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Soundgarden/Badmotorfinger(1991)

This review comes as an Request from Stick It In Your Ear follower ROBBO!

So as the  musical world tries to wrap its brain on what went down in Detroit. I think it would be a great time  to talk about a pretty decent heavy slab of Rock in the form of Badmotorfinger which was released on October 8th 1991.

Soundgarden I had read about in magazines(early 1990’s) like RIP who championed their cause as a band to watch at the  time. For myself I obviously knew the name but it wasn’t until I was cruising around in my buddy Oink’s car that in his cassette deck he was blasting something that wasn’t Ozzy or Maiden. 

I asked him “who is this?” as the sonics sounded heavy but in a cool kind of way as the rhythm of the drums sounded like a battering ram to the noggin while the guitars were mixed loud! Here come the late great Chris Cornell laying down a vocal like I had never heard. Cornell’s vocals sounded street tough but distinct and as a bonus I could understand him as his vocal delivery  was as loud as the band itself. I have often said I was amazed that Cornell didn’t toss a lung when he sang….

Speaking of which the first Soundgarden  song I had ever heard that night in Oink’s car was Jesus Christ Pose!

This was I believe in late 91. Of course Muchmusic started playing Soundgarden videos like Outshined and Rusty Cage so my curiosity level was tweaked even more.

Early 1992 I was onboard with Soundgarden(purchased Badmotorfinger) and for me they were a cut above everyone else and that was due to Cornell’s voice.

We all know the landscape for music changed as well in 1992 (no need to go there again) but I myself being from the 80’s Hard Rock club was intrigued by this new sound and by summer of 1992 I did own a copy of Nirvana’s Nevermind as well as Pearl Jam’s 10 album but for me it was Soundgarden I always went back to even with the followup releases like the classic 1994 release Superunknown and 1995’s Down On The Upside.  Those two albums are worth the time!

Hell I even purchased the A-Sides Greatest Hits compilation as it had tracks I had not heard.(I reviewed A-Sides a while back) and one of my Best Friends Metal Todd secured me a copy of the King Animal release  a few years back(2012) as well!(King Animal is a very good album one you all should check out but for some crazy reason no one talks about. Than again if it came out in 1997 people would be all over it)

Badmotorfinger through it’s 12 tracks(57 plus minutes if music) forged and created a sound I had at the time not had heard ever.

Perhaps the term “Impact” should be used here!

Drummer Matt Cameron plays all over the map but in a tight military like fashion with his snare drum blasting off rounds after rounds of  pure greatness.

Kim Thayil was no poster boy in the looks department but he could inner channel Sabbaths Tony Iommi  with big heavy dirty grimy power riffs and it’s all about the tunes not the image back in 92 correct? Thayil fits the bill to a T! Searching With My Good Eye Closed would fill the void of a Sabbath like sound. This song just oozes and limps its way to mass destruction.

Bassist Ben Sheppard plays like a mad scientist with a ton of groovy demonic like bass lines and the tone from Hell!

Special mention must be made to producer Terry Date who harnessed all this energy in and pushed the record button! Kudos Sir!

BadMotorfinger even though it never came close to the sales of Nevermind and 10 in 92 it still held its own and still sold and of course a few years later in 94 that would change when Superunknown went though the roof in sales as that was due to the songs and roadwork put forth by the touring on the Badmotorfinger release.

Speaking of Superunknown. Last year I challenged a few of you’s to put down your all time Top 20 albums. It was tough but sitting in my Top 20  was Superunknown and how could it not be. Limo Wreck has to be my fav tune on there and someday I will get around to reviewing Superunkown as well! Such a classic!

Last year in 2016 Soundgarden released a super-duper deluxe of Badmotorfinger which included a classic 1992 show from Seattle on this tour and it’s a full on 90 minute classic show with a band that is on fire and its a great piece of rock history! It’s noisy at times trashy but Cornell holds it all together with his voice or should I say Chris harnesses it all in…..So good… check it out folks! I posted the video from this show of Jesus Christ Pose….Crank it! This live clip shows you the   juggernaut that these guys were ….I think there must have been at least 20 stage dives by members in the crowd during this song alone!

