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Cupid Deranged (Japanese Version)

Alan Merrill

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Album Review

Much like the Rolling Stones' Stripped, Alan Merrill has gone over his long career and reinterpreted several songs from his days in the Arrows and Vodka Collins. He also offers solo renditions of tracks he wrote for Lou Rawls and Rick Derringer, and even included a song that he originally performed on Meat Loaf's Live at Wembly disc. Although this is a mixed bag of material, it works well as a ramshackle "greatest hits" since so much of his material was either performed by others or is spread out on various labels and bands. But even with a rock-solid band that includes Slade bassist Dave Glover and Peter Phipps (the drummer on Gary Glitter's "Rock 'N Roll Pt. 2"), this is still not quite as good as it could be. Much like the aforementioned Stones album, the performances offered are excellent, but the material is familiar enough to fans where they can't help but compare the original versions. Still, some of the songs here are quite good, especially the blues ballad "Wait for It," the former glam anthem "Automatic Pilot," and possibly the best song in his canon, the beautiful "Sands of Time." Merrill has several other releases that are more essential (the first albums from both Vodka Collins and the Arrows and his work with Jon Tiven springs to mind), but this is a very efficient and compact way to collect his most popular material without having to explore multiple albums. Fans may find this to be redundant, but this would be the perfect first Merrill album since it covers so many different periods from his career.

Customer Reviews

Absolutely love his music!

One of my favorite singers and song writers of all times. Can't wait for the new album!

Biography

Born: February 19, 1951

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Alan Merrill has had a long and varied career as a pop musician on three continents. Born Allan Sachs, the son of singer Helen Merrill and horn man Aaron Sachs, singer, guitarist, bassist, and songwriter Merrill played in several bands in Greenwich Village as a teen before moving to Japan, where, as a member of the group the Lead, he signed a recording deal with RCA Victor Tokyo in 1968. The Lead had one big hit in Japan, "Aoi Bara," before breaking up, leaving Merrill as a solo act. He recorded...
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