With so many Glitter Band
reissues and repackages already on the streets, you might think it redundant for anybody to set out to re-record the best of their oeuvre. And the sad truth of the matter is, you'd be right. While there's no doubting the fact that founding members John Rossall
and Harvey Ellison
do a good job in recreating the riffs that once ruled the world (or, at least, all the sensible parts of it), nor that things like "Angel Face," "Tell Him," and "Goodbye My Love" are solid gold in any guise you like, still there's no replacing the originals -- and all the more so since the death of original vocalist Gerry Shephard
to the microphone. In terms of simply cranking up the stereo and leaping around to some of the most magnificently primal rock ever made, Glitteresque
is a lot of fun. But the best tracks are the ones that the original band never released in their own right (ABBA
's "Does Your Mother Know" and bossman Gary Glitter
's "Rock and Roll"), and the rest are better sought out elsewhere.