It had been a long struggle between David DeFeis and former guitarist Jack Starr to finally see the first two VIRGIN STEELE-albums re-released, too, after their later works having seen the light of the day a few years ago already.
Just as with the other re-releases, we here get treated with eight bonus-tracks, three of them off their unreleased 1982 demo, one unreleased track from the recording sessions of "I", plus four alternative versions of album-tracks, everything re-mastered and partly re-mixed.
You should not really compare "I" to the later masterpieces and the more bombastic and classical approach, for this album, originally released in 1982, has a very 80s sound, to say it nicely, very thin, not too original altogether, very deeply rooted in the typical US-Metal of that time. Dave climbs into almost ear-splitting regions at times, which sometimes are almost too much to bear at some points.
But he always has had a quite, hm, extreme voice, so he always had been a matter of taste, to be honest. And I never have been a big friend of Jack Starr's guitarwork, especially his solos, but that's only me, I guess… And the keyboards at times run a little wild, almost countering the guitar-work…
But enough of the complaints, this still is a re-release that is worth it, especially given the work that went into it and that it had been completely out of print for soooooooooo long (I mean, it has been released 20 years ago!)… But if you have found your way into VIRGIN STEELE through the newer releases, check this one out before buying… (Online November 14, 2002)