House Of Lords
Released: 2008, Deadline
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I picked this CD up a few months ago partly to finish my House Of Lords collection and partly in anticipation of the pending (as of time of writing) House Of Lords album called PRECIOUS METAL. Now that PRECIOUS METAL is out (I reviewed it this month as well) I thought I’d go back and let people know about this lesser known release with a quick review.
Released in 2008, ANTHOLOGY is House Of Lord’s eighth release overall. As the story goes, the reunion with three or four of the original members in 2000 resulted in one album, THE POWER AND THE MYTH. Details are hazy but after a few years, James Christian walked away with the rights to the name in approximately, 2005 and the following year released WORLD UPSIDE DOWN with an all-new line-up. In late 2008, the same year as House Of Lords sixth album, COME TO MY KINGDOM, this compilation was produced released by original drummer, Ken Mary on another label, who was not a member of the band at the time. Even though it is not well known, it is an official release and part of the bands catalogue.
ANTHOLOGY is fairly poorly presented. The layout and design and poor and there is a complete lack of information in the 2 page booklet. No photos, no credits and most inexcusable of all, no liner notes. For these types of collections and anthologies, liner notes are critical to let the listener know the details, origins and source of the tracks. I had to go on-line and research this release and even then details are sketchy, incomplete and of course you can’t always trust what you read on-line from 3rd parties. I suspect this may be an uncredited reissue as I have seen slightly alternate cover artwork on line. If you are planning to buy, beware which version you get.
However, despite all those little negatives, if you are a House Of Lords fan, ANTHOLOGY is fantastic! It contains no less than 16 rare and unreleased tracks spanning 68 minutes and that is where it counts, cool songs. There are six demo songs that have never appeared before on any House Of Lords album and he sound quality for demos is top notch. Anyone of the songs could have fit nicely on the first couple of albums. There are four live tracks, re-recorded tracks and an alternate version of ‘American Babylon’. The live cuts were recorded on the European tour when they opened for Scorpions, but no other info seems to be available. It’s nice to think there could be a whole, rare, live album from HOL Mark I, sitting in the vault somewhere, but I suspect these cuts are as close as we will ever get. The sound quality on the live cuts are adequate.
ANTHOLOGY is a real treat for fans of House Of Lords. Many other anthologies offer only a few rare tracks; this collection is top-notch, except for the presentation, which we can overlook due to the high quality and quantity of rarities.