ANGEL - Studio Discography 1975 - 1979
Angel should have been big. The ’70s glam rock / heavy metal band had all the right pieces, but somehow the cylinders were not firing properly to put them over the top. They hoped to change that with the release of 1978’s ‘White Hot’ — but it just didn’t quite turn out that way. Discovered by Gene Simmons and signed to Casablanca Records, Angel took the glam ideal on their own path. Where Kiss twisted it into a comic book fantasy, Angel turned it into — well, they wore all white, sort of playing “Heaven” to Kiss’ “Hell,” as it were. In 1975, the band released their self titled debut album, which was full of loud guitars, soaring vocals and catchy tunes like ‘Rock And Rollers,’ ‘On & On’ and the classic ‘Tower.‘ It should have made a splash, but alas, the waters were still. Angel delivered more of the same on albums two (‘Helluva Band’) and three (‘On Earth as it Is in Heaven’), but still nothing much happened. The band were able to pick up momentum along the way, primarily based on their live shows, which featured glam rock theatrics over loud hard rock (and featured a giant talking “Angel” head, which was, you know . . . pretty cool).
Ticket sales were steady, but album sales stalled. It was decided for their fourth effort they would streamline things and push their pop side (always at the core of their songs) to the fore. ‘White Hot,’ released in January of 1978, found the band strling with a slight identity crisis. Though the bombast of Kiss was still big business, things were changing. New Wave was forcing (or inspiring, depending on the act) bands to cut back on spectacle and bombast, and trim things down to their roots. In the case of Angel, those roots lay in the pop music of the ’60s and early ’70s.
- Angel (1975)
- Helluva Band (1976)
- On Earth as It Is in Heaven (1977)
- White Hot (1978)
- Sinful (1979)
DISCLAIMER: The music found through this blog is intended for review purposes and should not be seen as a substitute for the original, legal, RIAA approved, record company enriching product. Please note that songs are available for VERY short amount of time. And if you like the music BUY IT. Please support the artists and buy as much as you can directly from them and cut out the middle man.
zinhof [at] gmail.com