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QUARTZ ‘Satan's Serenade - The Anthology’
(Castle CMEDD928)(2004) (69:34) (77:35)

Quartz are sadly often overlooked in NWoBHM circles, and in rock in general. Their more melodic / commercial approach was a breath of fresh air to plethora of speed and noise merchants of the time, and far from the prissy approach of Def Leppard. And their members all had a degree of pedigree too.

Disc one kicks off with their self titled debut; there’s more than a hint of Sabbath in the riffs, but given the producer is Tony Iommi that’s not surprising. Tony even played guitar and flute on the album, and keyboard player Geoff Nicholls later went onto Sabbath. The disc is filled with various unreleased tracks and singles, including the classic ‘Nantucket Sleighride’ and ‘Circles’ featuring Brian May.

Disc two basically covers the Quartz Live set, featuring many a Quartz classic alongside ‘Roll Over Beethoven’ and a few other gems.

Long overdue, and let’s hope Castle can do the second two Quartz albums.

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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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