Soundgarden back in late 91 made a fanboy out of me and I’ll never admit to being a diehard but vocally Cornell on the studio releases he  never sang half assed always at full throttle.

Give it up for the man and rest easy Chris…

 

Iron Maiden/Live After Death(1985)

Live After Death is in the upper echelons of my all time favourite Live Albums Period! Still to this day!

Shall we rewind back Somewhere In Time?

A week after my 18th Birthday in October of 1985 Iron Maiden drop on my senses this Double Whopper Of  A Live Album. The Double Whopper being its a Double Album.

Live After Death was released on Friday October 15th 1985 to be exact and I remember this day well as I had seen the ads in Circus Magazine  pre hyping it’s release a month or two before and I was chomping at the bit to go and fetch this upon its release which I did after the school bell rung on that Friday.  Basically barricaded myself in my bedroom with this album for the whole weekend! Frigg ya as Maiden as per their protocol went all out on this album. Cool artwork by Derek Riggs Double Gatefold Sleeve/Tons of Pictures/All the tour dates/Lyrics/Pics/Stats (like how many guitar strings and pics were used and how much booze was consumed) you know the important stuff involving suds! Even the Road Crew schedule was posted!

I drooled as here I am in Tbay with my head fried from my  Grade 12 Sociology Class yet Maiden and band mascot Eddie made me forget the hard trials of school that day and well….

So here it is Iron Maiden recorded over 4 Nights in Scream For Me Long Beach( California ) on there very successful World Slavery Tour 84/85. Plus a an added kicker they released this on VHS Video as well. A  few years back as Maiden released this on DVD with a bunch of extras…. They still know how to package their product!

Maiden Men…

Losfer’s Words & Music…

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. Intro: Churchill’s Speech Winston Churchill 1:09
2. Aces High” (from Powerslave, 1984) 4:07
3. 2 Minutes to Midnight” (from Powerslave, 1984) Adrian Smith, Bruce Dickinson 5:52
4. The Trooper” (from Piece of Mind, 1983) 3:59
5. “Revelations” (from Piece of Mind, 1983) Dickinson 5:59
6. Flight of Icarus” (from Piece of Mind, 1983) Smith, Dickinson 3:21
Side 2
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” (from Powerslave, 1984) 13:03
2. “Powerslave” (from Powerslave, 1984) Dickinson 7:06
3. The Number of the Beast” (from The Number of the Beast, 1982) 4:48
Side 3
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. Hallowed Be Thy Name” (from The Number of the Beast, 1982) 7:17
2. “Iron Maiden” (from Iron Maiden, 1980) 4:11
3. Run to the Hills” (from The Number of the Beast, 1982) 3:52
4. Running Free” (from Iron Maiden, 1980) Harris, Paul Di’Anno 8:16
Side 4
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Wrathchild” (from Killers, 1981) 2:54
2. “22 Acacia Avenue” (from The Number of the Beast, 1982) Harris, Smith 6:04
3. “Children of the Damned” (from The Number of the Beast, 1982) 4:19
4. “Die with Your Boots On” (from Piece of Mind, 1983) Smith, Dickinson, Harris 4:51
5. “Phantom of the Opera” (from Iron Maiden, 1980) 7:01
Total length: 98:09

YUP! Just over 98 Minutes of Maiden! Now you know why I locked myself in Bedroom with my stereo blasting this album on that cold October weekend! Special mention must be made to my parents who never ever once told me too turn it down but at times they must have wondered what the hell was going on in my bedroom! No worries Folk’s I was on the Flight Of Icarus!

Basically you have the first three sides recorded in Long Beach and man oh man did Bruce trademark the “Scream For Me Long Beach!” If he hadn’t he should!

Of course with Maiden on  this tour was the stages of all stages with a Mummified EDDIE leading the way! Massive is what I would call it!

The album opens with Churchill doing his War Speech and about never surrendering and Bam! Here’s Maiden ripping into Ace’s High  and tons of rolling/rolling turning/turning through out! The songs are crisp and clear. The Musicianship is second to none! Bruce’s vocals soar through out the whole album.

