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Axe - 1982 Offering

ALBUM: Offering
SERIAL: SD 38-148
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: 2003, Wounded Bird, WOU-148


LINEUP: Bobby Barth - vocals, guitars * Michael Osbourne - guitars, vocals * Wayne Haner - bass * Edgar Riley Jnr - keyboards, vocals * Ted Mueller - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Rock 'n' Roll Party In The Streets * 02 Video Inspiration * 03 Steal Another Fantasy * 04 Jennifer * 05 I Got The Fire * 06 Burn The City Down * 07 Now Or Never * 08 Holdin' On * 09 Silent Soldiers * 10 Holdin' On (Live) * 11 Running The Gauntlet (Live) * 12 Steal Another Fantasy (Live) * 13 Now Or Never (Alt Version)


It was at this point that American rockers Axe decided to try a few new things. Firstly, a harder-edged direction, a slight contrast from their two MCA recordings from 1979 and 1980. And secondly, a new label to help them through this transition. Though the music is still melodic rock primed for 80's AOR format radio, there's a bit more sting in the tail. 'Less pomp and more guitar' as an old review of 'Offering' mentioned back in 1982.

The Songs
Two standout tracks on Side One include the opener 'Rock n Roll Party In The Streets', which made some inroads into the US charts at the time, plus the rather epic sounding 'Steal Another Fantasy'. Axe add more pomp to the smooth melodic rock of 'Jennifer, and though the rendition of Montrose's 'I Got The Fire' is a stormer, to be honest, the version on Ronnie 'Raygun' Montrose's 'Paper Money' album is still 'da bomb'!! The guitars still get high priority on tracks like 'Burn The City Down' and the fiery 'Holdin' On', while 'Now or Never' has the brakes applied with some radio oriented appeal, the album ending with another near epic, the 6 minute 'Silent Soldiers'.. a tale of fighting the battle on the streets.. to what set of circumstances it applies to I'm not sure.. I'll take a punt.. gangs.

In Summary
Fans of the band will have their albums stashed away in the collection for sure. All of their stuff is worth having a cursory listen to. Not all of it is essential, but most of it is in the VG+ category. The band still exist today, though occasionally Bobby Barth will get them out on the road for tours and gigs. Check their site for the latest news.

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#1 | jeffrey343 on January 01 1970 01:00:00
This is one I got lucky enough to get back in high school. I played the heck out of it. It was one of those with consistently good songs, with some masterpieces like 'Steal Another Fantasy' (absolute pure greatness) and 'Silent Soldiers'. I finally got it on CD about two years ago, and it is a fixture in my car. I haven't heard the first two yet. I got the LP of 'Nemesis'. While it was good, I didn't think (at least back then) that it had the killer songs that would make me listen to it over and over. I may try to hunt it down. I remember debating whether to sell the record, giving it a listen to make sure, and deciding to keep it.
#2 | Jez on January 27 2007 12:18:42
Third excellent release and probably their best known one. A slightly heavier album than the Pomp of the first 2. This features an excellent cover of the Montrose classic 'I Got The Fire' aswell as the brilliant 'Silent Soldiers' (later covered by C.I.T.A on their impressive debut cd Relapse Of Reason - along with Steal Another Fantasy also featured on Offering).
#3 | rostoned on August 05 2008 18:41:29
Their first and highest charting album in the US. This hit #81 during a 20-week run. The follow up did much worse...
#4 | rkbluez on January 14 2010 11:01:11
Great album full of typical Axe classic's...Rock N Roll Party In The Streets still gets played on the radio here in the states to this day.
#5 | swazi on January 14 2010 23:04:57
This is one album/CD I still need to get ....
#6 | dangerzone on March 11 2010 18:14:28
'Burnin' Down The City' has some of the wildest guitar work these guys came up with, total class!
#7 | sabace on July 19 2012 11:25:20
this lp ticks all the boxes and is very enjoyable but as with a lot of aor bands has no distinctive sound of its own - this sounds like a mix of survivor, red dawn, icon etc you get the picture!
#8 | gdazegod on February 18 2013 12:45:28
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