Walkin' the Razor's Edge

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Walkin' the Razor's Edge
Helix walkin.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 7, 1984
StudioPhase One Studios, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Electric Lady, New York City
Studio One, Atlanta
GenreHard rock, heavy metal
Length33:01
LabelCapitol
ProducerTom Treumuth, Helix and Rodney Mills
Helix chronology
No Rest for the Wicked
(1983)
Walkin' the Razor's Edge
(1984)
Long Way to Heaven
(1985)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 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 tracks written by Helix except where noted.

Side one
No.TitleWriter(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.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'" (Crazy Elephant cover)Joey Levine, Ritchie Cordell3:25
7."My Kind of Rock" 2:54
8."(Make Me Do) Anything You Want" (A Foot in Coldwater cover)Paul Naumann, Danny Taylor4:07
9."Six Strings, Nine Lives" 3:14
10."You Keep Me Rockin'" 3:38
2009 UK Rock Candy Records edition bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(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

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