Powertrippin'

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Powertrippin'
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Studio album by The Almighty
Released April 5, 1993
Recorded 1993 at Ridge Farm Studios, Capel, Surrey, England; Demoed 1992 at Sawmills Studios, Golant, Cornwall, England[1]
Genre Hard rock, Grunge, Heavy metal
Length 58:27
Language English
Label Polydor
Producer Mark Dodson
The Almighty chronology
Soul Destruction
(1991)
Powertrippin'
(1993)
Crank
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic -2/5 stars[2]

Powertrippin' is the third studio album released by Scottish heavy metal band The Almighty. It was released in the United Kingdom in 1993 by Polydor Records and was the band's last studio album for that label. It was The Almighty's first album with new guitarist Pete Friesen who replaced founding guitarist Tantrum who had left the band in 1992. Friesen contributed to the songwriting and was a major part of the new sound presented on this album, introducing a heavier, riff based grunge sound compared to the punk leanings of earlier efforts. The subject of the cover art is taken directly from a psychedelic concert poster for MC5 designed by the legendary poster artist Gary Grimshaw in 1966,[3] which is tracing of Life magazine cover from December 6, 1954, Jet Age Man by Ralph Morse.

Three singles were released from the album in multiple formats in 1993. "Addiction" (CD, 12" vinyl), "Out of Season" (2-CD, 7" vinyl & 12" vinyl) and "Over the Edge" (CD, Cassette, 12" & 7" vinyl). The album was re-released in the United Kingdom and later in Japan with a bonus disc which contained a live show from August 22, 1992 at Donington Park. An EP that was released in Japan only contains 4 live track from The Almighty's 1993 European tour supporting Iron Maiden. The EP is called Liveblood and also has 2 studio tracks called "F***in' Up" (a Neil Young cover) and "In a Rut" which is also a cover. These studio tracks were put out on the "Out of Season" singles.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics by Ricky Warwick except as indicated; All music by Warwick and Pete Friesen except tracks 3 & 4 (Warwick), 8 (Warwick, Floyd London & Stump Munroe) and 10 (Friesen, London)[1]

  1. "Addiction" - 5:40
  2. "Possession" - 4:27
  3. "Over the Edge" (Warwick, Del James) - 4:36
  4. "Jesus Loves You... But I Don't" - 6:01
  5. "Sick and Wired" - 4:48
  6. "Powertrippin'" - 2:50
  7. "Takin' Hold" - 5:15
  8. "Out of Season" - 5:35
  9. "Lifeblood" - 5:27
  10. "Instinct" (Warwick, James) - 5:16
  11. "Meathook" - 4:40
  12. "Eye to Eye" (Warwick, Friesen) - 4:01

Bonus disc: Live from Donington '92[edit]

  1. "Crucify" - 4:57
  2. "Full Force Lovin' Machine" - 3:41
  3. "Love Religion" - 5:06
  4. "Addiction" - 6:21
  5. "Sin Against the Light" - 5:00
  6. "Free N' Easy" - 5:12
  7. "Wild and Wonderful" - 7:35

B-Sides[edit]

  1. "Soul Destruction (1989 Demo)" - 5:49
  2. "Blind" (Warwick, Friesen) - 6:40
  3. "In a Rut"
  4. "Insomnia"
  5. "Wild & Wonderful (Demo)"
  6. "Free 'n' Easy (Demo)"
  7. "Fuckin' Up" - 4:33
  8. "Keep On Rockin' in the Free World" - 4:40
    • Neil Young Cover

Personnel[edit]

As listed in liner notes.[1]

The Almighty

Additional musicians

  • Blaze Bayley - additional backing vocals on "Jesus Loves You..."
  • Mark Dodson - additional guitar on "Taking Hold"
  • James Taylor - piano on "Jesus Loves You...", Hammond B3 organ on "Instinct", "Sick and Wired" and "Out of Season".
  • Additional backing vocals by The Crazy Gang

Production[edit]

  • Steve Bray - assistant engineer
  • Mark Dodson - producer, engineering and mixing
  • Ian Huffam - engineering and mixing
  • Dave Taylor - assistant engineer
  • Phil Woods - assistant engineer

Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York, NY

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Powertrippin' (CD). The Almighty. Polydor. 1993. 519 226-2. 
  2. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "The Almighty — Powertrippin'". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-10-11. 
  3. ^ MC5 Poster Archived 2009-10-11 at Archive.is - Wolfgang's Vault.com. Retrieved 21-5-11.