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Widowmaker (UK) - 2000 Straight Faced Fighters


WIDOWMAKER - STRAIGHT FACED FIGHTERS (2000, CASTLE/SANCTUARY)
Steve Ellis - vocals
John Butler - vocals
Ariel Bender - guitars
Huw Lloyd-Langton - guitars
Bob Daisley - bass
Paul Nocholls - drums


Background
Time to travel back in a time a little bit.... Widowmaker were part of the great tradition of mid to late 70's UK hard rock bands. Like Dirty Tricks, British Lions, Jet, Mr. Big and Strapps, Widowmaker never gained much success as Nazareth or UFO, but did help to piece together the groundwork for the NWOBHM movement without anyone knowing it at the time. Signed to Jet Records, Widowmaker fell victim to a serious lack of attention from the label who were pouring much of their resources into the Electric Light Orchestra (for good reason in hindsight) rather than trying to promote a hard rock band in the face of punk's spike haired, noisy and simplistic onslaught. A shame really considering Widowmaker featured former members of Mott The Hoople, Lindisfarne and the mighty Bob Daisley who would go on to fame and fortune with Rainbow, Ozzy Osbourne and Uriah Heep. Pretty serious talent for the time eh?

The Songs
Released as a double disc, 'Straight Faced Fighters' contains the entire self titled debut album (on Disc #1), with selected cuts from the second (and last) album 'Too Late To Cry' and live material recorded at the Paris Theater in London 1976 on Disc #2. The sound of course is blues-based hard rock with tasty guitar work from Ariel Bender and Huw Lloyd-Langton, but it's on the live material that Widowmaker really shine and where I turn up the volume a notch or two! Tunes like 'Come On Up' and 'Too Late' rock in the sleazy Faces/Humble Pie, scotch-whiskey induced universe that seems light years away from what music has become these days...

In Summary
There are probably a few of you out who will find 'Straight Faced Fighters' a little 'dated', but from my vantage point having owned the first album for 25 years and from an historical perspective, Widowmaker were an important band who seem to be finally getting the recognition they deserved.

Track Listing:
Disc One
01 Such A Shame
02 Pin On A Rose
03 On The Road
04 Straight Faced Fighter
05 Ain't Telling You Nothing
06 When I Met You
07 Leave The Kids Alone
08 Shine A Light On Me
09 Running Free
10 Got A Dream

Disc Two
01 Come On Up
02 Such A Shame
03 Too Late
04 El Doomo
05 Ain't Telling You Nothing
06 When I Met You
07 Too Late To Cry
08 The Hustler
09 Here Comes The Queen
10 Something I Can Do Without
11 Sign The Papers
12 Pushing And Pulling

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