Friday, April 19, 2024

Saxon Reissue Series Continues

Following the successful  deluxe reissuing of Saxon’s original three albums into the UK Rock Top 40, comes news that those next in line; Denim and Leather, Power & The Glory and Crusader will receive similar treatment from BMG as of 25th May.

The CDs versions of each record will feature 24 page media books containing original lyrics, rare photos and memorabilia, alongside bonus tracks including a selection of early demos (including some that didn’t make final track listings); B-sides and live recordings. While there will be bonus tracks available with the vinyl editions they will be available in coloured splatter and swirl vinyl.

From New Wave Of British Heavy Metal pioneers to becoming one of the most successful UK rock acts of all time, the clamber for vintage Saxon material continues apace with their latest album, Thunderbolt.

Recorded at Aquarius Studios in Geneva Saxon’s fourth album, Denim And Leather, was originally released on 5th October 1981 and arguably their most successful record to at that point, featuring three singles including perennial classic ‘And The Band’s Played On’, that was inspired by their appearance at the very first Monsters Of Rock festival back in 1980. This edition contains B Sides from the ‘Never Surrender’ single plus seven live tracks recorded during the album’s tour.

Tracks featured are ‘Princess Of The Night’, ‘Never Surrender’, ‘Out Of Control’, ‘Rough And Ready’, ‘Play It Loud’, ‘And The Bands Played On’, ‘Midnight Rider’, ‘Fire In The Sky’, ‘Denim And Leather’, CD Bonus Tracks: 20,000Ft (Remix)’, ‘Bap Shoo Ap (Live At Donington)’, ‘Intro/And The Bands Played On (Live)’, ‘Princess Of The Night (Live At The Rainbow ’81)’, ‘Midnight Rider (Live At Hammersmith ’81)’, ‘Never Surrender (Live At Hammersmith ’81)’, ‘Machine Gun (Live At Hammersmith ’81)’ and ‘Play It Loud (Live At Hammersmith ’81)’. To pre-order click here.

Taking their time, the band released Power And The Glory on 21st March 1983. It was produced at Axis Sound Studios in Atlanta by Jeff Glixman and saw Nigel Glockler replacing Pete Gill as the band’s drummer. Two singles came off the back off Power And The Glory and are featured again on the reissue ass are early working demos of songs recorded in 1982, of songs that both finally appeared on the album and those that didn’t.

Tracks featured are ‘Power And The Glory’, ‘Redline’, ‘Warrior’, ‘Nightmare’, ‘This Town Rocks’, ‘Watching The Sky’,

‘Midas Touch’, ‘The Eagle Has Landed’, CD Bonus Tracks: ‘Make Em Rock’, ‘Turn Out The Lights’, ‘Turn Out The Lights (Demo ’82)’, ‘Stand Up And Rock (Demo ’82)’, ‘Power And The Glory (Demo ’82)’, ‘Saturday Night (Demo ’82)’,‘Midas Touch (Demo ’82)’, ‘Nightmare (Demo ’82)’ and ‘Redline (Demo ’82)’. To pre-order click here.

Crusader is the final album reissued this May and first saw the light on 16th April 1984, having been produced by Kevin Beamish at the legendary Sound City Studios, in Los Angeles. It featured the band’s first recorded cover song, a version of The Sweet’s ‘Set Me Free’ and saw three singles released from the parent album. With this edition fans will also hear early working versions of songs featured on the album plus ‘Borderline’ and ‘Helter Skelter’, two songs that didn’t make the final back in the day.

Tracks featured are The Crusader Prelude’, ‘Crusader’, ‘A Little Bit Of What You Fancy’, ‘Sailing To America’, ‘Set Me Free’‘Just Let Me Rock’, ‘Bad Boys (Life To Rock N’Roll)’, ‘Do It All For You’, ‘Rock City’, ‘Run For Your Lives’, CD Bonus Tracks: ‘Borderline’, ‘Helter Skelter’, ‘Crusader’, ‘Do It All For You’, ‘A Little Bit Of What You Fancy’, ‘Sailing To America’, ‘Just Let Me Rock’, ‘Do It All For You (Intro)/Run For Your Lives’ and ‘Living For The Weekend’. To pre-order this one click here.



Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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