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Life's a Bitch Original recording remastered

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Genre: Popular Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
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Release Date: 25-AUG-1998


1. The Savage And The Hungry
2. Pick Your Window
3. Life's A Bitch
4. Never Forgive
5. Iron League
6. On The Wings Of An Eagle
7. Overload
8. You're A Liar
9. Fuel To The Fire
10. Only The Strong Survive
11. Juggernaut
12. Playing With The Razor
13. Trigger
14. Speed Of The Reflex

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 25, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mayhem Records
  • ASIN: B000009OT1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,525 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ctlr on November 28, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Unlike the earlier releases on Atlantic (Stay Hard and The Pack is Back), Raven had complete control over the production of Life's a Bitch. There were no record execs pressuring them to sound commercial and "sell, sell, sell". No heavy-handed producer was brought in to take over the project and make them use synthesizers and horn sections (ala The Pack is Back). In fact, Atlantic had all but given up on Raven and pretty much let them do whatever they wanted on their final Atlantic release. The result was quite possibly the best Raven album of their career.

Start to finish, Life's a Bitch shows Raven in peak form. The songs are loud, insane, and catchy. The guitar solos are larger than life. The arrangements are fresh and varied. You have 2-and-half minute slam-fests like "You're a Liar" and epic prog-like rockers like "On the Wings of an Eagle". Of course the usual Raven lunacy is on proud display in "Overload", "Pick Your Window", "Life's a Bitch", and "Playing with the Razor". There honestly is not a weak track on here. No filler, no shortcuts, no disposable over-produced yawners. This is Raven doing penance for the earlier Atlantic releases, which quite frankly really weren't their fault.

You can imagine being young starving musicians, coming to a new country, with a new record deal, and your bosses telling you what to do. Raven was at the mercy of Atlantic and did what they were told and recorded The Pack is Back. But for that, the band was summarily dismissed as sell-outs by the fans and dumped by Atlantic. It's unfortunate, because since then all Raven has done has put out one stellar release after another.

Life's a Bitch is the meaner, wiser, hungrier re-birth of Raven. No fan of NWOBHM metal should miss this. It truly was a landmark recording for this British trio.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 21, 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Other "hard core" fans have panned this album as a sell-out, but I find it to have their strongest and catchiest song writing. Did they sell-out? You can't sell out if you don't make any money. I'd say it's their best. The bonus track "Speed of The Reflex" is a different side of Raven with flip-flop tempos and an ambitious arrangement.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 17, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I love this disc, it rocks the only thing is that when they rereleased it they left off "FINGER ON THE TRIGGER" -My favorite from this disc.It was a bonus track in the first place"on cassette" I wish they would have kept it on but the rest of the tracks rock-A must have-enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By THE METAL HISTORIAN on August 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I get tired of reading reviews that call RAVEN sellouts. I love just about every album that they have ever released ( with the exception of THE PACK IS BACK). Sure, the first three releases are prime N.W.O.B.M. classics. Raven may not have been musical virtuosos but they had this infectious raw heavy energy.
When the band signed on to Atlantic records, and released STAY HARD, everyone lost their minds. I can only speculate here but I am sure that the record execs put the pressure on the band for a more accessable, "american", rock style. Up until the Atlantic years, Raven`s music wasnt too widespread in the United States. I dont think that they sold out per say but instead did what the label wanted in order to get their name out in the public eye. I for one actually liked STAY HARD, and I still do.
Now on the other hand, THE PACK IS BACK was pure crap. I can see how the fan base ( epecially the longtime ones) got annoyed at this new Americanized RAVEN. But then the music scene changed and up to the surface came the thrash and speed and the power metal bands. And with this heavier scene came the fans who discovered the band`s earlier works. And RAVEN got a bit closer to their roots, as was evidenced on their MAD e.p.
The faster tempos and heavier sound returned. RAVEN was about to unleash some fury, but many fans who could not get past THE PACK IS BACK denied themselves some great albums. MAD was awesome but it was only five songs. Soon after came the LIFE`S A BITCH album. In my opinion RAVEN was back. This wasnt radio friendly MTV RAVEN but those crazy British lunatics that they always were but this time, unleashed.
There are those who try to argue that RAVEN just jumped on the thrash metal bandwagon, but I disagree.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dean Leslie on September 9, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Like many people I was a fan of early Raven,more specificaly the first three albums.The major label debuts ''stay hard''and''the pack is back''were major label dissapointments.I thought that was it for Raven,and of course,I lost sight of them even though I was aware they were still releasing albums.By the time ''life's a bitch''came out a friend of mine who owned a copy informed me that it was a very good album,but I wouldn't listen,having been let down by two albums in a row.H ow wrong I was as''L.A.B''is actually one of their best albums.It has the wild frantic energy of the first three albums but a tad bit heavier and more technical.In hindsight it's easy to see that the sound and look the band cultivated on the major label albums was forced upon them by management in a lame attempt to make them more american/commercial and probably why''L.A.B''sounds so angry.I'm now definately going to check out more of Raven's later catalogue as they are truly one of the most original and energetic heavy metal bands of all time.Don't do what I and many people did,give up on Raven because of two weak albums.Clearly half of Metallica's recorded output is crap yet they always sell millions of copies.Comeon people,give Raven a chance,they deserve it.
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