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I was a pretty big W.A.S.P. fan back in high school, but have not been a huge fan since—I stopped purchasing their albums after 2001's "Unholy Terror." However, this does not mean that I don't still throw on one of their albums every now and then, and my album of choice has always been the debut. I previously owned "Inside the Electric Circus" on cassette, however, I got rid of all my cassettes a few years ago. So I was pretty familiar with the album and I actually liked it more than "The Last Command"—never was a big fan of that one. Also, for whatever reason, I never got around to buying "The Headless Children," so it's a welcome addition to my collection. All this is fairly pertinent as I have W.A.S.P. induced ADHD, so I can't really recommend that you put on the albums and listen to them front-to-back. However—as previously stated—to add the albums to my collection for irregular spins of some of my favorite tracks, they are well worth the price. Now, contrary to a lot of negative opinion including Blackie to "The Electric Circus," I like this album quite a bit. The Humble Pie and Uriah Heep covers are really well done and the singles, "9.5.-N.a.s.t.y." and the title track are all highlights. As well, I wouldn't consider the rest of the album filler, but rather above average rockers that are well worth the listen. "The Headless Children" has been heralded by many as their greatest album and most mature, however, it is difficult for me to give an unbiased opinion based upon previously stated information. Therefore, I'll say that it is a really solid album and could definitely contend for their best alongside the debut—"Crimson Idol" is automatically disqualified, for me, due to Chris Holmes' absence. I will say, that this album has some of their best songwriting and I agree with the opinion that is their most mature up to that point. Basically, every song is good and "Mean Man" is one of my favorite W.A.S.P. tracks. To my knowledge, you get all the bonus tracks from any re-issues. The packaging is obviously weak, but that is to be expected from these types of releases where several albums are combined in one package. In summation, totally worth the price! Whether you are a fan or want to check out W.A.S.P. for the first time, this is a worthy purchase.
I would recommend this to a friend