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W.A.S.P.
The Best of The Best - Volume I 1984 to 2000
February 2000
Released: 2000, Snapper Music
Rating: 5.0/5
Reviewer: EvilG

Blackie Lawless and Chris Holmes...two guys that are totally metal. Anyone who "grew up" (or at least aged haha) in the 80's and was a metalhead had to of loved W.A.S.P.. I mean how could you not love them? The burning logo, the blood drinking from a skull, the buzzsaw blades, the chick tied to a rack, the raw meat, the track "Fuck Like A Beast" - My god what teenage metal freak would not be drawn to this like a magnet!! Well let me tell you I sure was, right from their first full-length self-titled CD! I can still remember sitting in my high school gym cranking this stuff on my walkman, shutting out the world and honing my anti-social skills :-).



So why are W.A.S.P. releasing another "best of" CD, considering that in 1996 they put out "First Blood, Last Cuts." Well probably because this time they've got it right - except for the add-on CD opener "Saturday's Alright For Fighting" - sure man, whatever...Elton who? This time the re-mastered tracks are the heavier ones and (surprise, surprise) are my favorites!! There are however 7 tracks on this CD that were on the last best of. The other new track "Unreal" is better than just about anything on the last W.A.S.P. CD "Helldorodo" and sounds more like a classic W.A.S. P. tune.



The second track is where the fun begins with the track that has become a trademark - "Animal (F**k Like A Beast)" followed by the song that made me lose my mind over W.A.S.P. in the first place - "I Wanna Be Somebody." Other classic cuts include "L.O.V.E. Machine", "On Your Knees", "Blind In Texas", "Sex Drive", "Mean Man", "Show No Mercy", you get the idea, this is W.A.S.P.'s best material!!!!!



Fifteen tracks and sixteen plus years of memories (some more vivid than others), and W.A.S.P. are still here as mean and nasty as day one! Even though I gave this CD a rating of 5/5, it's only a MUST HAVE for true diehard W.A.S.P. fans who need everything by the band. But how can you not give these gems a full rating?!?! This is an excellent place for a new fan to start or for those of you who would have to clean the dust off of your old W.A.S.P. tapes and put up with the drops in the tape. Do yourself a favor and check out "The Best of the Best." Drop by http://www.snappermusic.com/wasp OR http://www.waspnation.com for more information on W.A.S.P.



Here's the track list for you W.A.S.P. freaks:



01. Saturday night's alright for fighting*

02. Animal (Fuck like a beast)

03. I wanna be somebody

04. L.O.V.E. Machine

05. On Your Knees

06. Show no Mercy

07. Blind in Texas

08. Wild Child

09. Sex Drive

10. 9 - 5 N.A.S.T.Y.

11. Mean Man

12. Chainsaw Charlie (murder in the New Morgue)

13. Unreal*

14. Helldorado

15. Dirty Balls

*exclusive to this compilation



This CD will see a North American release on March the 21st. In addition to the CD release, W.A.S.P. will also be celebrating their 15th Anniversary with a North American Tour. This will be W.A.S.P.'s first pillaging of the US since their tour for 1997's KFD! It's also very possible that at some point there will be a second volume of this best of.
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