Waysted - Vices (Zoom Club Records) 1983
1. "Love Loaded"
A smokin' blast from the past from a band that I all but forgot about until I got on this major UFO trip a couple years ago. I started looking for some of the members side projects and this was one of the first CD I looked for. I soon realized, however, that it wasn't going to be an easy find. Fortunately a generous trader hooked me up. "Vices" is, as I said, a blast! It's pure classic, early 80's NWOBHM featuring ex-UFO guitarist Paul Raymond and bassist Pete Way. Unfortunately, this Waysted lineup lasted for only this one album, but what a glorious album they produced together! Everything is in place from Paul Raymond's vicious guitar licks, to Pete's thumpin' bass, to the screeching vocals of Fin. To be quite honest, this disc does sound a bit dated two decades later, but the nostalgic value is still there. I have been told by others that the mastering on the CD reissue isn't great and that the original vinyl version has a much warmer sound. Unfortunately having sold my vinyl version a decade ago, I can't really remember. Certainly the sound isn't bad and every instrument is heard. Favorite tracks "Love Loader", "Toy With The Passion" and "Night of the Wolf", with it's catchy chorus and fiery guitar leads. "Somebody to Love" is a cover of the Jefferson Airplane classic.