Half-Alive

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half-ALIVE was the first official live album by Canadian heavy metal band Helix, following the promotional-only Live At The Marquee. It was also their 11th album altogether and featured five new studio songs. It was their only release on DeROCK Records and was recorded at various gigs throughout the 1990s.

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Live album by
Released1998
GenreHard rock, heavy metal
LabelDeROCK
ProducerDaryl Gray
Helix chronology
It's a Business Doing Pleasure
(1992)
half-ALIVE!
(1998)
Deep Cuts: the Best Of
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]

HistoryEdit

half-ALIVE features varying lineups of Helix, as the band's membership was in a state of flux following the death of guitarist Paul Hackman[2] and the tour for It's a Business Doing Pleasure. In 1997, original member Brian Vollmer and longtime bassist Daryl Gray had to decide whether to keep the band going or to break up. Choosing to stay together, a new release was required or, according to Vollmer, "the live dates were sure to slowly dry up. We had several tracks which were never recorded plus a live album still in the cans, so we decided on putting out a CD which would contain some unreleased tracks and the rest live material."[3] The studio songs included one written but never recorded by bass player Mike Uzelac who was in Helix from 1980 to 1983.

Track listing and musician creditsEdit

Studio songsEdit

1. Shock City Psycho Rock (Mike Uzelac)

  • Brian Vollmer - lead vocals
  • Daryl Gray - bass, vocals, keyboards, percussion, talk box, kazoo
  • Greg "Fritz" Hinz - drums
  • Gary Borden - rhythm guitars
  • Mark Chichkan - lead and slide guitars, vocals
  • Tim Louis - honky tonk piano
  • Jenifer St. John - piano and keyboards


2. Wrecking Ball (Mark Chichkan, Brian Vollmer, Daryl Gray, Gary Borden, Greg Hinz)

  • Brian Vollmer - lead vocals
  • Daryl Gray - bass, vocals, piano, percussion
  • Greg "Fritz" Hinz - drums & cowbell
  • Gary Borden - rhythm guitars
  • Mark Chichkan - lead guitars, vocals


3. The Pusher (Hoyt Axton)

  • Brian Vollmer - lead vocals
  • Dary Gray - bass, keyboards, percussion
  • Greg "Fritz" Hinz - drums
  • Gary Borden - rhythm guitars
  • Brent "The Doctor" Doerner - guitar and solos


4. Big Bang Boom (Vollmer, Marc Ribler)

  • Brian Vollmer - lead vocals
  • Daryl Gray - bass, percussion
  • Greg "Fritz" Hinz - drums
  • Paul Hackman - guitars
  • Brent "The Doctor" Doerner - guitars


5. The Same Room (Bushey, Chip Gall, Huff, Weir)

  • Brian Vollmer - lead vocals
  • Dary Gray - acoustic guitar, keyboards, percussion, vocals
  • Jamie Constant - drums
  • Rick Mead - guitars
  • Chip Gall - guitars
  • Doug Ennis - cello

Live songsEdit

6. No Rest For The Wicked (Vollmer)
7. Dirty Dog (Vollmer, Brent Doerner)
8. Runnin' Wild In The 21st Century (Vollmer, Hackman)

  • Brian Vollmer - lead vocals
  • Daryl Gray - bass, vocals
  • Greg "Fritz" Hinz - drums
  • Gary Borden - guitar, vocals
  • Mark Chichkan - lead guitar, vocals


9. Animal House (Vollmer, Hackman)

  • Brian Vollmer - lead vocals
  • Daryl Gray - bass, vocals
  • Greg "Fritz" Hinz - drums
  • Paul Hackman - guitar, vocals
  • Denny Balicki - guitar, vocals


10. When The Hammer Falls (Vollmer, Hackman)

  • Brian Vollmer - lead vocals
  • Daryl Gray - bass, vocals
  • Greg "Fritz" Hinz - drums
  • Gary Borden - guitar, vocals
  • Mark Chichkan - lead guitar, vocals


11. Deep Cuts The Knife (Bob Halligan, Jr., Hackman)

  • Brian Vollmer - lead vocals
  • Daryl Gray - bass, keyboards, vocals
  • Glen "Archie" Gamble - drums
  • Gary Borden - lead guitars
  • Rick Mead - guitars


12. Smile (Borden)

  • Gary Borden - acoustic guitar


13. Good To The Last Drop (Vollmer, Ribler)

  • Brian Vollmer - lead vocals
  • Daryl Gray - bass, vocals
  • Greg "Fritz" Hinz - drums
  • Gary Borden - guitar, vocals
  • Mark Chichkan - lead guitar, vocals


14. Heavy Metal Love (Vollmer, Hackman)

  • Brian Vollmer - lead vocals
  • Daryl Gray - bass, keyboards, vocals
  • Glen "Archie" Gamble - drums
  • Gary Borden - lead guitars
  • Rick Mead - guitars


15. Wild In The Streets (Hackman, Ray Lyell)
16. Rock You (Halligan)

  • Brian Vollmer - lead vocals
  • Daryl Gray - bass, vocals
  • Greg "Fritz" Hinz - drums
  • Paul Hackman - guitar, vocals
  • Denny Balicki - guitar, vocals

CreditsEdit

Produced by Daryl Gray
Mixed by Dan Brodbeck at DB Record Studios, London, Ontario[4]

Helix at the time of releaseEdit

VideosEdit

"The Same Room" was filmed for a never-released video.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Prato, Greg. "Review: Half-ALIVE". Allmusic. Retrieved 22 May 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Sleaze Roxx - Paul Hackman Archived 2011-10-19 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Helix History - 1994". Archived from the original on 2009-03-08. Retrieved 2009-09-27.
  4. ^ CD booklet