Three songs from "Smash Hits Unplugged", the forthcoming acoustic album from Canadian hard rock veterans HELIX, can be streamed on the band's official web site (in the audio player in the upper left-hand corner of the page). Tentatively due before the end of the year, the CD was recorded at A Studios in London, Ontario with co-producer Aaron Murray and is comprised of "all our hits plus the JAMES LEROY song 'A Touch of Magic' which I've always wanted to record," states singer Brian Vollmer. The artwork for the CD was executed by Matt Brooks of Babyjack Design, who also designed the cover for the last HELIX"Vagabond Bones".
"Smash Hits Unplugged" track listing:
* Rock You
* Heavy Metal Love
* Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'
* Make Me Do (Anything You Want)
* Wild In The Streets/No Rest For The Wicked
* Deep Cuts The Knife
* The Kids Are All Shakin'
* Dream On
* That Day Is Gonna Come
* Good To The Last Drop
* A Touch of Magic (JAMES LEROY cover)
In other news, HELIX is filming a pilot for a reality-TV series called "Vagabond Bones". HELIX frontman Brian Vollmer states, "I'm really excited as to where this could lead if we get a network to carry it.
He added, "I know what you're thinking — not another reality show! I really think our story is unique, however. A clear distinction between us and the other shows out there is the personalities in the band. That's always been our strongest point and one that we plan on focusing on when we film. [Cameraman] Pat [Portelance] is going to spend a day with everyone at their homes to capture the 'essence' of what we're all about, as well as the shows we have coming up, including our four-date/three-day stint in Alberta at the end of November. We plan on getting the behind-the-scenes 'stuff' that's involved with putting dates together.
"Unlike the American reality shows which focus on lavish lifestyles, ours is a blue collar story of a Canadian band traveling the vast expanses of the country. Along the way we'll visit old haunts, interview and talk to fellow Canadian musicians, and dispense some of the wisdom that hopefully we've learned over the years. . . Just the fact that we're touring across Canada will give the show an entirely different look."
As previously reported, HELIX is putting together a compilation album consisting of songs that were released between 2000 and 2010, including three tracks that originally appeared on singer Brian Vollmer's solo album.
The track listing for this CD is tentatively as follows:
* I'm A Live Frankenstein
* X-Ray Eyes
* King Of The Hill
* Get Up!
* Fill Your Head With Rock
* Cyberspace Girl
* The Animal Inside
* Make 'Em Dance
* Hung Over (But Still Hanging In)
* The William Tell Overture
* It's a Long Way To The Top If You Wanna Rock N' Roll (AC/DC cover)
HELIX's latest album, "Vagabond Bones", was released in Canada via Universal/Fontana and in the U.S. through Perris Records. Vocalist Brian Vollmer collaborated with Sean Kelly (CRASH KELLY) on material for the CD, which was mixed by engineer Aaron Murray.