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Killer Dwarfs - 1988 Big Deal

ARTIST: Killer Dwarfs
ALBUM: Big Deal
SERIAL: EK 44098
YEAR: 1988
CD REISSUE: 2000, Sony Music Special Products (Metal Works Series), COL-CD-6450 * 2012, Southworld Recordings, SW0035CD


LINEUP: Russ Dwarf - vocals * Mike Dwarf - guitars * Bad Ronbo Dwarf - bass * Darrell 'Darnell' Dwarf - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Tell Me Please * 02 We Stand Alone * 03 Startin' To Shine * 04 Breakaway * 05 Union Of Pride * 06 Lifetime * 07 Power * 08 I'm Alive * 09 Burn It Down * 10 Desperados


An appropriately named record, considering it was their major label debut for Epic Records. But you gotta ask, what's with the silly album cover of Russ Dwarf, looking like a goof and attempting to play Twister on the checkerboard floor? I understand there was a 'better' album cover in store featuring the band and some contract documents, but it was rejected for this inane bit of imagery. The PR people at Epic really needed a mirror to look up their backsides to seek some inspiration.. really.. Anyway, with that gripe out of the way..

The Songs
The music on 'Big Deal' is typical late 80's commercial hard rock, and it's a shame it didn't catch onto the Billboard charts, in the way that other contemporaries did around the same time. We're talking White Lion, Kix, Ratt, Great White, bands at that intermediate level. Mike Hall wrote most of the material here, and churned out some good tunes. It's an understandable progression from the album just prior to this: 1986's 'Stand Tall'. With Epic behind the band, finally the Dwarfs had a decent production budget to play with, and the songs sound much better as a result. The highlights for me being the sing-a-long 'We Stand Alone' (which was the band's selection for MTV video), the dual rollicking of 'I'm Alive' and 'Burn It Down', not forgetting the Ratt like opener 'Tell Me Please'.

In Summary
The album was reissued in 2000 as part of the Metal Works series and contained 6 bonus tracks, plus there was a 2012 reissue by British label Southworld Recordings. A good record for its time, but probably well overlooked by those outside of the US and Canada. Well overdue a re-investigation I would suggest.

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