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TORMÉ ‘Back To Babylon’
Lemon CDLEM38 (2004) (49:34)

1984 and the emergence of the big hair scene. It was also a time when former Gillan axeman Bernie Tormé would team up with Girl vocalist Phil Lewis (later of LA Guns fame). Since leaving Gillan, Bernie had also cut several solo releases, toured with Ozzy Osbourne and recorded with Atomic Rooster – busy chap.

Mixing big hair and punk, this is a classic glam/punk metal album with rough edges; Gillan bassist John McCoy keeping production to a minimum while solid enough to do a decent job.

Released in 1985 it features a sleazy mix of rock’n’roll; opener 'All Around The World' has an almost sing along feel, while “Star” and “Eyes Of The World” are well worth checking out, with riffs and solos galore.

With extensive sleevenotes and three extra tracks it’s a good package too. Sadly Bernie was never given the recognition for his solo career he deserved.

The sound has not aged particularly well but it’s still a class mid 80s set.


Review by Joe Geesin


***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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