on 28 April 2015
With this review I won't bother commenting about the music on Overkill because there are numerous reviews here doing that perfectly well, but I will mention the mastering.
Before I go further it's important to mention the tracklist shown by Amazon for this CD is completely wrong. They've used the tracklist for one of the later remasters, which has a pile of extra material not found here.
So, let's talk about this US CD pressing from 1991 on Road Racer (RRD 9229).
How does it sound? Quite simply....excellent. It's a different mastering to the UK Castle CD from the same period (CLACD 179), and to my ears very slightly has the edge over the Castle. It seems to have marginally more response in the higher frequencies than the Castle, giving a little extra clarity to the guitars and the fuzztone of Lemmy's bass. The difference between the pair really isn't huge, but you can pick up on it with an A/B comparison.
To quickly digress, oddly the cover artwork on this US edition is slightly clearer than that of the UK CD.
This Road Racer disc also benefits from 3 bonus tracks, Too Late Too Late, Tear Ya Down (an alternate instrumental take, labelled as the "original version") and Louie Louie. Taking into account the compression and assorted digital fiddling which has become common with subsequent Motorhead remasters, this disc is probably the best place to find those three tracks in an untampered digital form. Louie Louie has appeared on at least one very early "pre-remaster" compilation CD, Anthology (RAWCD 011), but I can't recall either of the remaining pair appearing anywhere on CD until after the remasterings began.
So if you see one of these US pressings selling for a reasonable price, grab it. They're not getting any easier to find as the years slide past. If however your only option is the double-figure price currently common to Amazon for this disc (over £40 at the time of writing!!!!), you'll probably be perfectly OK with the much cheaper and much easier to find CLACD pressing.......although you won't get any bonus tracks.
Despite their very minor differences both releases sound great, in my opinion they're the best masterings of this album on CD. So at least buy one of 'em.
Tracklist for the Road Racer release;
I Won't Pay Your Price
I'll Be Your Sister
Tear Ya Down
Limb From Limb
Too Late Too Late
Tear Ya Down (alternate instrumental take labelled as "original version")
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 April 2003
I am only 14 but since iwas little i have loved motorhead because even though they are not punk they have influenced many of the best punk bands such as lars and the damned. they also invented thrash metal ,without them there would be no slayer or pantera. this album rocks buy it![if you want]