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The Sensational Alex Harvey Band - The real Rock Drill (1977)



Here it is at least, the real real Rock Drill with a clean digital version of "No Complaints Department" (issued, as the rest of the album, from the 14 CD box set that has been released some days ago). It's incredible that it has taken almost 40 years to have the opportunity to spread this song worldwide. I'll re-up the fake single with this song on soon but of course, it's still better to have the complete Rock Drill as it was issued initially. As I had bought it since I had the chance to buy the NL version with "No Complaints Department" on. I'll create soon and post on Youtube a video with pictures of Alex on "No Complaints Department" but I have to take my time so that the result will respect this wonderful song. Rock Drill is not far to be my fave SAHB album, in particular in this version. It's a very dark and tribal album. A scandalously underrated masterpiece. Catch it here. PS. The version of "No Complaint Department" at the end the post is not the digital one but the ancient ripp off I had done.

If there was one reason I created this blog 3 months ago, it's for this post i.e., releasing, even in only a MP3 version, the real Rock Drill (I've hesitated to write the Rill Rock Drill), the one featuring one of the best and most moving song in music: "No Complaints Department". This was one of his old songs it seems, that Alex changed to fit with what happened to him during the 20 previous years, all the awful dramas he had to face, from the death of Leslie, his brother electrocuted on stage while playing with Stone the Crow, to the brain tumor of a friend and the death of his beloved manager, but more than an autobiographical song bathed in self-pity, the main subjects were poverty, misery and despair among humanity, melted in a delicate, moving and crucial song, that leaves most of the other ones composed on this thema in a bag of mediocrity. And as the chorus says, this is not a complaint, Alex assuming the coldness of his heart, the killer inside him actually, this world of misery making of us this cynical (in apparence more than inside) to survive. This song is an absolute "must listen" for any SAHB and/or Alex fan, and even for anyone interested in how songs can have the power of metaphysics and the grandness of a great classical piece of music. That no CD version of this album has "No Complaint Department" on it shows how the record industry sometimes does not respect artists, and the CD edition of the SAHB catalogue is actually a shame. The album is not this weak one that some describe. Personally it's my fave SAHB album with Next. A dark and even doom one, closer to Heartbreaker of Free, Rock Bottom of Robert Wyatt or Tonight's The Night of Neil Young (at least in atmosphere if not musically) than anything else. Not a weak moment to my ears in this collection, always surprises, Tommy Eyre being a fantastic replacement for the great Hugh McKenna. No discussion that this album is much stronger than SAHB Stories. It would be the last for the band, and the feeling is pregnant of this testament dimension when listening to the album. It's a great emotion for me to post this masterpiece in its original and faithfull version. I think Alex would have been happy to watch that someone at least loved him to the point of not accepting that such a song is forgotten forever. Hoping that a new CD edition of the SAHB discography will be respectfull enough to include it in the Rock Drill edition, since my ripped version does not do justice to the song. I've tried my best to provide a fine sound quality (320 kbt) but it doesn't of course match a professional remastered one. Take your fingers out of your ass and do it now dear Phonogram, Vertigo or whoever possess the legal rights of the SAHB catalog. And for you, dear visitor of this blog, have the rill Rock Drill.


No Complaints Department. I've seen stars disappear in a hurry overdoses of satin and silk, some others who can't feed their children 'cause they don't have the money for milk. Saw my best friend die in a plane crash, my brother was killed on the stage, so don't be upset if I'm angry, and seem in some kind of a rage. There is no complaints department, it's only up to you, no complaints department, no complaints department blues. I've got friends who are armed with magnums, they don't get their money from me, 'cause it never is no kind of pleasure, to see somebody suffer you see.There is no complaints department, it's only up to you, no complaints department, no complaints department blues. They took my old pal to the madhouse, in horror, in fear and in pain, with surgery done in a hurry, to do a transplant in his brain. There are some folks got nothing to live for, some folks got nothing to lose, so don't ask me for pity, no complaints department blues. There is no complaints department, it's only up to you, no complaints department, no complaints department blues.


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12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks a LOT for this masterpiece.

Anonymous said...

Alex harvey me dérange car dès qu'il ouvre la bouche, je suis obligé d'ECOUTER les paroles (mais sans rien comprendre), alors que généralement les chants dans une langue étrangère m'arrivent plus comme un instrument supplémentaire du groupe.
Les chanteurs ayant cette capacité de "faire vivre" leur paroles sont finalement assez rares...

Merci pour ce magnifique album et pour ce blog en général, et aussi (tant qu'a faire) pour toutes les chros que tu as publiés en France.

dk said...

Raison pour laquelle je tâche de mettre les textes sur le blog des morceaux en écoute. Merci pour le message.
dk

Anonymous said...

Rock Drill fait partie depuis longtemps de mes albums préférés de Alex Harvey....mais j'ignorais tout de cette chanson qui initialement aurait du conclure le disque. Alors merci pour m'avoir permis d'écouter celle-ci.

Thiad/Bruno

Dave said...

Many thanks, I hadn't heard this before, yet another of his "minor" masterpieces. A very under-rated talent.

dk said...

Sorry but this LP and "No Complaint Department" are for me his major masterpieces. But what's important is to love this band isn't it?
Thx for the comment anyway
dk

Portlandbill said...

Undoubtedly a legend,"No Complaints Dept" would have been a more befitting ending for SAHB....as you have included flac files for Van Der Graaf any chance you could do the same for Rock Drill with the inclusion of No Complaints Dept, it is so hard to find in lossless.Would gladly swap a copy of Hairband for it.
Here's hoping PB.

savageYHS said...

*THANKS!!* - this *is* fantastic!! Great blog!
CHEERS!8-)

DB said...

It upset a widow and that's why it was never released.

dkelvin said...

If we must take in account if anyone is upset before releasing any art work, it would be the worst censorship of the times. Strange excuse.

Anonymous said...

Just stumbled across your blog. There is some brilliant stuff here. I remember hearing "No Complaints" on the Alan Freeman Show just before the album was released and it is his masterpiece.

I never saw him live - I was going to go to Reading in '77 but my ate cancelled at the last minute.

Personally, I think his version of "Delilah" is the definitive version. He was the original punk.

Anonymous said...

Just found your blog today. great stuff here. I have had the "Rill rock drill lp" since 1977.... Yep! No Complaints Department is a hell of a good song. I come back to it regularly when the blues shows up!! it does put things in perspective and there is no more complaints department afterwards.
Cheers,
Sethmo