The last Noise-some Notes of 2012!
Urchin – Get Up and Get Out One of my surprise Christmas Eve freebies from the High Roller label. These excellent pre-Maiden Adrian Smith recordings are very rough around the edges but reek pleasingly of UFO, Thin Lizzy, Ted Nugent and pubs.
Pentagram – First Daze Here: A Vintage Collection The Devil may have the best tunes but, unfortunately for Doom-pioneers Pentagram, he didn’t run any record companies (this is pre-Simon Cowell we’re talking about here). Luckily, the ‘Ram didn’t take “no” for an answer, ploughing on for over 10 years prior to releasing their first full-length. And when the aforesaid no’s are coming from Sandy Pearlman, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons that makes the ‘Ram some plucky motherfuckers!
Rod Stewart – Storyteller (Disc 1) Rod’s early career was another story of perseverance and false starts. Trying to launch your musical career with paedo-Blues anthem Good Morning Little Schoolgirl wasn’t a great idea, was it? Not to mention adorning your debut solo-album with a picture of what could only be described as… a paedo. It’s at times like these you need a good manager to say “enough with the paedos already!”
Various Artists – New Wave of British Heavy Metal ’79 Revisited Classic compilation put together by Lars Ulrich and Geoff Barton. I wanted this (vinyl version) for years and it’s been one of my favourite purchases of the year! Especially worthwhile for the early version of Def Leppard’s Getcha Rocks Off with Frank Noon on Drums.
Saxon – Saxon, Wheels of Steel, Strong Arm of the Law and The Eagle Has Landed There are far, far worse ways to end a year of listening than filling your head with the Heavy Metal Thunder that is Saxon. The opening trio of albums was an absolutely formidable way to start a career. Blunt-instrument savagery combined with impeccable melodic sense. There are more indispensable Metal classics on these albums than you can shake a stick at. Their later failure was way more to do with bad decision making than any lack of talent. These guys had that to spare and it’s readily apparent on these early albums.
SONG OF THE WEEK: It’s got to be Saxon. Happy New Year everyone!
[Saxon – Heavy Metal Thunder]