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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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Santers/Racing Time(1982)

 

Hey Kids Remember My First Santers Review Of There Shot Down In Flames debut album? You do? Ha…ok yeah sure you do!!! No worries here’s my finding’s!

SONIC WAVES ..SANTERS/Shot Down In Flames

Thats right Santers those Young Dudes( well back in 82 that is) ripped out 3 pretty decent albums that did ok but should have did better. Hailing from Toronto they adopted the Power Trio format and Boom with this being album Number 2 they were on a good roll so much that myself and Tbone became instant Fanboys as did a few others at our High School!

Racing Time dropped some pretty decent CanRawk and the Santers Brothers  Rick(Guitar and Vocals) Brother Mark (Drums) and Sidekick Rick Lazaroff (Bass) played some good rock!

Santers ……

1 Mistreatin Heart 3:15
2 Mystical Eyes 3:50
3 Still I Am 3:30
4 A Dog Without A Home 3:03
5 Road To Morocco 3:51
6 Two Against The World 3:28
7 Back Streets 3:03
8 Winter Freeze 3:57
9 Hard Time Lovin You 3:07
10 Racing Time

Racing Time was a little more Raw in the production end of things on this album but make no mistake this album has stood up pretty decent  over time!

Still recall seeing these guys here in Tbay at out Local University (Lakehead) early 1983’ish where as a young 15-year-old watching these guys play that night they blew out my eardrums! They were Friggin Loud! Don’t believe me watch the  Live Video I posted below from their Racing Time Tour playing the superb Road To Morocco.

See what I mean! Santers are on fire here… Pretty damn good display of guitaring especially during the solo!No fooling around as these Cats could play! Actually a lot more UMMMMPH live than in the studio but hey there was no wimping around these parts!

Racing Time is basically your straight ahead No Frills Hard Rock Album by that it’s not meant as a Slag it’s just Santers did what they did and by that they did what they did well! Whut??!

Seriously though the songs are well crafted Hard Rock Nuggets. Opener Mistreatin Heart should have been a bigger single which features a driving piano that doesn’t drown out anything .

The last tune the title track features a Bona fide Piece Of Cool Guitar Riff A Roo courtesy of Mr Santers! Check it out as I posted the video at the top of the post which features the album cover of Racing Time. Good stuff….

If you come across this…

Grab it!

Iron Maiden/Number Of The Beast(1982)

Stick It In Your Ear Reader Robbo likes the stories that are added to my reviews of albums! Look no further Robbo today its Storytime…

DATELINE-MARCH 1982…

Little less than a year earlier in the summer of 1981 a young Deke’s discovered Iron Maiden whom just had put out there second album Killers. I was blown away by it as i had never heard Metal played this way (back in  the summer of 81 I was 13 )  I was hooked by the fury of the music. Guitarists Dave Murray/Adrian Smith were like Glenn Tipton/KK Downing(Judas Priest)  except Murray/Smith were  on speed but man the riffs were huge. Bassist Steve Harris not only walloped me outside the noggin with his Bass playing but  the dude was writing most of the tracks!   Drummer Clive Burr (RIP) kept the beat looked cool and played drums even more cooler!Singer Paul Di’anno  had a Punky like vocal delivery that had a tinge of Metal in his vocal range which back than made his vocals sound cool and fit the format with what Maiden was doing…..

Maiden a little later in 1981 released the 5 song Live EP Maiden Japan which only solidified my young mind in hitching a ride on the Maiden Juggernaut! ( for those wondering I have not reviewed Killers yet but I have reviewed  Maiden Japan).

Maiden was getting some press in the American Music Mags(Hit Parader/Circus)  at the time not much though( course that would change) so when March of 1982 rolled around  and I ventured into one of my usual Saturday check out the record shops hunt. On the racks there before me was this cover…(see pic below)

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My first thought was” WHUT???!!”. I quickly grabbed it and  well look  at that artwork! I was Psyched Out/Pumped. What a total score and here I am on a cold March Saturday hanging  around downtown and the first record shop I saunter into(Music City was the store’s name) and BAM! New Maiden! So after I  come to terms that I’m holding new Maiden I quickly turn over the cover to see whats on the back but before I even looked at the song titles  whose the dude holding the torch?? (see pic below)

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Second thought was “Ummmmm…Where’s Di’anno?” There on the back album cover was the new Lead Singers Name. Bruce Dickinson is his name and becoming Deke’s all time favourite Metal Singer and Performer was going to be his game! I was shocked. So now I really couldn’t wait to get home and spin this for the first time…….

