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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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  • Audio CD (16 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: EMI Catalogue
  • ASIN: B0079043T8
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Saxon have been one of the leading forces in British Heavy Metal for over three decades and are as active now as when they formed in South Yorkshire in 1977, releasing their 19th Studio album Call To Arms in June 2011. The constant touring and song-writing has created one of the most loyal fanbases in rock and gathered a list of superstar fans such as Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue and even Lada Gaga. Their first seven albums on the French Carrere label have now been amassed into The Carrere Years (1979-1984), a four disc collection of the remastered albums, now expanded with bonus material and including an exclusive interview with the band within the liner notes.

Record Collector – July 2012 - ****

“This set, more than testifies to their oft-neglected status as one of the UK’s great metal bands.”

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pink on 29 May 2012
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As a long-time Saxon fan, I am prompted to write this review having just seen them supporting Judas Priest at the Hammersmith Odeon (the same venue where I first saw them on the `Strong Arm of The Law' tour way back in 1981), where they played a crowd-pleasing set of songs culled almost entirely from the period covered by this cracking CD set.

Saxon have stuck around for so long now that they are effectively immune to criticism, but whilst they continue to produce worthwhile material to this day, I think it's fair to say that their early releases on the Carrere label contain the essential classics that you'll need if you are new to this brilliant band.

Containing their first seven releases, this set captures Saxon as they emerged from their street-fighting, knife-wielding, motorcycle-riding debut, breaking through with follow-up `Wheels of Steel' to become a fully-fledged Division One metal act.

And that's the beauty of Saxon...as they became more popular, the sense of wonder as the world opened up to them is palpable, in the lyrics and in the exuberant attitude of these early albums.

For me the first four albums are the strongest, jam-packed with classic Saxon songs, killer riffs and joyous, melodic guitar solos. Capable of writing thoughtful, uplifting songs as well as songs about booze, birds and bikes, Saxon are often at their best when a little awestruck (See The Light Shining, And The Bands Played On, Midnight Rider) or delivering a call-to-arms to the metal-massive (Denim & Leather, Stand Up And Be Counted, Play It Loud, Heavy Metal Thunder and so on, the list is endless!)

So for your money you get Saxon, Wheels of Steel, Strong Arm of The Law, Denim & Leather, The Eagle Has Landed (Live), The Power & The Glory and Crusader.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J.B. Cooper on 25 April 2012
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This new boxset from EMI offers Saxon's first seven albums (Including 'The Eagle Has Landed' live album) originally released on the Carrere label in full across four discs. The albums themselves all come in a remastered form, and unlike some remasters, these don't sound a million miles away from the originals except for having a clearer sound. The release also includes a few bonus tracks and b-sides from some of the singles released from the albums, and they're a nice cherry on top of an already tasty cake.

There is, however, one main reason why I didn't give this the five stars it otherwise deserves in my view, and the main reason is this; spanning seven albums across four discs is a little unusual, and for someone who likes to organise their music on their computer by album, it's also a bit annoying. I don't know why they couldn't of used the example of other recent mini-boxsets and put each album on its own CD in a basic cardboard slipcase all bundled in a larger slipover cover, it would've been a bit easier and more appealing to commited Saxon-ites like myself, as well as people who, like me, are a little bit obsessed about organisation when putting albums onto an iPod. The only other flaw I've found is that there are other versions of the first three albums with more bonus tracks than can be found on this boxset, but that depends on whether or not you really feel the need to have them.

