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Babylon A.D. - 1989 Babylon A.D.


ARTIST: Babylon A.D.
ALBUM: Babylon A.D.
LABEL: Arista
YEAR: 1989
CD REISSUE: Reissue List


LINEUP: Derek Davis - vocals * Danny De LaRosa, Ron Freschi - guitars * Robb Reid - bass * Jamey Pacheco - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Bang Go The Bells * 02 Hammer Swings Down * 03 Caught Up In The Crossfire * 04 Desperate * 05 The Kid Goes Wild (with Sam Kinison) * 06 Shot O' Love * 07 Maryanne * 08 Back In Babylon * 09 Sweet Temptation * 10 Sally Danced

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This was one of the albums I picked up on a 1990 raid to Sydney. In fact, I picked up dozens of albums.. mostly vinyl, but a handful of CD's too. Having promptly bought this, it then sat in my collection for years doing nothing but gathering dust. Shame I know. Babylon A.D. are part of my back collection of articles which really needs to be done if there's any justice in the world. And after having reviewed the Derek Davis solo album from last year, it seems only fitting that we factor in this band plus some of their other releases to date which also includes a brand new 2017 CD called 'Revelation Highway'. We'll get to that one very soon.

The Songs
These Bay Area rockers delivered a handy set of songs on their debut which did combine a glam metal meets melodic hard rock meets blues hybrid. Of course many bands were doing this three-trick card during this timeframe, but some were better at it than others, including these guys. The best known tracks are those that are front-loaded on the album. 'Bang Go The Bells' and 'Hammer Swings Down' are the two in particular, refer to the videos below. 'Caught Up In The Crossfire' steals a drum-pattern from Def Leppard (think 'Armageddon It'), but continue their catchy brand with the excellent 'The Kid Goes Wild' which features the late Sam Kinison on vocals. Listen to his vocal rant after the solo section. 'Desperate' and 'Shot O Love' drop into rock ballad territory with great results, and here you can hear some blues influences coming to the surface. Not quite Cinderella or Tesla, but you get the idea. Actually, 'Sally Danced' is the band's closest pointer to their rock/blues approach. The remaining tracks also shine, 'Maryanne', 'Back In Babylon' and 'Sweet Temptation' all above average contenders.

In Summary
I really should've gotten an ass-kicking for ignoring this album for so long. No longer, as 80's rock (for me) is back in vogue. After 1992's 'Nothing Sacred' album, Babylon A.D. vanished off the radar for a few years, returning in 1999 with a live album on Apocalypse Records. It seems like they were still active in their local San Francisco location, and it appears that there were a few gigs from time to time (including Nottingham's FireFest gig in 2014) but also, the members were involved with other projects including solo stuff. As mentioned, the band returned to the mainstream radar with 'Revelation Highway', which came out on Frontiers Records in Nov 2017.

Babylon A.D. - 1989 Bang Go The Bells

Babylon A.D. - 1989 Hammer Swings Down

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