CD Canterbury [Digipak] (CD 1225887),
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Canterbury [Digipak]

  • 1. Makin' Music
    2. Out of Phase
    3. Kingmaker, The
    4. One More Night
    5. To the Devil His Due
    6. Knight of the Swords
    7. Ishmael
    8. I Need Your Love
    9. Canterbury
    10. Makin' Music
    11. Sucking My Love
    12. Andy Peebles Interview (Inc. To the Devil His Due)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1079

  • Credits
    ProducerMike Shipley
    EngineerMike Shipley; Mike Shipley

    Diamond Head (Metal): Chris Heaton (keyboards); Colin Kimberly, Merv Goldsworthy (bass guitar); Duncan Scott (drums, percussion).
    Personnel: Sean Harris (vocals); Brian Tatler (guitar); Chris Heaton (keyboards); Robbie France, Duncan Scott, Jamie Lane (drums, percussion).
    Arrangers: Sean Harris; Brian Tatler.
    Diamond Head's third album, Canterbury was a huge disappointment for fans and critics alike. Gone were the colossal, Black Sabbath inspired riffs and complex arrangements which permeated their classic debut Lightning to the Nations, replaced by an ill-fated attempt at incorporating pop elements into their songwriting. Whether this resulted from record label pressure or a conscious effort by the band to write a hit single is unknown, but Canterbury comes across as a failed experiment. The band only replicates the glory of their early days on the epic "Knight of Swords," and made to order singles like "One More Night" and "I Need Your Love" come off are pedestrian at best. Still, guitarist Brian Tatler provides tasteful melodies and solos, while vocalist Sean Harris (who reveals a Freddie Mercury influence on the title track) displays his beautiful voice despite a strange obsession with "wooing" and "aahing" through virtually every song. Obviously wrestling over their direction, Diamond Head disbanded soon after this release. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia

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