and Roll, with snarled vicious vocals, guitar licks that kick you straight in the head, guitar solos that make you realize why guitars are called axes, a bass guitarist that drives every song into your brain, (every bass player should be called 'Big George'), a drummer who has never heard the word subtle, you have a sense of humour and like a good time, then this is the album for you. Don't expect anything politically correct, you aren't goner get it. 'Meatman' will have all the do-gooders reaching for pen and paper writing to Dear Hillary to be signed 'Outraged of Tooting'. No overdubs, no keyboards, no nonsense, just good ole Rock 'n' Roll Party music. This is the sort of thing Rock 'n' Roll was invented for.
In the early seventies Lazza used to concentrate on short sharp shocks of songs like 'City Kids' or 'Seeing Double'. The marvelous hook choruses are still there, but with a new maturity. Some of the songs are allowed to develop into masterworks of the electric guitar. This is perhaps best shown in 'I'm A Police Car', a song first released by Larry Wallis in 1977 in the midst of Punk rock as a single on the newly formed Stiff Label. Larry Wallis was one of the star attractions on the 'Stiff Live Stiffs' tour that toured Britain including 'Wreckless Eric', 'Elvis Costello', 'Dave Edmunds', 'Nick Lowe' and 'Ian Dury & the Blockheads'. Oh for a time machine! On 'Death In The Guitarfternoon' in 2002, Larry has gone back and completely refined the song, gloriously stretching it out to a full seven minutes, forty-four seconds. Same song, same riff, just brought screaming up to date. The Pink Fairies, Hawkwind, and Mott the Hoople were probably the only established bands that still had street credibility when Punk rock arrived on the scene, and that attitude still holds true with Larry Wallis today. You don't even have to hear the songs to know this is a potentially great album, just look at the song titles and the cartoon artwork. 'How Do You Creep' is a wonderful Rant against old Fairy 'Twink', who has made a career of re-playing one song time and time again. 'Dead Man Riding' is a guitar instrumental workout reflecting ghost riders, and 'Mrs Hippy Burning' will have them jumpin' in the aisles at Tahitian Queens Rock 'n' Roll Happy Hour on Fridays or any other day.
I shall leave you with Lazza's final words on the album cover, "This is my Band, who can dish it out, gobble it up, and deep fry the cook for good measure. These men are not normal".
Another album please soon.
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on 19 December 2013
The main reason for purchasing Death in the Guitarafternoon, was I'm a Police Car - one of the best (and most underrated) tracks released on Stiff. In fact, L.W. is underrated period. All eleven tracks here vary from being very good to excellent and at this price?
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on 30 September 2010
Okay. So you are bored and lonely feeling sorry for yourself. Do not despair. Larry is here to give you a good time.
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on 8 September 2015
There just isn't enough Larry Wallis in the world. Back in the day you had the odd Fairies album and single every 5 years or so, and then this comes out - the long awaited solo album (although to be honest wasn't that every Fairies album after 1975?). Some journalist called Lazza "Hank Marvin on speed" and that just about sums the man up. His guitar work is lush and cutting, each note spearing into your head with heavenly precision, but it's undeniably Rock 'n' Roll. This album is priceless, the only downside being that it isn't long enough.
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on 11 May 2016
an absolutely stunning album from probably the most under rated guitar player on earth along with frank zappa. buy it. shame larry wallis didn;t do a lot more recordings. the mans a genius..love all his stuff with motorhead,pink fairies his dr feelgood contributions. magicman
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on 8 February 2017
Why this album wasn't a massive hit I will never know! Great songs, great guitar work. Larry, you are a legend mate!
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on 12 November 2011
Purchased this after hearing, in my view, one of the best tracks-'I'm A Police Car'. Took a bit of getting into, but now really enjoying it after a few listens. Quite a variety of stuff from psychedelia to post-punk. Gritty Lemmy-type vocals suit some tracks more than others. On the whole glad I bought it.
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