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Two for the History books
on 11 August 2002
I first listen to this music as a fifteen year old. It was a revelation just as Alex wanted it to be. Now there is tommorow. A subject dear to Alex's heart. In the 20th year since the sudden death of Alex Harvey from a cardiac arrest at Zeebrugge in Belgium, (it was a Friday, appropriately cold and wet in his native Glasgow, announced on late night radio in my student bed sit)Mercury has put out these exceptionally well timed compilations. This represents the last classic, SAHB stories, and a powerful hybrid Rock Drill where Hugh McKenna still provided writing credits yet was replaced by the journeyman keyboards player Tommy Eyre in person. The latter album mysteriously lost a track much awaited by the fans of the band called No Complaints Department. Said at the time to be one of the strongest tracks they had ever recorded (who knows!) it was pulled at the last minute in favour of a shoddy substitute Mrs Blackhouse (the original LP sleeves had a sticker to cover it as an original track). NCD did turn up on a recent (5 years) german compilation but has again been deleted. Mercury could have used this opportunity to pull out this lost gem but I guess it is now gone forever. Harvey, Cleminson, Glenn and the two McKenna's well, they will live on here with their other output well into the future. Enjoy masterful music from five men at their peak.
AS he queried at so many performances, Alex we did indeed love you and continue to remember you with fondness even if the concept of a 67 year old Alex Harvey never did quite make sense. He would have been quite some old age pensioner! Best to hear him as here with a middle aged fire second to none and backed by some of the finest musicians the city of Greater Glasgow ever produced. One for any collector of significant rock music.