on 10 November 2015
After the 1983 album 'Another Perfect Day', the 'Orgasmatron' album seemed a long time coming, eventually appearing in July 1986. In the meantime, there was a 1984 compilation 'No Remorse' which featured 4 songs from the new four-piece line-up; which now included the one-time 'Saxon' drummer Pete Gill, and guitarists Phil Campbell & 'Wurzel'. After the band left the Bronze label, 'Orgasmatron' was released by 'GWR Records'.
I am not a big fan of the twin-guitar line-up. Neither guitarist displayed the ability or finesse shown by Eddie Clarke or Brian Robertson. Together, the two new members produced a noisier sound, and the guitar solos lacked the quality of what had gone before. Having said that, Phil Campbell seemed to improve in later years when the band became a trio once again, with a good grungy rhythm style. His lead guitar solo's however, often sound samey, as though they are made up 'on the spot'.
Still, 'Orgasmatron' had a few good songs which became stage favourites, such as 'Nothing Up My Sleeve (Babe)', with it's references to the late Tommy Cooper's comedy magic act, when he used to say "Just Like That!" Other strong tracks included 'Doctor Rock', and 'Built For Speed'. An earlier version of the latter, with different lyrics, called 'On The Road' was one of two 'Live' B sides from the minor hit single 'Deaf Forever'. The Other B side was 'Steal Your Face', originally on the 'No Remorse' album. Both appear on disc 2 of this edition, along with an alternative version of 'The Claw'.
The weakest tracks are 'Riding With The Driver', and the title track 'Orgasmatron', which some fans seem to like, but I find the 'plodding' rhythm musically uninteresting.
The live gig on CD2 is from the time of the 'No Remorse' compilation in 1984, and 'Steal Your Face' is featured once again. Only one song, 'Nothing Up My Sleeve (Babe)' later appeared on 'Orgasmatron'. Although there are welcome inclusions (for me) such as 'Heart Of Stone', and the live favourite 'Metropolis', there are more predictable songs, which don't sound the same with this line-up, like 'Ace Of Spades' for instance.
On remastered Motorhead CD's, like this one, the music is louder. and the guitars can sound harsh. I actually prefer to hear the 1992 CD on the 'Castle' label. Fans may want this 2CD edition for the live concert from Great Yarmouth (13/10/84), which is owned by the BBC.
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on 15 December 2012
This is an outstanding Motorhead album, not only by the quality of the material, but from an production angle.
Made after the Original Motorhead, sans Fast Eddie, where they took a side step from the more rock
' roll sound of every studioalbum from the debut Motorhead til Another perfect day. The bookend of this period was the relaease of No Remorse, a staggering best of retrospective, including single and last of the old rock n' roll sound of the band, Killed by Death.
Orgasmatrom has many highlights. The obvioius, Dr. rock, Built for speed and the meancing title track.
The most interesting, which make it a stand out is the production, and obvious new band members. Unlike any Head album its sound is industrious.
I highly regard the album, because of that. They have never sounded like this beforebor after. Post Orgasmatrom, the production became more heavy metal influenced. This has also to do with M Dee's drumming style, but foremost production wise. The guitars are more heavymetal. Lemmy is Lemmy, all the time. I am a fan of Motorhead mark1+ the Robertson guitar induenced and overlooked Another Perfect day1983.
On that note I will recommend this to fans of the original Motorhead line up1975-1982 and the fans of the more recent recordings. 1991-and onwards. When it came out in 1987, it blew me away. There were no industrial rock n ' roll at the time. And Head, of all bands where trendsetters, sort of. Buy it for its uniqueness. The cover is great too!
Lemmy have often decredited it and doesn't seem to agree with my subjective perception of its qualities.
I certainly bught the new deluxe edition. That, however was money down the drain. You can just as wll buy the original verion. Many of Heads albums have been given the Deluxe branding. The result is unsattisfactory, with uve of No sllep til Hammersmith and Bomber. The others are cash cows, if you alraedy own the original CD/LPs. I found even the perfect Head best of, No Remorse a let down to the leather bound LP. Overall five stars for content and 6 for doing a new take on their sound. I even now think of it ass a Classic. I wish Lemmy would get some great Rock n' roll players and scrap Phil and Dee, for a more old skool Head release, but it'll never happen.