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  • Audio CD (December 23, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RENAISSANCE
  • ASIN: B00000F1TA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,709 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mr. Shoes
2. Heads Are Rolling
3. Need a Little Loving
4. Change in the Weather
5. Domino
6. Speechless
7. Bloody Sunday
8. The Sound of the Bell
9. You're Leaving Me
10. Heaven for the Holidays
11. Life on the Balcony

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Heck, I'm going to pass their music onto my two kids and let them enjoy it as well.
Brian Case
Their stripped down sound still featured strong guitar work, amazing drumming, and their signature dual lead vocals.
A Customer
I'd love to someday see a CB box set released, one of the BEST rock groups of all time!
Steven P. Smith

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brian Case on March 8, 2003
Format: Audio CD
"Heads Are Rolling" was this great bands swan song. With a impressive catalog behind them, the band must have figured they weren't going to catch on in the States so they dissolved and went their sepaprate ways. My question - what happened to all of these talented musicians? Every City Boy fan (like myself) asks the same question ... why with all of the talent ...why didn't these guys catch on?
I believe the song "5705", off the Book Early release, was the closest they came to hitting it big. Like one other reviewer mentioned, possibly they didn't have a star frontman that the record buying public could embrace. What a shame. I've been listening to these guys for over two decades and I won't stop. Heck, I'm going to pass their music onto my two kids and let them enjoy it as well.
"Heads Are Rolling", like all City Boy albums, is tight, well produced and appealing. My favorites are Mr. Shoes (with the catchy whistling and door slam), Heads are Rolling (the title track) and Domino. Released in a time of sappy over-produced AOR glut - City Boy faded into oblivion. If you're a fan, just take the time to enjoy the fact that you were able to enjoy this great, articulate, and balanced group. One word fans: REUNION.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 1, 1999
Format: Audio CD
City Boy was one of those bands that just didn't catch on in the States. Why, is anybody's guess. They certainly weren't lacking for musical prowess or song writing ability. Maybe people couldn't respond to their bouts of humor. Maybe it was the fact that, though their singing was slick and tight, they didn't have that strong vocal frontman that helps "sell" the songs and the band. Heads are Rolling is a strong outing for City Boy. The title track has a lot of get-up-and-go. It's got muscle, but it doesn't rely on it. The track Change in the Weather is SO cool, such a great power pop tune, I'm surprized the label didn't try to push it up the charts. If strong, slick, melodic rock is your poison this band (and certainly this record) should satisfy you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James Choma VINE VOICE on September 10, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I don't recall what it was that got me turned on to the group City Boy, but I'm glad it happened. I know it wasn't the radio, today's commercial radio stations wouldn't touch City Boy with a ten foot pole. Why? Because it's over 20 years old and doesn't fit in any particular category. Were they Progressive? Pop? Hard Rock? AOR? All of the above. Today's bland formats don't know what to do with groups like this. So the casual radio listener misses out on the opportunity to hear some truly great music. The only way bands like this persist is through word of mouth.

Well now that you've read this little snippet, consider yourself enlightened. You now have the potential to join the fortunate that know about this gem of a band that released six albums of diverse, finely crafted pop music that defies categorization. Great vocals, imaginative lyrics, excellent musicianship, melodic melodies, and above all, creativity.

This album, "Heads Are Rolling" is technically the last album they released. There was one more after this one, "It's Personal" that hasn't seen the light of day on CD. This isn't my favorite CD by them; that would be "Young Men Gone West" or "Book Early." But "Heads" itself is still better than 90% of the music you'll hear out there on corporate radio, so I give it four stars. You'll get well crafted ballads, some great guitar riffs, and a variety of instrumentation -- just like all their albums. The only thing missing on this was singer/songwriter Steve Broughton. City Boy had a couple of different vocalists, and to me Steve was the best.

My plea to the music industry is to get this band's albums back in print. Music today seems to have little or no direction -- these albums were brilliant.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I have all 6 City Boy CD's as I did with thier LP's in the 70's.
This being their last release, left me wondering what else could this band do to make us americans understand what a good band had been lost.
With songs like "Domino", Your Leaving Me" and "Life On The Balcony", you have no choice but to wonder why yourself. They
may have been to talented for us.
If you want to explore what you missed back them, get as many of their CD's you can get you hands on. Now that some of us have grown up since the 70's, you can put away your quiet riot and ratt collection and enjoy some good music now.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven P. Smith on April 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I LOVE all of CB's recordings, and "Heads are rolling" is my personal favorite. All killer, no filler. A desert island disc for sure, never sounds dated, Mike Slamer shreds on this! Roy Ward's drumming is fantastic, the vocal production is superb(as always) a brilliant collection of songs for the sophisticated fan of crafty pop songs with a cutting rock edge. Re-Read the very first customer review of this album, I couldn't have said it better! I'd love to someday see a CB box set released, one of the BEST rock groups of all time! A total inspiration, and a joy to listen to for many years to come. BUY A CITY BOY ALBUM TODAY
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rick Dutkiewicz on November 1, 2012
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Brian, you say "City Boy faded into oblivion". I must have been out of the loop on that fade. There was never any "fading" here at our house. After wearing out the vinyl versions, we have every City Boy album on CD. That includes the recently released "It's Personal" which was recorded in 1981 with the same line-up as "Heads Are Rolling" with similar quality production and song writing. All of the City Boy CD's have remained in heavy rotation on all my devices, computers, and hi fi systems.

Good music doesn't get old. That's why so many people still listen to Mozart, Bach, etc. There's no such thing as "dated" music, unless you like allowing your tastes to be guided by what some Hollywood twit says is "popular" or "current". But I digress...

I saw City Boy once in Kalamazoo, Michigan as openers for Hall & Oates, playing to a disinterested crowd on their "Dinner At The Ritz" tour. Hot band, cold crowd. Pretty sad. They made more great music in their 7 years than many musicians make in thirty years, and that was with continual resistance and problems with recording, management, and promotion. All because their music was too adventurous for Joe Six-Pack. They would done much better these days as an Independent.

I especially love their later work where Roy Ward does many lead vocal bits "Rev-On (The Crunch)", and Mike Slamer is allowed to soar on guitar. The "First" album by Streets is also a treat for fans of Mike Slamer's guitar work. His guitar playing is far above most popular rock guitarists. Forget what is popular and what sells, I'd rather listen to something great that few people have heard of. City Boy is a precious gem.
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