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4.0 out of 5 stars White Line Fever, Indeed
Recorded in just two days, Motorhead's often overlooked debut album from 1977 is a dirty and raucous collision of Punk attitude and Biker rock.

The song selection is a mixture of covers and Motorhead originals. Of the former; Vibrator and City Kids were penned by Motorhead's first guitarist, ex-Pink Fairy Larry Wallis (who departed the band after playing on an...
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1.0 out of 5 stars crap
used to be a fan of these idiots but now they suck, lemmy the movie was crap to just like the star
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4.0 out of 5 stars White Line Fever, Indeed, 1 Jan 2012
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Recorded in just two days, Motorhead's often overlooked debut album from 1977 is a dirty and raucous collision of Punk attitude and Biker rock.

The song selection is a mixture of covers and Motorhead originals. Of the former; Vibrator and City Kids were penned by Motorhead's first guitarist, ex-Pink Fairy Larry Wallis (who departed the band after playing on an earlier version of this album which at the time was shelved by UA Records). These two tracks have quite a Punky edge. Musically they would have sat perfectly well on the debut albums of The Damned, Clash or Jam - although only The Damned would have gotten away with unchanged lyrics for Vibrator and retained any measure of credibility! Wallis also penned On Parole, a chugging R&B precursor to the later turbocharged likes of Going To Brazil and Bye Bye Bitch. Lemmy managed to cover himself on this album, revamping three tracks from his old Space Rock band Hawkind with Motorhead, Lost Johnny and The Watcher. Train Kept A' Rolling and I'm Your Witchdoctor are covers of 1960's R&B standards, coated with some extra Motorhead grime. Beer Drinkers and Hellraisers is a ZZ Top cover. Yep, the same ZZ Top who, with the aid of constant MTV video rotation in the 1980's, bludgeoned the world into submission with the synthesied radio-friendly Pop-Rock of Sharp Dressed Man and Legs. This track however is taken from the band's earlier days when they were still true to their Bluesier roots.

As for Motorhead originals you get Iron Horse/Born To Lose (Which went on to be a live favourite for many years. I have though never understood the double-title thing), White Line Fever (the first track jointly penned by the classic Lemmy, Eddie and Phil line-up), Keep Us On The Road (probably THE best Motorhead track ever written which nobody seems to remember, a real neglected classic) and Instro (a throwaway instrumental thing. I believe the clue may be in the title).

The let down with this album, but also, paradoxically, the very thing which gives it a uniquely skuzzy fingerprint, is the production. Mixed by Speedy Keen (he of "Something In The Air" hit single fame) during the two-day studio deal, it could have benefitted from a lot more time and a little more professionalism. The quality varies between tracks, from being quite well produced to being sharp and punky to being a one-dimensional murky haze. That's probably a consequence of mixing this much material in less than a handful of hours, but one consistantly annoying thing is the lack of bottom end. Across the album there's very little lower frequency punch to the sound, which is probably due to Lemmy liking his bass trebly.

Don't get me wrong. It is a noisy album. But in the same kind of underproduced way as the Velvet Underground's White Light White Heat. Imagine the sonics of that album crossed with the sonics of The Damned's debut and you'll have a vague idea of what to expect.

One quick point about the mastering. No matter which version of this album you buy on CD it's going to sound rough as a bear's backside. That's unavoidable due to the original mix. But to my ears this original 1991 CD on Roadrunner Records (catalogue number 168 619 357-2) beats the more recent remaster. It's the lesser of two evils. I found the remaster just too harsh on the ears to play at loud volumes. Only a remix would benefit this album; nothing major, but something that would give the drums and lower-end more punch, whilst retaining (not extending) the fuzz and grime of the upper levels.

So how would I rate this release? Well, despite the questionable production, it has to be a 4. Although it's the forgotten Motorhead album, it does feature a number of classics that deserve to be remembered.

It doesn't sound much like any Motorhead album that came after it, but it does sound like 100% Motorhead. If that makes sense, which it probably doesn't....but it might once you've heard it!

