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  • Audio CD (9. Februar 1999)
  • Anzahl Disks/Tonträger: 2
  • Format: Doppel-CD, Import
  • Label: Original Masters UK
  • ASIN: B00000FEO9
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Disk: 1

  1. The Titanic Overture
  2. The Invisible Boy
  3. Arena Of Pleasure
  4. Chainsaw Charlie (Murders In The New Morgue)
  5. The Gypsy Meets The Boy
  6. Doctor Rockter
  7. I Am One
  8. The Idol
  9. Hold On To My Heart
  10. The Great Misconceptions Of Me
  11. The Story Of Jonathan (Prologue To The Crimson Idol)

Disk: 2

  1. Phantoms In The Mirror
  2. The Eulogy
  3. When The Levee Breaks
  4. The Idol (Live Acoustic)
  5. Hold On To My Heart (Live Acoustic)
  6. I Am One (Live Donington 1992)
  7. Wild Child (Live Donington 1992)
  8. Chainsaw Charlie (Murders In The New Morgue)(Live Donington 1992)
  9. I Wanna Be Somebody (Live Donington 1992)
  10. The Invisible Boy (Live Donington 1992)
  11. The Real Me (Live Donington 1992)
  12. The Great Misconceptions Of Me (Live Donington 1992)


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Format: Audio CD
1.) Eins gleich vorneweg: Wer sich für diese Scheibe interessiert, ordere in jedem Fall die Ausführung als Doppel-CD. Die Bonus- und Livenummern von CD 2 lohnen die Mehrkosten in jedem Fall!
2.) Wer um die Schock-Rock-Blut-Trief-Vorgeschichte des Schock-Rockers Blackie Lawless weiß und gerade dabei ist, sich mit Grausen abzuwenden, der halte bitte unbedingt inne und lese ein Stück weiter!
'The Crimson Idol' hat mit Blackie Geröllheimers Vorgeschichte (und auch seinen Folge-Ergüssen) nichts gemein. Vielmehr ist diese Scheibe ein ganz hervorragend durchkomponiertes Prog-Metal-Konzept-Album. Lawless baut hier vom ersten Take an eine Stimmung auf, die sich auf hohem und höchstem Niveau durch das ganze Album zieht und den Hörer regelrecht bannt.
Fast autobiographisch erzählt er die Geschichte eines Metal-Stars (The Crimson Idol), der den Durchbruch schafft, dabei den Bezug zu Realität und Umfeld verliert und letztendlich abstürzt. Die Story des Crimson Idol wird mit einem bombastisch-symphonischen Metal, aber auch viel akustischer Gitarrenarbeit, aufgebaut und vorangetrieben. 'Geröllheimers' kratzig-rauhe Stimme passt dazu wie die Faust aufs Auge und lässt alle Takes (dieser an sich banalen Geschichte) zu hundert Prozent glaubwürdig wirken.
Etwas schwierig (ja fast verwegen!) wäre es, bei einem Konzept-Album Höhepunkte zu nennen. Um die Klasse dieses Albums zu unterstreichen, bleibt einem fast nichts anderes übrig, als alle Takes einzeln vorzustellen:
Der Opener 'Titanic Overture' zeigt von Beginn an, wo der Elefant das Wasser lässt. -Ein wahrlich bombastischer Einstieg!
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
4.0 von 5 Sternen Masterful, powerful, unrelenting 8. Juni 2003
Von Shantastic - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verifizierter Kauf
This is WASP and Blackie Lawless's Quadrophenia, 2112, or Operation Mindcrime. Clearly their best musical effort, the guitar work while uninspiring is solid and the drum lines are intense and precise. The story and concept of the album, while not original, is sincere and the pain of Lawless is definately a driving factor through the album.
My only real complaint is the final track, which is a 16 minute speech telling the story of Blackie Lawless. While the story is distressing and certainly sincere, it is best left to the liner notes. Finally, the second cd is a live compilation with poor production value. "Live In The Raw," is a far better live WASP album.
This all being said, this is a woderful metal concept album with a few poor quality fillers which pull it down from a "five star" effort. Listen to the first 10 songs in order and the concept and strength of the album come through...skip the rest.
4 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen What a concept album should be! 30. Mai 2007
Von George Antonio - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When people think of conceptual albums, they tend to be slightly turned off by the idea. Only certain bands have been able to pull them off in the past (Pink Floyd, The Beatles, etc) but in the confines of heavy metal, it is a risk few are willing to take.

