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The Early Years

by Helix

Classic indie 70's rock
Genre: Rock: Arena Rock
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1. I Could Never Leave
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2. Don't Hide Your Love
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3. Down in the City
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4. Crazy Women
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5. Billy Oxygen
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6. Here I Go Again
3:34 $0.99
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7. You're a Woman Now
5:38 $0.99
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8. Wish I Could Be There
6:17 $0.99
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9. Breaking Loose
4:11 $0.99
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10. It's Too Late
3:56 $0.99
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11. Long Distance Heartbreak
6:46 $0.99
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12. Time for a Change
3:12 $0.99
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13. Hangman's Tree
3:54 $0.99
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14. It's What I Wanted
3:56 $0.99
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15. Mainline
2:59 $0.99
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16. Women Whiskey & Sin
3:09 $0.99
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17. Thoughts That Bleed
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Album Notes
The Early Years is a compilation of Helix's first two "indie" albums Breaking Loose (1979) and White Lace & Black Leather(1981), released on the band's own label H&S Records. H&S stood for Helix and Seip, the band's manager. Although indie albums are all the rage nowadays, this was a pioneering effort at the time. Most bands sent their material to the major labels and hoped to secure a deal. In Helix's case, they were turned down by every major and minor label at the time. In fact, they were told that they were "dinosaurs" and that their music would never sell. The band persevered regardless, selling roughly 15,000 copies of each disc off stage between their sets as they traveled across Canada playing bars from the Maritimes to the west coast. The first album "Breaking Loose" spawned the hit "You're a Woman Now" in the state of Texas, largely due to Joe Anthony of KISS/KAMAC RADIO in San Antonio and Chris Johnson, program director of Amarillo College. This led to their first tour of the Lone Star State in Helotes, Dallas, Houston, and Amarillo. In Helotes, they played with their first recording act ever in the U.S.-Y&T-a band they're played with many times since. Their second album White Lace & Black Leather became a Number One British Import due to the song "Women Whiskey & Sin", a phrase the band had taken from the Styx song "Born For Adventure". This led to ink in Britian's biggest rock magazines at the time: Sounds and Kerrang-and led to the band ultimately being signed to Capitol/E.M.I. on their next album "No Rest For The Wicked".

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