All in all, a very solid and well-priced collection of Saxon's early (And, from most viewpoints, some of their best) work, although slightly lacking in bonus content and layed out in an unusual manner. It's worth buying if those ultimately minor flaws don't really irk you, otherwise you may wish to look around for individual copies. This is by no means a cheap and lazy release done for the money, some considerable effort has gone into making it, but it could've been that tiny bit better.
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By Jeffrey Gunn on 17 Sept. 2013
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Memories. I had all the stuff on here, but to have them all in one place is brilliant. What you get here are the classic albums plus the live b side singles. Listening to this makes you realise why the band were so popular. If you like your rock heavy, then this is for you.
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By A. J. Harknett on 31 Mar. 2013
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seven albums spread across four disc for the price of one is amazing value for money and some really great rock music here if a little repetative at times but worth every penny a must buy for any rock fan. Bristish rock at it's best
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great 5 cd budget box 22 May 2012
By Edward J. mccarthy Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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from 1979 through 1984 have always been the most popular and highest regarded era of saxon, first we start off with the amazing debut album wich personally i have always loved since i first picked it up in 1981, it has very raw production and also some of the songs though not hits are as timeless as saxons best known hits, on the first album you get classics like backs to the wall, stallions of the highway, militia guard, still fit to boogie frozen rainbow big teaser and judgement day, this was a very good effort since saxon where on such a small budget at this time and it was this record that when heard by lemmy in the summer of 79 got saxon on board as the openers for motorheads bomber tour that autum, next we move on the the spring of 1980 when the now legendary wheels of steel was released, its a 5 star killer from the opening engines of motorcycle man right throug to the last track the killer machine gun, there is not a bad song on this record and it also has a very raw sound as the first one does but the production peter hinton did on this one was very crisp, this was the album that broke saxon in the uk/europe in 1980, later in 1980 just before playing the monsters of rock festival in august 1980 saxon again gave us there 3rd classic strong arm of the law wich did so well in the uk charts that by the end of 1980 saxon had already landed on us shores opening for rush and doing a few opening gigs for the heaven and hell tour, strong arm has most saxon fans best known classics like dallas 1 pm, the title track but i prefer sixth form girls, hungry years to hell and back again and 20,000 feet, they are always played on 10 on my stereo, enter 1981 by late summer of 1981 we got saxons 4th studio opus denim and leather and saxon where getting a following here in the us at this point, they seemed to be stars in the uk by getting on the front page of kerrang by this time, another album of timeless songs like fire in the sky, play it loud, rough n ready, and the anthem denim and leather this was saxon in there glory, in 1982 saxon spent most of the year touring and in the spring of 82 released the live eagle has landed album wich i always felt was a live album right up there with strangers in the night, unleashed in the east, maiden japan, rainbow on stage and many other classic live albums of this era, in january 1983 with new drummer nigel glockler on board we got the infamous power and the glory album wich is still amazing, nigel actually joined saxon after they fired pete gil in october 81 so from that point on nigel had been touring with saxon but this was his first studio record with them, great songs like redline, the eagle has landed, midas touch, watching the sky and warrior are just some of the best metal songs recorded that decade at this time biff byford was famous for dying his hair blond and we never saw his long brown hair again, saxon stage attire at this time was changing more to an american fan bass and you could hear it a bit on the power and the glory classic but it was still heavy and hard as hell, but saxon where wearing a bit of spandex on stage at this point wich made me nervouse, anyway crusader wich would be the last album on the carrare label was an ok record, it is an odd one to describe becouse the title track is one of the best saxon songs ever recorded to this day, but then you got one of the worst on the same record just let me rock and the video was awful for that to, on crusader you also get a great sweet cover SET ME FREE and some other songs of note like run for your lives, rock city, and bad boys like to rock n roll but this was recorded in L.A in late 1983 with kevin beamish producing this and it hurt saxon more then helped, saxons managment where really on there case to crack it in america and get played on mtv like def leppard and judas priest where but sadley they moved from there roots unlike iron maiden and diehard fans where not happy, i still 28 years later love crusader and i think this is a killer box set to start with, its a budget release so you get a lot here for around 15 bucks, ive been a big saxon fan since 1981 and i can say i own everything they released up to last years call to arms wich was saxons best record since 1997s unleash the beast, anyway if you like oldschool metal you just cant go wrong here, play loud!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Great Combo-Pack! 28 May 2013
By Gregory Padilla - Published on Amazon.com
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I really like this combination CD package. It includes all the first albums from 1979 - 1984. Well worth the money!
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Excellent deal on classic British metal band's first 6 studio and 1 live 15 Dec. 2014
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I've been trying to expand my collection of lesser-known 80s metal, so I thought I'd give Saxon a try. This collection was an excellent way to check them out!

