Girl – Wasted Youth (Box-set)

Girl - Wasted YouthReviewed: February 2020
Released: 2020, Cherry Red / HNE Records
Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: JP

These Cherry Red/Hear No Evil Box sets keep coming fast n’ furious and I for one am so glad!    The first one for 2020 is a re-visitation and exploration of the band Girl.

Any Hard Rocker worth his or her salt knows the back-story but just in case , the brief history lesson is this.  This young UK, Hard Rock/Heavy Metal act formed In the late 70’s (like so many others in the NWOBHM) had a modicum of success in the UK with two albums, both hitting the charts, Top 100. Frontman, Phil Lewis went west to seek his fame and fortune and left for America for brighter future with the fabulous L.A. Guns. Guitarist Phil Collen promptly joined Def Leppard and largely based on the fame of those two ex-members, Girl still had enough credibility and status to churn out a bunch of posthumous live albums and collections.  Girl are remembered fondly by rockers or a certain vintage and their legend lives on as evidence by this new reissue of their second album WASTED YOUTH.

In terms of packaging and presentation, this six-CD box is not quite as detailed as the others because there isn’t really much in the way of inserts or bonuses.  There are no liner notes or bonus essay or detailing of the source of these albums but it is all pretty self-explanatory and this stuff has all been reissued before so it is acceptable.

To break it down, Disc One is the WASTED YOUTH album.  Disc Two is the KILLING TIME compilation which is rare and unreleased tracks from the first two studio album sessions as well as an unreleased third album. Lots of treats for the fans including a couple of cover tunes and more.  The album art is also a pleasure for most red-blooded males!  Disc Three is a reissue of the 2001, live album, LIVE AT THE MARQUEE.  It’s nice to hear them at the height of their power on their own turf.

Disc Four is where we start to get into the rarer stuff.  The band had quite a significant following in Japan and there have been decent quality bootlegs floating around and on Disc Four we get to have LIVE IN JAPAN (1980).  I imagine most people have not heard this as it is has never really been commercially available, to the best of knowledge, until now so this is indeed one of the highlights of the box.    Disc Five is another previously available live album, LIVE AT THE GREYHOUND.  Last of all but not least, Disc Six is a mish-mash of bits and pieces of various live concerts from 1982 and a couple of rare, bonus demo tracks. Again these are real rare treats for true fans.

Like many good rock bands, Girl burned bright and hot and burned out fast and left a pretty corpse.  And what a corpse it is!  It is surprising how much material they generated in a short time-frame, really only about four years from inception to destruction.  What is the old saying, ‘it’s better to burn out than fade away?’  In the case of Girl it was a bit of both, they burned but with cool retrospective sets like this, their memory will never fade away.


Track Listing:

DISC ONE

WASTED YOUTH

1. THRU’ THE TWILITE
2. OLD DOGS
3 ICE IN THE BLOOD
4. WASTED YOUTH
5. STANDARD ROMANCE
6. NICE ’N’ NASTY
7. MCKITTY’S BACK
8. 19
9. OVERNIGHT ANGELS
10. SWEET KIDS

DISC TWO

KILLING TIME

1. JULIET
2. NUTBUSH CITY LIMITS
3. MAD FOR IT
4. WHITE PROPHET
5. GREEN LIGHT
6. THIS TOWN
7. AEROPLANE FOOD
8. MAKE IT MEDICAL
9. NOTHING BUT THE NIGHT
10. BIG NIGHT OUT
11. I GOT LOVE
12. LUCKY
13. KILLING TIME
14. NAUGHTY BOY
15. KING RAT
16. MOGAL
17. LOVE IS A GAME
18. BLACK MAX
19. THE SOUND OF CARS
20. YOU REALLY GOT ME

DISC THREE

LIVE AT THE MARQUEE CLUB, 1981

1. ICE IN THE BLOOD
2. ICEY BLUE
3. MAD FOR IT
4. OVERNIGHT ANGELS
5. OLD DOGS
6. BIG NIGHT
7. SWEET KIDS
8. WASTED YOUTH
9. NICE ’N’ NASTY
10. MY NUMBER
11. STANDARD ROMANCE
12. THRU’ THE TWILITE

DISC FOUR
LIVE IN TOKYO 1980

1. WASTED YOUTH
2. HEARTBREAK AMERICA
3. NICE ‘N’ NASTY
4. BLACK MACK’S
5. LITTLE MISS ANN
6. WHITE PROPHET
7. OLD DOGS
8. PASSING CLOUDS
9. STRAWBERRIES
10. DOCTOR DOCTOR
11. LOVELY LORRAINE
12. MY NUMBER
13. 19
14. HOLLYWOOD TEASE
15. BORN TO BE WILD
16. OVERNIGHT ANGELS

DISC FIVE

LIVE AT THE GREYHOUND 1982

1. BIG NIGHT OUT
2. OVERNIGHT ANGELS
3. ICE IN THE BLOOD
4. MY NUMBER
5. NAUGHTY BOY
6. LITTLE MISS ANN
7. STANDARD ROMANCE
8. WASTED YOUTH
9. THE SOUND OF CARS
10. KILLING TIME
11. ICEY BLUE
12. 19
13. NUTBUSH CITY LIMITS
14. HOLLYWOOD TEASE

DISC SIX

LIVE AT THE
BIRMINGHAM ODEON 1982

1. BIG NIGHT
2. OVERNIGHT ANGELS
3. MY NUMBER
4. STANDARD ROMANCE

LIVE AT THE
HAMMERSMITH ODEON 1982
5. WASTED YOUTH
6. SWEET KIDS
7. THE SOUND OF CARS
8. KILLING TIME
9 DOCTOR DOCTOR
10. NUTBUSH CITY LIMITS

LIVE AT THE
BIRMINGHAM ODEON 1982
11. NUTBUSH CITY LIMITS
12. KILLING TIME

BONUS TRACKS
13. MADAME KARONE (DEMO)
14. MAKE IT MEDICAL (DEMO)

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