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Canterbury Limited Edition

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Canterbury - Diamond Head's third album was recorded and released in 1983. It featured a drastic style-change, as Diamond Head decided not to limit themselves to the heavy metal genre and incorporated many hard rock ideas into the record. Numbered digipac

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Makin' Music
  2. Out of Phase
  3. The Kingmaker
  4. One More Night
  5. To the Devil His Due
  6. Knight of the Swords
  7. Ishmael
  8. I Need You Love
  9. Canterbury
  10. Makin' Music (Extended) (Bonus Track)
  11. Sucking My Love (Live) (Bonus Track)
  12. Andy Peebles Interview Incl. To the Devil His Due (Bonus Track)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 18, 2008)
  • Ltd Reis Dig ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Massacre Germany
  • ASIN: B000X1LB7C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,668 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on April 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Many people heap scorn on "Canterbury." I wonder if they've given it more than a single listen. No, it's not "Lightning to the Nations," or even "Borrowed Time," but that's what makes it good.
The recording has a bright, punchy mid-1980's sound, courtesy of producer Mike Shipley (who engineered for producer Mutt Lange of AC/DC, Def Leppard, Cars fame). Some of the keyboard tones have not aged well, but Brian Tatler's guitar is crisp and Sean Harris' voice is clear. Arguably overwrought backing vocals fit well on some cuts, but are distracting on others.
Track review:
Makin' Music - Grade B: The first U.K. single release from the album. Lyrics full of "rocking for the good of mankind"-type cheese; like a mild version of "It's Electric" off LTTN, but the chiming guitar intro and odd ascending riff leading to what is essentially an "a cappella" chorus make this tune unlike anything Diamond Head had done before.
Out of Phase - Grade B+: Jangling acoustic guitar intro joined by Harris's heartfelt voice, then everybody else piles on, including overbearing backing vocals. There must be a half-dozen time and key changes in this little ditty. The second single released in the U.K., it'd get an "A" if not for the obnoxious backup singing.
Kingmaker - Grade B+: It takes a few listens to fully appreciate this one. The sound of a castle drawbridge or something like it opens this slow but complex track; complex almost to a fault. The lyrics contain possible historical references, but with only a handful of lines in the entire song it's hard to know for sure. Time changes and turns abound and the backing vocals actually work here. Even better, Tatler burns a hole right through the middle with an extended, Schenker-esque solo.
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by no means this album re-issue is representative of the band's material. for someone looking for an summary of the band's early years (and even some of the later), it is best to choose "Am I Evil?: Anthology" Am I Evil?: Anthology, while the re-issue of the first album, "The White Album"/"Lightning to the Nations" is also a very good output by the early Diamond Head. still, this album does have a few great songs (which again, can also be found in the anthology), such as "Ishmael" and "Knight of the Swords". the last bonus track is an interesting interview with Diamond Head's lead vocalist, Sean Harris. unlike these bonus-tracks-interviews, which tend to be too long and too boring, this one actually gives an extra value. I found out that it seems like Diamond Head's leading forces are not in the same mind as you'd expect from a heavy metal band. it's interesting to hear Harris' influences and his ways of working, writing, and producing music.
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Diamond Head's independently-released debut ("The White Album" or "Lightning to the Nations") was a band at the heavy end of metal that made them legends in the proto-thrash genre. However, everything they've done afterwards has pretty much been in a more hard-rock/mainstream vein of metal. Canterbury, their second major label album, sees them continuing some interesting "artsy" musical ideas and fantasy/medieval lyrical elements from the previous album that make up for the lack of heaviness somewhat - it's still an enjoyable listen, although I can't help feel if they'd kept the heavier elements from their debut it would've really made this and "Borrowed Time" great albums, instead of merely good, 2nd-tier albums of the 80s. Note that the MCA years box set has both Canterbury and Borrowed Time in their entirety, as well as a bunch of live recordings, and costs about half what you'd pay for both CDs separately (or less, considering the relative unavailability of Borrowed Time except at inflated used-marketplace prices).

While Lightning To The Nations was heavy and epic, Borrowed Time and Canterbury still had some longer songs and progressive/artsy elements. The (partial) reunion of the band in the 90s and on has seen 3 more albums which are in more of a mainstream vein - short, 3 minute songs with lyrics about more everyday themes. There's still some nice guitar playing, but the sound is a mix of classic and modern hard rock elements rather than underground metal.
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You have to approach this one with an open mind. They intentionally go in non metal directions on a few tracks. It is a pretty good album though, give it a few listens. The chemistry of the original line up was unique, and this cd actually has some real standouts. "To the Devil His Due" is classic DH, and the limited edition has bonus materials such as the extended version of "Makin' Music" and "Sucking My Love" live. Original bassist Colin Kimberely and drummer Duncan Scott exited after tracking their parts, marking the end of that era. It took me forever to find this album, without the 100 dollar out of print/import price.
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