Enter Blackie Lawless and W.A.S.P. With an album originally sought to be a solo effort by Lawless, "The Crimson Idol" has quickly become perhaps the finest W.A.S.P. recording to ever grace the metal world! The album itself tells the story of a man named Jonathan, who's main goal in life is to become a rock star and will stop at nothing to accomplish this goal. In the end, the fame and fortune prove to be too much, but the album leaves the future of Jonathon up to what the listener wants to believe. It is an album that provides not only a great narrative, but has the musical prowess to back it up!

1. The Titanic Oveture - A heavy instrumental to begin the album that really fuses everything together that the listener can expect throughout the course of the album. Well done track that kind of makes you wish it was developed into its own song. 4/5

2. The Invisible Boy - The first official "song" on the album, and it is just pure rock 'n roll! Heavy and un-relenting as Blackie pours every emotion into it lyrically. A song that is hauntingly dark, yet inspires the listener to join Jonathon on his journey and hope he succeeds. 5/5

3. Arena of Pleasure - Continuing with the heavy theme, this song focuses on Jonathon and his wishes to be a successful rock star! This song, it feels, was more focused on telling the story and less on getting the music to correspond with it. Good song, but may take awhile to fully appreciate with the rest of the album. 4/5

4. Chainsaw Charlie (Murders In The New Morgue) - Perhaps the best track on the album lyrically and instrumentaly. This is a song that is just pure raw emotion all the way through. Telling the story of how corrupt and political the music business really is, "Charlie" is the producer out to screw his clients at any cost to get more money. A very solid track that can even shine without the rest of the album to support it. 5/5

5. The Gypsy Meets The Boy - Listeners may recognize the riff from an earlier work if they own "The Headless Children." It has been re-expanded and revamped to fit beautifully into the concept of this album. From what I have read too, it was actually based off a true real life encounter with Blackie himself. A song that is hauntingly dark, yet strangely peaceful as well. 4.5/5

6. Doctor Rockter - This is my personel favorite track on the album. In the essence of "Chainsaw Charlie", this song returns to that heavy form. A song that just kicks both musically and lyrically. 5/5

7. I Am One - I love the way this song was put together! The hooks in this song come into play a little later, and really is an essential part in the whole story-telling of the album. May take a listen or two in order to really stick, but is definetly an awesome song. 4.5/5

8. The Idol - This is the song that really starts to put the entire album together. The story has really come into full-swing by now and the listener begins to feel sorry for what Jonathon has become. A fairly long track that brings the listener on a ride, in many ways completely separate from the rest of the album! 5/5

9. Hold On To My Heart - Ah, the "ballad" that is required within every metal album! But you know what, this song was very essential and put together extremely well. This song brings the entire emotional aspect to the forefront and TRUELY displays what Jonathon is feeling. 4.5/5

10. The Great MisConceptions of Me - This is the song! I mean this is The Song! The track that ties the whole thing together! From the beginning to the very end, nothing that the album touched upon, is left out here. It is almost as if this song brings the listener on a ride that recaps the whole album and then adds more near the end. What happens to Jonathon is really left for the listener to decide. A final track that I believe is a classic in and of itself; shows that all the work and dedication Blackie poured into the album, has finally acheived what it intended to.. pure perfection! 5/5

11. The Story of Jonathon - This track is of Blackie telling the story of Jonathon. Whats written on the inside booklet, is what's said here. Nothing outstanding, but still something different than many might not have expected. 3.5/5

I won't cover the second disc, as the album itself is worth the buy. Once you own the album, you can appreciate the second disc as a nice bonus along with the already outstanding "Crimson Idol" and story of a man named Jonathon!

