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is tempted to call C.U. a "one-hit wonder", but then again they
never unloaded truckloads of the EP at the time. It was released in 1980
in a very limited issue, especially the picture sleeve edition, and one
dare not imagine the pricetags on the market today. The "hit"
in question is the EP flipside "Who's My Killer", a great 70's
upbeat, Heavy rocker with some Glam/new waveish SPARKS/ROXY MUSIC sprinkles
for extra flavor, but heavy enough to at least qualify as "semi-classic"
NWOBHM. Then it's a bit more up & down. The remaining 2 EP cuts aren't
quite as exciting. "House on Chester Road" don't qualify as
Hard Rock in my book, more like classic Rock a la STONES and the likes,
while "Preacher" is a softer but more likable melancholic tune.
The rest of this disc contains their only other known recording, a demo
quickly recorded after the release of the single. There's a handful of
decent Hard Rock pieces here, like the LED ZEPPELIN-sounding "Sometimes
I go out of my mind", faster rockers like "Try it again"
and some really heavy riffing in songs like "Memories" and "Keep
the peace". The main purpose of these kind of CD-reissues of old
bands is usually to dig up all material by the band in question, to satisfy
the hungry completists of this world. This has both it's up- and downsides.
It's always nice to have more material to complete the picture of the
band and it's sound, but this way you also get a lot of throwaway material
that would never have got past the rehearsal-stages. There's a handful
of fine examples of such redundant material on this CD, really generic
boogie-rockers like "To get back home" and "Time to go"
as well as some lame ballads I won't bother mentioning. "Digby Rising"
is nice though. If you've got a tolerance for BEATLES-mania that is.
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