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On Parole [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Motörhead Audio CD
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Motörhead's overwhelmingly loud and fast style of heavy metal was one of the most groundbreaking styles the genre had to offer in the late '70s. Though the group's leader, Lemmy Kilmister, had his roots in the hard-rocking space rock band Hawkwind, Motörhead didn't bother with his old group's progressive tendencies, choosing to amplify the heavy biker rock ... Read more in Amazon's Motörhead Store

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  • Audio CD (3 Feb 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000005RQ2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,133 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. On Parole (1997 Digital Remaster) 5:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  5. City Kids (1997 Digital Remaster) 3:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  8. Lost Johnny (1997 Digital Remaster) 3:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Fools (1997 Digital Remaster) 5:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. On Parole (Alternate Take; 1997 Digital Remaster) 6:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. City Kids (Alternate Take; 1997 Digital Remaster) 3:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Motorhead (Alternate Take; 1997 Digital Remaster) 2:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Leaving Here (Alternate Take; 1997 Digital Remaster) 3:01£0.99  Buy MP3 

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Motor Fairies 12 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
Oh man, I'd forgotten how good this album was! If you only know Motorhead for it's bludgeoning metal force, then this could be a massive disappointment for you. Overkill it certainly ain't. However if you love the Ladbroke Grove scene of Hawkwind and the Pink Fairies then this album is an essential purchase. Picture the scene, Lemmy's left Hawkwind and wants to put all of his previous band's cosmic fripperies behind him, plug in his bass, and get down to some serious rock n roll. Who better to ask along for the ride than Larry Wallis, guitar slinger with the anarchic Pink Fairies.

The album kicks things off with the gutteral roar of a motorbike before piling headlong into the riff for Motorhead. No violin solos or electronic space effects on this version boy. Just straight ahead rock n roll as it was intended to be played.

Of the original 9 tracks on the album Lemmy takes lead vocals on 7, and perhaps surprisingly for some listeners, Larry sings 2. Of the two that Larry sings, 'Fools' is by far the best. A fabulously venemous rant against the evils of managers and agents. Oh yeh!

My largest gripe with this album is perhaps the fact that they recorded a version of City Kids, originally from the Pink Fairies' Kings of Oblivion album. The three ex-Hawkwind tracks all benefit greatly from their stripped down reworking, but City Kids was already an excellent rock blast, and unfortunately Motorhead's version doesn't quite do it justice.

But enough of this wittering. If you hunger for some in yer face rough and ready rock played by a group of social misfits with nothing on their minds but having a good time at the loudest possible volume - then this is the baby for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars listenable spaced out postHawkwind blues ! 26 Jun 2007
By noddy g
Format:Audio CD
Sure . this isnt the all out hell for leather 'aaaaaaaarrrrrrghhhhh we're moterr eddddd' of later years , but if this had been the only album they ever released then collectors of 70s grunge freak music would be rushing to buy this. If you like Pink Fairies , Hawkwind , Man and all the other 70s festival longhair bands, then you'll like this. If you are an ageing biker you'll love this, if you are twelve and want speed metal, then sorry come back in 20 years.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile archive release 3 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
It's useful to know what this CD is, and what it isn't. It's not really an 'official' release, but neither is it yet another of the millions of'live/rare' Motorhead compilations.
This is Motorhead's unreleased debut album, recorded for UA in 1975 with Larry Wallis [Pink Fairies] on guitar. The original drummer, Lucas Fox, left/was removed after the recording and when Phil Taylor then joined he rerecorded all the drum parts except Lost Johnny.
[For the history buffs, Eddie Clarke was then recruited as second guitarist but Larry Wallis left after one rehearsal, resulting in the familiar Kilmister/Clarke/Taylor lineup.]
UA didn't release it until 1979, on the back of Motorhead's 'Overkill/Bomber' popularity.
All the tracks but one [Fools] were rerecorded in better versions for Motorhead's self-titled official debut on Chiswick. If you like the raw, gruff, underproduced 'British MC5' sound of that album, give this a spin.
Inessential? Yes. Minor? Yes. Bad? No- and it's part of the story.
I'm not 100% sure about this but I think that three of the four 'alternate takes' [City Kids, Motorhead and Leaving Here] are Motorhead's very first studio efforts produced by Dave Edmunds, which exist only on acetate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Motorhead Jim but not as we know it. 22 April 2008
Format:Audio CD
I bought this in the early eighties after buying Ace Of Spades and No Sleep To Hammersmith and it was the most pleasant surprise I have ever had from a record. Sure, there's no heads down 100 mph heavy metal here but what there is is a very entertaining blues/boogie/rock album with some great tunes and some quality lyrics. And it shows that there is another side to Mr Kilminster from the one we all know and love. Go on treat yourself.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chilled Motorhead!!. 16 Sep 2006
Format:Audio CD
Call me odd but this has always been my favourite. Not really for headbangers who like repetitive chords. I love Fools, City Kids, Iron horse - all of them in fact!, bit more depth to these than Ace of Spades, Iron Fist etc.. Your Mum could listen to this!!.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a motor album 27 Mar 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Noise, noise, noise. Great and pure! You know what to expect here! Buy for joy and beer! MOTORMUSIC STRONG AND LOUD!
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5.0 out of 5 stars pre Metal 13 Mar 2014
Once upon a time there was no metal just rock. Motorhead seemed to reinvent it out of the slaughter of prog rock by the punk rebellion. I was blown away by the first Motorhead LP and wanted more.
Overkill and Bomber were the way forward it seemed and the sonic assault of Ace of Spades was the peak for me. I bought On Parole because I didn't have it and thought I had been ripped off. it sounded terrible to me at the time.
33 years later I have just played it again, and rediscovered what I loved about Motorhead in the beginning. the raw rock'n'roll edge of three rockers smashing out the chords and spitting out the lyrics through gritted teeth . you can almost smell the sweat and the dog ends and the beer. It was as punk as punk and nobody got paid and it was time to go down to the office and scare some money out of someone.
In 1980 Def Leppard Iron Maiden and the new wave of metal were moving in. The record company execs snapped them up. But Lemmy had found his calling and has rumbled on playing rock with a hard rough edge which is what he was born to do. So many albums now, some great, some not so.
This is one of the great ones. It shows so well the power of Motorhead developing out of Hawkwind, the Pink Fairies and other defiant deviants of the time. If you grew up loving Motorhead you can't go wrong with this. As the first track starts with the roar of a motorcycle, you think 'Oh, no. How cheesy' But it is telling you what they wanted and you can feel the desire in it to become what Motorhead is today.
God bless Lemmy. And buy this so you can understand how it started.
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