Reviewed: July, 2022
Released: 2022, HNE/Cherry Red
I was quite late to the Waysted party. I discovered them when I won a copy of their album (cassette actually) SAVE YOUR PRAYERS in 1987 in a radio contest. They opened for Iron Maiden on the Somewhere In Time tour. I loved that album and still do.
Naturally I went back to find their other material. I was a cassette kid at the time and while I did find a cassette version of VICES, the sound quality was pretty crappy, I even suspect it was a bootleg.
I liked VICES, and the follow up, THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE WAYSTED as well, but admittedly both are quite different than the smooth, melodic stylings with Danny Vaughn on vocals. In retrospect, I can fully understand why ‘original’ Waysted fans would bit appreciate the Americanized change in direct. The attempt to win new fans worked, at least in my case.
Cherry Red/HNE has issued a 30th anniversary edition of the debut and I’m so glad to finally have a decent copy in CD. I love the album cover, women in chains, (and some sort of leering, looming, Nosferatu-type dude) back when Metal was not emasculated, nor the least bit politically correct. The songs are late-era NWOBHM rockers to the core, each song given extra metal muscle and bite, largely due to the belting performance of vocalist Finn Muir.
The sound quality is a bit rough but it was recorded analog all those years ago and it still sounds better than my crappy tape! The album comes with six bonus tracks in an alternate mix from a different studio. Both sound decent, not a significant difference unless you are an audiophile.
The whole thing is topped off by a lovely essay by the dearly departed Malcolm Dome. This has been reissued a few times, most recently back in 2013, but it is good to have this excellent record still in circulation all these years later!
1. LOVE LOADED
2. WOMEN IN CHAINS
4. NIGHT OF THE WOLF
5. TOY WITH THE PASSION
6. RIGHT FROM THE START
7. HOT LOVE
8. ALL BELONGS TO YOU
9. SOMEBODY TO LOVE
10.LOVE LOADED (MAISON ROUGE MIX)
11.SLEAZY (MAISON ROUGE MIX)
12.NIGHT OF THE WOLF (MAISON ROUGE MIX)
13.RIGHT FROM THE START (MAISON ROUGE MIX)
14.ALL BELONGS TO YOU (MAISON ROUGE MIX)
15.SOMEBODY TO LOVE (MAISON ROUGE MIX)