Walkin' the Razor's Edge

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Walkin' the Razor's Edge
Studio album by Helix
Released July 7, 1984
Recorded Phase One Studios, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Electric Lady, New York
Studio One, Atlanta
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 33:01
Label Capitol
Producer Tom Treumuth, Helix and Rodney Mills
Helix chronology
No Rest for the Wicked
(March 11, 1983)
Walkin' the Razor's Edge
(July 7, 1984)
Long Way to Heaven
(November 9, 1985)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Walkin' the Razor's Edge was the fourth studio album by the Canadian heavy metal band Helix. It was released on the Capitol Records label in 1984.

A music video was made for the Crazy Elephant cover "Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'". Two versions of this video were filmed: One for music video channels, and the other being an "adult" version featuring topless models including a then 16-year-old porn star Traci Lords. This version was aired on the Playboy Channel in the United States.[2]

The band also made a promotional video for their A Foot in Coldwater cover, "(Make Me Do) Anything You Want", as well as "Rock You". The video for "Rock You", filmed in a quarry in Kitchener, Ontario, is perhaps best known for the image of guitar player Brent Doerner emerging from the water to play his guitar solo.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Helix except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Rock You"   Bob Halligan, Jr. 2:51
2. "Young & Wreckless"     3:22
3. "Animal House"     2:57
4. "Feel the Fire"     3:13
5. "When the Hammer Falls"     3:02
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'" (Crazy Elephant cover) Joey Levine, Ritchie Cordell 3:25
7. "My Kind of Rock"     2:54
8. "(Make Me Do) Anything You Want" (A Foot in Coldwater cover) Paul Naumann, Danny Taylor 4:07
9. "Six Strings, Nine Lives"     3:14
10. "You Keep Me Rockin'"     3:38
2009 UK Rock Candy Records edition bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "Young & Wreckless" (live, taken from Live at the Marquee promotional-only EP)   3:25
12. "Rock You" (live, taken from Live at the Marquee promotional-only EP) Halligan Jr. 4:14
13. "Animal House" (live, taken from Live at the Marquee promotional-only EP)   3:32

Personnel[edit]

Band members
  • Brian Vollmer - lead vocals
  • Brent "The Doctor" Doerner - guitars, backing vocals
  • Paul Hackman - guitars, backing vocals
  • Daryl Gray - bass, backing vocals
  • Greg "Fritz" Hinz - drums
Additional musicians
Production
  • Produced by Tom Treumuth for Hypnotic Productions, except "Rock You" and "Young & Wreckless", co-produced by Helix and Rodney Mills
  • Bonus tracks produced by Simon Hanhart.
  • Recorded & Engineered by Dave Wittman

Recorded at Phase One Studios (Toronto, Ontario), Electric Lady (New York), Studio One (Atlanta).

  • Originally Mastered by Bob Ludwig.
  • Remastered by Jon Astley (2009 Rock Candy version)
  • Management: William Seip Management.

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1984 Canada 27
Billboard Top 200[4] 69

Singles[edit]

Year Song Chart Highest
1985 "Rock You" Canadian Singles Chart 27[5]
"(Make Me Do) Anything You Want" 44

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Helix Walkin' the Razor's Edge review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  2. ^ Vollmer, Brian (2004). Gimme An R! the story of Brian Vollmer, lead vocalist of Helix. Ball Media Corporation. ISBN 0-9739849-0-2. 
  3. ^ BRENT DOERNER interview by Michael A. Ladano - "If You Don't Write Good Songs, It Ain't Gonna Fly Baby"
  4. ^ "Walkin' the Razor's Edge Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  5. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 41, No. 16, December 22 1984". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 19 August 2013.