Noise-some Notes – A Week in Listening 24th December 2012

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]

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19 thoughts on “Noise-some Notes – A Week in Listening 24th December 2012”

    1. Really? I guess they never really took off over there. But not for want of trying… which was part of their problem! There is a cheap box set out now (I think it’s called the “Carrere Years”) that might be an excellent and cheap way to get those early albums.

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  1. I’m so jealous of that Urchin stuff man. So jealous.

    NWOBHM is a cool find. I didn’t even know it was made on vinyl. I know the CD has bonus tracks, for what it’s worth, but the core album is just great. Now you also have some rare Leppard too! Rocks Off!

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    1. The vinyl edition is gorgeous! I know about the bonus tracks but I’ve got most of them on other things anyway and a couple of the others I’m not fussed about. I really just wanted the core album. I’ve got most of the NWOBHM stuff on albums anyway. I just wanted this as a cool comp and a piece of history. The Def Lep track was the main thing.

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      1. Since I’ll probably never own a copy of the Def Leppard EP (or wherever that came from), I’ll settle for the NWOBHM. Not to mention the Samson…White Spirit…and assorted other awesome tracks.

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      2. The main tracks I wanted were that, the White Spirit and Blitzkreig. There’s a couple more on there I don’t have too like Sledgehammer and Gaskin. Most of it’s all stuff I had already but it’s such a cool comp I’ve always wanted a copy.

        I think it was from the Def Leppard EP which had an early version of Overture on the B-Side. I’ve got an mp3 of that but it’s terrible quality.

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      3. I forgot Blitzkrieg. I have their album here, but the original single version of the song is much superior! There’s also Fist, Praying Mantis, and this was the first Diamond Head that I owned.

        Lars’ liner notes are also excellent.

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      4. Yeah it was the original version I wanted. Much better! The liner notes are great and I love all the articles and reviews they’ve put in it too. Just a really nice collectible… I’ve got some other NWOBHM comps but this is easily the best.

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      5. Agreed — Lars really did it right. Wouldn’t you love to glimpse the man’s collection of 45’s? This was just a sampler! Maybe one day they’ll do the NWOBHM book they talk about!

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      6. I would agree with that. I was new to the concept when the album came out, and got it for the Maiden, Samson and Leppard. I found many delights elsewhere…this was also the first time I had ever heard of a certain drummer named “Thunderstick”!

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      7. I had read an article Lars had done about the NWOBHM and he listed all the great albums to get so I started that way. I found out about this album in the liner notes (Lars again) of a Diamond Head tape I bought but I could never find it in the shops. If I had bought it then most of it would have been new to me. I don’t know why I left it so long!

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      8. Well here’s an idea for you — start to revisit all your NWOBHM in this blog!

        I have a terrible album called Iron Men of the NWOBHM with Paul Di’Anno and Dennis Stratton. Those two really tried hard to milk it.

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      9. Those two did some desperate stuff to keep milking it. Di’Anno always slags Stratton off in interviews but I don’t see how he is any better.

        I was thinking that myself but I don’t think my NWOBHM collection is all that impressive. I’m not enough of a completist to fill in all the gaps! I might do the odd review here and there though. It wouldn’t be a bad idea for your blog either?

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      10. I think it’s probably easier getting some of that stuff over here. I mainly just stick to the bands I like… and every year try a couple of unfamiliar ones. So it’s a slow build. I’m no NWOBHM collector by any means… that would be a huge and expensive commitment!

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      11. …and I already have plenty of collections going 🙂

        In 2013 I think I will be highlighting more rarities from my collection. That seems to be a popular feature. Look for singles from Sabbath, Purple, and many more.

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  2. Urchin – Get Up and Get Out = great record label swag! Right on!

    Pentagram – First Daze Here: A Vintage Collection = This must be an awesome set. Sometimes, telling someone no just makes them try all that much harder. It’s a shame more people don’t have that grit and attitude!

    Rod Stewart – Storyteller (Disc 1) = Hahaha I had never seen that album cover before. I might have said that was a photoshop job to make him look like a perv! Yikes. Well, you’ve reminded me again, too, that I still need that box set for myself. Saving pennies…

    Various Artists – New Wave of British Heavy Metal ’79 Revisited = WOW! Where on earth did you find THAT? Did you pay through the nose for it?

    Saxon – Saxon, Wheels of Steel, Strong Arm of the Law and The Eagle Has Landed = Hot damn! I like these guys!

    SONG OF THE WEEK: It’s got to be Saxon. Happy New Year everyone! = Of course it has to be Saxon. Happy Hogmanay to you too!

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    1. I got the NWOBHM set on Discogs for about £25 (after conversion from Euros). It’s a great copy and that was a bargain price for it. I got fed up competing on eBay for it… then I really would have paid through the nose! Discogs rules! I’ll do a Buying Round-Up soon and post some photos.

      Glad you like Saxon. Happy Hogmanay to you too!

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