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Baileys Comet - 2001 Judgement Day


BAILEYS COMET - JUDGEMENT DAY (2001, NOW AND THEN/FRONTIERS)
Alex Edwards - vocals
Dez Bailey - guitars, vocals
Fasker Johnson - bass, lead vocals on tracks 5,7,9, 10
John Hardman - guitars
Mick Bailey - background vocals, effect samples
Nigel Durham - drums


Background
Baileys Comet is the band founded by The Bailey Brothers, Dez and Mick. The brothers came to prominence in the 80's as hosts of MTV's Metal programme and also writing for Metal Hammer magazine. After becoming disillusioned with the current music scene, Dez and Mick shunned away from the limelight to concentrate on their music. A few demo's on and they've secured a three album worldwide deal with Mark Ashton at Now and Then Records. 'Judgement Day' is the first of these. After having listened through 'Judgement Day' a couple of times I was ready to absolutely bag it. I really didn't hear anything to cheer about, finding it rather dull in fact. A few listens more since then and, even though I'm still not keen on it, 'Judgement Day' has risen a couple of notches.

The Songs
The Bailey Brothers have a very high regard for Thin Lizzy and it certainly comes through in their music, with many of the tracks sharing the distinctive 'Lizzy sound. There is even a track co-written with Phil Lynott - 'Revolution'. Perhaps this may be a contributor to my luke-warm reception of this album as I am definitely not a Thin Lizzy fan (yes, I know, it's a travesty). However, there are a few tracks that are very enjoyable such as the title track, 'Stealin' Your Lovin' and 'Good Lovin' Gone Bad', each being good Euro style hard rockers. As it happens, these are the three tracks that sound the least like Lizzy. I can't really fault the musicianship with Dez and John Hardman laying down some impressive lead breaks. The vocals, though, are not a highlight. Alex Edwards was apparently brought in at the last minute and he does a reasonable job under pressure. On the Lizzy sounding tracks he sounds quite at home, but on the others his gritty voice doesn't sit well. Fasker Johnson handles vocals on four of the tracks and the result is not particularly memorable. His voice, like Alex, is gritty but he lacks range and the songs lose some life as a result. Production is also a concern and doesn't help the cause.

In Summary
Even though my regard for this album may have been diminished further by it's obvious Thin Lizzy references, I still feel it doesn't meet the usually high standard of Now and Then/Frontiers releases, particularly in the area of production. For those Lizzy fans out there, they will probably find plenty to feast on with this release. For everyone else, there are better recent releases to spend your money on.

Track Listing:
01 Judgement Day
02 Spirit Of Toumahai
03 One Love One Life
04 Emerald Isle
05 Revolution
06 Stealin' You Lovin
07 Seven Hills
08 Good Lovin' Gone Bad
09 Should Have Been There
10 Wild One
11 Celtic Warrior

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