Angel: Frank Dimino (vocals); Punky Meadows (guitars); Gregg Giuffria (keyboards); Mickey Jones, Felix Robinson (bass); Barry Brandt (drums).
This collection contains recordings the band made for the Casablanca label from 1975-1980.
Personnel: Frank DiMino (vocals, background vocals); Punky Meadows (guitar, acoustic guitar); Gregg Giuffria (strings, piano, harpsichord, Clavinet, organ, Mellotron, synthesizer); Barry Brandt (drums, percussion, background vocals); Felix Robinson (background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Dave Reynolds.
Editor: John Kubick.
Photographers: Jeff Dunas; Barry Levine; Neil Zlozower.
For a band who materialized on-stage Star Trek-style and did all they could to exploit their heavenly image, it's a wonder Angel didn't break through to a larger number of those rock fantasy-loving fans Kiss monopolized during the latter half of the '70s. Angel's problem might have been bad timing: had the band emerged during the spandex-metal heyday of the '80s, they probably would have achieved enormous success with their glossy brand of metal, chaste and androgyny, and salon-issue locks. So, instead of countless comebacks and costume refittings, Angel dematerialize gracefully with this career anthology. Sampling each of the band's six studio releases, the 20-track collection includes a good chunk from the fan-favorite White Hot album, a balanced mix of rockers and bubblegum pop, and a few over-the-top covers (the Left Bankes' "Walk Away Renee"). Curious listeners need not venture any further than this. ~ Stephen Cook