Sunday, June 18, 2017

LILLIAN AXE - Love + War [Rock Candy remastered] (2017)

LILLIAN AXE - Love + War [Rock Candy remastered] (2017) full

Two of the most underrated - but widely respected - releases from the late ‘80s were undoubtedly the first pair of albums by New Orleans-based hard rock outfit LILLIAN AXE. Now Rock Candy Records have provided their 'Remastered & Reloaded' treatment to them shaped from 24 BIT digital technology. "Love + War" was the band's sophomore release, clearly surpassing the already great quality of the rocking debut.

Lillian Axe - which been led since their inception in 1983 by guitarist Steve Blaze - formed in New Orleans, and establishing themselves as local heroes the band went through a variety of line ups, before settling on the Lillian Axe moniker.
Spotted by RATT’s manager Marshall Berle, the band signed a recording deal with MCA and released their self-titled debut in 1988.

For Lillian Axe, the commercial under achievement of their debut album was a bitter pill to swallow. Yet it wasn’t anywhere near as disappointing as the lacklustre performance of their second album "Love + War", a record that has gone on to be regarded by many as one of the most accomplished and best loved records from the late '80s.
Somehow they managed to achieve creative heaven with this release, a record that demonstrated an ability to write and perform courageous songs, elevating their reputation above the expectations normally associated with the sort of generic hard rock they had been lumped in with.

LILLIAN AXE - Love + War [Rock Candy remastered] (2017) disc

"Love + War" showcases a much more mature songwriting, a decidedly edgy material, one keen to explore and experiment with arrangements and performances that are light years ahead of the competition.
In addition, the production, courtesy of British engineer Tony Platt (Def Leppard, AC/DC, Krokus) presented the band and their songs in a wide screen style, accentuating every twist and turn with pin-point accuracy.

The end result was a superbly melodic, radio friendly, hard rock record.
With cuts like “All’s Fair In Love and War,” “She Likes It On Top,” “Ghost of Winter,” the lead off single (and video) “Show A Little Love,” and the Girl cover of “My Number” featuring dialogue by Prince protege Vanity, "Love + War" provided Lillian Axe their fair share of airplay on the syndicated Z-Rock. Unfortunately, not many people outside the glam rock circles heard it.
The fact that the album tanked is solely the responsibility of MCA Records who did nothing (once again) to boost a Lillian Axe record.

LILLIAN AXE - Love + War [Rock Candy remastered] (2017) back

As said, this second Lillian Axe effort is a superb '80s hard rock album with that kind of huge production impossible to recreate today. This Rock Candy Records remaster of "Love + War" is great, as it comes out punchy and dynamic avoiding brickwall.
It's a true crying shame that "Love + War" wasn't properly promoted back in the day (and I know many of you never heard a single musical bit of it) as this is truly one of the most sensational records of the era, a buried treasure waiting to be rediscovered.
HIGHLY Recommended

You've seen it first here, at 0dayrox

01 - All's Fair In Love And War
02 - She Likes It On Top
03 - Diana
04 - Down On You
05 - The World Stopped Turning
06 - Ghost Of Winter
07 - My Number
08 - Show A Little Love
09 - Fool's Paradise
10 - Letters In The Rain

Ron Taylor - lead vocals
Steve Blaze - lead guitar, backing vocals, keyboards
Jon Ster - rhythm guitar, backing vocals, keyboards
Rob Stratton - bass guitar
Danny King - drums



Malik ,  Sunday, June 18, 2017  

I completely agree with you
One of the gem of the eighties
Thanks for the review

Malik ,  Sunday, June 18, 2017  

One of my best album of all times

Rudio ,  Sunday, June 18, 2017  

Thanks very much for the, by me, requested Rock Candy's of "Lillian Axe" and "The Outlaws".
The other "The Outlaws" album (Soldiers Of Fortune) is a much appreciated surprise, as I wasn't aware of its existence (It's not on the Rock Candy website!).

All the Japanese remasters of "Firehouse", as well as "Lava" are such welcomed additions.
"Harem Scarem", "Paul Laine"... too many to mention.
Thank you!

0dayrox Sunday, June 18, 2017  

You're welcome Rudio. Feel free to request any others.
The Outlaws 'Soldiers Of Fortune' it's indeed listed at RC: > letter 'O'

Richard Monday, June 19, 2017  

LOVE Lillian Axe! Love + War came out on the same day as Steve Stevens Atomic Playboys back in 1989.
Any chance of re-up on the CIRCLE OF LIGHT (Lillian Axe) - Rebirth (2012) post?

Anonymous ,  Monday, June 19, 2017  

killer album!

Rudio ,  Monday, June 19, 2017  

You're right, of course.
Years back I've done a copy/paste of all albums on the Rock Candy website. Then I stripped all comments, keeping only the album titles in a text file, which I constantly update with all the new releases.
Oops, apparently I stripped a little too much, as this Outlaws album is not present anymore.
Well, in this text file that is. Now I have the album after all :-))
Since I've heard their debut album I've always been a fan.

About putting in requests, one album comes to mind.
I am searching for decades for Shy's debut album "Once Bitten... Twice Shy", which I had as regular CD-release and a 1998 assumed remastered copy. And they both sounded aweful.
Do you know if this great album has had a recently proper/clean remastering?


0dayrox Tuesday, June 20, 2017  

@ Richard :
CIRCLE OF LIGHT (Lillian Axe) - Rebirth, coming up!

@ Rudio:
I'm afraid there's not a decent "Once Bitten... Twice Shy" remaster yet. The 1998 'pseudo' remaster' is horrible. I still prefer the original LP or the regular (flat) CD version.

Rudio ,  Tuesday, June 20, 2017  

Okay, thanks.

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