Battle Ax - (Import CD)

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Categories
PopMusic
Category
  1. Performer
  2. Heavy Metal
Mono / Stereo
Stereo
Format
CD
Title
Battle Axe
Country
USA
Notes
Euclid's axiom states "The whole is equal to the sum of all the parts and is greater than any of its parts." That being said, you have no idea how dreadful this album is. Where a George Harrison can rival the Beatles with All Things Must Pass, three ex-members of the Alice Cooper Group have no excuse for forcing this difficult set of songs on the world. The title track, "Battle Axe," with a Bob Dolin composition ("Sudden Death") stuck inside of it, is bombast, some fragments of the Killer album's tune "Dead Babies," but not much else. Co-guitarist Michael Bruce is the lead singer, bassist Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith remain, and with the addition of guitarist Mike Marconi and keyboard/synthesist Bob Dolin they cannot survive the loss of Alice Cooper, and even Glen Buxton. The production is as weak as the Spiders From Mars album, where David Bowie's rhythm section decided to pull the same stunt a year before this. The tune "Winner" says the "billion dollar babies got the world," referring to this band, but the truth is, Alice Cooper is the billion dollar baby, and without the star, a song like "Too Young" doesn't come across. Michael Bruce re-recorded "Too Young" six years later on his Rock Rolls On disc, but this version is better. At the risk of sounding as redundant as this band, "Too Young" doesn't come across, but is better than its eventual remake. Big Brother & the Holding Company and the Doors at least came up with competent and interesting albums after their respective stars evaporated. Why Billion Dollar Babies, or Spiders From Mars, for that matter, didn't find an interesting character to back up is a pity; maybe Rob Grill from the Grass Roots or even Spanky McFarlane from Spanky & Our Gang or, even more obscure, Signe Anderson, original vocalist from the Jefferson Airplane. Putting a paradox together and making some rock history is certainly better than being a bad footnote, and that is all a song like "Shine Your Love" warrants. Equally depressing about this outing is that Bruce, Dunaway, and Smith recorded Easy Action, an album that borrowed from garage rock and British punk. Those elements are absent from this homogenized metal. "I Miss You" falls flat, a modified Barrett Strong "Money" riff goes nowhere. The ballad "Wasn't I The One" shows the flaws in Bruce's voice. This would be a great tune for Ian Hunter, as it sounds like early Mott the Hoople without the production and without the charisma. Alice Cooper should actually cut this track; it adds a little density that was missing in his adult contemporary hits like "Only Women Bleed." Producer Jack Douglas co-writes the other substantial track here, "Rock n' Roll Radio." and that track is produced by the band and Lee DeCarlo "in association with Jack Douglas." Having their engineer, DeCarlo, co-produce was as much a mistake as having Michael Bruce front this band. They should have sought out Chad Allan, Cindy Bullens, Sky Saxon, Captain Beefheart, Dana Gillespie, Little Joe Cook, someone, anyone, with personality to bring some life to this turkey. ~ Joe Viglione
BarCode
030206180725
Country of Origin
USA
Barcode
0030206180725
Label
Fuel 2000
Performer
The Billion Dollar Babies
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Too Young
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Shine Your Love
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] I Miss You
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Wasn't I the One
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Love is Rather Blind
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Rock 'N' Roll Radio
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Dance With Me
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Rock Me Slowly
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Ego Mania
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Battle Ax
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Sudden Death
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Winner
  13. [ Disc 02 Track 01 ] Shine Your Love [Demo]
  14. [ Disc 02 Track 02 ] Miss You [Demo]
  15. [ Disc 02 Track 03 ] Wasn't I the One [Demo]
  16. [ Disc 02 Track 04 ] Dance With Me [Demo]
  17. [ Disc 02 Track 05 ] Won't Go Home [Demo]
  18. [ Disc 02 Track 06 ] Love is Rather Blind [Demo]
  19. [ Disc 02 Track 07 ] Rock Me Slowly [Demo]
  20. [ Disc 02 Track 08 ] Battle Axe/Sudden Death/Winner
  21. [ Disc 02 Track 09 ] Rock 'N' Roll Prison
  22. [ Disc 02 Track 10 ] Runaway [Inst.]
  23. [ Disc 02 Track 11 ] Wallow Through the Madhouse
Artists
  1. Billion Dollar Babie
  2. The Billion Dollar Babies
Distributor
Universal Distribution
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