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AXE – Offering

Axe – Offering (1982, Atco Records; 2003, Wounded Bird Records)

Track Listing:
1. “Rock ‘N’ Roll Party in the Streets” – 3:29
2. “Video Inspiration” – 2:48
3. “Steal Another Fantasy” – 4:40
4. “Jennifer” – 3:56
5. “I Got the Fire” – 3:19
6. “Burn the City Down” – 4:45
7. “Now or Never” – 3:51
8. “Holdin’ On” – 2:54
9. “Silent Soldiers” – 6:00

Bobby Barth – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Mike Osborne – Guitar
Wayne Haner – Bass
Edgar Riley – Keyboards
Teddy Mueller – Drums

Produced by: Al Nalli

With a band name like Axe and an album cover like Offering‘s you’d expect something pretty heavy, but instead Axe is just a good hard rock/AOR band. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I knew what I was getting into anyway because I had heard “Rock ‘N’ Roll Party in the Streets” on Dee Snider’s House of Hair radio show while still in high school and it quickly became a favorite song of mine. Fast foward a few years and I was talking to a co-worker about Axe and he suggested I check out Offering. As luck would have it, about that time it was recently reissued by Wounded Bird Records so I snatched it up from for a good price.

Top to bottom, I really enjoy this album. It’s been about 3 or 4 years since I last listened to it, but I broke it out again on a whim and I’m digging it all over again. “Steal Another Fantasy” is a hard rock/AOR classic and I love the vocals on it and it reminds me of a few XYZ & Rainbow songs.

“Rock ‘N’ Roll Party in the Streets” would be the album’s highlight for me, but the band does a great job on covering Montrose’s “I Got the Fire” and it’s the most energetic song on the album.

Highlights: “Rock ‘N’ Roll Party in the Streets”, “Video Inspiration”, “Steal Another Fantasy”, “I Got the Fire”, “Burn the City Down”, “Silent Soldiers”

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