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  • Audio CD (October 12, 1999)
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B00002CF27
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #776,936 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Kids Are All Shakin'
2. Deep Cuts The Knife
3. Ride The Rocket
4. Long Way To Heaven
5. House On Fire
6. Christine
7. Without You (Jasmine's Song)
8. School Of Hard Knocks
9. Don't Touch The Merchandise
10. Bangin' Off-A-The Bricks

Customer Reviews

Songs and music are top notch.
Patrick Mitsdarfer
Wow, now there's a novel idea...a rock n' roll 'heavy metal' band that had real musical ability instead of glammor-boy/girl looks and lots of stupid clothes.
Randall M. Benton
The opening track of THE KIDS ARE SHAKIN' right into DEEP CUTS THE KNIFE all the way into BANGIN' OF A THE BRICKS shows that these boys from CANADA can rock.
scott gordon

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 23, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I bought this on vinyl back in 1985 and have loved it ever since. Now that I have it on CD all I can say is that it ROCKS better than ever. Any rock n' roll fan would be wise to add this to their collection. The 80's spawned a lot of 'metal' bands that were long on image and short on talent. Helix, on the other hand, just cranked it up and let it rock. They were very underated and under appreciated by the masses. I've yet to figure out how a band like Warrant could make it big and Helix not...
This CD is solid through and through. It is a bit more polished than the first two. But, the songs are well written and well performed. If ya like harder edged rock, "Long Way To Heaven" is a must.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Randall M. Benton on May 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
In 1985 we were in the nearing the heyday of the "hair band" era with a new (quote un quote) 'metal' band coming out every 45 seconds or so on MTV. Quietly in the middle of all this mediocrity came from the Great White North of Canada a serious band that could really PLAY! Wow, now there's a novel idea...a rock n' roll 'heavy metal' band that had real musical ability instead of glammor-boy/girl looks and lots of stupid clothes. These guys had the hair and all...but they were far from glammy.
True, Helix first rocked the world a couple years earlier on the excellent "No Rest For The Wicked" (album) CD, but I believe they put all the pieces together just right on 85's "Long Way To Heaven." The music is just excellent, yet admittedly simple, rock n' roll that pulls few punches and is fun as hell to listen to. Every song on this steller album stands on its own merits and it's just too bad that Helix never got the press or radio (over)exposure that lesser-talented bands like Def Leppard, Poison, or Warrant got.
Helix was a band that was cool to like because they weren't over-commercialized pretty boys that were short on talent and ridiculously long (or high) on hair. If the hair band era would have been more about musicianship and good music instead of image and mascara and spandex, it wouldn't have the rep it does today. Helix was firing on all cylinders on this one and it's certainly worth picking up by any true fan of rock n' roll. And you can play LOUD and very PROUD!
HELIX WAS ONE OF THE BEST, AND MOST UNDERATED, BANDS OF THE 80'S. Too bad, because they could actually PLAY!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 1999
Format: Audio CD
If you are a Helix fan, this a MUST have. This album rocks and has plenty of energy. One of my favorites.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Mitsdarfer on September 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This was a really solid effort and should've shot these guys into the stratosphere! Songs and music are top notch.Much better than Bon Jovi, Winger, Warrant etc, etc..Kids are all shakin, deep cuts the knife(my personal fave), long way to heaven, without you, Christine, Bang an off the bricks are some of the highlights, all songs are good, period. Production values are good not as good as Wild in the streets, though. Still this is extremely well written and played. This is a fun record, laid back and goes well with a beer!!!So buy it and rock on...Cheers..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 2, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Originally released in 1985, Long Way to Heaven was the fifth studio album by Canadian hard rock band Helix. One of those bands that always did well, but never made it to the huge status their music probably deserved, Helix was at the top of their game in the mid `80s, and Long Way to Heaven is one of their best releases.

Despite an album cover that looks like an Angel release, Helix delivered some very metallic hard rock with Long Way to Heaven. Helix sounds like the Canadian equivalent of the bluesier American hard rock bands like Y&T and Rough Cutt here. The album has that `80s not quite hair metal polish, but a nice metallic backbone. It's got upbeat anthems like "House on Fire," Krokus/Quiet Riot-style barroom rockers like "School of Hard Knocks" and "Bangin' Off-a-the Bricks," and a very slick but quite heavy power ballad in the minor hit single "Deep Cuts the Knife." It's a really solid hard rock album all around.

Long Way to Heaven was fairly successful at home and in Europe, but it didn't set the American charts on fire. It's too bad, because this is a better overall album than a lot of the hit albums lesser bands scored big with. If you're a Helix fan or just a disciple of the `80s hard rock sound, this is an album that's well worth checking out, especially now that it has been reissued.

Edition Notes: Rock Candy's 2011 reissue of Long Way to Heaven features digitally remastered audio, which is a big improvement over previous CD versions. No bonus tracks this time around, but the booklet is loaded with vintage photos and a nice essay by former Kerrang scribe Paul Suter that tells the back story behind this album. It's your typical class act Rock Candy reissue.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave Preston on June 3, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This one had been in my Wish List for a while. I was happy to hear it was available. I brought back good memories of my youth. The songs were well constructed, glammy but not too much. "Deep Cuts the Knife" Really moves me.
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By Fred Rayworth on April 27, 2011
Format: Audio Cassette
Not bad for a hair metal band. The playing is excellent and the production, at least through the muddled translation from cassette to CD, seems to be on par with the times. My only problem is that the only track that has any impact on me is Ride The Rocket. In fact, I remember it a LOT. It won't get out of my head to the point that it is driving me nuts.

Ride The Rocket brings back a rush of memories from not only hearing it, but from probably seeing them on MTV on VHS tapes we used to get when we lived in Spain back in the mid 80's. That is what I remember most about that song. As for the rest of the music, the songs are rather generic hair metal anthems. I've listened to this album several times and still can't remember too much about them except Christine sticks out just a bit.

Not bad, just doesn't rock my boat (I've been saying that a lot lately). I hear they (or at least the lead singer) is still around. Bravo for them.
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