This is just one rock solid album from start to finish! The songs all stand on their own merit! It’s basically a Greatest Hits set done live while spreading throughout songs from the current Powerslave album that had walloped me outside the noggin the previous year!

Adrian Smith and Dave Murray in my opinion are the best two lead guitar duo’s ever in the business of Music! There playing is friggin unbelievable even up till this day (Along with current sidekick Janick Gers)  The solos’ are slick/well thought out and are hammered into our skulls as epic riff’s. Nicko the lunatic playing the drums does all the drum rolls and you want epic crash n smash style but keeping it smooth look no further than the track Powerslave after the Dave/Adrian solo’s man he just is so smooth as in making it look easy. Steve Harris being the main songwriter and he is the leader(much to Bruce’s chagrin at the time I suppose) as this was his vision put forth by him and manager Rod Smallwood. 

So if you want an  epic Harris track  look no further than Rime Of The Ancient Mariner as it weaves over it’s 13 minutes of tempo changes and keeps you the listener entrenched and no boredom ever sets in with this track.  Pure Greatness!

Course the big end of the set tune Iron Maiden pulls out all the stops! Just watch the clip below and see for yourself!

Side Four is recorded in England at the infamous Hammersmith Odeon and if my memory serves me correct this side was for the diehards across the pond as Maiden would mix up the set list as to keep the hardcore fans happy as America hadn’t caught on as quickly as Europe. I may be wrong here ….

22 Acacia Avenue rips accordingly and I love how Bruce drops the line of Speak For Me Hammersmith!” over the guitars of Davey and Adrian before Bruce ramps back up vocally on the second verse!

Die With Your Boots On is another kicker of a track. Great everything about this one as well! Love the guitar playing  on this track as Nicko drives the bus with his drums and keeps it all together!

Phantom Of The Opera always fascinated me back than as did the other tracks that were sung by original singer Paul Dianno on the studio versions before he got tossed and Bruce took charge. Of course now in 2017 it’s nothing new when Bruce sings the Paul tunes but back in 1985 other than hearing a B-Side of Bruce singing Remember Tomorrow you had no idea how the Dianno songs would come across with Bruce singing them!

Well the answer after listening to Live After Death was that Bruce basically took them over and made him his own.

Don’t get me wrong folks I love Dianno’s singing style on the debut Maiden album/Killers and especially Maiden Japan but the Air Raid Siren just belts it out like there is indeed no tomorrow!

Live After Death was the bridge gap between 84’s Powerslave and 86’s Somewhere In Time albums but this live audio/video showcase features a band showing everyone else in the Metal Spectrum how it’s done!

 

 

Deep Purple/Infinite(2017)

 

Mikey Ladano has to be the biggest Deep Purple Fanboy I have ever known. The dude loves his Purple so when this album dropped in early April of this year I knew Mikey in his review would give Purple’s latest Infinite a fair shake!

Mikey raved on about it even reviewing a couple of the singles before the actual album dropped! He was invested in this album Huge. I commented that the track Time For Bedlam was pretty good. But to be fair I thought I would wait for Mikey’s review of the whole Purple Meal Deal of Infinite to see if i would purchase it myself!

When the album was finally released Mikey reviewed it and raved about it so I took the plunge a few days later and purchased it myself!

Before I go any further I like the cover of that Ice Freighter carving it’s way thorough the Ice and making the DP Logo. Very bright looking!

Actually this is my first Deep Purple purchase of a new studio since 1996’s Perpendicular which featured Guitarist Steve Morse making his Purple studio debut replacing everyone’s favourite Loose Cannon Man In Black Ritchie Blackmore.

I guess you could say I was long overdue to hop aboard the Purple Tour Bus and give it another go!

Boy…Am I glad I ever did!

“Time For Bedlam”
“Hip Boots”
“All I Got Is You”
“One Night In Vegas”
“Get Me Outta Here”
“The Surprising”
“Johnny’s Band”
“On Top Of The World”
“Birds Of Prey”
“Roadhouse Blues”

Ian Gillian/Ian Paice/Don Airey/Steve Morse/Roger Glover along with producer Bob Ezrin(Alice Cooper/KISS/Pink Floyd/Hanoi Rocks) have put out a real fine piece of Hard Rock that delves into the sound of there 70’s past but have also made it sound modern as well basically a mashup of the 70’s and 80’s with an added touch of keeping it current!

