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Lucifer's Friend - Awakening

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This provocatively-named (especially for the time) German/English '70s band never got a big payday in the States but they did earn cult status and to this day crate diggers hunt for vinyl copies of the band's long out-of-print records. Those slices of wax are cherished collector's items but those who just want to hear the music can now do so with this 2-CD collection featuring 10-cuts culled from the Lucifer's Friend back catalog. Highlights include "Ride the Sky," a song that many will think mimics Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" (if anything it was the other way around since the Lucifer's cut pre-dates Zep's) and Uriah Heep-recalling numbers like "Toxic Shadows" and "In the Time of Job," no real surprise since the band's singer John Lawton went on to sing for the Heep. And as a real gift for fans, some of the original band members and Lawton have reunited to offer four newly-recorded songs here as a bonus; all honor the band's original sound.

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