By the early 1980s, it was quite clear that the best days for Brit-rockers Trapeze were in the past (and specifically, during their early-'70s run with singer/bassist Glenn Hughes). But in 1981, guitarist Mel Galley could be still spotted on-stage with Trapeze; however, he was the sole recognizable member of the classic You Are the Music...We're Just the Band era lineup. With Hughes appearing sporadically as a solo artist and as a hired gun for other artists and drummer Dave Holland (then keeping the beat with Judas Priest), Galley opted to go at it alone, as evidence by the live album from this era, Dead Armadillos. Included are renditions of tracks from all phases of Trapeze's career, including such Hughes-era material as "You Are the Music" and "Black Cloud," as well as such post-Hughes compositions as "Back Street Love" and "Hold On." While Galley and company do an admirable job, it just doesn't compare to Trapeze's earlier incarnations. And since a new member, Pete Goalby, is handling the majority of the vocals that Hughes and Galley previous supplied, Dead Armadillos comes off sounding at times like a cover band.
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AllMusic Review by Greg Prato