Master of Disguise

Master of Disguise

by Lizzy Borden
     
 

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Curiously, just as it had happened with their chief inspiration, Alice Cooper, a decade earlier, by the time they released final album, Master of Disguise, in 1989, Lizzy Borden (the band) had been dismantled and overwhelmed by Lizzy Borden the persona and singer, with only drummer Joey Scott Harges surviving from the originalSee more details below

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Curiously, just as it had happened with their chief inspiration, Alice Cooper, a decade earlier, by the time they released final album, Master of Disguise, in 1989, Lizzy Borden (the band) had been dismantled and overwhelmed by Lizzy Borden the persona and singer, with only drummer Joey Scott Harges surviving from the original lineup, and that's because he was Lizzy's brother! Musically, too, the subsequent next step was eerily analogous, since, much like Alice's triumphant solo debutant ball, Welcome to My Nightmare, Lizzy Borden's next dance, Master of Disguise, was a highly stylized concept album built on surprisingly solid compositional ground, and did much to eradicate thoughts of recent blunders (in Alice's case it had been the disastrous Muscle of Love; in Lizzy's, the contrived and derivative pop-metal missteps of Visual Lies). In fact, Master of Disguise was arguably the apex of Lizzy Borden's recording career -- band or man -- unless you favor the raw, simpler charms of early efforts Love You to Pieces and Menace to Society. Inspired by the classic Phantom of the Opera fable, the album came complete with soundtrack-like sonic effects, orchestral arrangements, and highly theatrical performances, which greatly enriched the actual songs within its core. These were themselves surprisingly eclectic, and ranged from sweeping pomp rock epics like the title suite and "Waiting in the Wings," to the tough heavy metal of "Love Is a Crime" and "Roll Over and Play Dead," plus a few, surprisingly moving ballads such as the piano enhanced "Never Too Young," and the beguilingly bleak "One False Move." Not unlike Savatage's similarly pretentious but entertaining Streets: A Rock Opera opus a couple of years later, Master of Disguise was the sort of rock opera that, on paper, shouldn't have worked, but somehow did -- although its ultimate commercial failure might suggest it did, in fact, fail. In any event, within the scope of Lizzy Borden's career, the record was a more than worthy, and pleasantly unexpected, last bow before the cruel curtains of public awareness closed forever on the would-be king of '80s shock rock. Alas, Marilyn Manson would fare far better in the next decade.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/05/1994
Label:
Metal Blade
UPC:
0039841406726
catalogNumber:
14067
Rank:
65733

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lizzy Borden   Primary Artist,Vocals
Joey Vera   Bass Guitar
Ronnie Jude   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
William Kidd   Conductor,Keyboards
David Michael Phillips   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Brian Perry   Bass Guitar
Mike Razzatti   Guitar
Elliot Soloman   Keyboards
Darren Solomon   Horn
Tim Stithem   Percussion
Jerry Moore   Horn
Elliot Solomon   Horn,Keyboards
John Chudoba   Horn
Joey Scott Harges   Percussion,Drums
Jacques Voymant   Horn
Timothy Taylor   Horn
Mike Davis   Bass Guitar
Brian Boyle   Horn

Technical Credits

Lizzy Borden   Composer
Michael Duncan   Contributor
William Kidd   Arranger
Craig Nepp   Engineer
Elliot Soloman   Producer,Engineer
Darren Solomon   Arranger
Alex Woltman   Producer,Engineer
Elliot Solomon   Producer,Engineer
Brian Slagel   Executive Producer
Stoli   Engineer
Wendy Kramer   Artwork

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