Collectors information & Description:

This album "DIAMOND HEAD – Am I Evil" is the album by the Heavy Metal band Diamond Head and this is the original release of 1987 by FM Revolver Records before being re-released by Heavy Metal Records in 1994.

This album contains tracks of Diamond Head's early recording "Borrowed Time (1982)". The album cover artwork is done by Rodney Matthews

Music Genre: NWOBHM Heavy Metal 
Album Production information:

The album: "DIAMOND HEAD – Am I Evil" was produced by: Diamond Head

Album cover design: Rodney Matthews

  Rodney Matthews - a British illustrator and conceptual designer of fantasy and science fiction. He has illustrated at least four dozen of hard rock and heavy metal album covers.

Record Label: FM WKFM LP 92
Record Format: 12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  
Year & Country  1987 Made in UK

Transcript of the Liner Notes:

From out of nowhere. They seem to come, riding roughshod over the treacherous terrain and into a place in history's trenches. 'They' were the pioneers of the so-called New Wave of British Heavy Metal. a battalion of steam-happy salamanders out to breathe some life into the ailing. Metal scene.. Ah. it seems such a lot time ago that people first whispered in stomped tones about Samson. Angel Witch, Praying Mantis, Quartz, Vardis, Jameson Raid, Ethel The Frog,Toad The Wet Sprocket and other hopefuls destined to disappear into the void of obscurity. Only Iron Maiden. Def Leppard and (to a Lesser extent) Saxon have survived to prosper. Yet, one name is missing from the above list. an act who perhaps can claim with considerable force to have been the finest band to emerge from the genre: a four-piece on whom the passage of time has given a deserved coating of legend — Diamond Head.

For a short period of time, it was this Stourbridge-based group (formed in '78) who seemed destined to take on the stack-heeled world and leave it quaking in its phenomenal wake. It was they who were hailed as the natural successors to Led Zeppelin. It was they who packed out venues across the country without the help of either a major record contract or big-time management representation. Diamond 'Head were simply awesome. A gargantuan exercise in all that's best about British rock. Ah yes. stories about the enthusiasm shown for this band are now legendary. There was the time that fans queued right round the block in Richmond for a show at Brollies Club on the Thames. When you consider that a lot of acts with bigger financial backing could scarcely raise a handful of loyalists at Brollies it was an achievement indeed.

Then there was the occasion when a crowd in Swindon simply 'wouldn't let the band offstage. imploring them back for five encores before carrying the boys shoulders or out of the venue. Is it any wonder. with fanaticism such as this that most of us were convinced that Diamond Head simply could not fail to hit the biggest and best of times?! I first saw the Head in early 1980. It was at the Lyceum Ballroom in London. Iron Maiden were just wrapping up their first real headlining tour of the UK. Their debut album had burst onto the charts and they seemed to be the name on everybody's lips. Supporting the five-piece were Praying Mantis, Angel Witch and bottom on a bill of four Diamond Head! They were given about 25 minutes to perform a highly truncated set, with hardly any room to breathe, let alone move.

Yet such was the charisma and power emanating from the stage that even under such extremely adverse conditions, Diamond Head positively glowed. A day later, I saw them supporting Girl at The Marquee and the combination of these two performances just hooked me for life. There was no turning back and I saw them subsequently on countless occasions in the ensuing years. What was so special? Well. in many respects the whole was greater than the sum of the parts. The rhythm section of bassist Colin Kimberly and drummer Duncan Scott Was never spectacularly inventive, but it was capable of holding down the beat in a uniform fashion, allowing guitarist Brian Tatter room to maneuver and gyrate, flaunting a penchant for total unhurried heavy chord structures within a distinctly smokin' ass bluesy framework.

