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Crusader Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued


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Saxon are an English heavy metal band, formed in 1976 in Barnsley, Yorkshire. As leading lights in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal they had huge success in the 1980s with 8 UK Top 40 albums including 4 UK Top 10 albums. Saxon also had numerous singles in the Top 20 singles chart. Between 1980 and 1987 Saxon established themselves as one of Europe's biggest metal acts, they also had ... Read more in Amazon's Saxon Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (4 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B001Y8WAJ6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,016 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Crusader Prelude (2009 Digital Remaster)
2. Crusader (2009 Digital Remaster)
3. A Little Bit Of What You Fancy (2009 Digital Remaster)
4. Sailing To America (2009 Digital Remaster)
5. Set Me Free (2009 Digital Remaster)
6. Just Let Me Rock (2009 Digital Remaster)
7. Bad Boys (Like To Rock 'N' Roll) (2009 Digital Remaster)
8. Do It All For You (2009 Digital Remaster)
9. Rock City (2009 Digital Remaster)
10. Run For Your Lives (2009 Digital Remaster)
11. Borderline (Kaley Studios Demo)
12. Helter Skelter (Kaley Studios Demo)
13. Crusader (Kaley Studios Demo)
14. Do It All For You (Kaley Studios Demo)
15. A Little Bit Of What You Fancy (Kaley Studios Demo)
16. Sailing To America (Kaley Studios Demo)
17. Set Me Free (Kaley Studios Demo)
18. Just Let Me Rock (Kaley Studios Demo)
19. Do It All For You (Intro) / Run For Your Lives (Kaley Studios Demo)

Product Description

Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the British Metal rockers' 1984 album including nine bonus tracks. Crusader was produced by Kevin Beamish at Sound City in Los Angeles (a far cry from their South Yorkshire roots!). According to singer Biff Byford, "We were trendsetters back then. Today, everybody from Trivium onwards dresses like knights going to the crusades, and writes lyrics about it. But back then it was virtually unheard of for a Metal band to do anything like that." As well as previously unavailable demo versions of the album's 'A Little Bit of What You Fancy', 'Sailing To America', a cover of The Sweet's 'Set Me Free' and the title track, this edition now includes the rare tracks 'Borderline' and 'Helter Skelter'. EMI. 2009.

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Blackwell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 May 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
After 5 classic discs in a row it was a bit of a shock to this reviewer when this disc didnt hit the spot like the previous ones.Its not a bad disc but it certainly struggles to live upto what went before,certainly the production i hated at the time and dont much care for now, i believe Beamish gave too much gloss and some of the band's power was lost,the drum sound on the original vinyl/cd's was of the 80's and the remaster has adjusted this slightly,but you cant keep a good band down and there are still one or two absolute classics here,certainly the title track and sailin to america would always be in my set list the former a typical saxon metal classic dripping with history,imagery and great playing, the latter just a stunning song historical again and not about selling out for the yankee dollar as some fans believed.As for the rest well they are listenable and well played but they dont live up to the legacy of the earlier classics only 'do it all for you' standing out from the pack because of its commerciality,no doubt had some hair metal band,take your pick,covered it it would have rocketed up the charts,the bonus tracks are interesting in as much as several originals are heard pre glossy production and the truth is laid bare they are ok nothing more,sadly this inconsistency would haunt the band for the next decade before 'dogs of war ' signalled a come back
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By midnightrider on 22 Jan 2012
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I've given this 5 stars because of the bonus tracks and the price of £4.47 make it that for me.
Without the bonus's and at a higher price probably four stars.
It's not their best, but it's far far from their worst either.
As documented in other reviews it was a departure from the previous BUT it is certainly worth getting for the title track alone and bonus tracks which are actually great on this.
There is abit of filler on the original album and frankly some is embarassing when it comes to the likes of 'just let me rock'. If you view songs 1 to 4 on their own however you've got a great minialbum.
Bonus tracks are great on their own and for anyone whose a devotee of the band will be particularly interesting, I certainly haven't seen them released elsewhere.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Edward J. mccarthy Jr. on 14 May 2009
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FINALLY the saxon catlog from the 80s is being done the right way, crusader took saxon to another level wich did not disapoint many fans, now 25 years later this is considered a classic metal album all over the world, my only problem in 1984 with this record was the same problem i have with it in 2009, i thought and still think just let me rock was the worst saxon song ever and the video for it was just as bad, great bonus tracks here and great booklet!!!!!!!!!!! a must for any saxon fan
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As with all this Saxon remaster series it is an excellent reissue. Good liner notes, sounds great and loads of bonus tracks.

If you a fan this whole series is essential.

Saxon were/are a NWOBHM classic act. No real complaints
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Martin Slater on 10 Jun 2007
Format: Audio CD
The 'Crusader prelude' attempts to set the scene to great effect and leads into the title track itself, which starts off quite promising, if a little of a change of direction for the Barnsley rockers. Then the immortal words, 'who dares battle the saracens?' It sounds SO BAD, laughable now. I got this album when it came out and it seemed ok at the time, but now....?

'Sailing to America' 'Just let me rock' ( with that annoying guitar twiddle ) continue in the same vain.

As advised wholeheartedly on the site by several reviewers, get, Wheels of Steel, Strong Arm of the Law and Denim & Leather, these albums have not dated, unlike this twoddle.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James Choma on 15 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album still sounds good to me 17 years later. Excellent musicianship, great production and a heavy sound make this a great addition to any fan of 80's heavy metal.
Favorite songs are: "Crusader", "Do it All For You", "A Little Bit of What You Fancy", and a cover of the Sweet's "Set Me Free".
Byford has a bit of a high voice, but it goes well with the music and rounds out what I consider to be a timeless classic of mid-80's heavy metal. Enjoy!
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