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Rockin’ You For 30 Years
June 2005
Released: 2004, EMI
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: JP

After floundering (unintentionally perhaps) for the better part of a decade, Helix is experiencing a bit of a renaissance of sorts. This is the second of two compilation CD’s released recently both being 30th Anniversary retrospectives. The companion piece was the indie CD Never Trust Anyone Over 30. Over this is Helix’s 18th release!

Pretty good value at 17 tracks although there is a fair bit of duplication from the other 30th Anniversary CD, with only about half a dozen tracks being different from this one. Some highlights on this disc include the radio version of the excellent ballad ‘Good to The Last Drop’, a and few lesser known cuts from the leaner independent years such songs as ‘S.E.X. Rated’, ‘Wrecking Ball’ and a few others. There are a couple of unreleased tracks but not really because these two cuts appear on the other 30th Anniversary CD as well.

The rest of the cuts are the big hits from the glory years as it were with the inclusion of a few nice choices like Kiss It Goodbye from Wild in The Streets.

A 3.5 rating might seem a bit high for a compilation but this is very well done. The best part (aside form the music of course) are the extensive song by song liner notes. Very cool, info and trivia for the long-time fans. This is a great comp for the die-hards and a very nice re-introduction to some of the casual fans who might have lost track of the band along the way.

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