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Plasmatics with Wendy O'Williams
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
2003 reissue of the late Plasmatics' front-person's 1984 album. Produced by Gene Simmons, it features 'special appearances' from Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley & Eric Carr. Pressed onto a picture disc. 9 tracks. Powerage.


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All Artists: Plasmatics with Wendy O'Williams
Title: W.o.w.
Members Wishing: 9
Total Copies: 0
Label: Plasmatic Media
Original Release Date: 1/1/1984
Re-Release Date: 10/3/2000
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
Styles: Hardcore & Punk, Progressive, Progressive Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 663609010322, 803341123328, 766489285122


Album Description
2003 reissue of the late Plasmatics' front-person's 1984 album. Produced by Gene Simmons, it features 'special appearances' from Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley & Eric Carr. Pressed onto a picture disc. 9 tracks. Powerage.

CD Reviews

Kevin Dobbs "dragonboots" | Perth Western Australia | 01/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It is a mystery how Gene could be so unfocused during the eighties whilst in Kiss but whilst twiddling the knobs for punk priestess Wendy O Williams on this release he did his best Kiss work for many years. Gene wrote much of the material on offer here and complete with 'Creatures' style production it has everything going for it. Kicking off with "I Love Sex (And Rock N Roll)" it is obvious right off the bat that this is not going to be subtle. An obvious declaration of a head on lifestyle it comes off (if you'll pardon the clumsy puns) as a sleezier version of "I Love Rock Roll" by Joan Jett. "Its My Life" is the best unreleased Kiss song ever, finally showings its face as a "Psycho Circus" reject on the Kiss Box Set, but its the version here that is the best. A snarl of a vocal and covered in attitude its far more believable this time round. "Priestess" is saved by great Kiss style backing vocals and a Frehley style guitar break. "Thief In The Night" is okay but not special, but "Opus in Cm7" is special with grand piano and a sympathetic vocal. A perfect structured ballad with another blazing and innovative guitar lead break. "Ready To Rock" features Paul Stanley on a nice tasty guitar sound and is an anthemic chant much in the "I Love It Loud" mode. With those thunderous drums (which sound like the late great Carr but go uncredited)you can forgive the fact that the song really goes nowhere fast. "Bump and Grind" is better with a far more tongue in cheek approach, at least you hope it is with the saucy line of 'got a problem in my head got a problem in my pants do ya wanna bump and grind with me'. A orbit launching solo from Space Ace also adds a nice touch and reminded me at the time how much he was missed in Kiss's sound. How Gene Simmons (credited as bass player Reginald Van Helsing on this cd) couldn't persuade "Legends Never Die" to appear on a Kiss album but could persued them to release a field of second rate dross for almost a decade defies understanding. The best song on this CD hands down a touching tale of life in the spotlight being cut short. Even more sad when it became all too true with Wendy O Williams ending her own life years later. "Ain't None of Your Business" sounds like a "Lick It Up" left over with a very Vincent sounding guitar sound, not suprising as he receives a co-writing credit. If not bitter sweet in the fact that it showed Gene was still capable of delivering the goods "WOW" does just that. Buy on site with no regrets what so ever."
Wendy O. Williams - 'WOW' (Passport)
Mike Reed | USA | 03/23/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"'Wow' was Wendy O.William's(R.I.P.)first solo effort.Though it's got some bite to it,'Wow' really cannot match up to any of the Plasmatics lp's.It can give the listener(s)a good run for their money.Decent hard rock release.Tunes that I liked the best were "I Love Sex(And Rock And Roll)","It's My Life",the in-your-mug "Priestess","Bump And Grind" and "Legends Never Die".Line-up:Wendy O.-vocals,Wes Beach-guitar,Reginald Van Helsing(aka Gene Simmons)-bass and T.C.Tolliver-drums.The one time I saw The Plasmatics in concert,I was SO wired after the gig, I honestly couldn't eat or sleep for the next day and a half.All I kept thinking to myself was "WOW!!".To this very day,whenever I enter a contest in,say an area newspaper about the most memorable concert I've ever seen,all I need to do is mention Miss William's onstage antics,and my comments usually get printed in the next edition that comes out.Long live Wendy O. and The Plasmatics!!"
Wendy's best
Buddy Barker | Alexandria, VA United States | 12/08/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"While I always found Wendy O Williams and the Plasmatics entertaining, I was only moderately interested in their punk/metal hybrid. For sure there were some good songs on earlier albums but, to me, WOW is Wendy's peak. What we've got here is a highly memorable set of crunchy riff-rockers, many written (and featuring performances) by various members of Kiss (bassist Gene Simmons handles production chores). You could almost claim WOW to be a lost Kiss album;at times Wendy's vocals even sound like a cross between Simmons and Joan Jett. No matter how hard rocking the songs are there's always a strong sense of melody (a trait that always gave the savvy Kiss an edge on their competition). With the tragic passing of Williams WOW stands as a positive testament to her unique personna."