PS:If you wish to hear how some of this album may have sounded with better production, check out On Parole. To cut a long story short, On Parole was Motorhead's actual first album, with the original line-up of Lemmy/Larry Wallis/Lucas Fox. It was recorded the year before this one, but was shelved by the UA Records. Much of the material is the same, but recorded far more professionally.

When Wallis and Fox left to be replaced by Phil Taylor and Eddie Clarke, the "new" band re-recorded the bulk of the earlier tracks for this album.

So fate handed us a unique comparison point. I can't think of any other band who with their debut album have two completely different recordings by differing line-ups recorded within a year of each other.

On the earlier album although the sound of the band is cleaner, it does have a lot more power and punch due to the production. If you like this 1977 debut, be sure to check that one out too. It's the same...but different. They're both enjoyable in their own unique ways.

But I can't help thinking that if this 1977 album had been produced by Fritz Fryer, the man responsible for the earlier album, it would today be more likely viewed as a classic of 1970's Rock rather than an album forgotten even by many of the band's own fans......
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top!, 23 Jan 2002
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Motorhead did it first. Motorhead did it best - this album proves it. I've ALWAYS owned "Motorhead" in one form or another (I still have my original LP on White Vinyl). "Lost Johnny" and "Iron Horse" are as good as it gets! If you're a 40 something, buy it now and remember how good it was the first time you heard it. If you're young, buy it now and further your education!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The original and the best, 8 Sep 2001
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This CD is the very first Motorhead album, digitally remastered. It has all eight original tracks plus the the b-side "City Kids" from the single "Motorhead", and four extra tracks from the session which were released in 1980 as the "Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers" EP. The packaging is normal jewel case, one disc. Liner notes are by Ted Carroll, who was the big cheese at Chiswick records, the label the original release was on. The history is well observed and written, detailing the evolution of the band leading up to the release of the album. The music? Blistering. This is what started all the hard loud, what's happened to my stereo? rock. This is music that appealed at the time to anybody with an open mind. If you liked Sabbath, The Ramones, Zeppelin, The Pistols. You loved Motorhead. It's the same now. Korn, Papa Roach, Limp Bizkit, Slayer? Forget it. This sets the standard. The opening bass rumble of "Motorhead", The lyric "Sunrise/Wrong side of another day". You are in seventh heaven. The sound on remastering? No digital sheen here. Every dirty chord is revealed, giving the listener more of the experience. On vinyl I was completely swept up. On this remaster I'm in the music.And I don't wanna leave!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rough and ready - turn it up to 11!, 15 Feb 2001
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The first 'real' Motorhead album, the whole thing was supposedly recorded in one take, 'No Sleep 'Til it's Finished' style, this is what its all about. Worth the price for the bass on 'Keep Us On The Road', contains THE biker (real or dreamer) anthem 'Born To Lose' ( we don't get to Live To Win 'til several years later, do we?) A couple of tracks written while the man still worked as a night hawk (if only the 'Wind versions were as good as these...) and just a load of mad rock 'n' roll. Bon Jovi it ain't! Put your precious White Vinyl Fever copy away somewhere safe, stick this in the hole, crank the volume up to 11 and disappear into a Smirnoff/ Marlboro powered nightmare. Motorhead, Remember Me....someone pass the Listerine, I've just got to join in.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Motorhead's first 'proper' album and a very enjoyable blueprint for future classics!, 4 Nov 2014
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First of all, don't let the misleading picture of the back of this product's case fool you, THIS IS A CD, NOT VINYL / RECORD! The layout on the back of the CD (Side One/Two) implies, or at least makes it look like it's a record, but I assure you, it is not!
The delivery was extremely fast, and was here way before the estimated date, one of the quickest I've ever recieved, fairplay!
This is Motorhead's first album proper, as 'On Parole' is generally considered their 'lost' album, doesn't feature the original 'classic' trio of Lemmy, 'Fast' Eddie Clarke and 'Philthy Animal' Taylor and...isn't really good by comparison.
All the hallmarks of the fabled Motorhead sound and blueprint are here : Lemmy's Rickenbacker bass sound, Eddie Clarke's Hendrix-esque, blues based solos, riffs and intense guitar tone and to a lesser degree, Taylor's frantic drums, although the overall pace is generally mid tempo at best on this album, or at least nowhere near as break neck quick as the following albums. Lemmy's voice isn't quite up to scratch on this album, and improves massively by the time the band released their sophomore effort 'Overkill,' but is instantly recognisable and blends well with the rest of the band and the music.
Despite not being held in anywhere near as high regard as what followed (the holy trinity of 'Overkill,' 'Bomber' and 'Ace of Spades') this album does feature some Motorhead classics and songs that were often peformed in their early years.
'Motorhead' introduces the world the band, the name and the sound and is very much the root of the band's tree. A unique bass tone and intro, a quick and intense guitar riff and tone and pummelling drums, rock and roll on steroids, also famous for being the only song (at least at the time) to feature the word 'parallelogram!' One of their best songs, full stop.
'Iron Horse/Born To Lose' is one of the great, forgotten Motorhead classics as is 'White Line Fever.'
The other five tracks all contribute to the album and are greatly under-appreciated ('Lost Johnny,' 'Keep Us on the Road' and the cover 'Train Kept A Rollin' in particiular).
'The Watcher' is a reworking of a song Lemmy wrote for his previous band Hawkwind (as is the title track), whilst 'Vibrator' is about as smutty a double-entendre of a song as you're ever likely to hear, but comes off as a bit cheesy and dated now.
The production and overall sound of the album is suprisingly good, very raw perhaps, but seems to suit the album, although no doubt production aficionados will be pulling their hair out in frustration.
Those expecting loads of extras will be dissappointed however. There are no bonus tracks, there is no lyrics booklet or a brief 'history of' the album, there is hardly any credits or liner notes even, only 3 bareley decipherable 'Thanks' letters written by the band members.
Overall, a great debut that inevitably pales in comparison to the sheer quality the band would go on to record, but packed full of great songs, essential for rock, metal and Motorhead fans alike. Not bad for someone who were at the time written off as the 'Worst Band in the World.'
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4.0 out of 5 stars Motorhead (2007 remastered edition-mini replica sleeve edition), 25 Jun 2012
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Motorhead's iconic debut, a thoroughly excellent album,this edition is remastered,although in truth,its a shambolic production which no amount of remastering is going to hide,still thats part of the charm,it aint refined,its rough and ready,possibly the purest example of Motorhead's heavy metal punk n roll.

