CD Review – Silverhead Reissues

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Silverhead 1Cherry Red Records from the UK has just re-released 2 of the best albums rock fans have most likely never heard from the band known as Silverhead.

Fronted by Michael Des Barres (Detective, Chequered Past) the band released 2 albums 1972’s “Silverhead” and 1973’s “16 and Savaged.”

The self-titled debut kicks off with down and dirty “Long Legged Lisa” and then if cowbell is what you want then track 2, “Underneath The Light” is just what you’re looking for as Des Barres and company deliver their brand of psychedelic garage rock that sounds just better than some of their more successful contemporaries.

Highlights on “Silverhead” include the rocker “Ace Supreme,” the bluesy soulful ballad “In Your Eyes” and the poppy “Rock ‘N’ Roll Band.” There is definitely something for everyone on this should have been classic album.

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Next up is “16 and Savaged” which kicks off with the rollicking ode to the Big Apple, “Hello New York.” Next up is the in your face titled “More Than Your Mouth Can Hold” which is about exactly what you think it is about. Guitarists Robbie Blunt and Rod Rook Davies get to stretch out a bit more on tunes like “This Ain’t Parody” and “16 and Savaged” while Des Barres wears the crown as rock’n’roll ringmaster.

This sophomore effort has more of a down and dirty bluesy rock’n’roll feel than their debut but the bottom line is it still kicks ass.

Both albums come with an abundance of bonus tracks and have been remastered so that these underrated classics sound better than ever. Also out is a the LIVE compilation “LIVE At The Rainbow: London.” This album contains 15 LIVE tracks and serve as a document of how powerful this short-lived quintet was in concert.

If you already own these discs it’s definitely time for an upgrade and if you have never heard them then it’s time to start your own “Silverhead Appreciation Society.” Buy these now and play them LOUD!!


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Pat FrancisCD Review – Silverhead Reissues