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Yes, common wisdom among hardcore fans of '70s rock ’n’ roll is that Angel, like The Runaways, should’ve been rulers of arena-class rock. This power-shagged quintet, which owed as much to early Queen as they did Uriah Heep and Procol Harum, even had the teen magazines believing in them, as well as the more musically literate rock periodicals like CREEM and Circus. That’s hardly surprising, because this album (their first of six) had the goods. Singer Frank Dimino’s gymnastic, Ian Gillan–like vocals, Greg Giuffria’s grand-melodic bed of organs and hyperactive synths, and Punky Meadows' power-wristed guitars all rode shotgun atop a rhythm section that harbored a deep, obvious love of Queen’s John Deacon and Roger Taylor. The songs, such as the rock-show excitement of “Rock & Rollers,” the overtly cinematic “Tower,” and the popping “On and On,” all reveal a songwriterly center that could’ve easily tipped the era’s rock radio. It should’ve, but it didn’t. The band’s future was no forgone conclusion; it’s told rather neatly in the eerily prophetic and over-the-top anthem “Broken Dreams.”

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Underrated Classic

If you are an Angel fan you know how great this release was and still is. If you're not familiar with Angel this band was unhearlded in the 70's / 80's always in the shadows of the likes of Kiss, Nugent, Aerosmith, Boston, and Queen. However, those who witnessed Angel live and purchased their albums loved them. This was the first release by Angel and even today if you are lucky you can catch Tower on FM rock radio. Tower is a lengendary rocker and became the trademark sound of the band which consisted of the keyboard wizardry of Greg Giuffria and the guitar chops of Punky Meadows. Frank Diminios vocals were unlike any other at the time and are captured well on Long Time and Broken Dreams. This was the first of six great releases by Angel and should be the first in your Angel collection.

You Had To Have Been There...

A great album..a wonderful time to be alive. Listening to 'Tower' brings back memories of an old friend. RIP Tom Roland.

Who Dat!?

Ok - I'll go back - way back - back the time of FM & underground Rock was original, artful & incredibly FRESH - like no other sound before or there after... It was a winter day in Fargo, North Dakota... There was a nice balmy thaw outside, oh I'd say it was about 38* & sunny... I was killing some time & hard earned money shopping @ Mother's Record's / New & Used Vinyl (no such thing as CDs or MP3's way back in "the Day")... I heard this incredible screeching voice accompanyed by outrageous guitar riffs & thundering drums.... Being a true to life Hammer of the Gods, YES classic Rock band lover always in search of the next great band - my ears imediately perked up! WHO DAT? I yelled! The clerk said, "A new band called ANGEL!" BOOM! EveryOne in the store pounced on their self titled debut album. I've long thought about finding & adding Angel to my MP3 collectables.... & By Golly - Today's the Day! Happy New Year! Now, that's my story... I'm sure if you are reading this, you also have "Your Story." Don't be shy, tell it like it is. After all, we Rock'n Rollers can go On & On for a Long Time... I'll spare you the rest of the album songs. Enjoy Rock For What Rock was meant to be! RAW, Energetic & FUN!!!! LONG LIVE CLASSIC ROCK!!!!


Genre: Rock

Formed in Washington, D.C., Angel are perhaps more widely recalled for their outrageous image and stage shows than for their musical prowess. Their self-titled 1975 debut, recorded for the flamboyant Casablanca Records label with a lineup comprising Frank DiMino (vocals), Edwin Lionel "Punky" Meadows (guitar, ex-BUX), Gregg Giuffria (keyboards), Mickie Jones (bass, ex-BUX), and Barry Brandt (drums), was an excellent slab of heavy pomp-rock, with lengthy songs swathed in Giuffria's atmospheric keyboards...
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