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Lucifer's Friend

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Rising from the ashes of Stonewall, British born vocalist John Lawton teamed up with the German band The German Bonds to form what would become Lucifer s Friend. Their 1973 self-titled debut is highly sought after by both Krautrock and Heavy Metal collectors for it s dark, heavy and sinister organ based hard rock, a la Uriah Heep (whom Lawton would join in 1976) and Deep Purple. An absolute must-have for early 70s hard rock enthusiasts.

1. Ride The Sky
2. Everybody's Clown
3. Keep Goin'
4. Toxic Shadows
5. Free Baby
6. Baby You're A Liar
7. In The Time Of Job When Mammon Was A Yippie
8. Lucifer's Friend
9. Horla (bonus track)
10. Lucifer's Friend (bonus radio edit)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 21, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Brain / SPV
  • ASIN: B0012AXSZ6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #529,860 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Chris Gerbig on September 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This German hard rock machine, with British belter John Lawton, (later of Uriah Heep) gave birth to one of the best heavy rock albums of the early 70's. From the screaming vocals of "Ride In The Sky" (with its brass opening reminiscent of Zeppelin's "The Immigrant Song" and an almost "thrash metal" riff) to the progressive/hard R&B of "Toxic Shadows", to the lumbering, Sabbathish doom of "Keep Goin", this album never lets up for a second. Fans of Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin must have this in their collection! Lawton is one of the best singers in hard rock, and the musicianship of the group is tremendous. Very heavy indeed for a 1971 release. The bonus tracks show the more mainstream, rock 'n' rollin' side of the band, but the instrumentals "Horla" and "Satyr's Dance" (taken from B-sides) really cook. Do yourself a large favor and check this one out.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Listened to this first in the 70's. They were realtively unknown. Some friends in a local Chicago Southside band played several of the songs. Guitar solos very good. Long live that early German rock. It's great! Rate it with some of Zeppelins early albums. Overall a solid album. Not one clinker in the bunch. Don't know about the bonus tracks, though. Wonder what the kids of today might think of it. album recommends playing at maximum volume. How can you go wrong with that? On Billingsgate Records, I think. Their logo was a guy with a big boot about to kick someone in the a$$.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Beau W. Graham on May 4, 2009
Format: Audio CD
first of all everyone who has reviewed this album is right it is awesome. lucifer's friend was a great band and this album should have been bigger than what it was john lawton has a steller voice. But now for the complaint and im sure some of you can agree with this i am sick and tired when i read reviews of heavy rock bands of the 70's everything is compared to led zeppelin or they are mentioned somehow when they dont need to be led zeppelin is next to the stones the most overrated band ever they get way to much credit they stole way to many blues songs and made them there own the zep is just a regular play it safe band. take deep purple, uriah heep and lucifers friend they have something led zeppelin dont good hammond organ playing. Let me give you some Advice coming from the biggest classic rock buff ever try getting a hold of some obscure bands like lucifer's friend here there is so much great music that you will never hear on the radio. try the first journey album 1975
without steve perry it's leaps and bounds above there commercial poppy hits. there are lots of stuff to be discovered.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fred Rayworth on October 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
As the title suggests, the cover sets the atmosphere for this keyboard and guitar-laden example of 70's heavy rock. I love this album! A friend in Spain turned me on to this and I've had years of pleasure from it.

To me, this band did what Uriah Heep could've done if they'd gone a little darker. I just wish their subsequent albums could've done the same. I have several, and they do not match up to the original in heaviness, though they are excellent in their own ways. In the eighties, their singer went on to play with Uriah Heep so there's a tie-in here.

Each song is like an extended jam with words. That's the only way I can describe it. However, the songs are not really extended jams. They just have a heaviness, a darkness, and technical quality that gives that impression. The combination of vocals, keyboards and guitar add up to one of the best albums of the era.

Give yourself a treat and seek this out. You will not be disappointed!

My original review was from the vinyl album, transferred to reel to reel and then to CD. The audio quality was horrible. Since that time I received the import CD with the extra tracks for a Christmas present, December 2012. The fidelity is much better now and I can hear more detail that was lost in the haze from the recording I had of the original Billingsgate album.

My opinion of the music hasn't changed. This band, especially on THIS album, was killer. This CD exploits that until we get to the bonus tracks. What is really jarring is going from the heavy dark ending track, Lucifer's Friend to the very bright Rock And Roll Singer. Whoa! It's like a slap in the face. They style change is so radical it's like listening to FM and having somebody accidentally hit the AM button!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Baddstuff on July 16, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I purchased this on vinyl back in the 70's and to this day still listen to it. I'd get it on CD but it's just too expensive. This is good old school hard rock as others have already stated. Worth it if you can find it for a reasonable price. I have heard some of their other stuff but I think this is their strongest release.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Perry on January 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Please don't take that to mean this isn't a great record or I don't love it (because I certainly do). I listened to it again earlier tonight for the first time in ages (I have the original Billingsgate vinyl; aren't I cool- ha ha ha) and it still sounds great after all these years. Don't let the band name or sinister-looking cover artwork fool you; this is kinda proto-metal in a way, but most of the lyrical content is about motorcycles (the opening "Ride In the Sky") and such like. And Lucifer's Friend just because they're playing rock 'n roll, ostensibly the devil's music (and 'cause these fellas speak decidedly Gernanized English; little wonder, being German and all). Probably a bit of a proto-Ronnie James Dio thing going on with the vocals too; the aforementioned "Ride In the Sky" begins the album with a "metal" scream- but please remember that it was recorded way back in 1970! If you're into Motorhead sorta stuff or (God help you) "nu metal," give Lucifer's Friend a shot; you might even really like them. Oh, and I believe most of those bonus tracks are from their third LP, I'm Just A Rock 'N Roll Singer (and at least one is from the fourth- ?!- the equally excellent but totally different Banquet). Yeah...
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