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Monday, October 01, 2007


The anniversary of my birth is a month away, to the day, and today the UPS man, resplendent in brown, brought me one of the greatest gifts I have ever received.

Yes, that's right, the elusive Angel Witch record.

I have searched for this record for ten years, mostly in used vinyl stores. A few years back I looked around on the web for it without any luck.

It never dawned on me that this LP would be re-issued on vinyl, but it has, and my good friend Mr. L Smart heard my cries of desperation, and he acted.

He found, and had it sent to me.

What a pal!

This seminal NWOBHM album has joined the ranks of the 180 gram re-issues, with gatefold packaging (the original release was a single sleeve), and lots of liner-notes.

Fan Fucking Tastic

I did manage to find a CD of this record about a year ago. I got it because the record had been haunting me, it was a missing piece of my youth, and I had to have it.

I never intended to listen to it much. To be honest, I never thought much of the record back in the day. I have, however, listened to it quite a bit, because I realised that it was in fact a great record.

In retrospect it's one of the better records to come out of the NWOBHM scene. It's much better recorded than Iron Maiden's debut (same year), the songs are better than the ones on the debuts of the rest of their peers: Saxon, Tygers of Pan Tang, Samson, Diamond Head......

Angel Witch didn't have the staying power of Maiden, but in 1980, they were a front-runner.

Way to go Mr. L Smart! Congrats Jackson!!! I can seethe smile of satisfaction as you slid that LP into the stack next to all your other AW records.
There are np other AW records worth purchasing, so it slides next to Angel 'Live Without A Net'.
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