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Edward J. mccarthy Jr.
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Format: Audio CD
from 1979 through 1984 have always been the most popular and highest regarded era of saxon, first we start off with the amazing debut album wich personally i have always loved since i first picked it up in 1981, it has very raw production and also some of the songs though not hits are as timeless as saxons best known hits, on the first album you get classics like backs to the wall, stallions of the highway, militia guard, still fit to boogie frozen rainbow big teaser and judgement day, this was a very good effort since saxon where on such a small budget at this time and it was this record that when heard by lemmy in the summer of 79 got saxon on board as the openers for motorheads bomber tour that autum, next we move on the the spring of 1980 when the now legendary wheels of steel was released, its a 5 star killer from the opening engines of motorcycle man right throug to the last track the killer machine gun, there is not a bad song on this record and it also has a very raw sound as the first one does but the production peter hinton did on this one was very crisp, this was the album that broke saxon in the uk/europe in 1980, later in 1980 just before playing the monsters of rock festival in august 1980 saxon again gave us there 3rd classic strong arm of the law wich did so well in the uk charts that by the end of 1980 saxon had already landed on us shores opening for rush and doing a few opening gigs for the heaven and hell tour, strong arm has most saxon fans best known classics like dallas 1 pm, the title track but i prefer sixth form girls, hungry years to hell and back again and 20,000 feet, they are always played on 10 on my stereo, enter 1981 by late summer of 1981 we got saxons 4th studio opus denim and leather and saxon where getting a following here in the us at this point, they seemed to be stars in the uk by getting on the front page of kerrang by this time, another album of timeless songs like fire in the sky, play it loud, rough n ready, and the anthem denim and leather this was saxon in there glory, in 1982 saxon spent most of the year touring and in the spring of 82 released the live eagle has landed album wich i always felt was a live album right up there with strangers in the night, unleashed in the east, maiden japan, rainbow on stage and many other classic live albums of this era, in january 1983 with new drummer nigel glockler on board we got the infamous power and the glory album wich is still amazing, nigel actually joined saxon after they fired pete gil in october 81 so from that point on nigel had been touring with saxon but this was his first studio record with them, great songs like redline, the eagle has landed, midas touch, watching the sky and warrior are just some of the best metal songs recorded that decade at this time biff byford was famous for dying his hair blond and we never saw his long brown hair again, saxon stage attire at this time was changing more to an american fan bass and you could hear it a bit on the power and the glory classic but it was still heavy and hard as hell, but saxon where wearing a bit of spandex on stage at this point wich made me nervouse, anyway crusader wich would be the last album on the carrare label was an ok record, it is an odd one to describe becouse the title track is one of the best saxon songs ever recorded to this day, but then you got one of the worst on the same record just let me rock and the video was awful for that to, on crusader you also get a great sweet cover SET ME FREE and some other songs of note like run for your lives, rock city, and bad boys like to rock n roll but this was recorded in L.A in late 1983 with kevin beamish producing this and it hurt saxon more then helped, saxons managment where really on there case to crack it in america and get played on mtv like def leppard and judas priest where but sadley they moved from there roots unlike iron maiden and diehard fans where not happy, i still 28 years later love crusader and i think this is a killer box set to start with, its a budget release so you get a lot here for around 15 bucks, ive been a big saxon fan since 1981 and i can say i own everything they released up to last years call to arms wich was saxons best record since 1997s unleash the beast, anyway if you like oldschool metal you just cant go wrong here, play loud!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!