For those wondering why Blackie did this was because he wanted to release the rest of the footage that had been shot for the Crimson Idol film but thanks to legal reason he pretty much had to remake the entire album to get the rights back. Thus we have Blackie working tirelessly to give the fans the long waited rest of the film! Beautiful album that is contrast important parts in Blackie’s life!
A Perfect Remake of a Career Defining W.A.S.P. Album!
Solid performance through and through! A 10!
Why Blackie, why?
By Pompero Firpo
When something works, you don’t fix it! This tweaked, re-worked, censored record comes off weak and lackluster. I’m sorry I wasted my money on this bland garbage.
Never remake a classic!
The Crimson Idol is a classic, concept album. That being said this is a horrible remake!! Lyrics were changed...the guitar playing of Doug Blair comes nowhere near as close as to as good as Bob Kulick!! And the adding of new songs that are supposed to fit in...yuck! Blackie, you blew it! Stop making new music! That last abortion, Golgotha, was horrendous and this was also a really bad idea!!
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
It’s ok but disappointed
I grew up listening to wasp and other bands/artists around and after I heard the Version of chainsaw Charlie on this album I’m at a loss for words the lyrics are changed is some parts and the sounds is just too “quiet” but still glad to see he band around and making music still
One of The best concept albums ever made. Every emotion is on this album.
Let me start by saying The Crimson Idol is one of my favorite albums of all time. I bought an import version on cassette when it first came out. From what I remember, it took awhile for it to come out in the States and I couldn't wait that long.
In most cases , bands will re-record (Testament's First Strike Still Deadly) or remix (Nevermore's Enemies Of Reality) because the original versions sounded poor. That is not the case here.
The original Crimson Idol sounded great. Remaster sounded even better. Still does! Which is why I can't understand Blackie's logic on this one.
Still, I wanted to hear what he did with it, and based on Doctor Rockter, I'm not thrilled. Sure, it sounds a bit more modern, drums and bass guitar are more full, like most modern recordings, but the guitars are low in the mix like the original, which is fine I guess. Maybe he could have had them more up front and menacing sounding. But my problem is the backing vocals. Lead vocals are actually pretty impressive, considering Blackie, like the rest of us, is up there in age.
To my ears, it sounds like he used the backing vocals from the original Crimson Idol. It sounds wrong. Almost sounds like some auto-tuning is going on between his lead vox and the old backing vox. It just sounds off, to the point of annoying. I love the original so much that this version will just mess with head, just like the Megadeth Remix-Remasters disaster did.
I'm sorry if anybody from the band happens to read this, I'm sure you put a lot of hard work into this, but why fix something that was already perfect?!!