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9 Mar 2017

Grace Slick “Welcome To The Wrecking Ball! "1981 US Rock, Psych Rock





Grace Slick “Welcome To The Wrecking Ball! "1981 US Rock, Psych Rock
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One of the best female hard rock albums of the 80s..and from a hippie singer from the 60s Grace Slick!! Many people turned their backs to Jefferson Airplane after this like they did when Bob Dylan went electric......I DIDN'T!!! Grace Slick has all the power of her 'hip' vocals here too, it's just that her songs are harder!
Recommended to any newcomer to rock and Grace Slick in the 80s!!!.....by...dragster ...........

In 1981, even after her contribution on the “Modern Times” album by Jefferson Starship, Grace Slick was reported to have said that she was going to blow herself up if she got kept on being asked if she was going back to the Starship. I don’t blame her, there was still quite a bit of discord between her and the band at this time. Additionally, it was a month after the release of “Modern Times” that I saw her album “Welcome to the Wrecking Ball” for sale in the shops. This was one of those albums I wanted to listen to but never got around to it. I really liked her more progressive sounding “Dreams” which she put out the previous year so the precedent for buying was certainly there. But I didn’t, and now thanks to You Tube, I was able to finally listen to the album and now I’m really kicking myself.

Maybe it was because “Dreams” was more progressive and my musical tastes were becoming harder is why I didn’t buy it. Lousy excuse, because “Welcome to the Wrecking Ball” is nothing like “Dreams.” This entire album is (and I can’t put it any other way) is one hell of a rocking album. It starts with the title track and then avalanches into a thrilling pool of bang your head style rock that some people could mistake for heavy metal. The only reason why I won’t call it that is the track “Shooting Star.” This song could have been written by Paul Kantner and used on either of Jefferson Starship’s albums “Red Octopus” or “Spitfire” from the mid 70s. The song is more of a trippy way out there kind of song but it does fit in well with the album. It’s the only song, save for “Lines” that doesn’t begin by a pounding guitar riff. “Lines” starts with a reggae sound before exploding into your face in likewise hard manner. One thing for sure is that given Grace’s powerful vocals on these songs, it is clear that she definitely can sing hard rock. Just listen to “Round and Round” and you’ll see what I mean. Maybe a metal band should give her a guest vocal spot on a song, I know it would sound superb.

The unsung hero on this album is Scott Zito. He wrote all of the songs along with Slick and after hearing what he can do on the guitar on first, “Dreams” and now this album, I’m glad that she kept him on to play guitar because he can play.


To coincide with the 1981 album Welcome to the Wrecking Ball, Grace Slick released an insightful interview disc which is actually more fun than the record. The album isn't bad, mind you, it's just that she's such a personality that listening to the star ramble on about the wrecking ball as a symbol of destruction along with her other opinions on life is thoroughly enjoyable. The three essential elements of her Dreams album from the year before reprise their roles here, producer Ron Frangipane, engineer Ed Sprigg, and guitarist Scott Zito writing all the music on Wrecking Ball. Slick creates only lyrics to four of the ten titles, so this is really a Scott Zito album with Grace Slick as the vocalist. Where on the previous disc, Dreams, the singer composed five of the ten totally without a collaborator, that album is closer to what the fans expect from "White Rabbit"'s author. Dreams, Manhole, and Software have more of her personality in the grooves. The first track, "Wrecking Ball," explodes off the disc, a complement to the photos on the cover and inside the gatefold. It is heavy stuff, crunching along and is one of the better tracks here. You won't find a member of Pablo Cruise crashing this party, as Steve Price did on the previous outing. Maybe the disc didn't sell enough for Sonny & Cher to file a lawsuit because "No More Heroes" is the exact melody to the verse of "Bang Bang," you can even sing along "I was five and he was six/we rode on horses made of sticks," though Grace Slick sounds like she's fronting Genesis vocally while the band dwells on hard rock. It's an intriguing progression going from solo album to solo album to see what mood Slick was in what year. Software in 1984, produced by Ron Nevison, featuring Slick's songwriting collaborations with producer Peter Wolf, is far more interesting. Track down the radio promo disc on this, though. The legendary singer gives a great image and superb PR; too bad she mailed her performance in....by Joe Viglione...allmuic.......


When Grace Slick in 1981 released her solo album "Welcome To The Wrecking Bal'l at RCA Records, she could not have imagined that 44 years later painting would be her passion. Of course, we all know her as a singer of White Rabbit and Somebody to love, world hits which made the purchase of drugs and drink poop easily. The summer of love took longer than the Woodstock fesitval. Newly detoxed (or not) of a huge drinking problem, she went with 'Wrecking Ball' to work a lot rougher than Jefferson Airplane / Starship. Grace Slick concrete works here Jefferson Airplane to the ground. Lead guitarist Scott Zito is certainly indebted to. Simple arrangements that cut into flesh and blood. In the final song 'No more heroes "comes as the experimental Grace around the corner and she proves that cigarette smoke her lung volume has not yet been affected much.
How aggressive they are in 1981, so bland it was in 1984 with the album software. That makes the latter even less interesting than 'Wrecking Ball'. The support groups are also completely different. And yet close "Software" perfectly true 'Wrecking Ball' ends (compare "It just will not stop). Grace Slick let the keyboards Peter Wolf more buttons on the front. Here and there some sound effects and you get soft R & B with new wave. Musically richer, more satisfying vocal. Yet the arrangements of Peter Wolf are some faintly to play the entire album in one go. What course you also will experience in related Jefferson Starship.
 Who is not bothered about the dated nature of Grace Slick, still teaches here do know a different side of Grace Slick. A Slick who almost choked in the rock scene but now has recovered its equilibrium. Her paintings would also fluctuate so?........Marino Serdons.............

Percussion – Joe Lala
Grace Slick- lead vocals 
Scott Zito- lead guitar, harmonica, backing vocals
Danny Guilino- rhythm guitar
Phil Stone- bass
Bobby Torell0- drums
Paul Harris- keyboards

Tracklist
A1 Wrecking Ball
A2 Mistreater
A3 Shot In The Dark
A4 Round & Round
A5 Shooting Star
B1 Just A Little Love
B2 Sea Of Love
B3 Lines
B4 Right Kind
B5 No More Heroes

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