Their first album in the aftermath of the departure of original drummer Ray Phillips, this one just might be my favorite Budgie album of all time (though I could lean towards "Bandolier" depending on my mood). Those of you that are more familiar with their work know that the band slowly smoothed out their rougher, more aggressive edges post 1975 by throwing in elements of funk(?) and cleaner guitar sounds and to some, that wasn't a good thing. This album on the other hand is still Budgie at their balls-out aggressive best with bits of acoustic interplay thrown in. This is still one of the "classic" albums in the catalog and a great starting point as well for anyone getting in on the action. Kicking off with the title track (which was covered by a young Van Halen in their early club days), the album never let's up. Next is the second tune that Metallica would cover years down the road with "Crash Course In Brain Surgery", a punishing riff that beats you about the head more than anything. Then to add variety, the acoustic "Wondering What Everyone Knows" comes next which is a great setup for the crown jewel of the album; "Zoom Club". Clocking in at just under ten minutes, this is in my mind their best song. It is remarkably well-crafted and builds itself well and doesn't leave you bored even with it's long duration. The rest of the album does hold up, but man what a first side. There isn't much there on the bonus cuts, but that doesn't really matter. This is a great record and a classic of the genre.
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This entire album rocks--and rocks hard, baby! In fact, IMHO, this is one of those rare albums where EVERY track is a gem (and we all know how few and far between those are, eh). This is definitely one of my island classics. I agree totally with one Mr. Sullivan's review, herein.
I have been a big fan of Budgie since the mid-70's. And really, you can't go wrong with selecting any Budgie title, as long as Tony Bourge is the guitar player; once Tony left the group, they just weren't the same!
I have always loved Burke Sheeley's rocking vocals. For a while, Budgie seemed like a revolving door for drummers. Pete Boot takes the honors on this wonderful album; and, he is very, very good here.
I own the entire Budgie catalogue, and, as mentioned above, any Budgie album with Tony is outstanding, but this one (if I were forced to pick) is probably my favorite.
The reason this album is at the top of my Budgie list can be summed up in one-word--LIVING ON YOUR OWN! This, folks, is a rock classic. I will go even further and call this a "rock epic." In a way, I'm glad commercial radio sucks so bad, because I feel these special Budgie treats are all ours (the fans), and no one elses. But, that is a bit selfish now, isn't it?
So, you should definitely go out and buy this before they become unavailable. And, if you are new to this terrific group, and are just starting your collection, I would advise to start here; you can't go wrong, and you won't be disappointed.
As a side note, you followers of heavy metal--Metallica is on record as having credited Budgie as their major influence. That, right there, should say it all!
So, kids, you rockin' cats--go out right now and get yourself a course in brain surgery--get IN FOR THE KILL. Your neurons will never be the same!
Which is a good thing, of course, and if you don't think so, you may as well stop reading and go take a look at the John Denver catalogue. I'll make this short and sweet. Listen to the first (yes, ONE) note of the title track. If you aren't immediately drawn into it and loving it, you have no heavy metal soul. Of course, when the riff kicks in, you'll wonder like I did why Hetfield and Co. didn't cover this tune as well as the two Budgie tunes they DID cover. If ever there was a spiritual successor to Metallica, IN FOR THE KILL was it. Turn it up. Bleeding makes your ears tougher!
This is yet another "complete" album from Budgie. By this I mean every song is good. There is not one bomb in this collection. This re-release also includes alternate versions of three of these songs and a PC video. This is great music on a very underrated album from an extremely underrated and underpublicized band that blends beautiful ballads with blazing rockers. I highly recommend this and any of Budgie's works.
There is an increase of attitude and volume on this one, the galloping charge of the title track is insane. The power crunch keeps up but the material takes a dip and gets a little blusey and unoriginal. But the jams are pretty good. Also second "temporary" drummer Pete Boot is slamming away on the drums with loud production keepin the intensity level up. A good follow up to "Never Turn Your Back..." but it really lacks in the song department. It had the metal edge needed for the upcomin' N.W.O.B.H.M. that was around the corner. A unique one in their catalog. Not like the three before it or the three after it
The words "holy grail of" and "stoner rock" come to mind. As a clutch fan (point of reference), I like my rock way over the top. These guys deliver in molten spades and I can't wait to dig into the rest. Greatest Hits obviously has some serious material like "I cant see my feelings" and "Napolean Bona, pt 1 & 2". This music is, without being overly dramatic, an incendiary dispensation of premium butt rock dredged straight from the collective stank soul into your cornflakes bowl, right next to that ham hock. Ham hocks or hog jowls added to various dishes greatly improve their flavour. This is particularly true for cabbage, green beans and navy beans. Somebody pass me a paper towel please. An affordable, near religious experience for rockers everywhere in any time. Head over to Fu Manchu "In Search Of" next.