Fabulous Disaster

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Fabulous Disaster
Studio album by Exodus
Released January 30, 1989[1]
Recorded 1988
Alpha & Omega Recording,
San Francisco, California, USA
Genre Thrash metal
Length 50:47
Label Relativity Records
Music For Nations
CBS Sony (Japan)
Producer Marc Senesac
Gary Holt
Rick Hunolt
Exodus chronology
Pleasures of the Flesh
(1987)
Fabulous Disaster
(1989)
Impact Is Imminent
(1990)

Fabulous Disaster is the third album by Exodus. It was released on January 30, 1989[1] on the UK label Music for Nations, while the US version was released on Combat/Relativity Records.[2] In 1999, Century Media remastered and reissued the band's first three albums in Europe only.

Fabulous Disaster was Tom Hunting's last release with Exodus until the 1997 live album Another Lesson in Violence. Additionally, it was the first Exodus album not to feature a lineup change from after one consecutive studio album, and the band's first not to have an alternative cover.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Kerrang! (4.75/5)[4]

Fabulous Disaster received a positive review from Allmusic's Eduardo Rivadavia, who awarded the album four stars out of five, and stated that Exodus "went on to create their most diverse and carefully conceived effort yet, while remaining faithful to their no-frills thrash ethic." He then added that "the album represented the realization of their vision, as well as their commercial peak" but "still failed to gain them their well-deserved place alongside such thrash metal giants as Metallica, Anthrax and Slayer."[3]

Fabulous Disaster debuted at #82 on the Billboard 200.[5] No singles were released to promote the album, but the songs "Toxic Waltz" and "Low Rider" got regular airplay on radio stations, including Los Angeles, California radio station KNAC.[6] A video was made for "Toxic Waltz", which received a good amount of air-play on MTV's Headbanger's Ball.

Tour[edit]

Exodus toured for five months to promote Fabulous Disaster. The band embarked on a month-long European tour with Nuclear Assault and Acid Reign.[7] In the spring of 1989, Exodus landed a supporting slot for the Headbangers Ball tour with Anthrax and Helloween, exposing the band to a wide thrash metal audience. Exodus then embarked on another North American tour, which lasted from May to July 1989; supporting acts were Sick of It All, Faith or Fear, Forbidden, Dead Orchestra and Wehrmacht.[7] The band wrapped up the tour at The Fillmore on July 14, 1989; this show was recorded on the band's first live album Good Friendly Violent Fun, which was released two years later.[8]

Track Listing[edit]

All music composed by Exodus, unless stated.

No. Title Length
1. "The Last Act of Defiance"   4:44
2. "Fabulous Disaster"   4:54
3. "The Toxic Waltz"   4:51
4. "Low Rider" (War cover) 2:48
5. "Cajun Hell"   6:05
6. "Like Father, Like Son"   8:11
7. "Corruption"   5:46
8. "Verbal Razors"   4:07
9. "Open Season"   3:54
10. "Overdose" (AC/DC cover) 5:31
Total length:
50:47

^† "Overdose" did not appear on the original vinyl and cassette versions of Fabulous Disaster, thus making it a bonus track on the CD version. "Overdose" does, however, appear on the 2008 Back on Black vinyl reissue.

Personnel[edit]

Exodus[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Dov Christopher - Intro Vocals on track 1, Harmonica on track 5
  • Brian Mantilla - Additional Percussion on track 4

Production[edit]

  • Arranged By Exodus
  • Produced & Mixed By Gary Holt, Rick Hunolt & Marc Senesac; mix assistant: Chad Munsey
  • Recorded & Engineered By Marc Senesac & David Plank
  • Mastered By Bernie Grundman

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1989 The Billboard 200 82

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Exodus". Metallipromo.com. Retrieved 2012-12-26. 
  2. ^ "Exodus (6) - Fabulous Disaster". Discogs. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  3. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Exodus Fabulous Disaster review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  4. ^ Kaye, Don (14 Jan 1989). "Fab-Dabidozi!". Kerrang! 221. London, UK: Spotlight Publications Ltd. p. 23. 
  5. ^ Fabulous Disaster - Exodus - Awards
  6. ^ "KNAC A to Z Listing". KNAC Tribute. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  7. ^ a b "Exodus Shows". Metallipromo. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  8. ^ Good Friendly Violent Fun (liner notes). Exodus. US: Relativity Records. 1991. 88561-2026-2.