British Lions

Trouble with Women

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In the late '70s, the British Lions recorded a second album, but could not get it released in either the U.S. or the U.K., and the band broke up. The LP did appear on Cherry Red in 1980; this reissue adds a bunch of demos, live cuts, and radio promo commercials. Dale Griffin writes in the liner notes that the American label found it "too cold and hard" to issue initially. Here's one example, and a rare one, where the aesthetic judgment of the suits might have been on the money. Of course, it's just possible, maybe, that the suits were being diplomatic. This is macho rock, anticipating the more bloodless aspects of 1980s AOR, without decent tunes. Except, that is, "(Won't You Give Him) One More Chance?," since that's a cover of a song done by Gary Farr & the T-Bones in the mid-'60s that fared, of course, infinitely better in the hands of Farr. The (undated) home demos are more of the same, except that they sometimes expose the band in a more sensitive, lighter mood. The live cuts are boring hard rock performances.

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