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Inside Electric Circus: The Headless Children

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This two-fer from the lauded/hated Los Angeles hard rock quartet collects 1986's Inside the Electric Circus and 1988's Headless Children. While the band had already peaked in 1985 with Last Command, both records had their share of decent tracks. Circus is the weaker of the two, though it does include their only hit other than "Blind in Texas," a cover of Humble Pie's "I Don't Need No Doctor." Children found the group attempting to shed its hair metal image by focusing on tightly crafted songs as opposed to off-stage antics and ghoulish makeup. ~ James Christopher Monger, Rovi

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Big Welcome
  2. Inside The Electric Circus
  3. I Dont Need No Doctor
  4. 95 N A S T Y
  5. Restless Gypsy
  6. Shoot From The Hip
  7. Im Alive
  8. Easy Living
  9. Sweet Cheetah
  10. Mantronic
  11. King Of Sodom And Gomorrah
  12. The Rock Rolls On
  13. Flesh And Fire
  14. D B Blues
  15. The Heretic (The Lost Child)
  16. The Real Me
  17. The Headless Children
  18. Thunderhead
  19. Mean Man
  20. The Neutron Bomber
  21. Mephisto Waltz
  22. Forever Free
  23. Maneater
  24. Rebel In The FDG
  25. Locomotive Breath
  26. For Whom The Bell Tolls
  27. Lake Of Fools
  28. War Cry
  29. L O V E Machine (Live)
  30. Blind In Texas (Live)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 9, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Recall Records UK
  • ASIN: B000086EPF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,713 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The price of this collection is excellent for two above-average metal albums. And one must remember that the music itself is the real value here, because the collection's packaging is ugly, the original albums' artwork is poorly represented, and the few lines of notes (brief description of Blackie's career and the band's fortunes through the eighties) are unsatisfying. The comments particularly on the two albums here (Inside the Electric Circus and The Headless Children) are misleading, apparently written by someone who did not actually listen to the albums.

The music itself, though, is another story. Inside the Electric Circus, W.A.S.P.'s third album, remains a mild disappointment after the excellence of the first two (W.A.S.P. and The Last Command), but it nonetheless bears repeated listening and holds up better, twenty-plus years after its initial release, than most of the other metal released at that same time. Generally, the songs are a bit shallow, and the hooks aren't as catchy as those on W.A.S.P.'s first two efforts, but it still rocks, and occasionally (for example, on "Restless Gypsy") the album brings the same kind of shivers as those inspired by earlier songs like "The Last Command" or "L.O.V.E. Machine."

The Headless Children, on the other hand, represents a long musical stride forward for Blackie and the band. In emotional tone and musical form, it builds on the foundation formed by earlier successes such as "Sleeping in the Fire" and "Widowmaker" and is easily the most lyrically mature and musically ambitious album that W.A.S.P. had produced to that point. Stressing politics and emotions over sex, and frequently eschewing the standard binary song structure in favor of more complex arrangements, The Headless Children is the rarest of metal beasts: the heavy, head-banging album that actually has things to say *without* becoming pretentious, boring, or preachy.

Short answer: This is a damned fine collection.
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2 more great albums by W.A.S.P. Electric Circus is really great, not quite as strong as the Last Command but what is? I always liked that song Mantronic and thought Megadeth might have borrowed a bit with their equally awesome Psychotron. Headless Children is more serious with more build-ups and stuff. A really well-done album but maybe could have been a little less gloomy. Mean Man is the best song, with their cover of Locomotive Breath coming in at #2. Say goodbye to W.A.S.P. after this cause Blackie screwed everything up and drove it into the ground by releasing a string of records that were lame and weren't any fun to get drunk to.
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In the World of WASP the Last Command is probly the best selling album! But after that album came Inside the Electric Circus,& the Headless Children! Both are good albums Headless Children the better of the two! All WASP albums are good efforts... but then again I was raised on this era of metal!
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W.A.S.P. is a great hard rock/heavy metal band. These two albums are worh having by themselves but to get them together was most excellent. Inside the Electric Circus is charged with sex but not on every track. The shock of the sexual content on some of the material sometimes makes it hard for people to appreciate the other kick-a** rockers on there that don't get into any gimmicky areas. The Headless Children continues the great hard rock of Inside the Electric Circus but it's a more mature and socially conscious collection of songs.
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By JULIAN on August 25, 2014
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fast hard and aggressive, powerful screaming vocals, it will want to shout out loud and bang your head
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Two albums for the price of one! Can't beat that, can you?
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2 Great CD's in 1 , Love IT
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