First off - the release itself. It's 7 albums (Saxon's first 6 studio albums, plus their live album from that era) on 4 discs in a double-size jewelcase box. At about $20 (from the marketplace with shipping), you couldn't even pay for shipping on all those albums separately if they were 1 cent each! The booklet has a writeup/interview with the band and small pictures of the original album covers, but no lyrics. There's a handful of "bonus tracks" that are all live or alternate versions of songs from the albums (one live song, "Bap Shoo Ap" which seems to be a crowd sing-along type thing, is a non-album track). Aside from lyrics (which I'd rather have than an interview) and maybe full-size replicas of the original album covers in the booklet (their covers are pretty minimalist, though, so no big deal), my only complaint would be they should've stuck all the bonus tracks on the disc with the live album and had two studio albums per disc otherwise - as it is, their fifth album has half the songs on disc 3 with the live album and half on disc 4 (this is the only instance of an album being split over discs, though). It's kind of a pointless thing to do, as albums 5+6 would've fit on disc 4!

As far as the music goes, I'm new to Saxon, but it's growing on me. Kind of reminds me of a mix of AC/DC (particularly the vocals and short, punchy songs) and maybe a bit of Judas Priest. I don't always feel the need for live albums, but "The Eagle Has Landed" (the Saxon live album here, containing songs from their 2nd-4th albums, usually considered their peak) is quite good - like Priest's "Unleashed in the East", it tends to focus on the more driving metal songs from their albums, which (along with the more prominent guitars and lower vocal mix) makes the live album stand out from the studio as a stronger, more powerful musical statement. Saxon's music kind of strikes me as being in the middle of the metal road for that early 80s era - the songs are less epic or mystical than stuff like Iron Maiden, Angel Witch, or Diamond Head, but not as mainstream rock sounding as stuff like Def Leppard and Van Halen. Saxon's not the kind of band that blows me away, so much as delivers a solid, enjoyable effort (kind of like Uriah Heep or Dio, although the Heep do have some moments where they take it to the next level). The liner notes have the band saying how they really wanted to go for speed, but the music tends to be more rock-steady, song-oriented hard rock to my ears. Aside from the classic 3 albums, I found their debut to be just as enjoyable (I kind of liked the opening "Rainbow" tracks, they had a nice 70s vibe goin') and album 5 had some pretty rockin' stuff, but the last one here, "Crusader", seemed to be a little weak.
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excellent compilation for the casual fan of saxon's early years... 13 Oct. 2014
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As the title indicates, this four CD import set includes the seven albums Saxon released while on Carrere Records. The albums are, Saxon (1979), Wheels of Steel (1980), Strong Arm of the Law (1980), Denim and Leather (1981), The Eagle Has Landed (1982), Power and the Glory (1983), and Crusader (1984). The Carrere Years would be an excellent place to start for the newcomer to Saxon.

Major fans of the Biff and the boys, may want to look at the deluxe editions of the individual albums, as they typically have been remastered, and contain some bonus tracks. Another option is The Complete Album Collection 1979-1988 which contains Saxon's first ten albums, supposedly remastered, and with bonus tracks. While some of the albums in the Carrere Years 1979-84 contain a bonus track or two, most of extra content found of the deluxe editions is absent, and the tracks are not remastered. A included booklet, provides some interesting thoughts by members of Saxon, regarding their career during this period.

For those looking for the essence of what Saxon was about during their early period, this collection does appear to have that covered, at a fairly low price. One of the leaders in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Saxon has persevered through the years, and continues today stronger than ever, still producing some of the best classic style heavy metal. Albums like Lionheart, Metalhead, and Killing Ground clearly show that Saxon remains as powerful and vital as they ever were.
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british metal rules! 5 Feb. 2013
By Barb - Published on Amazon.com
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the "new wave of british metal" that swept the states in the early 80s may have been championed by the likes of judas priest, iron maiden, and def leppard, but there were some great smaller acts who came along for the ride. saxon was certainly one of the most underrated.

i had four of the seven albums from this set on cassette "back in the day", and they really stand up well today (unlike some of the pop-ier metal of the time).

good stuff!
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