This album is a must-own for any fans of not just W.A.S.P. but of metal itself! This album is actually the album that inspired me to become a musician and write my own songs! Get it now, you won't regret it!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen 5 STARS and for a damn good reason! 30. Dezember 2009
Von A. Hecht - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you think the following 5 are classical MUST albums, then run and get "The Crimson Idol", you will be a proud owner!

You know these albums right..?

1. Slayer - South of heaven
2. The Cult - Sonic Temple
3. Metallica - Master of puppets
4. G & R - appetite for distraction
5. Megadeth - Rust I peace

The crimson idol is right up there with rest. It manages to be 2 things at the same time: a concept album that tells the story of a young boy who becomes a rock & roll star and faces his shattered dream - and - strong accurate exploding songs, standing each by itself as individuals.

The rhythms, the story evolving from track to track, the guitar solos, the sounds of running drums, and the heartbreaking ballad towards the inevitable end "hold on to my heart" which makes you sink deep into the pain in this young man heart ,who tries to find salvation in love.

Listen to the album, read the lyrics, feel the work of art, and you will take a deep journey through the soul of a young boy's soul who is raised in the sensation of "I'm the boy only the mirror sees".
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5.0 von 5 Sternen the epoch of the art 3. August 2003
Von Patrick Thompson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
every artist gets one opportunity to define the epoch of their art. They then spend the remainder of their career trying to recapture it or trying to distance themselves from it because it has so clearly defined them. Almost typecast them (like Don Adams as Maxwell Smart). And this is the defining moment of the beast that is WASP. Really it should have been marketed as Blackie Lawless, not wasp since there was no WASP at the time. But that's another story.
Anyway...follow the life of Jonathan from nothing (the orphan son you never needed and the slave you gave just the air I breathe through the hedonism of his teens (the arena of pleasure where I belong) to the moment he meets the gypsy and she tell him that he will become the one (be careful what you wish for it might come true, the further he flies then the further he falls) and then Chainsaw Charlie and the One: the height of his power and fame. But reality bites...and the mornful longing of arguably the most soulful, honest track that any metal band ever recorded: Hold on to my heart...and the pain sees him die...in the great misconceptions of me
Ah it operatic metal but carried not by huge sound but rather content: the lyrics and the voice and honesty. This is an amazing album. The is the one that defines the art (or Fart if you believe some critics) of WASP. The epoch of the career. WASP will never make another album like this or as good as this because like I said, every artist gets that one moment that defines their career...
To some the music might sound a little dated...if you're a fad follower...but quality is quality and this is quality. Try it for yourself!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen One Of The Best Concept CD's Around. 28. April 2000
Von CaptHowdy - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have listened to this CD for years and never tire of it. Some days, when I am too tired to read, too bored to watch TV, I throw this on and listen to Jonathon's story even now.
A concept CD, in the tradition of Blackie's idol's the Who, the CD tells the story of a youth named Jonathon who runs away from home, makes it big in the music industry and then has his life end tragically.
An excellent story with excellent music. I find some of the songs are hard to listen to just by themselves without having to listen though a few other songs (kind of a 'getting into the story' feeling I suppose). One of the best love ballads of all time is on this CD 'Hold On To My Heart'. Find me one better than that!
A couple of kickin' tunes are Arena Of Pleasure, and Chainsaw Charlie (Murders In The New Morgue)-(I love the anger in this one).
The best W.A.S.P. CD if you like intelligently written songs about meaningful things. I had this CD long ago and found out it was released with a second disc. The second disc is a bunch of live performances and a couple of extra tracks. Also on the first CD is a new entry The Story Of Jonathan (Prologue To The Crimson Idol). It's a narration by Blackie (basically the story told to you). I prefer to listen to it myself and figure everything out through the music.
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