Label : Wacken Records

Review by Tony Cannella

It is no secret that legendary all girl band Girlschool were at the forefront of the metal changing New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) in the late 70s / early 80s. The fact that this band still exists while many of their peers fell by the wayside is a testament to their endurance and staying power, not to mention the quality of their tunes. You simply do not last this long unless you have a strong catalog of music. Now Girlschool have decided to give one of their classics “Hit and Run” the re-recorded treatment. Sacrilege you say? Re-recording a classic album isn’t exactly a new trend, but it is one that many die-hard fans wish would go away. So, let’s ‘revisit’ this NWOBHM classic. It is now time for “Hit and Run – Revisited”. The original “Hit and Run” was released in 1981 and was the second album to be released by this seminal band. The raucous “C’mon Let’s Go” gets things started and is as powerful as I remember it. “The Hunter”, “I’m Your Victim” and “Following the Crowd” are classic examples of a band firing on all cylinders. Next we have a cover of the ZZ Top classic “Tush”. Other highlights include: “Hit and Run” (probably my favorite Girlschool track of all time), the Motorhead vibe of “Watch Your Step” and “Future Flash”. Two bonus tracks are available here. The first one is a re-recording of “Demolition Boys” that originally appeared on their debut album “Demolition” in 1980 and the next one is another version of “Hit and Run” featuring none other than Doro Pesch on vocals. I’m still not sure if I like the whole re-recording a classic album thing, but “Hit and Run – Revisited” has reminded me what a great album this is, and what a criminally underrated band that Girlschool was and continues to be. It does my heart good to see these girls still out there and kickin’ ass.

Rating – 90/100

 

Tracklist

  1. C’mon Let’s Go
  2. The Hunter
  3. I’m Your Victim
  4. Kick It Down
  5. Following the Crowd
  6. Tush
  7. Hit and Run
  8. Watch Your Step
  9. Back To Start
  10. Yeah Right
  11. Future Flash
  12. Demolition Boys
  13. Hit and Run (with Doro) 

 

Line Up

  • Kim McAuliffe – Lead & Backing Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
  • Jackie Chambers – Lead Guitar & Backing Vocals
  • Enid Williams – Bass, lead & backing vocals
  • Denise Dufort – Drums & Backing Vocals

 

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