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From one of the greatest concept albums of all time to a pale woke copy, never thought I’d see the day when blackie lawless, the scourge of the pmrc sold out. Meeting your heroes is disappointing, watching them sell out before your eyes is worse.don’t believe me? Check out the new lyrics to chainsaw Charlie…… can we have our money back please
platte wie schon gehabt, wirklich super und toll !! von einem film kann hier nicht die rede sein ! völliger quatsch ein paar verwackelte bilder dass wars. wer auf drogen ist, könnte der film ev. gefallen, sonst hände weg. und wieso im aller welt muss ich eine dvd und blu ray haben ?! bei diesem müll braucht es gar keine aufwertung durch blu ray.
This is a review purely for the remastered/rereleased stuff, as The Crimson Idol is probably my favourite W.A.S.P. album.
Meh. Personally, i don't think the album needed remastering, and given what's happened here, i wish they hadn't bothered. The additional songs are hit and miss, Hey Mama/Lost Boy are pretty good, MIss You is pretty awful. And OMG, the remastered lyrics for Chainsaw Charlie are putrid. "a bloodsucking rat's hole"? Really? It's laughable, or would be if it hadn't ruined one of the best songs on the album. It also weakens the image of CC, and what other people see him as, and the same profanity-removal from Alex's pre-song bit turns it from an angry rant to hardly even mild annoyance ~ and that says nothing about the guy's delivery, which makes it sound like some bored guy reading lines off a sheet instead of investing some emotion in it. as for the video, total "meh" again. for having "hundreds of hours of footage" we end up w/ about 60 mins, and about 45 of that is shots and scenes repeated as nauseum, in multiple of the videos even if they don't really fit w/ the lyrics. it's all black/white/red behind a grime filter too, so whether you think that's gritty/arty/a waste will depend. also have to say it's really odd seeing Jonathan portrayed as English :-/
was really looking forward to this. will be sticking to the original release from now on.
Crimson Idol is a masterpiece of the genre and my personal favorite W.A.S.P. album. (closely followed by headless children and KFD) I have the 4 disc version of "reidolized" and i have listened to it twice and i still don't get it. The original was a labour of love for the much maligned blackie, hundreds of hours were poured into razor sharp songwriting, stunning vocals, goosebump inducing solos, pounding drum work and the gloriously pristine production. So why re-reocrd it? At first i assumed it was to rest control from the evil EMI - but on opening the booklet for the album it advertises the original crimson idol released on his current label! It isnt songwriting royalties (as blackie wrote and produced it from the start) so is it just to cut out the original performers?
The new album production sounds tight (though to be picky the guitars are slightly too quiet in the mix and the drum triggers seem slightly too loud) but again the original production job is a masterclass in good production. Blackie's vocals sound very strong, especially considering his age but not as strong as the original performances. the drum/guitar work are uniformly brilliant (with most being a note for note cover) so why do it? The largest single difference is in swearing. The new album eradicates any traces of bad language, the aggressive bite of chainsaw charlie doesn't quite cut it nowadays. So the new album has 4 extra tracks not on the original album (although oddly misses out phantoms in the mirror and eulogy from the original singles and earlier 2disc reissue) though none of them are bad they don't make it a worthwhile purchase in and of themselves, mainly going over ground already done better earlier. So its a well done album, well recorded and well performed - but not as good as the original so it just doesn't justify itself in the grand scheme of things. I am confused as to why they bothered. if you're curious then just buy the original for a fraction of the cost and if you are a hard core fan, well it will likely leave you puzzled and wondering if you will ever listen to this version ever again.