A more tempting set of releases this month compared to January’s offerings. There’s not a lot of new music floating my boat but there are some intriguing reissues happening. So let’s take a look. (These are in order of their UK release date)
Saxon – The Saxon Chronicles (Ltd Edition 2DVD/1CD Set – released 14th Feb 2015)
Saxon – Heavy Metal Thunder (Ltd Edition 2CD Set – 14th Feb 2015)
If you’ve been following my Saxon series you might imagine these reissues are both slam dunks but I’m not totally convinced. I’ve got both already so it’s all about the value of any extras on offer. The Saxon Chronicles adds a CD of the Rock and Roll Gypsies live album as a fairly welcome bonus. It’s a live album from ‘89 that’s been out of print for donkeys. I have it on vinyl but I like to have everything on CD if I can. It’s looking a little on the pricey side though just for one CD. Heavy Metal Thunder is an inexplicable reissue considering it was added as a bonus disc to the Unplugged and Strung Up album released in 2013. It’s got their 2014 Bloodstock Festival set as a bonus disc so for the sake of completism I wouldn’t mind it but, realistically, I’m not sure I’m going to be rushing out to buy either of these.
Inquisition – Invoking the Majestic Throne of Satan (Ltd Edition – 23rd Feb 2015)
Continuing the reissue campaign started last month. Still haven’t bought the January one so this would have to wait until I buy that first. These guys really do like their wordy album titles. I am fairly interested in these, it looks like a cool series of reissues and any album that can get an Amazon review like this has to be good.
Pentagram – All Your Sins (2DVD Set – 23rd Feb 2015)
Bedemon – Child of Darkness (23rd Feb 2015)
An exciting and tempting pair of Doom Metal releases here. Pentagram’s All Your Sins is a trawl through rare archival footage of the Doom pioneers in action. The Last Days Here documentary film might have given you the impression that frontman Bobby Liebling didn’t manage to stay conscious or upright for many of their shows until 2010 but this release should correct that. I’m hoping it will anyway! Bedemon was the early 70s side project of original Pentagram guitarist Randy Palmer and features Pentagram musicians from that era as well as Bobby Liebling singing all the tracks. Child of Darkness is an archival release in the same vein and style as Pentagram’s incredible First Daze Here albums so if you have those you’ll know that this is essential stuff.
UFO – Conspiracy of Stars (Ltd Digi w/ Bonus Track – 23rd Feb 2015)
The classic British rockers return. I have to confess to losing track of this band since 2004’s You Are Here. That was pretty good but I just haven’t been able to muster up much interest since. I’m fairly sure that I’ve got enough UFO in the vault to keep me happy but let me know if I’m missing anything. If you’re buying this, be aware the digipak version has an extra track.
Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti (3CD Set – 23rd Feb 2015)
The latest in the ongoing Led Zep reissue campaign, this is my favourite Zep album and a likely purchase. That said, I’m not as into this band as I used to be and rarely get much out of listening to them anymore. The previous reissues did ignite the spark a little but not as much as I’d hoped. But I’ve bought the other reissues already so… bugger it. I might as well keep going.
Yngwie J Malmsteen and Rising Force – Now Your Ships Are Burned: The Polydor Years 1984 – 1990 (4CD Set – 23rd Feb 2015)
This is a neat collection of albums. Gathering up the six albums from the ground-breaking Yngwie J Malmsteen’s Rising Force debut to Yngwie’s solo debut (sans the “Rising Force”) Eclipse. All remastered and at a very cheap price. There is only one album on this that I don’t have but the collection is so cheap I’ll happily buy it just for that. I do like these types of sets. More of these, please… or I’ll unleash the fucking fury!
And that’s my choice of new releases for the month. As usual, let me know what you’re hunting down this month and tell me if there’s anything I’ve missed or should have missed.