Diamond Head Behold The Beginning
Label: Metal Masters METALP 110
Format:Vinyl, LP, Compilation. Songs from Borrowed Time, Lightning to the Nations, and assorted EPs and singles.
Genre: NWOBHM, Heavy Metal
A1 Its Electric
A2 The Prince
A3 Sweet & Innocent
A4 Sucking My Love
B1 Streets Of Gold
B2 Play It Loud
B3 Shoot Out The Lights
B4 Waited Too Long
Written-By Tatler*, Harris*
Remixed in Feburary 1986.
Original tapes recorded at The Old Smithy Studio – Kemsley.
Tracks A1 to B3 and B5 taken from the album ‘Lightning To The Nations’.
Track B4 released as a single – both on DHM Records.
By kind permission of D.H.M.
1986 Metal Masters
52 Red Lion Street, London, WC1R 4PF
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Behold the Beginning is a compilation album by the heavy metal band Diamond Head. It was released after their Canterbury album and subsequent break-up and is composed mostly of tracks from the bands debut album, Lightning to the Nations, as well as the non-LP single “Waited Too Long” and its B-side “Play it Loud”. The album was remixed by the bands guitarist Brian Tatler.
Brian Tatler guitar, vocals
Sean Harris vocals
Duncan Scott drums
Colin Kimberly bass
5.0 out of 5 stars If you’re a fan of EARLY Metallica, you’ll love this!
Basically, if you enjoy early Metallica (i.e. circa 1983-84 and the album “Kill ‘Em All”) then you should DEFINITELY get this album. This band is probably one of the biggest influences on early Metallica material, and from what I gather this is still one of Lars Ulrich’s favorite bands, if not his TOP favorite. Reflecting this fact, Metallica has covered at least five songs off this album, four of which appear on their cover album Garage, Inc. (the fifth song I’ve heard them cover is “Sucking My Love”); devoting 4 of 27 covers to Diamond Head to me shows their devotion and admiration of this band!
As Lars writes in the liner notes:
“The best way to finish all this is with a quotation from the most influential journalist of the time and the creator of the term “NWOBHM” (geddit? ) and other such lost goodies, Geoff “Lyrics” Barton, who in February ’80 wrote the following classic in sounds’ magazine about Diamond Head. ”There are more good riffs in your average single Diamond Head song than their(sic) are in the first four Black Sabbath albums.” Strong stuff and remember, if its too old you’re too loud! ”
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Of The Best,
I think that this is the best metal LP from the late 70s and all of the 80s(except for master of puppets) this is a true work of art. Too bad diamond head isn’t well known as Metallica because they deserve to be.
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Metal History – period!,
Metallica was influenced heavily by this band (as well as another great one of the time – Budgie), and rightfully so. These guys were on the ‘brink’ of what the bands that followed broke in to – but were the first to do it, and they did it SO well! And to tell you, the only difference today sometimes seems to be the quality of equipment and producers, where the ‘heart’ behind the music seems secondary. This lp was all passion, heart and energy – no gloss and digital sound, just pure rock.
It is great to hear bands like this – kind of like listening to early Judas Priest or Iron Maiden, and seeing the ‘roots’ that were planted into the metal bands that followed them. I highly recommend this
5.0 out of 5 stars The best !!!
Diamond Head is one of the best bands of the whole NWOBHM scene that’s a must have title for all sorts of Metalheads . If you like METAL you have to buy this one .
5.0 out of 5 stars Diamond Head – ‘Behold The Beginning’
Hadn’t heard this in awhile as I’ve always been a Diamond Head fan.This pressing of ‘Behold…’ is basically a reissue of the bands 1981 debut ‘Lightning To The Nations’ lp with a couple of extra tracks tagged on, the ballad “Waited To Long” and “Play It Loud”.Diamond Head has never received the respect nor the credit they truly deserve. After just one listen of ‘Behold…’,its sure to pull you in with its ten outstanding tracks of first rate fiery British heavy metal. In case some of you didn’t know, Diamond Head was a vital part of the NWOBHM movement. Some of the killer tunes are the unforgettable “Am I Evil?”,”Streets Of Gold” and “Shoot Out The Lights”(brings back some hot summer night memories).I have a couple of other DH releases as I’ve always noticed the stellar guitar playing by Brian Tatler. I believe vocalist Sean Harris MAY be the only original member in the group left.Not sure about that.
Should appeal to fans of Saxon,Motorhead,Iron Maiden and Samson. Their followers are notably Metallica, Flotsam&Jetsam, Danzig, Prong and maybe Metal Church. Highly recommended for all true metal heads.
5.0 out of 5 stars Diamond Head, Behold the Beginning,
Diamond Heads “Behold the Beginning” is great! I bought it after I saw that several of Metallica’s Garage Days tracks were originally done by DH. I don’t think it is so much metal as it is just good rock music with some crunchy guitar. Lars Ulrich (Metallica) comments in the liner notes that “Diamond Head has more riffs in one song than Black Sabbath has on a whole album”, and hes right. These songs stick in your mind and run a full gamut of intensity – from “Am I Evil”, the rocker always associated to Metallica, to “Waited Too Long”, a convincing and melodic love ballad with nice guitar embellishments. I highly recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Diamond Head, little known….,
If there was any proof the Gods in the heavens existed, this LP is it. In my personal opinion These are truly Diamond Heads greatest hits. Whether you like the pounding style of “Am I evil” Or the almost sadness provoking “The Prince” Diamond Head truly has a way with music. Why this band never really took off is not for me to say. But if your a heavy metal fan, then come and listen to the Kings of the Metal mountain. Diamond Head.
5.0 out of 5 stars An early metal masterpiece,
I very much enjoy listening to this classic British metal album.As a musician myself,I can appreciate the effort put in to this work.
5.0 out of 5 stars the origin of heavy metal,
if Metallica looked up to these guys, that’s proof enough that these guys are great
5.0 out of 5 stars Every bit as good as Motorhead and Metallica
Metallica basically owe their existence to Diamond Head and a handful of lesser British metal bands from the late 70s and early 80s. This is a great heavy metal album, and something many of todays up and comers could still learn from. It belongs in any true metal heads collection.
Metallica’s – Garage Inc. album came out in 1998 and sold over five million copies. It contains four Diamond Head songs, and the royalties have changed my life a lot [says Diamond Head’s Brian Tatler]. I bought a house with my wife, and the constant flow of royalties mean that I no longer have to work.
“In 1998, I was visiting our drummer Karl in San Francisco, and I got a call from Lars Ulrich, who invited us to come and visit him at The Record Plant studio in Sausalito, California, where Metallica were recording Garage Inc. Lars showed us around and treated us to a playback of It’s Electric, that they’d just recorded.
“Later on we drove back into San Francisco to celebrate, and l asked Lars how many copies the record would sell. And he said, ‘this is probably going to sell five million copies, based on the the last few. So the beers are on you!’
“To get four songs on a Metallica album… I’ve been very lucky there. It’s just the way it is. They did great versions of our songs. They are very tight and make it rock. They introduced Diamond Head to millions of American fans that didn’t know Diamond Head, because we had never toured the US back in the day.
“I sometimes think of some of the other NWOBHM bands that didn’t get covered. It could have been Angelwitch. It could have been Tygers Of Pan Tang. I’m just very lucky.” [Diamond Head’s Brian Tatler]