GIRL (Phil Collen) – Sheer Greed [HNE 2xCD Remastered & Unreleased] (2019) *EXCLUSIVE*

GIRL (Phil Collen) – Sheer Greed [HNE 2xCD Remastered & Unreleased] (2019) *EXCLUSIVE* full

HNE / Cherry Red Records has released the definitive, expanded edition of GIRL’s “Sheer Greed”, including 3 bonus tracks and a bonus disc with the previously unreleased Girl’s concert at the Exposition Hall, Osaka, Japan in May 1982 on their final tour.
Perhaps British rockers Girl are best remembered by many for including future Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen or L.A. Guns frontman Phil Lewis, but this was a band which influenced many acts to come, in many ways.
It’s fair to say that this London band were either a little too late to the glam rock party, or if they had been around five years later, would have cleaned up on the hair metal scene that they were without doubt a huge influence on.

The band formed in 1979, and featuring singer Phil Lewis, guitarists Gerry Laffy and Phil Collen, eventually joined by Gerry’s brother Simon on bass, they rocked hard enough to capitalise on the burgeoning New Wave Of British Heavy that was sweeping across the UK, a scene led by Iron Maiden, Saxon and Def Leppard.

Signing to Jet Records, Girl released debut LP “Sheer Greed” at the beginning on 1980, breaking into the Top 40, helped along by major tours with UFO and Pat Travers, and by lead single ‘Hollywood Tease’, a track that would be re-recorded later in the decade by Phil Lewis with LA Guns.

With a sound that added a raw-edge, glammy feeling to their hard rock, a cover of KISS’s ‘Do You Love Me?’ demonstrated their overtly glammy roots, making them a little at odds with the leather clad, studded wrist bands and cut-off denim crew that might otherwise be following Motorhead, Angel Witch or Tygers Of Pan Tang.
Produced by Chris Tsangarides (Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest, among many others) and Nick Tauber (UFO, Marillion, Girlschool), their solid debut demonstrated all of the energy of one of their raucous live club shows.

Girl would split up in 1982 after their second album “Wasted Youth”, with Phil Collen going on to greater fame and fortune with Def Leppard for their “Pyromania” album and beyond.
Phil Lewis would join the aforementioned LA Guns with former Guns N’ Roses alumnus, Tracii Guns. Phil Collen would rejoin Simon Laffy later in ManRaze, along with Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook.

Disc One includes three bonus tracks; their cover of the Kinks classic ‘You Really Got Me’, ‘Love Is A Game’ (written by the great Russ Ballard), and the original, ‘Little Miss Ann’.
As a further bonus, Girl’s concert at the Exposition Hall, Osaka, Japan in May 1982 on their final tour is included on Disc Two. Featuring ‘My Number’, ‘Heartbreak America’ and ‘Hollywood Tease’ from their debut, plus a cover of ZZ Top’s ‘Tush’, the concert concludes before a rapturous and appreciate Japanese audience with ‘This Town’.

Mentioned as a strong influence by many bands and musicians like Axl Rose or Stephen Pearcy, Girl rocks really good with a glammy attitude on “Sheer Greed”. Chris Tsangarides’ crisp, coherent production style kept Girl poised toward mainstream success without watering down the group’s personality quotient.
Highly Recommended

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Disc 1: Sheer Greed +3
01 – Hollywood Tease
02 – The Things You Say
03 – Lovely Lorraine
04 – Strawberries
05 – Little Miss Ann
06 – Doctor Doctor
07 – Do You Love Me?
08 – Take Me Dancing
09 – What’s Up
10 – Passing Clouds
11 – My Number
12 – Heartbreak America
13 – You Really Got Me
14 – Love Is A Game
15 – Little Miss Ann

Disc 2: Live At Exposition Hall, Osaka, Japan, May 1982
01 – Wasted Youth (Live)
02 – Make It Medical (Live)
03 – My Number (Live)
04 – Heartbreak America (Live)
05 – Little Miss Anne (Live)
06 – Ice In The Blood (Live)
07 – Family At War (Live)
08 – Mad For It (Live)
09 – Tush (Live)
10 – Old Dogs (Live)
11 – Strawberries (Live)
12 – Standard Romance (Live)
13 – Passing Clouds (Live)
14 – 19 (Live)
15 – Overnight Angels (Live)
16 – Hollywood Tease (Live)
17 – This Town (Live)

Phil Lewis – lead vocals
Phil Collen – lead guitar, backing vocals
Gerry Laffy – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Simon Laffy – bass guitar, backing vocals
Dave Gaynor – drums, backing vocals



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