Time For Bedlam begins with a Gillian like chant almost hypnotized if I say so myself and before long the boys in the band fire up behind him and this is a good straight ahead rock track. Guitarist Steve Morse and Keyboardist Don Airey lock in together and Ezrin does a great job at keeping the mix of the guitar and keyboard from not overpowering the other. The chorus here is the money shot! Great opener! Must also mention the one line Ian sings which is ‘Sucking my milk from the venomous tit of the state’  Is Tbone writing lyrics for Deep Purple?

So we delve back into the time capsule and put our Hip Boots on and this is a swampy like Purple N Jam tune. Love the lyrics to this one.

You can bury me up to my knees in shit
Or anything else… I don’t mind a bit
You think I’m gonna drown but you’re wrong
‘Cos man I got my hip boots on

Hip Boots just sounds like a total Jam tune as I had mentioned and I just love the laziness feel good vibe it projects….

Purple open All I Got Is You with that eery creepy like Hammond Keyboard Sound that we have heard for years but don’t be fooled as the song picks up the Paice(ha) and propels the song forward with tons of Morse and Airey Guitar/Keyboard mashing up throughout this song and the album as a whole!

One Night In Vegas is a great song with a ton of fun like Gillian lyrics where basically he was  snapped up on drink in Las Vegas met a girl went to the chapel had no recollection of this happening and they are still together 30 years later! True story? Dunno but a great tune with some nice riffing by Morse.

Drummer Ian Paice’s drums sound awesome at the beginning of Get Me Out Of Here.  Ezrin once again let’s the boys get to it and this is one of those tunes that has a decent pace to it with the keys and bassist Roger Glover producing a huge wall of sound but make no mistake when I’m listening to this album I don’t think of it as I’m hearing a bunch of old guys playing rock. No sir! I’m thinking it’s a bunch of old guys creating new Rock!

The Surprising leads off with some real cool 6 string picking courtesy of Mr Morse. This song  eases of the Purple Gas Pedal a bit but Paice and his drums keep the song moving forward. Hey,I have no squabbles about slow songs but I hate slow like mush tunes like many act’s get sucked into but as long as the drummer fella keeps the beat moving  forward.  I have no problems whatsoever!

Now here’s a cool tune called Johnny’s Band. A song that is written about a dude named Johnny and the fella’s in his band which would be Bill/Pete and Benny, Johnny’s Band in the lyrics of this song hit the top than hit the skids(like so many do!) but Johnny keeps given ‘er even though he’s playing the clubs. Cool interplay between Steve on guitar and the vocals of Gillian on the chorus!

On Top Of The World has a pretty cool groove to it and thats because Airey knows how to add space to let Morse soar on these songs on guitar.

Time for a psychedelic like stomping tune that’s called   Birds Of Prey. This song is out there, kinda trippy but  enough oomph to not make it a wimpy  waste of space. This track has Ian and the boys out there to  and heading into infinity and beyond. Basically loading up and going Space Truckin!

Roadhouse Blues. Yup this is The Doors cover from decades back and you know what! I love this cover of it. Tons of harmonica/tons of guitar and tons of musical swagger shown in Roadhouse Blues. Here’s a little tip for you folk’s out there reading this…’Yeah, keep your eyes on the road, your hand upon the wheel!”

The iTunes version I purchased has 4 added bonus tunes.  Paradise Bar/Uncommon Man/Hip Boots(demo)/Strange Kind Of Woman(live)

What a great record in the year 2017 from The Deep Purple Fella’s! It’s cool to see a band with about 50 years of history being able to cook up a batch of great rock tracks.

Steve Morse totally rules on this album as he plays flawlessly not overdoing it with a whole bunch of  wanker fest wang bar diddle daddle look at me soloing! Nope! Than again Morse has never been that kind of 6 stringer! Everything about this album is solid…Songs/Musicianship/Singing/Production. It’s all here!

This album is worth the dough folks!

