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4.8 out of 5 stars

on 31 May 2017
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on 24 August 2011
As good, if not better than their debut, this was little known back in the days of cassettes and vinyl when I stumbled upon it. The sound is slightly more polished and less raw but the tunes are far better crafted and packed with melody and hooks.

The opener 'Wild Child' is a classic. It's quite a subdued track to open on as it is essentially a ballad with a bit of oomph; almost a power-ballad. 'Ballcrusher' is a 3 minute punch in the face of groove, chunky riffs and singalong chorus. 'Fistful of Diamonds' is a great, fun track with yet another winning chorus all about lovely dosh. Not deep but that's not what you expect from early WASP. 'Jack Action' is just pure chunk. Slabs of metal plummet from riffs and slam into your ears. Genius. 'Widowmaker' is an excellent ballad of sorts. It's no 'Sleeping in the Fire' but it certainly is an excellent change of pace from the balls-to-the-wall metal up to that point.

'Blind in Texas'. Nuff said. A precursor to 'Mean Man'. A classic. 'Cries in the Night' is one my all time favourite WASP songs. Another ballad, it's still rather chunky and is just an excellent song. Contrary to what I mentioned earlier it's actually quite deep. The title track is another tour de force of anthemic brilliance. The last 2 tracks are more akin to a WASP album but they pale in comparison to the greatness up to that point.

On a par with their debut and better than Electric Circus. The last truly dirty WASP album until the terrible KFD.
As essential as WASP and The Headless Children.
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on 28 February 2012
To quote Blackie Lawless 'a lot of people say that we lost some magic with the 'Last Command' and that was due to Spencer Proffer [the producer]... that record was so watered down ... the mixing f****d it up, but in the public's eye we'd gone commercial.' Overproduced it may be, but this album has concert favourites 'Wild Child' and 'Blind In Texas', more standard PMRC-baiting fare 'Ballcrusher' and 'Sex Drive' and less typical songs like 'Cries In The Night' (a reworking of Circus Circus song 'Mr Cool' - look for it on Youtube). 'The Last Command' marked the debut of drummer Steve Riley (Tony Richards was sacked due to his alcoholism although Blackie insisted for many years afterwards that Richards didn't have the confidence to go on the road) and saw guitarist Randy Piper's last contribution to the band. WASP would later solidify around the axis of Blackie Lawless (vocals/guitar), Chris Holmes (guitar) and Johnny Rod (bass) - this line-up would complete the next three albums. Although this slab of shock-rock lacks the raw intensity of their debut, it is still an outstanding record.

*I've since bought the 'Remastered Version'. This has extra tracks including 'Savage', 'Mississippi Queen' [b-side to 'Animal'] and 5 of the 6 live songs [minus 'The Flame'] from their legendary London Lyceum performance from late '84. Older WASP fans will remember the video and for that reason alone, the remastered CD is a 'must buy'.
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on 28 September 2016
Do not bring here concepts like hair-metal or har'n'heavy connected with bands like Poison or L.A. Guns.That was quite heavy back in 1985. Classic (shock) heavy metal! being much stronger than Kiss or Alice Cooper, which makes W.A.S.P. nothing to do with hard rock that day. Blackie Lawless turned a bit his way to hard-rock school 10-15 years later being nostalgic to his youth, family etc.But this record had blown away heads of all metallers all over the world in the mid eighties with undepictable energy. The effect (not music stylistiically) of this METAL struck could be compared only with "The Number of the beast", "Metal Heart", "Master of Puppets", "Reigning Blood", "Back in Black" or not very many more I haven't mentioned here. Together they changed the direction of heavy music and showed us the right way to go.
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on 26 May 2011
The eighties weren't a bad time for metal..sure the glam thing and some of the production around that time maybe dented it's sense of rebellion but for all that there were still bands like W.A.S.P. who were offending the moralists and presenting a harder interpretation of rock whilst maintaining a MTV freindly sound.
This is my favourite of the first three W.A.S.P albums...Wild Child shows they could create melodic anthems wheras tracks such as Widowmaker and Ball Crusher delivered on the out and out rock score.
Blackie Lawless is in fine voice and Chris Holmes plays in tandem with this...it shows a leap of maturity from the first album maybe not seen again until the Crimson Idol CD.
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on 7 October 2004
The second album from the legendary W.A.S.P represents a more mature and sophistication since the debut one.
The amazing voice of Blackie Lawless is stronger and better than the previous album. The lyrics are more profound and well composed. Wild Child is a great anthem very strong with a lot of rebel attitude very characteristic of Blackie himself.
Congratulations to Snapper Records for the remastering and inclusion of B-sides tracks of these 80's hard n'heavy classics.
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on 25 May 2006
the last command is wasps second album and was released in 1985 and has all the classic elements present that made wasp such a great band in the 80s,the anthems,the catchy hooks and rough and ready innuendo implied in the lyrics,they were a band that thrived on enjoying themselves and in their first four albums that was just what they did.

there are blistering numbers on here such as the bruising opener wild child which will have you bopping like a turtle in a jacuzzi,jack action,blind in texas and savage,in terms of enjoyment this is up there with classics such as motley crues shout at the devil and that is high praise indeed
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on 30 April 2014
This re-mastered W.A.S.P. cd is so much clearer and louder that the old cd . I just have to tell people to go and get these re-mastered cd .
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on 24 February 2017
A blast from the past! Still sounds good tbh.
Always prefered them with the original guitarists.
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on 26 October 2015
Wow think I am in heaven, WASP you cannot beat them join them, what an album.
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