Tipton Entwistle And Powell - 2006 Edge Of The World

ARTIST: Tipton Entwistle And Powell
ALBUM: Edge Of The World
LABEL: Rhino
SERIAL: 8122-73352 2
YEAR: 2006

LINEUP: Glenn Tipton - guitars, vocals * John Entwistle - bass * Cozy Powell - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Unknown Soldier * 02 Friendly Fire * 03 The Holy Man * 04 Never Say Die * 05 Resolution * 06 Searching * 07 Give Blood * 08 Crime of Passion * 09 Walls Cave In * 10 Edge Of The World * 11 Stronger Than The Drug

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Recorded at the same time as Judas Priest guitarist Tipton's 1997 solo release 'Baptizm Of Fire', this album was shelved for a decade, despite Tipton claiming it to be superior to the album eventually released, which given 'Baptizm Of Fire's considerable blandness isn't much of an achievement.

According to the liner notes the content of 'Edge Of The World' was turned down by Atlantic who decreed Powell and Entwistle too 'old school', which explains why so many more contemporary musicians appeared instead of the legendary veterans, resulting in a plodding modern metal affair instead.

Talk about ageist policies, typical of the mid to late 90's where being old was criminal, even the greatest bass player of all time. Scanning this album I'd say the world wasn't missing much, mainly an uninspired collection of hard rock which never once equals what Tipton has managed with Priest.

The Songs

Another review of this commented how 80's based it sounded, which raised my eyebrows. 'Never Say Die' it has to be said indeed does, with a host of mid 80's synth touches and bass riffing from Entwistle that gives it the feel of Entwistle's 1988 'The Rock' project, heavy melodic rock.

The production is far from polished, which is evident on tuneless opener 'Friendly Fire', sounding muddy and exposing Tipton's weak nasal vocals. Perhaps he should have let Entwistle handle those honours. 'Give Blood' toys with an alarmingly histrionic ridden riff, the up-tempo hard rock a far cry from Priest's usual metal heroics and even less realised than the content of 'Jugulator'.

Tipton is left naked without writing partners, something I suspected in 1997 upon hearing 'Baptizm', as the music lacks significant twists, witness the stagnant 'Stronger Than the Drug' and some 1985 type high tech keyboard effects which even horns fail to save. 'Searching' is a unimaginative acoustic ballad, and 'Crime Of Passion', despite its AOR title is equally as tepid.

'Walls Cave In' might raise a smile with some more dated keyboard work, but little else and to be blunt, there isn't a single great track on offer whatsoever. It's amazing to admit, but 'Baptizm Of Fire' rates higher than this, if only because of 'Hardcore' and 'Kill Or Be Killed', both Priest like cartoon metal.

In Summary

With Entwistle and Powell's talents at his use, Tipton arguably let both down with some crippling material. This may have been the real reason Atlantic hid them away.

The music's direction is hard to figure definitively, at best hard rock with touches of everything thrown in for good measure including a fetish for overblown synthesizer additions which don't quite save this. Tipton intended to tour with the pair but Powell of course passed on in 1998 as did Entwistle in 2002.

The 1997 to 2001 years were far from Tipton's best, and it is only with Halford again that he can create something classic expected of him. Like the Iommi/Hughes 'DEP Sessions' this could easily have been left in the vaults forever, it just isn't that vital.

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