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The crimson idol
W.A.S.P. (Musical group)
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Publication Information:
London : Snapper, [2008]
Physical Description:
2 audio discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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Compact discs.

Original album tracks composed by Blackie Lawless.

Originally released in 1992; this compilation originally released in 1998.
Disc 1. The Titanic overture -- The invisible boy -- Arena of pleasure -- Chainsaw Charlie (Murders in the new morgue) -- The gypsy meets the boy -- Doctor Rockter -- I am one -- The idol -- Hold on to my heart -- The great misconceptions of me -- The story of Jonathan (Prologue to the crimson idol) (bonus track, single B-side)

Disc 2 (bonus tracks, single B-sides). Phantoms in the mirror -- The eulogy -- When the levee breaks -- The idol ; Hold on to my heart (live acoustic) -- I am one ; Wild child ; Chainsaw Charlie (Murders in the new morgue) ; I wanna be somebody ; The invisible boy ; The real me ; The great misconceptions of me (live Donnington 1992).
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Music CD


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ROCK .W319 C Compact Disc Central Library

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Between 1990-1992, little was heard from one of the 1980s' most theatrical metal bands, W.A.S.P. Many assumed they'd broken up, especially when it became publicly known that the entire band had split from leader Blackie Lawless (the most surprising departure being longtime guitarist Chris Holmes). But the truth of the matter was that Lawless was hard at work the entire time, composing an epic concept album, 1993's The Crimson Idol, which told the tale of a tormented rock star, Jonathan. Lawless handled rhythm guitar, bass, vocal, and keyboard duties himself, and renowned studio musician Bob Kulick filled in Holmes' vacated position, while a pair of drummers were used (including the drummer on The Headless Children, Frankie Banali). The songs weren't a radical departure stylistically for W.A.S.P., and since no original members were left, The Crimson Idol is essentially a Blackie Lawless solo album. The over 74-minute album contained such hard-hitting highlights as "The Invisible Boy," "Chainsaw Charlie (Murders in the New Morgue)," and "I Am One." Unfortunately, The Crimson Idol sunk from sight upon release (keep in mind, this was the era of "grunge") but, interestingly, marked eventual Korn/Limp Bizkit producer Ross Robinson's first studio credit, as assistant engineer. [The 1998 CD reissue was expanded to a double-disc set, the second disc comprised of 12 b-sides (!). Included was a cover of Led Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks," the studio outtakes "Phantoms in the Mirror" and "The Eulogy," plus many acoustic renditions ("The Idol") and live tracks ("Chainsaw Charlie," "Wild Child," "The Real Me").] ~ Greg Prato