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
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