Girlschool - 'Hit An Run - Revisited' Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     December 22, 2011    
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Sounds more contemporary and polished yet has lost none of its original appeal.

Britain's answer to The Runaways, Girlschool formed at the beginning of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal explosion in 1978. Over 30 years later when most of their contemporaries have faded into the mists of time, Girlschool are still recording and touring. Sadly guitarist/singer Kelly Johnson died in 2007 but the rest of the band still includes original members Enid Williams, Denise Dufort and Kim McAuliffe. Jackie Chambers is Johnson's replacement.

Although Girlschool remain a cult name, they are one of those bands that has, over the years, appealed to rock, metal and punk audiences due to the gritty, working class sound of their music. Now they have decided to revisit their second album -- 1981s 'Hit And Run' which came a year after their debut, 'Demolition' -- and re-record the whole thing. They can't really justify re-recording greatest hits as Journey and Kiss have recently done because they've never really had any so they've done the next best thing and re-recorded an entire album.

Hmm, the cynic in me would say this reeks slightly of greed and is a commercially motivated endeavour that begs the question: what's the bloody point? Wouldn't fans prefer an original studio album? Anyhow, they've done a damn good job. With modern technology being what it is 30 years later this new version sounds more contemporary and polished yet it has lost none of its original appeal. They have made some minor changes; notably the banter during 'Yeah Right.' The guitars sound sharper and heavier and Kim McAuliffe's voice is still surprisingly strong. This celebratory recording also includes a new version of 'Demolition Man,' which first appeared on their debut, and a cool duet with Doro on 'Hit And Run.' Because of its historical legacy, many will still prefer the original 1981 album... but this revisited version is still a belter.

Neil Daniels

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