Welcome to the Club is the second studio album by Canadian heavy metal band, Kick Axe. The album was released at the end of 1985 on Pasha Records/CBS Records in the format of vinyl and cassette album.
In 2000 was the album remastered and reissued, for the first time on CD, as part of the "Sony Rewind" series.
In 2016, a UK label Rock Candy remastered and reissued the album on CD in a "De Luxe" version comprising a comprehensive booklet loaded with vintage photos and a very detailed band history by Malcolm Dome.
Recorded in the Metal Works Studios, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada (owned by a Canadian band Triumph), mixed in the Pasha Music House, Hollywood, California, USA and produced by Randy Bishop with a final touch of Spencer Proffer. Welcome to the Club sees Kick Axe veer into more commercial area with a smoother, more melodic and sophisticated collection of songs. Still an anthemic/arena metal, brash and bold, but more polished, with a more radio friendly production and smoother commercial touch that makes this album attractive to a wider audience.
The cover of Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends" has been released not only as a single but also as a video with an ensemble chorus featuring Lee Aaron & John Albani (Lee Aaron Band), Rik Emmett (Triumph), Brian Allen & Sheron Alton (Toronto), Bob Segarini, Alfie Zappacosta, Cameron Hawkins (FM), Cindy Valentine, Paris, Ava Cherry, Andy Curran (Coney Hatch). It reached #79 on the Canadian RPM Top 100 Singles.
In Canada the album reached #93, February 8, 1986 at the RPM Top 100 Albums.
This album has never made it into Billboard 200 album chart.
George Criston: lead vocals
Raymond Arthur Harvey: guitar, keyboards and vocals
Larry Gillstrom: guitar and vocals
Victor Langen: bass and vocals
Vice Brian Gillstrom: drums
Randy Bishop: percussion, keyboards
Spencer Proffer: percussion, keyboards
Vocals on "With a Little Help From My Friends":
Rik Emmett, Alfie Zappacosta, Lee Aaron, John Albani, Andy Curran, Sharon Alton, Cindy Valentine, Brian Allen, Ava Cherry, Paris, Bob Segarini, and Cameron Hawkins
Produced by Randy Bishop, and Spencer Proffer, assisted by Suzanne DuBarry
Engineered by Hanspeter Huber and Ed Stone, assisted by Alex Woltman, Kevin Arst, and Noel Golden
Mastered by Steve Hall
Photography by Dimo Safari
Art direction and design by Hugh Syme