Wheels Of Steel/Strong Arm Of The Law Double CD, Extra tracks
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Whilst this pack offers acceptable live versions of various classics, they are merely a distraction from the stripped down sound and distinctive vocals by which Saxon were once able to reduce Iron Maiden to being their support act.
If Wheels of Steel was a work in progress, Strong Arm of the Law was a masterpiece. Let’s not miss the point here: metal music had many contributors back in the early 80’s and for a band to shine amongst the dross was a major achievement. That Saxon did so with two albums of class and talent was no mean feat. That so many of the songs, including the exceptional Dallas 1PM, have stood the test of time is even more remarkable.
Sadly, Saxon was never able to sustain this creativity, despite some classics down the line. So if you’re working through their material backwards, fast track to the starting line and set yourself a new challenge. Finally, this CD should come with a warning about the photo of Saxon on the back of the cover booklet. Please ensure that food has had a chance to digest before opening!
There are three great sadnesses from this time for me - the death of Bon Scott (obviously), Paul Di'anno leaving Maiden (why oh why?) and the fact that Saxon never really made it as big as they should have.
Saxon offered something different from the mainstream - hard yet reasonably catchy melodic rock (Wheels of Steel, See the Light Shining), fast metal (Machine Gun, Heavy Metal Thunder)and some all time 100% classics (747-Strangers in the Night, Dallas 1pm and both title tracks). I was going to list bands that they may remind you of, but, like all the very best, they really do have a pretty much individual sound - and hail to them for that.
They are, of course, not exactly easy listening albums (but so what?!) so don't expect your granny to start strutting her thang to them, but they're not really over the top heavy either (at least not compared to today's lot, eh Marilyn!). What I really like about them is that all the songs seem to have been thought about and not just thrown onto the record to make up the listings. They're not all brilliant, but none are truly bad (although "Street Fighting Man" does its' best to fall down!).
When these albums came out I was coming up 16 and it wasn't about which kind of music did you prefer, it was which metal/rock band did you prefer. Listen to these two albums (what a shame they couldn't put "The Eagle has Landed" in as a trilogy - now THAT would be hard to beat!) and you'll find out why Saxon were always touted as being up there with the very best. Buy it...now.
These were the albums which got me into "heavy" music in the first place.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Two awesome albums from a fantastic English heavy rock band.Published 15 months ago by Mr. Neil Hasprey
Bought these two albums when first released on lp and found them both on cd.if your a fan of this band or wanting to get into Saxon then these are the two albums to start with. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Serena Beeley
The two classic single publication. Today is history, but it's just the curiosity moved my imagination when I listened for the first time in 1980, even LP format. Read morePublished on 18 April 2013 by redcode22
Bon Jovi get off the Air! These are two of the best Rock albums ever bar-none. Sadly Saxon suffered from the fact that bands that were not even half as good as them i.e. Read morePublished on 3 Aug. 2007 by Huskerdude