"The Best Of ... Volume One" (Spaced Out Music; 1999)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

This appropriately-named CD contains fifteen of Demon's most popular tunes ranging from 1981 to 1992. It's an eye-opening collection of hard melodic tunes which surprised me - I had heard of the band but never heard the band so I assumed the band was darker and faster - sort of like King Diamond. But I was pleasantly surprised. Demon is more of a cross between Deep Purple and Black Sabbath with songwriting and musicianship equal to that task. "The Best of ... Volume One" is a perfect introduction to the band.

The best tracks on the CD are the opening track, "Night of The Demon," "Don't Break the Circle," "Sign of a Madman," the Pink Floyd-tinged "Touching the Ice," and the gritty "Life on the Wire." The epic "Remembrance Day," clocking in a 9:35, is also impressive.

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DEMON's lineup has changed through the years but, according to the CD, it breaks down a little like this:
1981/1983: Dave Hill; Mal Spooner; Chris Ellis, John Wright, Les Hunt
1984: Dave Hill, Mal Spooner, Steve Watts, John Wright, Gavin Sutherland
1985: Dave Hill, John Wright, John Waterhouse, Keith Andrews
1987: Dave Hill, John Wright, Steve Watts, John Waterhouse, Andy Dale
1989: Dave Hills, Steve Watts, John Waterhouse, Scot Crawford, Nick Bushell, Steven Brookes
1991: Dave Hill, Steve Watts, John Waterhouse, Steven Brookes, Scot Crawford
1992: Dave Hill, John Waterhouse, Steven Brookes, Mike Thomas, Paul "Ross" Rosscrow

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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