Attila (5) ‎– Attila

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Epic ‎– E 30030
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Tracklist

A1 Wonder Woman 3:38
A2 California Flash 3:32
A3 Revenge Is Sweet 4:00
Amplifier Fire 7:39
A4.1 Part I—Godzilla
A4.2 Part II—March Of The Huns
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B1 Rollin' Home 4:52
B2 Tear This Castle Down 5:49
B3 Holy Moses 4:30
B4 Brain Invasion 5:41

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  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Stamped): XSB153183-10
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Stamped): XSB153184-10
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Stamped (variation 1)): XSB153183-1B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Stamped (variation 1)): XSB153184-1B

Other Versions (5 of 11) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BN 26282 Attila (5) Attila(LP, Album) Epic BN 26282 Europe 1970 Sell This Version
South Side 4285 Attila (5) Attila(CD, Album, RE) South Side South Side 4285 US 2009 Sell This Version
BT-18808 Attila (5) Attila(Cass, Album, RE) CBS Special Products BT-18808 US 1985 Sell This Version
BT-18808 Attila (5) Attila(Cass, Album, RE) Back-Trac Records BT-18808 US 1985 Sell This Version
25013 Billy Joel Billy Joel(Cass, Album, RE, Dol) U.R.T.I. Records Inc. 25013 Canada 1985 Sell This Version

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progfan97402

progfan97402

March 9, 2011
edited over 6 years ago
Are you, like me, like heavy organ-driven heavy rock? Groups like Deep Purple, Atomic Rooster, Uriah Heep, early Birth Control, etc. Here's a completely outrageous American take on it, and you won't believe who is behind this: Billy Joel. Yep, future pop hitmaking sensation! If you, like me, can't stand Joel and all those hits he inflicted us in the '70s and '80s, you won't believe how completely different Attila is! No "Piano Man" or "River of Dreams" here, or even piano, for that matter, just unbridled hard rock, with the most off-the-wall fuzz organ you'll ever hear. Songs like "Wonder Woman", "California Flash", "Revenge is Sweet" and so on are examples, no signs of the hits he'll be pounding out. No guitar, just Joel and his fuzzed organ, and Jon Small on drums, Small was previously a member of the Hassles, just as Joel himself. Jon Small's drumming tends to be on the jazzy side, and it really works well. "California Flash" shows a more humorous side, while "Amplifier Fire" is the most over-the-top instrumental piece with psychedelic overtones and fuzz organ that puts even heavy metal guitar to shame! "Holy Moses" shows lots of heavy riffs demonstrating that it can be as easily done on organ as guitar. But warning: not everyone will like this album. Some call it the worst album ever made. I can't agree on that, but then I'm not a Billy Joel fan. Then again, I really think he was parodying that British organ-driven hard rock sound, and I love what he does here. It's also a trip that I come across something like this involving an artist I detest doing something like this! The best way to get this is on the cheap so you don't feel ripped off if you don't like it.

Oh yeah, it needs to be pointed out that Billy Joel himself hates this album, probably more the reason for me to like it. When the album bombed big time, he thought about taking his life, but instead retooled his musical direction, into that pop commercial singer/songwriter vein that served him so well. It's been said that Billy Joel himself goes around various record stores to buy up copies of the Attila album and destroy them. Not sure if that's true or not, but I wouldn't doubt it. The original LP on Epic doesn't show up too often, so even if Joel visits the Long Island and New York City record stores to find copies of Attila to destroy, he might not find too many, which he should rest easy (although the Attila album had been reissued back in the 1980s, and tons of those Attila releases combined with The Hassles material show up, including on cassette).