The Song titles themselves are even cool…

Side one

1. “Invaders” 3:20
2. “Children of the Damned” 4:34
3. “The Prisoner”  5:34
4. “22 Acacia Avenue”  6:34
Side two

1. “The Number of the Beast” 4:25
2. “Run to the Hills” 3:50
3. “Gangland”  3:46
4. “Hallowed Be Thy Name”

Maiden knew the deal and that was captivate the minds of youth (I was now 14 when NOTB came out). Include great artwork on the front and back cover. Include lyrics and pics on the inside vinyl sleeve. Speaking of which. My copy of this album had the pics as well as the lyrics on the inside sleeve of the album. Tbone actually bought this album on Vinyl at around the same time ( he was always a cassette tape kinda guy) and his copy came with nothing! Haha…Just a clear see through sleeve. We had a laugh it was no biggie to him if it was me I woulda been pissed! Ha!

Packaging and Presentation was huge for me back than like i had just mentioned. I would stare for hours at Maidens album covers(no I wasn’t baked) as artist  Derek Riggs would add so much dynamic to his artwork of Eddie. (1986’s Somewhere In Time being the prime example of this). Maiden knew how to do it. Another fav Metal album of mine Judas Priests 1981 album Point Of Entry had squat for packaging. Nothing..no pics/no lyrics just the songs who was on them/who produced the album and that was it! C’mon Priest toss me a bone! Ha! I will say that by the time Priest released in July of  82  the classic Screaming For Vengeance they redeemed themselves and included cool artwork/lyrics etc. Hmmmm wonder where they got that from?

Being 14 other than AC/DC I don’t recall to many acts at the time flipping out or in Maidens case firing Lead Singers! So it didn’t shock me as much as it did  when Bruce said he was quitting 11 years later in 1993. That shocked me but in 82 it was new music. No make that New Metal Music! I was too young  to care about ‘Musical Differences/Drug Problems/Divorces’ Give me Tuneage!

Maiden delivers…

It took of all but 20 seconds to have Maiden shoot up Deke’s popularity pole(Ha!) and secure forever the Number 1 Spot of Greatness in the Metal Field!

Opener Invaders is a stomping good track. Harris and his bass are jacked and talk about first impressions as Bruce comes out with his  Air Raid Siren like wail and I’m hooked! What a set of pipes this guy possesses!  I’m on board. Burr plays a metal like shuffle and Smith/Murray lay sonic sweeps of metal riffs with there 6 strings! What an opener!

Children Of The Damned slows it right down but man guitars both electric and acoustic push the tune and Maiden knows not to sap out the track. Burr pushes the tune along at a nice clip and Bruce goes from singing quick like shots of Metal(opener Invaders) to actually singing at a slower clip and proving without a doubt that he is a worthy successor to Di’anno..

The Prisoner. Wow! This is one of my fav Maiden tunes EVER! From the voice over from The Prisoner Tv show to the launch of Clives drums this tune is a down right classic! Adrian Smith does the co write thing with Harris and the chorus is ohhhh so good! Catchy with a hook. The guitar solos are off the charts. It’s all here man! Clip is posted below complete with Dickinson’s arm apparel! Proceed with caution!

Charlotte are you taking me to 22 Acacia Avenure. You know this tune is gonna be Evil with that opening riff. Another epic tune and  another super-duper chorus! Big time guitar action with some real cool drumming and vocals especially the middle part when Bruce and the music mash-up before the solo..

Beat her mistreat her do anything that you please
Bite her excite her make her get down on her knees
Abuse her misuse her she can take all that you’ve got
Caress her molest her she always does what you want

Wowzer’s no messing around with these lyrics. But there is always hope for Charlotte…

You’re running away don’t you know what you’re doing
Can’t you see it’ll lead you to ruin
Charlotte you’ve taken your life and you’ve thrown it away
You believe that because what you’re earning
Your life’s good don’t you know that you’re hurting
All the people that love you don’t cast them aside
All the men that are constantly drooling
It’s no life for you stop all that screwing
You’re packing your bags and you’re coming with me

After hearing this for the first time. I’m 14 and my mind is blown! This is just side 1!

Side 2 begins with the classic title track Number OF The Beast. What can be said about this track that hasn’t! It’s evil based on a dream Harris once had! Creepy opening voice followed by 4 minutes of Bombastic Metal! Charged up Lead Singer (what an opening wail)! Amped up band …I can’t really add to this! Another all time great!

Maiden actually got some decent video play on Muchmusic(Canada’s Music TV Channel) with Run To The Hills. Burr sets the pace with this track and the  guitar’s just rip along at a galloping clip in sync with Steve-o’s Bass. Another fantastic wail and scream from Bruce when the  solos are done and Maiden put the throttle down and lead the charge in telling all bands that if you’re in our way we will boot you all into next year!

