The Headless Children

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
With 1988's The Headless Children, W.A.S.P. attempted to be taken as serious artists for the most part. And while singer/guitarist/leader Blackie Lawless expressed excitement about the band's current lineup, which included longtime guitarist Chris Holmes, bassist Johnny Rod, Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali, and Uriah Heep keyboardist Ken Hensley -- the complete group never toured. With the band concentrating more on the music than the gimmicks the group was pictured sans ghoulish makeup and costumes, The Headless Children remains W.A.S.P.'s most accomplished work. The album's best-known tracks remain their cover of the Who's Quadrophenia anthem "The Real Me" and the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
With 1988's The Headless Children, W.A.S.P. attempted to be taken as serious artists for the most part. And while singer/guitarist/leader Blackie Lawless expressed excitement about the band's current lineup, which included longtime guitarist Chris Holmes, bassist Johnny Rod, Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali, and Uriah Heep keyboardist Ken Hensley -- the complete group never toured. With the band concentrating more on the music than the gimmicks the group was pictured sans ghoulish makeup and costumes, The Headless Children remains W.A.S.P.'s most accomplished work. The album's best-known tracks remain their cover of the Who's Quadrophenia anthem "The Real Me" and the rocking "Mean Man" an autobiographical tale about guitarist Holmes, while a pair of epics -- "The Heretic" and the title track -- and perhaps W.A.S.P.'s best ballad, "Forever Free," were also standouts. While longtime fans may prefer the gross-out heavy metal of their early albums W.A.S.P. and The Last Command, The Headless Children is their best constructed album. [The 1998 CD reissue contained six added bonus tracks -- among them a cover of Jethro Tull's "Locomotive Breath" and live versions of "L.O.V.E. Machine" and "Blind in Texas."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/2011
  • Label: Snapper Uk
  • UPC: 636551597425
  • Catalog Number: 974
  • Sales rank: 63,723

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Heretic (The Lost Child) (7:23)
  2. 2 The Real Me (3:20)
  3. 3 The Headless Children (5:47)
  4. 4 Thunderhead (6:50)
  5. 5 Mean Man (4:48)
  6. 6 The Neutron Bomber (4:11)
  7. 7 Mephisto Waltz (1:29)
  8. 8 Forever Free (5:09)
  9. 9 Maneater (4:47)
  10. 10 Rebel in the F.D.G. (5:08)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Locomotive Breath (3:00)
  2. 2 For Whom the Bell Tolls (3:48)
  3. 3 Lake of Fools (5:33)
  4. 4 War Cry (5:34)
  5. 5 L.O.V.E. Machine (4:48)
  6. 6 Blind in Texas (6:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
W.A.S.P. Primary Artist
Lita Ford Background Vocals
Ken Hensley Keyboards
Frankie Banali Percussion, Drums
Chris Holmes Guitar, Group Member
Blackie Lawless Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Johnny Rod Bass Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Ron Wallace Background Vocals
Tom Nellen Background Vocals
Cathi Paige Background Vocals
Minka Kelly Background Vocals
Mark Humphreys Background Vocals
Kevin Wallace Background Vocals
Dianne Fennell Background Vocals
Jimi Image Background Vocals
Mike Solan Background Vocals
Melba Wallace Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Ian Anderson Composer
Pete Townshend Composer
Duane Baron Engineer
Chris Holmes Composer
Blackie Lawless Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
George Marino Mastering
Eddy Schreyer Mastering
Alex Woltman Engineer
Kosh Art Direction
Hugh Gilmour Reissue Design
Gene Grimaldi Mastering
Mikey Davis Engineer
Dante Bonutto Liner Notes
Dom Lawson Liner Notes
Steve Hall Mastering
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