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Angel / Helluva Band Import, Original recording remastered


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Remastered Import coupling of their 1975 self titled album with Helluva Band (1976). Angel was a '70s heavy metal band based on the East Coast featuring singer Frank DiMino, guitarist Punky Meadows, and keyboard player Greg Giuffria. Packaged in a slipcase with new sleeve notes. BGO. 2006.

1. Tower
2. Long Time
3. Rock & Rollers
4. Broken Dreams
5. Mariner
6. Sunday Morning
7. On & On
8. Angel (Theme)
9. Feelin’ Right
10. Fortune
11. Anyway You Want It
12. Dr. Ice
13. Mirrors
14. Feelings
15. Pressure Point
16. Chicken Soup
17. Angel Theme

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 13, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Bgo
  • ASIN: B000E41JHA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,456 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I had this album on reel to reel 30 years ago and loved it.
Garth Vader
When someone refers to an "original master" it should very well include that odd ball snippet!
k.g.lee
In general, the sound quality of both discs is really great.
Dwight Frye

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Dwight Frye on March 15, 2006
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Finally! What Angel fans have been waiting for, but thought they might never see! Re-mastered versions of Angel albums. I'm assuming anyone considering this purchase is familiar with both the band and these two albums; widely considered to be the best of the six releases by the original band. So, I won't bother with going through a track by track synopsis of the recordings. Rather, I'll comment on the re-mastering and the recordings themselves. So how about these recordings? Are they original masters? Most long time (no pun intended) Angel fans know that Polygram has guarded Angel's recordings jealously and has, to date, refused all requests for access to the recordings even though they do not plan to do anything with them themselves. So, what happened? Well, Polygram still holds the original masters and they sure haven't licensed them to anyone else (that I've ever heard of anyway). Wherever the source tapes used here came from, they didn't come from Polygram. That is evident both in the noticable absence of reference to Polygram on the packaging and liner notes and in the sound and mix on both albums in this two disc set (particularly Helluva Band). Casablanca Records, instead of Polygram, is cited in the copyright. It does say 'original master tapes' were used. But I don't know which 'original master tapes' they are referring to. In fact, 'Any Way You Want It' (Helluva Band) appears to be an alternate take or very different mix than that which appears on the Polygram release. The intro to the song is one I've never heard before. The first album, 'Angel', sounds pretty darn close the Polygram release in regard to content and arrangement. 'Helluva Band', however, sounds vastly different at times in that regard. In general, the sound quality of both discs is really great.Read more ›
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By k.g.lee on April 1, 2006
Format: Audio CD
At long last... Angel remastered! Most significant here is the fact that the Helluva Band vinyl master most of us grew up with (including the goofy but cool musical intro to "Anyway You Want It") has finally made it to CD! Previously said version of "Anyway..." had not made it to the U.S. shores for cd versions of the HELLUVA BAND album. When someone refers to an "original master" it should very well include that odd ball snippet! Don't know how/why it ever vanished (insert Angel stage magic reference here) but it's back.

For the longest time, WHITE HOT had always been my fave Angel album... being musical and catchy and not TOO prog, but HELLUVA may very well have passed ON EARTH as my second fave cd.

Echos of PINK FLOYD and DEEP PURPLE more so, on the first two ANGEL albums than the KISS meets FOREIGNER stance the band took in later days (nothing wrong with either approach in my opinion).

Luckily both "Angel" and "Helluva Band" exist on separate cd's in this package. Decent liner notes too... including a passage where Punky makes mention to Mickey Jones getting stuck in one of the magical cubes on stage back in the day (must have been the Spinal Tap inspiration).

Worth the investment! CIRCUS magazine's NEW ARTIST of the YEAR in 1976! Yeah, I hear ya Punky!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Shaw on January 10, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I want to make a clarification with Dwight Frye's review (great name by the way :)). These are in fact the recording masters for the original albums. Dwight Frye maintains that Polydor Records owns the masters and questions the authenticity of this being "original recordings remastered". As proof, he points out that this newly remastered recording was released by Casablanca Records. In fact, Casablanca Records is a off-spin of Polydor, and was the original label for Angel. This is a pretty good record -- Angel was a modestly successful 1970's band -- kind of a hybrid between Kiss and Queen. For the most part, they opened for a lot of bigger acts in the late 1970's -- I saw them at least three times in that era. Their stage show was great! The music was good, but really didn't stand out from some of the other moderate successes from that time period.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Richards on June 7, 2007
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These are the first two Angel albums on remastered CDs. Angel was a progressive hard rock band that was active in 1974-80, with a style that could be described as a blend of Styx and Kiss. The Stygian influence is in the keyboard work. The arrangements featured extensive use of mellotron and synthesizer, creating a layered background and giving the songs a very full quality. At the same time, the angular guitar riffs are strongly reminiscent of the early Kiss albums. The vocals are in the upper range, while the lyrics have something of a swords-and-sorcery flavor. The best tracks here are the two progressive epics, Tower from the first album, and Fortune from the second. The remaining songs are listenable, but not outstanding. The main drawback on this edition is the poor mastering, which is surprising since BGO Records usually does a good job with the sound. The highs, primarily the vocals and keyboards, are very harsh. The lows, primarily the bass and drums, are a bit muddy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Thomas Roe on January 20, 2012
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I rescued a batch of my teen-age year l.p.'s from my dear mother's house and I was happy to discover that my Angel "Helluva Band" and "On Earth As It Is In Heaven" had survived all the many years of dust and mildew. I was a bit disappointed that the "Angel" l.p. didn't survive, but I seemed to recall that it suffered an untimely warping experience in the back of my Toyota Tercel once upon a time between moves. At any rate, back at home I slapped on the consolation prize, "Helluva Band", and was pretty much blown away. My, how "Dr. Ice" rocks! What I once (probably) thought (many brain cells ago) was a cheesy funk/disco track (with Gregg Giuffria's deliciously fuzzy synth bass line) was really pushing my buttons. And hot damn, can Punky Meadows rip in to a fierce guitar solo, and Barry Brandt do these amazing drum fills.

As I continued to listen, each track revealed itself, peeling layer upon layer of my modern maturity into the 13 year old teen I was back in my dear mother's house holding on to Angel with everything I got. Wow! So I had to get the 2 CD "Angel"/"Helluva Band" reissue and am joyfully reliving the greatness of the band in, whose honor, I once created a hand painted t-shirt with the "Angel" logo and, in one of my more rebellious teenage moments, strip and throw off a cliff into the Chattahoochee River. There's a track I did for Kluster and Conrad Schnitzler where I rhapsodize about this moment. Which brings up the point that upon listening to "Angel" and "Helluva Band" after all these years, I am struck that, as a musician, I have been informed by this music, that the riffs, melodies and Frank Dimino's nigh perfect pitch has influenced me thru-out all these years.
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what about the 3rd album, "on earth as it is in heaven" ?
Unfortunately, there are no planned remasters of the other Angel albums. The first two are available on the British label BGO Records, which has also released their live compilation. Other than this, there are still some copies of White Hot and their Anthology. Their other two albums, On Earth... Read More
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