And riding gladiatorily over the top of the instrumental column came the motivationally outlandish vocals from the immaculate Sean Harris, always the star of the group and a constant source of inspiration to those around him. Scan drew on a rich heritage of singers (David Coverdale, Robert Plant, Glenn Hughes, Paul Rodgers), yet ascribed his own unique phrasing to every song, making them live, breathe. laugh and cry. Emotions were most assuredly encapsulated and arranged in a style no-one else has been able to match in recent years. So, what went wrong? A mixture of factors: little luck, bad management decisions, the wrong major label (MCA) at the right time perhaps even a few diffuse factors that remain indefinable even now.

The plain fact of the matter is that, having established such a cult following both on the live circuit and also through independent releases (a white label, mail order-only album called - at least unofficially - 'Lightning To The Nations', plus a four-track EP called 'Diamond Lights' and three singles - 'Waited Too Long To Play It Loud, `Sweet & Innocent' / 'Streets Of Gold', Shoot Out The Lights'/'helpless') the band then inked a deal with MCA, hooked up with producer Mike Shipley and released 'Living…..On Borrowed Time', an album that castrated the very essence of their energy, vitality and momentum. The rest, as they say, is forgettable cemetery history, Kimberly was replaced by Mervyn Goldsworthy (now with I'M) and disappeared to New Zealand. In came keyboards-man Josh Phillips-Gorse and the second album, 'Canterbury' was a disastrous experiment, followed by an equally appalling set at Castle Donington in `83.

It was over and out, goodbye and farewell. But, before things got out of control there were sufficient immortal moments, songs, performances of passion and high-grade showmanship/musicianship for me to still proclaim Diamond head as the band who should have blown away the opposition. I will always maintain that with even a modicum of fortune, these boys would have decimated Iron Maiden and wiped Def Leppard clear oil the chalk board. `Am I Evil' is, perhaps, the first album (compilation or otherwise) to truly capture the spirit and vitality of the band. Why? Because it represents a collection of demos, produced by the band themselves under virtually one-take, live conditions. This gets to the very heart of the quartet and you'll never again hear something so sensitively demonstrative of DH's potential and all-encompassing delivery.

This is DH, standing naked and proud, wallowing in stardust under the silvery shadow of the beckoning glove of fate `Am I Evil itself begins with a militaristic body charge so redolent of 'Mars: The Bringer Of War' from Holst's 'Planets Suite', before opening up into a full-blooded, orchestrally muscular torso of mean Metal intensity. is it any wonder that Metallica chose to cover this particular number not long ago? 'In the Heat Of The Night' just swelters and rubs its nose into bar-room blues technique yet also has a youthful exuberance. Harris' voice scything out a sensual passage through thickly-nettled chords. `Don't You Ever Leave Me', `Borrowed Time', 'To Heaven Front hell', 'Dead Reckoning', "Lightning To The Nations'. `Sucking My Love' all surge ehh, flow. flower and bud leaving other, previously-released versions licking their gouged wounds in the gutter.

This is Diamond Head the way I wanna remember them, capable of turning the screw in any direction they so chose whilst never losing their individual grip. They were the tIory.gkIryho somehow took a lean slug from the wrong leonine bottle and became mere candy floss in the wind. A tragedy. 'Am I Evil' a tribute, a long overdue eulogy. a fitting reminder. Yeah. we can breathe easily at night again. Now just slam it on your stereo,


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Note: The images on this page are photos of the actual album. Slight differences in color may exist due to the use of the camera's flash.

Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: DIAMOND HEAD ?– Am I Evil

    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Brian Tatler – Guitar, vocals
  • Sean Harris – vocals
  • Duncan Scott – drums
  • Colin Kimberly – Bass

Complete Track-listing of the album "DIAMOND HEAD ?– Am I Evil"

The detailed tracklist of this record "DIAMOND HEAD ?– Am I Evil" is:

    Track-listing Side One:
  1. Am I Evil
  2. Heat Of The Night
  3. Don't You Ever Leave Me
  4. Borrowed Time
    Track-listing Side Two:
  1. To Heaven From Hell
  2. Dead Reckoning
  3. Lightning To The Nations
  4. Sucking My Love