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Top Customer Reviews
To point out even if you think you have the 'orchestrated versions' (because they were some on the Sacrifice double CD) I've compared the two over and over and some of these sound slightly different newer 'orchestrated versions' to me. The Orchestrated version of Crusader in particular sounds quite alot better than the orchestrated version that came with the Sacrifice album.
The Orchestrated version of The Eagle has Landed works particularly well, makes it something different to the original.
Militia Guard appears to be a complete re-recording (although it doesn't make that clear on the listing on the rear) and is fabulously done, so you're getting abit more than it may seem at first glance.
Inevitably some versions work better than others, Just let me Rock was pretty bad originally and doesn't get any better no matter how it's re-recorded!, but others may have their own likes and dislikes.
The only real dissapointment is the artwork which is shockingly awful, you would have thought they'd been around long enough to come up with something better than a leaking barn roof!
The first thing you realise,is that its not overrun by the classics and hit singles,several tracks are exceptional album tracks such as 'Eagle has Landed'/'Crusader''Red Star Falling' and 'Broken Hereos'
Rerecorded versions of the likes of 'Stallions of the Highway/Militia Guard & Forever Free are excellent while the standout track is a superb version(acoustic) of long lost track 'Frozen Rainbow'.
Its something different and its great,sounds excellent,production big and beautiful,ballsy when required,lush and melodic when it needs to be,. Well done boys.
Ps .. if you never bought the excellent 'Heavy Metal Thunder' album from 2002,then get the ltd edition release, as its included.
So on the positive side, 'Crusader' fares well, as the grand style of orchestration and the minor variations adds to the flavour of the song, but the normally laconic and heartfelt 'Broken Heroes' wallows somewhat uncomfortably in the pomp of violins and cellos and therefore detracts from the underlying sadness of the themes (note - the best version of this is the sublime 'live' version on the hard to get hold of 'Rock N Roll Gypsies' live CD, which I believe has recently been reissued as a bonus disc). Adding floral orchestral flourishes to events that happened hundreds of years ago on, say, 'Crusader' works, but overlaying them on lyrics about conflicts closer to home doesn't feel quite right in my opinion (more of this in a moment). Still, it's not unlistenable - sort of more World War One horror a la Tim Rice than Wilfred Owen.
Conflict/war is definitely the subject that appears the most in this package, possibly as it lends itself more to the weight of orchestral in-fills than, say, the banal nadirs of 'Party til You Puke' or 'Everybody Up' from Saxon's extensive catalogue....Read more ›
This was originaly advertised as a 4cd set as well.....Thought it was too good to be true !
Firstly the album art work. What a let down. Even the Vinyl size sleeve doesn't help. In some cases artwork looks so much better when enlarged. In this case the subject matter does nothing in my opinion to persuade a purchase to part with their cash. Even the inner sleeves are rank offering next to no information.
Now the important part, the music. As the title suggests there are both acoustic and orchestrated versions present. To my ears the sound quality is excellent, well engineered and produced. Biffs voice has matured nicely over the years and the playing is top draw. The stand out tracks for me are the orchestrated Crusader, Call To Arms, and Broken Heroes and acoustic Frozen Rainbow, and Militia Guard originally on the first album.
The track selection wouldn't have been my first choice but they work well together. I would be interested to hear this on cd to see if it grabs my attention in the same way, I think it would.
The only down side is the cover, hence the lose of a star, otherwise I recommend this to those of an open mind that love rock music.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great idea by a great band works realy well crusader sounds just fantastic buy itPublished on 7 July 2014 by Big Dave
We love saxon , so we liked this also , still got that magic that makes you want to get up and head bang .Published on 7 April 2014 by Carol Don-Merritt
Always difficult to remake established tracks, but fairly successfully done here. One or two dodgy interludes, but overall pretty good.Published on 21 Feb. 2014 by Michael Sproul
a odd album not really unpluged more songs redone some work really well better than original some are intresting one or two are not to my taste but it is a good attempt at... Read morePublished on 29 Dec. 2013 by sjm
The last pearl of the band,perfect merge of heavy metal and symphonic arrangements. In one word, fantastic collection of classics tracks, recordered with the Saxon signature. Read morePublished on 28 Dec. 2013 by Juan Fernando Moreno
this is a really good 2 cd set by saxon of remakes from 2001 when they re recorded the classic early 80s stuff and now all these years later saxon... Read morePublished on 21 Dec. 2013 by Edward J. mccarthy Jr.
First thing's first neither SAXON or there record company UDR claimed this was a super deluxe 4 disc box set,it was an error plain and simple. Read morePublished on 18 Dec. 2013 by Mr. Nr Delve