- Product Code: SMDCD391
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- Price in bonus-scraps: 169
Re-release of the second and debut full-length albums by legendary American Heavy Metal band.
Two original albums in one double CD set!
The debut album has been known under three different names; the spine of the original vinyl release had "Winged Assassins" printed on it, while early cassette releases of the album had the name of the album's first track, "I Wanna Be Somebody", printed in bold letters on the cover. The album is officially entitled simply "W.A.S.P.", which it is typically referred to as.
With Glam Rock making a comeback of sorts in 1984 (Mötley Crüe, Ratt, etc.), another Los Angeles band, W.A.S.P., couldn't have picked a better time to release its self-titled debut. By merging lyrics that dealt with the expected Heavy Metal themes (sex, Satanism, etc.) alongside Blackie Lawless' rough vocals and Chris Holmes' guitar riffing, the band sounded and looked more menacing than your average L.A. Glam band at the time. Add to it a stage show that was gimmick-heavy (Lawless would drink blood from a skull and rip open a pillow, while wearing buttless leather pants and saw blades on his arms), and you had a "can't miss" recipe for controversy and publicity - resulting in the debut's eventual Gold certification.
Upon its original release, controversial track "Animal (Fuck Like a Beast)" was deleted from the album. The Parents Music Resource Center had labeled the song as one of its "Filthy Fifteen", songs that the group determined to be morally objectionable. Capitol Records subsequently bowed to pressure and pulled the song. The band released the song on an independent label in the UK as a single in 1984, and it was reinstated on the album's 1998 reissue. The song "Tormentor" was heard in the films "The Dungeonmaster" (1984) and "TerrorVision" (1986).
On W.A.S.P.'s sophomore effort, 1985's "The Last Command", the band hired Quiet Riot producer Spencer Proffer to man the boards, resulting in a slightly more accessible sound than their rugged self-titled debut. Although the album wasn't the massive commercial breakthrough the band had hoped for, it resulted in their second Gold-certified release in a row as they became one of the more popular Metal bands of the mid-'80s (touring heavily with the likes of: Kiss, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden). Blackie Lawless' lyrics still relied heavily on sexual fantasies ("Sex Drive"), as well as tales of revenge ("Ballcrusher", "Jack Action"), and children of the street ("Running Wild in the Streets").
"The Last Command" is the first W.A.S.P. album to feature the work of drummer Steve Riley. The album reached No. 47 on the Billboard 200 album chart in early 1986 and sold over one million copies, their first album to do so. It was also the last album to feature founding member Randy Piper on guitar.
Take the two albums, all excellent in their own right... albums of the year, top ten albums of all time... This is a total classic! This is traditional 80s Metal of the absolute highest caliber!!
Sanctuary Management Production Limited/Snapper Music, 1984/1985/2002 (SMDCD391). Made in UK. First press.
CD 1 (W.A.S.P.):
1. I Wanna Be Somebody 3:44
2. L.O.V.E. Machine 3:54
3. The Flame 3:41
4. B.A.D. 3:56
5. School Daze 3:37
6. Hellion 3:38
7. Sleeping (In The Fire) 3:54
8. On Your Knees 3:48
9. Tormentor 4:12
10. The Torture Never Stops 3:56
CD 2 (The Last Command):
1. Wild Child 5:12
2. Ball Crusher 3:27
3. Fistful Of Diamonds 4:13
4. Jack Action 4:16
5. Widowmaker 5:17
6. Blind In Texas 4:21
7. Cries In The Night 3:41
8. The Last Command 4:10
9. Running Wild In The Streets 3:30
10. Sex Drive 3:12
Total playing time: 79:39