Gangland also takes off with Burr( who  cowrote  this with Smith) leading the way and Gangland features a heavy yet kind of melodic chorus as the drums lead the way. Maiden themselves never really took a shine to this tune  but its a very good track. Well,I think it is!

You want epic(seems to be a theme on the album) this is it! Hallowed Be Thy Name would be the one! This tune features Maiden all over the musical map! Power Riffs! Big Drums! Sweeping Lead Vocals! Crazy Ass Tempo Changes! YUP! It’s all here! Just a bona fide end of the album Gem which has been played on every Maiden Tour except the 2012 updated 7th Son Tour! ( I know as I attended one of these shows!) If that doesn’t give you an example of a classic nothing will!

Whoah Folks this ended up being an 1600 plus word review! How could I not tell you all the tales of Maiden Folklore through the mind of an 14-year-old!

Maiden blew my mind and still do to this day. Adrian Smith really stepped up on this album with 3 co writes(The Prisoner/22 Acacia Avenue and Gangland)and solidified himself as a strong writer. New Boy Bruce delivers and blows the doors off of everything around a singer change. (Give Di’anno his due though with the two albums and Ep he recorded with Maiden  are top-notch) Always heard that Bruce had more to do with this album but wasn’t credited due to a previous contractual obligation that had to be worked out with a record company. Never heard him or Maiden say this. I  read it years ago but I could see it being true….

Thanks for reading…….

Kim Mitchell/Kim Mitchell(1982)

You all want a crash course in great Guitar Playing? Look no further than this 1982 Five Song Gem released by Akimbo himself which was his first  crack at being a solo artist after Kim split from Max Webster.

Kim pulls no punches with his guitar as it’s just Guitar/Bass And Drums and this EP Kicks serious ass! There is not a Patio Lattern in site!

The 5 tracks that make up the EP are all hard  hitters and for my money this is some of perhaps the best of Kim’s career and he’s made some good rock n roll records.

Cast Of Characters Kim Mitchell( Awesome Guitar&Vocals),Paul Delong(Drums) Robert Sinclair Wilson(Bass) and Peter Fredette(Backing Vocals) Pye Dubois(Lyrics)

Kids In Action sets the bar real high with Akimbo just riffing all over the map in between bursts of a real good verse and a flat-out super-duper chorus which is just GOLD!( Dave Roth recorded Kids In Action for his Eat Em And Smile Album but bumped it off in favour of  Tobacco Road) Course Kim has Peter Fredette who is still Kim’s sidekick in his band today who provides his great backing vocals to Kim’s lead vocals. The Video posted of this tune is from 1984 watch Kim take the solo to the moon and back at the 2 minute 49 second spot! Kids this is how you solo and play flash but keep everything in check and in Action!

You gotta just love tunes when they start off with a real cool guitar riff and Bam theres cowbell added to the mix! Miss Demeanor is a real cool rock track and how about a shout out to the mix and production of this album. Drums and Bass are mixed awesome and Kim on this  track is on Fire! Take a bow Jack Richardson and Kim on twiddling the knobs on this short little classic.

Big Best Summer starts off with a wallop of heavy bass and Kim locked in with DeLongs drums. Quick burst of energy from Kim’s guitar leads this track into super coolness. Posted the vid and why not? I should have posted all 5 tracks seriously….

Cool that Canadian Kim can inner channel some Urban Mississippi into his guitar playing and the song that results is Tennessee Water. A real zippy fast cool track that features Robert and Paul jamming in the middle parts of the tune before Kim dials in  his strat and rocks into another zone. Kim sings the line of Looking For The Good Life In Between All The Clatter,Tonight I’m At The Bojar Grill And They’re Only Serving Up Tennessee Water,We Gotta Turn The Party Down We Only Got Til Tomorrow,So Pop Them Corks Mothers And Start Drinking The Tennessee Water…

Chain Of Events closes out the Ep in a chill kinda way and what better way to end the album with a different kind of vibe. Its still rock but lets say cool rock with Kim’s cool laid back rock voice. Chain Of Events is a fitting end to a monster EP…

Wowzers….This was really back in 1983 my intro to Kim Mitchell and talk about setting the bar high! This is Akimbo Unleashed with just his guitar and cool rock voice and he slays man! This is pre Alana Loves Me and Easy To Tame. This is guitar cranked way up in the mix to lay down the law…(this album is hard to find but iTunes does have it)

Don’t believe  me? Ha …Listen to Paul Gilbert( Mr Big) and big time rock guitar guru speak highly of Mitchells albums( especially this EP),songs. Paul even plays snippets of his tunes in this short little 2 minute clip I posted..Cool Stuff….