Jerusalem - Dancing On The Head Of The Serpent (Legends Remastered)

Published Tuesday 19th June 2018
Jerusalem - Dancing On The Head Of The Serpent (Legends Remastered)
Jerusalem - Dancing On The Head Of The Serpent (Legends Remastered)

STYLE: Hard Music
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 170252-26824
LABEL: Retroactive RRCD1471
RELEASE DATE: 2018-06-17

Reviewed by Ian Webber

This remastered reissue from Swedish legends Jerusalem has taken both versions (American and European) of their classic 1987 album. Sitting firmly in a '70s rock setting, the 11 tracks on this recording have come to be known as a classic release and this package marks the 30th anniversary of the original recording. Although this was Jerusalem's fifth album, it was notable as the first written totally in English. In this new package, the American version makes up the first disc and is full of keyboard-driven soft rock numbers. Guitars that remind me of Foreigner and a style not unlike Petra fill this recording as Ulf Christiansson's distinctive vocals exude power and warmth that are full of class. The title track is immediately recognisable as it is introduced with a keyboard fanfare and driving rhythms. My personal favourite, however, is "Plunder Hell And Populate Heaven" with its harder edge and memorable chorus. Elements that range from the rhythm and blues stylings of "Rebels Of Jesus Christ" to the quieter "Still" are all delivered with a polish and warmth that was lacking on the original recording. The second disc features the European release which is significantly different from the first disc in style. These tracks are grimier in sound and sit closer to a traditional rock sound. At times Deep Purple can be heard as an influence as fewer keys are evident and a gutsy bass-heavy sound starts to dominate. It is clear that Jerusalem wrote some classy tracks and could deliver them with authentic energy. As a package I enjoyed listening to the original tracks and comparing the versions on the two albums. This is a collection that is aimed at original fans and collectors with all that it offers. You are also presented with a great deal of music for the cost of a single release.

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