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Eleven Bloody Men - 1988 Eleven Bloody Men

ARTIST: Eleven Bloody Men
ALBUM: Eleven Bloody Men
LABEL: Beserkley/Line Records
SERIAL: 9.00589
YEAR: 1988


LINEUP: Roland Little - vocals, guitars * Tommy Thompson - keyboards, guitars, vocals * Stan Miller - bass, vocals * Roy Garcia - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Is He Better Than Me * 02 Looking From The Outside * 03 Tears Will Flow * 04 Backstabber * 05 Up With The Night * 06 The Show Must Go On * 07 You're My Girl * 08 Come Back * 09 Lady Of The Night

Who are those guys? You know the line, the one Strangeways used on the track 'Danger In Your Eyes' from their 'Walk In The Fire' album. Well the same can be said for Eleven Bloody Men. Technically this band are a bit of a misnomer, as they were in fact the San Fransisco based HYTS, who released two albums on the Gold Mountain label during 1983-1985. This album is not really a studio album as such, but a nine track compilation of those two aforementioned albums. From what I understand, this recording is an unauthorised release by the band's then producer (and Beserkley head-honcho Matthew King Kaufman), who in his infinite wisdom, got this out on a German label. Cheeky bastard!

The Songs
I'm not really sure what the intention was to release this three years after their second and last album 'Looking From The Outside', and on the Beserkley label, more renowned for hosting the band Earthquake among others. This album has three cuts from the debut, and six from 'LFTO'. So the point is, what do HYTS, sorry Eleven Bloody Men sound like? Well I have to say fairly ordinary by my standards. Some of the UK scribes really took a shine to this band for whatever reason. To these ears their sound is eighties pomp, but it does take a bit of getting used to. In some parts Duke Jupiter, and on others a poor mans Balance. Roland Little's vocals are an acquired taste, moving in the same territory as Bob Seger for instance.

In Summary
Among the nine, there are only a handful of tracks that do anything for me, and these ones come off 'LFTO', like the pompous attack of 'Up With The Night' or The Outlaws like balladry of 'The Show Must Go On'. Elsewhere 'You're My Girl' is a frantic pomp rocker while 'Come Back' is pretty good, as is the title track 'Looking From The Outside'. As this CD is quite rare, it's worth tracking down for it's posterity value. But like me, I think you'll be underwhelmed by the end result, but overwhelmed to have anything at all by this band on CD.

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#1 | trillion1999 on October 20 2011 20:39:49
Underwhelmed by this one but like a fool would still like to hear the cuts by HYTS that did not feature here Doh!
#2 | swazi on October 22 2011 20:59:23
The main problem here is the lousy production. The 2 HYTS albums sound a lot better and are actually quite good, imo.
#3 | trillion1999 on October 22 2011 22:23:43
Thanks for the info Swazi.
#4 | rkbluez on April 30 2014 22:40:43
I really like the Hyts albums...especially the first reminds me of the striped down hard rockin' tracks by Axe which is a good thing...another good band Rock Candy could do instead of lame easy to get stuff like REO and Georgia Satellites...just my opnion.
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