Thundering from the speakers,the title track remains one the bands finest,the entire Motorhead experience crystalised in one exhilarating moment.Highlights aplenty,the biker anthem 'Ironhorse/Born To Lose',the superb cover of 'Train Kept A Rollin', whilst 'Keep us on the Road,is a well kept secret,another fantastic track.

As well as the title track there were 2 other Hawkwind tracks,'Lost Johnny' & 'The Watcher',both totally different to the 'Wind versions,stunning.

At this price,this is a bargain,well worth purchasing at under a fiver.
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5.0 out of 5 stars moterhead mk2 begins 1977, 3 Mar 2014
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Moterhead mk1 ,,,,lemmy starts afresh recording " on parole" at Rockfield studios Monmouth Wales,after a spell with "Hawkwwind" but it never takes off after one gig it falls apart.out go drummer and guitarist,in come two new faces Phill Taylor and "fast" Eddie Clarke.The point being Lemmy has recorded "on Parole" with some of his songs written with hawkwind,that album is shelved for 19 yrs,but on "Moterhead" he has re-recorded some of these songs,plus other new material,and it delivers in a big way.Ive being looking out for this album for ages, with the likes of "lost johnny" the title track,city kids,iron horse/born to lose and others...plus bonus tracks you have the roots of what is to come,the sound that's been created ,They have stamped their own style and cemented it here,without dout a must buy from a great band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Motorhead, 29 Nov 2013
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Its early Motorhead - what more do you need to say!! Down and Dirty Rock n Roll. Play it Loud
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5.0 out of 5 stars Motorhead, 8 Aug 2013
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What can I say... this is where it started for me. Love it and the CD is so much better than that scratchy album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Motorhead CD, 12 Jan 2013
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Great re master of original product with additional material - beer drinker EP. Great sleeve notes which is an added bonus
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