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  • Vinyl (March 26, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Snapper UK
  • ASIN: B0091PDD4U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,263 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A must if ur a fan!
Kurt M. Seiler
This album is rare folks, but the story and the morals it teaches is something few people in this generation can understand.
PeaceSells215
This Concept Album From The Mad Mind Of Blackie Lawless Is The BEST That W.A.S.P Has Ever Put Out.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Hermer Arroyo on May 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is by far the most mature release from this band as they display awesome skills never displayed before on a W.A.S.P. album. Gone are the song talking about having a good time as Blackie Lawless tackles important aspects that can affect anybody. The Crimson Idol is a conceptual album that tells the story of a boy named Jonathan in which he is considered the black sheep of his family. In order to prove his father wrong he begins a quest for fame and fortune in the rock n' roll world only to find out that money isn't everything and in the end there are things more important that wealth. Now on the music, it reflects very well within the story. Blackie Lawless uses electric and acustic guitars in order to make an impact to the listener, it works! (at least for me). His voice has improved on this record as he show you a wide range of emotions: anger, happiness, sadness you named it this record has it. Also it should be noted the drummer: He's amazing as he uses different style from the military to the tribal like. This is how drums should sound on every record and not just metal. Every song is well constructed highlights being Invisible Boy, Chainsaw Charlie, I am One & The Idol.
The bottom line is that you should go and buy this record all the props given to this album by me and other people are well deserved.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Coleman on June 10, 2008
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I've recently discovered this album, and was completely blown away. I had written W.A.S.P. off as a hair band that was about nothing more than sex and violence (not that I have a big problem with that), but with that being said this is one of the most intelligent, multi-layered albums I have ever heard. Blackie Lawless oozes pure emotion on this album, more so than anyone else I can think of in the metal genre. His flair for amazing melodies that stick in your head is unprecedented, and your hunger will be so great to hear them all again that you'll find yourself just pressing repeat on your player and leaving it there for days.

The album is based on a semi-autobiographical story about a troubled youth growing up to become the star he wanted to be, and finding it to be more than he bargained for. Blackie taps into many different moods and still manages to weave all of the tracks together to tell a very mesmerizing and cohesive tale. This may very well be the greatest concept album of all-time. And just in case these words don't seem to carry any validity to you coming from someone who's credibility you know nothing about, it's up there with both Keeper albums by Helloween, head and shoulders above Mindcrime by Queensryche, and neck and neck with Seventh Son by Maiden...yes that's right, the granddaddy of all metal, the mighty Iron Maiden.

As far as this edition goes, it's quite a bargain for 2 discs and is worth every penny and much more. The true album is the first 10 tracks on disc 1, with the bonus being the spoken word 16 minute story of Jonathan, the title character. Disc 2 has some good bonus songs and demos, with a nice array of live extras from the earlier W.A.S.P. era.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Mehaffey on February 21, 2010
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So after ten years of spilling blood, tying women on racks, etc. Blackie pretty much does a 180 and puts out this brave, musical, rock opera, that is meant to be heard in a theatre (with what was said to be a movie of the album playing behind them), hushed tones, the music being 100% the show. I guess Blackie had had it with not being taken seriously, listening to know-nothing record execs, and the plastic crap coming out of L.A.. And what a cool direction to go in, somehow whipping up The Who into an industrial whirlpool, this album does seriously rock. Also Blackie tackles the issue of child abuse, and very surprisingly, does it deftly, and unsanctimoniously. This is the kind of album that takes massive risks, pulls out all the stops, and is what you could say the pinnacle of someone's creative arc; every stone unturned, examined, and put through a meat grinder. Impossible to follow..career killer...(that's really Blackie on the cover, sacrificing his career for his art). A new plateau lyrically. Interesting note: Ross Robinson who was assistant engineer on this, went on to fame and fortune producing Korn, Coal Chamber, etc.,.... So who at the record label didn't promote "Hold On To My Heart", single and video????

June 6th 2013:

I put this on the other day, first time in over decade or so and I gotta tell ya it hit me even harder with its complex web of sound painting and story, I had to elaborate:

First, this is a depressing tale,the poor kid is doomed Scene 1, Take 1...
"The Titanic Overture" really puts the kid four on the floor; he hits the ground running (to his own funeral, he just doesn't know it yet..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gitters on April 9, 2005
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W.A.S.P.'s The Crimson Idol,was their first album of the 90s. In all reality, The Crimson Idol is more or less a Blackie Lawless solo album, since none of the original members are on this album except for Lawless. The Crimson Idol is a concept album or a rock opera, about a singer named Jonathan. Each song is part of Jonathan's story. The Crimson Idol ranks among W.A.S.P. finest albums. This album is great showcase for the talents of Blackie Lawless. Chainsaw Charlie, and HOld on to My Heart are just a couple of the standouts on The Crimson Idol. If you can find The Crimson Idol, you should buy it.
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