Saturday, June 13, 2015

CD Review: New Live Releases From Girlschool Displays Their Early Influence

Back in the late seventies, the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal made an impact on American rock music with bands like Judas Priest and Motorhead. The all-female band Girlschool was also part of the movement and is still rocking today. Cleopatra Records wants to remind us how good Girlschool was as a live band with two new releases, "London 1980" and "Glasgow 1982."

Beginning with "London 1980," this early recording shows that band touring behind their debut album "Demolition." The girls are hungry for success, especially in front of their hometown crowd beginning with the hard-rocking "Demolition Boys." They turn ZZ Top's "Tush" in heavy metal gold, while guitarist Kelly Johnson blazes a trail with "Breakdown." The show also features an early live version of "The Hunter," which will appear on their second album "Hit And Run." The disc closes with the popular fan favorite "Emergency," which has been covered by Motorhead in concert also.

The other live release, "Glasgow 1982" comes after the release of their third album "Screaming Blue Murder." Girlschool has a more established feel to their performance as "The Hunter" and "Nothing To Lose" sound like classic concert staples as they keep the performance tight. The girls still know how to rock hard with "Future Flash" and their cover of The Rolling Stones' "Live With Me." Girlschool have a few upcoming live dates on their schedule, including tonight in Portland, ME and tomorrow in Brooklyn, NY before heading to the Metal Magic Festival in Denmark. To find out more about these two great new live releases from Girlschool, please visit

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