Angel

An Anthology

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For a band who materialized on-stage Star Trek-style and did all they could to exploit their heavenly image, it's a wonder Angel didn't break through to a larger number of those rock fantasy-loving fans Kiss monopolized during the latter half of the '70s. Angel's problem might have been bad timing: had the band emerged during the spandex-metal heyday of the '80s, they probably would have achieved enormous success with their glossy brand of metal, chaste and androgyny, and salon-issue locks. So, instead of countless comebacks and costume refittings, Angel dematerialize gracefully with this career anthology. Sampling each of the band's six studio releases, the 20-track collection includes a good chunk from the fan-favorite White Hot album, a balanced mix of rockers and bubblegum pop, and a few over-the-top covers (the Left Bankes' "Walk Away Renee"). Curious listeners need not venture any further than this.

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