It’s been a great year for Saxon fans. Not only have the 80s metal legends released their twenty-second studio album – ‘Thunderbolt’, a UK top 30 hit, their most successful since 1988 – but they’ve also launched a successful reissue campaign.
We’ve already seen the first six studio albums re-issued on CD in lavish “mediabook” packaging and more importantly on some fantastic looking coloured vinyl, but it doesn’t stop there. On 27th July, BMG/Union Square will unveil three more reissues, this time from Saxon’s “commercial period”, covering 1985’s ‘Innocence Is No Excuse’, 1986’s ‘Rock The Nations’ and 1988’s ‘Destiny’.
A full press release follows.
You can also check out Real Gone’s detailed look back at the ‘Wheels of Steel’ album here.
SAXON REISSUE THREE CLASSIC ALBUMS ON 27th JULY 2018
BMG ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE DELUXE REISSUES OF INNOCENCE IS NO EXCUSE,
ROCK THE NATIONS AND DESTINY ON DELUXE COLOUR/SPLATTER VINYL & CD MEDIABOOK.
Saxon, over the decades have gone from being pioneers of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, to becoming one of the most successful UK rock acts of all time. The truth, though, is that Saxon have always transcended trends and eras. From 1979’s ‘Saxon’ album to new album Thunderbolt, the band have enjoyed considerable success. Five Top 40 albums in the UK, with four Top 20 singles. And they were similarly successful in other parts of the world as well. It’s no wonder their influence spread across the globe, and played a crucial role in the way we look at hard rock and heavy metal today.
INNOCENCE IS NO EXCUSE
Originally released on 24th June 1985, Saxon seventh album Innocence Is No Excuse was their first for then new label EMI after their departure from Carrere Records. This was also their last album to feature long standing bassist Steve Dawson, who alongside vocalist Biff Byford, guitarists Graham Oliver and Paul Quinn and drummer Nigel Glockler recorded the album at Union Studios in Munich, Germany with producer Simon Hanhart. It was subsequently mixed at Wiseloord Studios in Hilversum, Netherlands. This version features the B-Sides of the singles Back On The Streets and Rocknroll Gypsy plus demo ve
rsions of tracks from the album recorded at Chapel Studio, Thorsby.
1. Rockin’ Again
2. Call Of The Wild
3. Back On The Streets
4. Devil Rides Out
5. Rock NRoll Gipsy
6. Broken Heroes
7. Gonna Shout
8. Everybody Up
9. Raise Some Hell
10. Give It Everything Youve Got
CD Bonus Tracks
11. Live Fast, Die Young (B-side of Back On The Streets
12. Krakatoa (B-side of Rock NRoll Gipsy)
13. Broken Heroes (Chapel Studio demo)
14. Devil Rides Out (Chapel Studio demo)
15. Rock NRoll Gipsy (Chapel Studio demo)
16. Rockin Again (Chapel Studio demo)
17. Gonna Shout (Chapel Studio demo)
PRE-ORDER LINK – https://saxonband.lnk.to/IINE
ROCK THE NATIONS
On 13th October 1986 Saxon released their eighth studio album Rock The Nations. Recorded at Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum in the Netherlands by Gary Lyons. Biff Byford, who had incidentally begun his career as a singer/bassist, recorded all the bass parts on the album, however Paul Johnson is credited on the album as he joined before the album was released. Rock The Nations also features the unlikely guest of Elton John on piano on the tracks Northern Lady and Party Til You Puke. This version features radio edits of the singles from the album, some live B-Sides and three songs recorded by the BBC from Saxons set at 1986s, Reading Festival.
1. Rock The Nations
2. Battle Cry
3. Waiting For The Night4. We Came Here To Rock
5. You Aint No Angel
6. Running Hot
7. Party Til You Puke
8. Empty Promises
9. Northern Lady
CD Bonus Tracks
10. Chase The Fade (B-side of Waiting For The Night)
11. Waiting For The Night (7 single edit)
12. Northern Lady (7 single edit)
13. Everybody Up (Live in Madrid, B-side of Northern Lady)
14. Dallas 1pm (Live in Madrid, B-side of Northern Lady)
15. Power & The Glory (BBC Live At Reading Festival 86)
16. Rock The Nations (BBC Live At Reading Festival 86)
17. Waiting For The Night (BBC Live At Reading Festival 86)
PRE-ORDER LINK – https://saxonband.lnk.to/RockTheNations
Saxons ninth studio album, Destiny was originally released on 20th June 1988 and was produced by Stephan Galfas at Hook And Manor studio in Berkshire, England. It is the only album to feature the rhythm section of Nigel Durham (drums) and Paul Johnson (bass) alongside long serving members Biff Byford (vocals), Graham Oliver (guitar) and Paul Quinn (guitar). Being a fan of Christopher Cross song writing, Biff came up with the idea of covering his track Ride Like The Wind as the albums lead single, after giving it a Wheels Of Steel style makeover. This version includes a 12 mix of I Cant Wait Anymore plus live B-Sides and some alternative monitor mixes.. .
1. Ride Like The Wind
2. Where The Lightning Strikes
3. I Cant Wait Anymore
4. Calm Before The Storm
6. Song For Emma
7. For Whom The Bell Tolls
8. We Are Strong
9. Jericho Siren
10. Red Alert
CD Bonus Tracks
11. I Cant Wait Anymore (12 mix)
12. Rock The Nations (Live At Hammersmith, B-side of Ride Like The Wind)
13. Broken Heroes (Live In Madrid, B-side of I Cant Wait Anymore)
14. Gonna Shout (Live In Madrid, B-side of I Cant Wait Anymore)
15. Ride Like The Wind (Monitor mix)
16. For Whom The Bells Tolls (Monitor mix)
PRE-ORDER LINK – https://saxonband.lnk.to/Destiny