Fight To The Last The Ant

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Review Text Neat Records may well have been the undisputed most active independent label to promote the New Wave of British Heavy Metal in the early '80s, but ask the tough question of who came in second place and the odds-on favorite might just be Ebony Records, home of Grim Reaper, Savage, Demon Eyes, and the oddly named Chateaux -- here given the anthology treatment by reissue specialists Castle/Sanctuary. But, though they managed to salvage these long-forgotten tracks from vaults unknown, one thing that the label could not salvage was the atrocious sound quality of the original master tapes -- an unfortunate characteristic of much of Ebony's product. Where the compilation does score high marks, however, is that its contents -- one single and three albums spread over two discs -- actually comprise the sum total of Chateaux's career output, resulting in a truly complete anthology, for once. It also shows that, their debut 1982 single "Young Blood" and its B-side "Fight to the Last" aside, Chateaux's early material was quite passable and versatile NWOBHM, like a third-rate Saxon, if you will. Released in 1983, the oddly named Chained and Desperate also benefited from the powerful and distinctive vocals of future Beavis & Butthead favorite Steve Grimmett (covertly borrowed from Ebony stablemates Grim Reaper), who may have provided the ideal last piece of Chateaux's puzzle had he decided to stick around. As it happened, he didn't, and neither did anyone else save for guitarist Tim Broughton, for that matter, so that the revamped lineup that recorded the following year's disappointing Firepower could manage only half-baked clichés and simple-minded riffs. Not altogether dissimilar, but also nowhere near as explosive as contemporaries like Savage and Tysondog, this direction was maintained for 1985's even less inspired Highly Strung, which also proved to be Chateaux's swan song in the end. All of which makes this anthology, complete or not, the sort of release that only dedicated NWOBHM collectors might find worthy of inspection. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. Young Blood - 5:51
  2. 2. Fight to the Last - 4:51
  3. 3. Chained and Desperate - 4:46
  4. 4. Spirit of the Chateaux - 5:11
  5. 5. Burn Out at Dawn - 3:44
  6. 6. Dawn Surrendered - 7:00
  7. 7. Straight to the Heart - 4:33
  8. 8. Baton Rouge - 4:06
  9. 9. Son of Seattle - 4:18
  10. 10. Shrine on Forever - 6:33
  11. 11. Rock 'N' Roll Thunder - 3:26
  12. 12. Roller Coaster - 4:31
  13. 13. Eyes of Stone - 5:07
  14. 14. Hero - 3:39

CD: 2

  1. 15. Run in the Night - 6:51
  2. 16. White Steel - 5:43
  3. 17. Street Anger - 5:35
  4. 18. V8 Crash - 3:01
  5. 19. Highly Strung - 4:01
  6. 20. Turn It One - 3:28
  7. 21. Hot Touch at Midnight - 4:18
  8. 22. Phalanx - 3:22
  9. 23. Chase the Sun - 6:38
  10. 24. Through the Fire - 4:41
  11. 25. First Strike - 3:09
  12. 26. One Too Many - 3:49
  13. 27. Midnight Star - 5:39

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4/22/03 

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