The Angels’ Face to Face was released in 1978, and in 1980 in the United States under the moniker Angel City (the U.S. already had a band named Angel). This band was influential on several hard rock acts including one of the more recent acts Airbourne. Knowing this, I had to seek out a copy of the Face to Face to see what The Angels had to offer.
The Angels have a sound that is riff-heavy, pub rock similar to but not the same as AC/DC. This band isn’t quite as heavy, and singer Doc Neeson’s voice isn’t as abrasive as Bon Scott’s or Brian Johnson’s voice.
The overall production value on Face to Face definitely sounds a little dated. Their is no question that this music came from the 70’s. While the music isn’t unlistenable, it is just doesn’t meet the quality of today’s recordings.
I don’t know if I would call Face to Face essential, but there are some good songs to found here. “Take a Long Line”, “Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again”, “Can’t Shake It” (which was later covered by Great White on their 1991 CD, Hooked), and “No Exit” are the best songs in my opinion. All of these tunes sound as if they would translate well live. They are songs that will get you on your feet, and get you rocking. A couple of these songs should have got some radio play in the U.S., but for whatever reason never seemed to crack the U.S. airwaves. It is a shame, as The Angels are solid act, even though they are largely unknown on U.S. soil.
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Rating:Out of 10
1. Take a Long Line
3. After the Rain
4. Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again
5. Shadow Boxer
6. Comin’ Down
7. Out of the Blue
8. Can’t Shake It
9. Waiting for the World
10. No Exit
The Angels are:
Chris Bailey – bass
Graham “Buzz” Bidstrup – drums, vocals
John Brewster – rhythm guitar, vocals
Rick Brewster – lead guitar, vocals
Doc Neeson – lead vocals
FOR almost a decade, the members of The Angels wondered if they would ever see their frontman Doc Neeson’s face again.
After eight years of separation and regular legal stoushes over the rights to use their name, Neeson and his bandmates have decided to reunite.
Neeson left The Angels in 2000 after a near-fatal car accident which almost ended his performance career.
The remaining members of the classic Angels line-up – John and Rick Brewster, Chris Bailey and Buzz Bidstrup – continued to perform the hits under a few different monikers which included their trademark.
When Neeson recovered sufficiently to tour, he formed the band Doc Neeson’s Angels and the legal battle over the title began in 2004.
The charismatic frontman lodged an injunction in the NSW Supreme Court in August last year to stop his former bandmates promoting themselves under the original appellation.
Both parties agreed to mediation and after finally sitting in a room together after several years of “estrangement”, decided to get the old band back together.