Friday, June 14, 2024

Saxon Unleash The Vinyl Hoard

When Saxon embark upon the UK leg of their Battering Ram World Tour this October 28th they will also be releasing The Vinyl Hoard a deluxe box set of live recordings on gold vinyl released through Demon Records.

The Vinyl Hoard consists of eight records (featuring four double albums that were previously released as The Eagle Has Landed II and III CDs and the To Hell and Back Again DVD) pressed onto 180 gram vinyl for the first time with a specially designed gatefold sleeve presented in a slipcase box showcasing a brand new cover painting by Paul Gregory.  There will also an exclusive limited edition of 500 copies available through Amazon, with a print of the cover painting signed by Saxon frontman Biff Byford suitable for framing. “This is not going to be around again and with exclusive art work too,” said the singer.  “Bring it on – I think we’ll play some of these tracks on tour in the autumn”.


Renamed for the tours these live recordings were played during a full track listing for The Vinyl Hoard is as follows:

The Dogs Of War Tour (Recorded on tour in Germany in 1995)

A Side: 1. ‘Intro/Warlord’, 2. ‘Dogs Of War’, 3. ‘Forever Free’, 4. ‘Requiem (We Will Remember)’, 5. ‘Crusader’.

B Side: 1. ‘Lights In The Sky’, 2. ‘Iron Wheels’, 3. ‘Ain’t Gonna Take It/Nibb’s Bavarian Bass’, 4. ‘Crash Dive’, ‘Refugee’.

C Side: 1. ‘Solid Ball Of Rock’, 2. ‘The Great White Buffalo’, 3. ‘The Eagle Has Landed/Paul Quinn guitar feature’, 4. ‘Princess Of The Night’.

D Side: 1. ‘Can’t Stop Rockin’’, 2. ‘Denim And Leather/Doug Scarratt guitar feature’, 3. ‘Wheels Of Steel/Demolition Alley’ (Previously released on CD as The Eagle Has Landed Part II).

The Lionheart Tour (Recorded on tour in France, England and Germany in 2004):

A Side: 1. ‘The Return’, 2. ‘Lionheart’, 3. ‘Man And Machine’, 4. ‘Beyond The Grave’.

B Side: 1. ‘Searching For Atlantis’, 2. ‘To Live By The Sword Pt. 1’, 3. ‘Unleash The Beast’,  4. ‘To Live By The Sword Pt. 2’, 5. ‘Flying On The Edge’.

C Side: 1. ‘Jack Tars’, 2. ‘English Man O’ War’, 3. ‘Court Of The Crimson King’, 4. ‘Broken Heroes’.

D Side: 1. ‘Dragon’s Lair’, 2. ‘Rock Is Our Life’, 3. ‘Are We Travellers In Time’, 4. ‘Solid Ball Of Rock’.

A Night Out With The Boys Tour: The 25th Anniversary Of The NWOBHM (Recorded on tour in Germany and Sweden in 2005):

A Side: 1. ‘This Town Rocks’, 2. ‘Backs To The Wall’, 3. ‘Redline’, 4. ‘Stand Up And Be Counted’, 5. ‘Never Surrender’.

B Side: 1. ‘Frozen Rainbow‘, 2. ‘Suzie Hold On’, 3. ‘Play It Loud’.

C Side: 1. ‘Warrior’, 2. ‘See The Light Shining’, 3. ‘To Hell And Back Again’, 4. ‘Stallions Of The Highway’.

D Side: 1. ‘Wheels Of Steel’, 2. ‘And The Bands Played On’, 3. ‘Crusader’ (Previously released on CD as The Eagle Has Landed Part III).

Rock Sound Festival (Recorded in Switzerland in 2006):

A Side: Heavy Metal Thunder’, 2. ‘Dogs Of War’, 3. ‘Strong Arm Of The Law’.

B Side: 1. ‘Witchfinder General‘, 2. ‘Backs To The Wall’, 3. ‘Solid Ball Of Rock.

C Side: 1. ‘Motorcycle Man’, 2. ‘Dragon’s Lair’, 3. ‘To Hell And Back Again’, 4. ‘Princess Of The Night’.

D Side: 1. ‘Wheels Of Steel [including Doug Scarratt solo]’, 2. ‘Crusader’ (Previously released on CD as To Hell And Back Again).

Saxon’s Battering Ram UK Tour features special guests Fastway and Girlschool, if you take your brand new box set of The Vinyl Hoard along hoping to get it signed watch you don’t get it damaged during the rush to the stage.

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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