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Power And The Glory [Digitally Remastered + Bonus Tracks]

Power And The Glory [Digitally Remastered + Bonus Tracks]

27 Apr 2009
4.4 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 27 April 2009
  • Release Date: 20 April 2009
  • Label: Parlophone UK
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  • Total Length: 1:18:12
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  • ASIN: B00266O7ZA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,384 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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The title track for me is one of my favourite Saxon numbers and sets the pace for the album. Before they went with a more radio friendly sound (and many metal bands were faced with a similar dilemma at the time), this album showed a similar kind of power to its predecessors. Perhaps Nightmare was a glimpse of things to come, but its certainly not a bad track and I wouldn't consider it a filler, in fact there isn't really a bad track on here. As for the extras, the live version of Denim and Leather is the B-side of the title track. The Jeff Glixman mix of Suzy Hold On sounds slightly softer sung by Biff and is in a lower key. The problem with adding studio demos is that they don't have the same kind of production as the album takes, and unless they show a variation of the musical direction of the final tracks they don't really add anything new. As a result they aren't really more than curiosities.
For many this album will be a nostalgia trip but for those only recently familiar with Saxon, its well worth checking out, and indeed any of these remasters of their first albums are well worth the money.
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Many people I know will laugh when I say with conviction that in my humble opinion the title track of this record is quite simply the best British Heavy Metal track of all time.

'Power And The Glory' has it all - Passion, aggression, brutal drumming, screaming guitars, atmosphere, thundering vocals but most importantly of all, melody and something very valid to say. Never have I heard a song that sums up humans obsession with war, glory and the curiosity of the human psyche to 'blindly follow orders' just because...

Most of the rest of the album is of a very high standard to and 'Redline' and 'Warrior' combined with the title track opener provide one of the most punishing and brutal openings to an album that I've ever heard - Lemmy would be proud of em'! "Nightmare" is a good song but it is much more in the commercial vein and was an obvious single. True to the bands earlier classics like '747', it is melodic but maybe sounded a little lightweight at the time and is perhaps part of the reason that some original fans accussed the band at the time of 'going a bit Bon Jovi'.

Side two of the original record, inevitably perhaps, is less impressive - a fact not helped by the most uninspired track on the album 'This Town Rocks' being on first. This is of course less of a problem these days now we have cd's and downloads but for old vinyl junkies like me it is a bit of a shame. There is nothing wrong with 'This Town Rocks' as such but unlike the rest of this record, it is simply standard heavy metal and rather cliched lyrically.
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So this album marked the end for NWOBHM and what an ending, I personally really like the production, everything has a heavy vibe about it and theres a fair use of reverb, also they turned the gain up to 11 o this album, harmonics and solos just scream, it sounded like the brother of judas priest's screaming for vengeance in some ways.

Again it lost a star just for the same reasons and before, the bonus tracks were a little pointless, just more of the same and this time it was a buttload of demo rehearsals which have no production value to them, but the original album is a gem and a must have
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I've never understood the negativity towards this album,for me this was the end of the glory years for saxon,5 stunning albums in a row this could and should have propelled saxon right to the top.From the opening riff of power and glory to the thunderous finale of eagle has landed this is metal at its finest,Jeff Glixmans original production gave this a razor sharp edge and the remaster enhances the sound further.Who can fail to enjoy the likes of redline/warrior and the superb watching the sky? why does a track like nightmare not get the respect it deserves,there is not a duff track here,certainly this town rocks is probably the weakest but it mentions the crowds of scotland!!! aah the glasgow apollo,fine memories,so thats good enough for me.

The bonus tracks are certainly interesting,a lovely remix of suzie hold on, should have been a hit,a slightly out of place 'live' denim and leather and then the demos,which while listenable and a worthy inclusion are never going to upstage the final versions,the demos which never made it are ok and certainly turn out the lights a tad poppy for my liking,a sign of things to come,but all in all a decent release well worth the price,things would never be the same for quite some time after this classic album.
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As a fairly big Saxon fan, i looked forward to listening to this album, as i hear a lot of people on forums and such speak about it in rather harsh tones. To be honest, I love this album. It doesn't have the quality of the previous three, but theres a certain old school metal, out and out rockin' feel to this album that is, if not as "pure" as on previous albums, still very much there. Of course Saxon, with this album, take things in a slightly different direction, with some songs (such as the title track) seemingly having a more Iron Maiden like melodic metal feel rather than the hard rock-on-speed of the previous three albums. I Like that. I like the fact that they tried something a little different with this album. Okay, this does not have the same energy as the previous albums, but damn if it isn't an album that gets you rocking out - because it is. To me at least.

But anyway, disregarding style and evolution of the band's sound for a moment, what are the actual songs like? A Lot of people say because of the production the songs don't have the same impact. To me, this is nonsense. Yes, there has been better (much better) production, but the slightly iffy production, in my opinion, simply gives it a rather charming, old fashioned metal sound, harking back to the days before every metal band alive had the ability to overproduce albums til any edge was lost. But anyway, the songs, disregarding the production, quality level in my opinion is equal to what came before. The opening melodic metal slice of "Power and the Glory" is fantastic, containing an excellently powerful little riff refrain and has great, not to mention powerful vocal melodies going on. Very typical power/melodic metal type song, and like I have said before, different for them (at this stage in their career).
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