 

Motorhead/No Sleep Til Hammersmith(1981)

Amazing how a cover could sell the album to you! No Sleep Til Hammersmith did just that to me back in early 1982. That album cover with the Bomber airplane being used as a lighting truss and another power trio band(Power Trio being the term used lightly here) playing METAL!

Lemmy(RIP) Fast Eddie and Philthy  Phil blew my brains out with their style of Metal. It was loud/noisy/fast but there was still hooks buried somewhere in between Lemmy’s vocals/rumbling distorted Bass and Eddie and Phil’s thrashing about on the Guitar and Drums respectively.

Ace Of Spades opens the 11 song album and Spades just destroys anything in its path. Welcome to the world of Motorhead as an 15-year-old! Stay Clean/No Class/OverKill/Bomber and my favourite tune on this album We Are The Road Crew just reek of booze/smoke! Just general chaos!

This fellow in high school with me at the time David Kunis bought all of Motorhead’s stuff so the next album I had heard was Iron Fist but it didn’t take to me at all and it wasn’t until 1992’s March Or Die that I would purchase another Motorhead album!

Make no mistake though No Sleep is Live! No OverDubs!

Loud Metal!

Triumph/Live At The US Festival(2003)

 

So  1983’s U.S Festival was a 3 day Rock Festival that had thousands upon thousands attend over Memorial Day Weekend (1983)..

Hows this for a backyard party?

I couldn’t even fathom the thought of attending this show and I remember the reviews in Circus Magazine and all you could see was people/people and more people!

Sunday, May 29 (Heavy Metal Day)

So Van Halen was the headliner of Heavy Metal Day. But take a little lookie and there’s some Can Con on the bill and pretty high up on the list is Triumph.

Not bad man as they were ahead that day of Ozzy/Judas Priest. Thats saying something! Only Klaus and the Stingers and Roth An Ensemble were ahead of Triumph on this day!

The Tunes Of Triumph….

  1. “Allied Forces” (Gil Moore, Michael Levine, Rik Emmett) – 3:41
  2. “Lay it on the Line” (Rik Emmett) – 4:30
  3. “Never Surrender” (Rik Emmett, Michael Levine, Gil Moore) – 6:37
  4. “Magic Power” (Rik Emmett, Michael Levine, Gil Moore) – 5:49
  5. “A World of Fantasy” (Rik Emmett, Michael Levine, Gil Moore, Tim Patrick) – 5:32
  6. “Rock & Roll Machine” (Gil Moore) – 10:31
  7. “When the Lights Go Down” (Gil Moore, Michael Levine, Rik Emmett) – 6:18
  8. “Fight the Good Fight” (Rik Emmett, Michael Levine, Gil Moore) – 8:07

Pretty cool as Triumph plays in the outdoors and it looks hot! Hell even Bassist Mike Levine with his cool 1983 white slacks and ball cap   fit the dress code that day.

Triumph show up folks and especially Rik Emmett who plays brilliantly as there are a ton of heavy Guitar Hitters here on this bill.  Drummer Gil Moore drives the bus with his playing and how about a view of the brilliant  tune Allied Forces! 

Don’t muck with Triumph as they will kick your ass and send in the Rock Troops. Emmett though on all the tracks  plays AWESOME! I will say at the 1 minute 23 mark of the video posted  is my favourite part! Wowzers! Hopefully Mr Books doesn’t pass out!

Too bad these other bands didn’t jump on the ball and release this show especially Halen as Roth is off his rocker at this show. Missing vocal lines/rambling on/telling stories. Was it all for show! For sure and don’t you just love Halen as they flat out refused to show up unless they were paid $1 more than David Bowie who headlined on the Saturday Night! Basically Halen was making over a cool Million for one nights work! Just recently the 3 Triumph Fella’s got together with radio guy Eddie Trunk and Eddie asked the guys about what it was like backstage at the US Festival.  I think Gil or Rik said that VH had what they called The Compound backstage which was basically a huge wall from the outside that was made of bamboo!

Ok Enough ….Actually Judas Priest released there live portion from this show on the deluxe edition of the excellent Screaming For Vengeance as well! So two bands had there Shit together in releasing footage of this show….

Triumph though on this flat out rock and with 8 tracks including a crazy great Guitar solo from Emmett in Rock N Roll Machine.

