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  • Audio CD (18 Nov. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: UDR
  • ASIN: B00FPM1ABQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Disc: 1

1. Stallions Of The Highway (Remix)
2. Crusader (Orchestrated Version)
3. Battle Cry
4. The Eagle Has Landed (Orchestral Version)
5. Red Star Falling (Orchestral Version)
6. Broken Heroes (Orchestral Version)
7. Call To Arms (Orchestral Version)
8. Militia Guard
9. Forever Free (Re
10. Just Let Me Rock (Re
11. Frozen Rainbow (Acoustic Version)
12. Iron Wheels (Live Acoustic Version)
13. Requiem (Acoustic Version)
14. Coming Home (Acoustic Version)

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This is great. Well worth a tenner. For me it's worth it just for getting the new version of Stallions of the Highway alone, particularly when it takes off from 1min2sec onwards.

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!
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Some times when bands release discs like this,its because they have run out of ideas,not so Saxon,they're last couple of albums have been excellent,they're still doing the business live,so its either a contractual disc or something Biff and the boys have been thinking about for a while,i'll go for the latter

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.
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I bought this after hearing snippets of the excellent orchestral version of 'The Eagle Has Landed' on the 'Warriors of the Road' DVD. With the full package on offer here this is definitely the highlight track as the orchestral flourishes added grandeur and depth to the original piece and work well with the theme of the song. Working through the rest of this there are some other nice surprises but there are also some disappointments.

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....
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So so so disappointed with this album. Not enough acoustic songs ( the albums title is "unplugged" for heavens sake.) The orchestrated versions of songs have very little orchestra in them ! IF it had been done properly this album COULD have been an absolute classic. As it turns out , i wish i had not bought this album and saved my cash !
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As previously stated there is nothing wrong with the Unplugged album but this is definately only the single disc version, NOT a 4cd box set as described - I'm hardly surprised as the price was cheap and nowhere else on the internet is a 4cd boxset mentioned as being available!
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I was expecting better from this release. It's a poor choice of songs...I'd have like to have heard the classics 'unplugged' not some songs that have already been released !. 2 out of 5 (must do better).

This was originaly advertised as a 4cd set as well.....Thought it was too good to be true !
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Bought this on vinyl so obviously that's what my review relates to. I've been a fan of Saxon since I saw them live on tour supporting the first album opening for motorhead if memory serves. I'm not a completest but own several albums by saxon so have a reasonable grasp of their music.
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.
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