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Headless children
W.A.S.P. (Musical group)
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Publication Information:
[Place of publication not identified] : Sanctuary Management Productions, [2011]

Physical Description:
2 audio discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact disc.

Contains material originally produced in 1989.

Program notes and lyrics [20 p.] inserted in container.
No linguistic content
Disc 1. Original album (1989). The heretic (The lost child) -- The real me --The headless children -- Thunderhead -- Mean man -- The neutron bomber -- Mephisto waltz -- Forever free -- Maneater -- Rebel in the F.D.G. -- Disc 2. Bonus tracks. Locomotive breath (b-side) -- For whom the bell tolls (b-side) -- Lake of fools (b-side) -- War cry (b-side) -- L.O.V.E. machine (b-side - live at Hammersmith 1989) -- Blind in Texas (b-side - live at Hammersmith 1989).
Format :
Music CD


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ROCK .W319 H Compact Disc Central Library

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With 1988's The Headless Children, W.A.S.P. attempted to be taken as serious artists (for the most part). And while singer/guitarist/leader Blackie Lawless expressed excitement about the band's current lineup, which included longtime guitarist Chris Holmes, bassist Johnny Rod, Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali, and Uriah Heep keyboardist Ken Hensley -- the complete group never toured. With the band concentrating more on the music than the gimmicks (the group was pictured sans ghoulish makeup and costumes), The Headless Children remains W.A.S.P.'s most accomplished work. The album's best-known tracks remain their cover of the Who's Quadrophenia anthem "The Real Me" and the rocking "Mean Man" (an autobiographical tale about guitarist Holmes), while a pair of epics -- "The Heretic" and the title track -- and perhaps W.A.S.P.'s best ballad, "Forever Free," were also standouts. While longtime fans may prefer the gross-out heavy metal of their early albums (W.A.S.P. and The Last Command), The Headless Children is their best constructed album. [The 1998 CD reissue contained six added bonus tracks -- among them a cover of Jethro Tull's "Locomotive Breath" and live versions of "L.O.V.E. Machine" and "Blind in Texas."] ~ Greg Prato