Triumph Live At The U.S Festival took 20 years for a proper release but I think this may be the best Live Triumph album I have heard..

If you come across it …pick this up!

Peter Criss: Tossed And Turning!

 

Special Saturday Post! 

Check out my Pal Mikey and his Good Friend Uncle Meat’s spin on the KISS’s Unmasked  album for a Triple Header Post Today! More value bang for the Buck around these parts!

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If you have been reading my Yammering for months now! Thanks I appreciate it. You would probably know or if you don’t recall my earliest favourite bands were AC/DC/Aerosmith/Cheap Trick/New England/Queen/Van Halen & KISS.

Kiss were the first band that I had started listening to back in 1977 and my first ever live show two years later in October 1979 on their Dynasty Tour which touched down in Duluth. You can read my first ever blog posted here at Arena Rock back in August 2014 here….https://superdekes.wordpress.com/2014/08/10/1979-the-return-of-kiss-2/

Seven months later (May 1980) Peter Criss gets the boot out of Kiss! Wowzers! Whut? This doesn’t happen to bands or does it? My 12-year-old noggin(1980) at the time couldn’t fathom it!

Sure Aerosmith had changed members but around 1980 they were caput kinda until 1982 when they released the criminally underrated Rock In A Hard Place.

By The time AC/DC came to me it was Back In Black! Sure there was a member change as Bon Scott died and Brian Johnson replaced him so that doesn’t count.

Cheap Trick,VH and Queen all had the four original guys that started the band so how does Paul Stanley,Ace Frehley and Gene Simmons do this?

Did Peter use all the Maybelline and the other guys in Kiss got pissy pants? Who knows! Dudes in bands don’t get divorced well not until now(1980) Silly young DeKEs!

I posted that clip at the top it’s interesting to hear $immon$ comments in regards to Criss quitting.  Simmons says Peter doesn’t want to tour anymore whereas Criss says the exact opposite that he will tour and he will be the Quarterback of the band  calling the shots! Did Peter even tour in the  early 80’s? Don’t be thinking so.

Who knows the truth? Like Nuno & Gary  from Extreme  said 11 years later in 1992.  There’s  Three Sides To Every Story.

1-Yours- which in this case is Gene & Paul

2-Mine- which would be Peter Criss

and #3 which is the …..

Truth– is there such a thing when a longtime member splits?Ha…none, all the way from Blackmore splitting from Deep Purple a couple of times to Sam Hagar being fired or quitting depending  on whose spin your believing. Tons of Drama with a lot of my favourite bands. You know the culprits! One of the funniest ones was the whole Motley Crue debacle of 92. I won’t elaborate as this is a KISS post but man I think I gotta post something about it in length….

Having said that….

 

When it comes to leaving a band it basically fizzles out the ex members career who splits while the band he quit from  continues and moves forward.

In Criss’ deal he splits Kiss when their career is in nosedive mode in North America but Pete soldiers on releases a solo album titled Out Of Control and it was like if Peter was playing his tune’s on the deck of the Titanic when it went  down in the Atlantic Ocean! No one cared even super Kiss Fanboys like myself and buddy Muc! We all passed on it.

Look Mikey! CD Japan!

Kiss hired Eric Carr(RIP) and after the dismal showing of 1981’s The Elder Kiss had a smidge bit of a bounce back with(the fantastic) Creatures Of The Night (1982)even Kiss knew they had to do something so off comes the war paint and viola a resurgence in sales and MTV video spins….

Peter Criss’ solo career went straight into the bars  and it wasn’t until Gene and Paul wanted to make quick cash decided to give Pete and Ace(Ace is another story for another time) another go round in 1996….

 

 

 

 

Saxon/The Eagle Has Landed(1982)

It was at my buddy Muc’s house back in the summer of 1982 when I first seen an actually Saxon album in Thunder Bay! Sure I read about them as they were part of the whole New Wave Of British Heavy Metal along with Def Leppard/Iron Maiden and others but Muc, give him credit as he bought this on import for how much back in 82 I have no idea but it blew my mind when I seen the look of the cover with Saxon red logo and the fact that it was live was the clincher seal of the deal…

I Love Live Albums…..

Of course another selling feature for me was the that it had some live shots on the back of the cover as well. I was swayed….

Muc was always cool at lending me vinyl so it wasn’t before to long I got this into my hands and hear it from the start to finish…..

This album is a great live document and to this day I can listen to this and it takes me right back to 82…

Chaps Known As Saxon….

Biff Byford – Vocals
Graham Oliver – Guitar
Paul Quinn – Guitar
Steve Dawson – Bass
Nigel Glockler – Drums

HMO’S Saxon Hit List..


1. “Motorcycle Man” 4:22
2. “747 (Strangers in the Night)” 4:38
3. “Princess of the Night” 4:20
4. “Strong Arm of the Law” 4:39
5. “Heavy Metal Thunder” 4:09
Side two
No. Title Length
6. “20,000 Ft.” 3:26
7. “Wheels of Steel” 8:52
8. “Never Surrender” 3:54
9. “Fire in the Sky” 2:41
10. “Machine Gun” 3:52

Boom out of the gate and it’s Motorcycle Man and the statement is made right from the get go that these Dudes can play the Metal! Glocker especially on the drums is a beast on this album and at various times shifting from straight ahead beats to crazy ass double bass drumming. I believe he still is with em today but for actual confirmation ask HMO….. Tell him Deke’s sent ya!

747 (Strangers In The Night) is really where it gets interesting as this song is littered throughout with a great melody and hook with a a melodic chorus but amplified by the Marshall Amps. Still though Biff tosses down a great vocal….love how he sings the line “Radiiiiio Oooooperator trying to get the message through” 

Don’t be  fooled by the title Princess Of The Night this is not a mushy balled but a steamer of attack which once again features a real kind of melodic chorus but the drums smash it around and keep the song moving forward!

STOP!!……GET OUT!! …WE ARE THE STRONG ARM OF THE LAW….this is one of the first sing along with Biff tunes on this album and Strong Arm is a great simple straight ahead rock track that is well delivered almost with a bit of an AC/DC like simplicity to it. Not that simple as I could never play it…. Must make a special mention how I still crack up laughing when  Biff tells the crowd he wants to see them “Dying from Exhaustion!” at the start of the song!

Heavy Metal Thunder is just that! Thunder as in drums and guitars along with the vocals this song is over the top classic!

20,000 Feet leads off Side 2 and it’s more fast and furious Saxon Metal. The thing is these is a couple of these dudes looked like hippies more than metal dudes but at the same time they weren’t really worried about image now were they?

Over 8 minutes of one of the great Saxon numbers and that’s Wheels Of Steel. Always dug the fact they just went about their business and could at times lay down a simple AC/DC like groove and keep things simple! Biff is in fine form here …..crowd participation “She’s Got ..what??” Biff asks the crowd.

Never Surrender must be Saxon’s motto in 2017. This song I always found it a little to  Saxon Sluggish for me liking! The lyrics are tough Biff telling us to all “Never Surrender” Don’t  give up the fight! yada yada. Ok,got it but the music  has the pace of a liquored up turtle crossing the Autobahn!

Biff and crew get back on track with Fire In The Sky as the pace picks right back up and boys lay down a real cool 1982 groove(Umm whatever that means that is) Yeah its kinda funny as no one ever talks about these tracks but there good Metal tunes. I will go on record and say that Glocker on the drums is a beast here. I will also go on record and say that Guitarist Paul Quinn was wearing ball hats long before Matthias Jabs donned the look after Jabs realized his hair was falling out from too much Love At First Sting! One more thing while were at it…That Bass dude from The Darkness stole the look from Steve Dawson like 20 years later.

Machine Gun ends the album and it’s Saxon going out in a Blaze Of Glory! Cue end of album quick metal track followed by a big racket of explosion to end Saxon Metal night with the swirl of  a siren ending the album…

Kids….This is Metal!

Once I heard this album and was blown away by it I was onboard with Saxon from that point forward for a few years but by the time 1986’s Innocence Is No Excuse landed (no pun) I was off the Saxon purchasing curve. Tbone however much to my amazement did buy Innocence …so there ya go…

Eagle…..was a great blast from the past!

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