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Saxon  - Wheels of Steel

Saxon - Wheels of Steel

Label : EMI | Archive under hardrock / aor

Release type: Re-release

Richard V. : The opener 'Motorcycle Man' will bring back fond memories to many readers of this website. 'Wheels Of Steel' was part of every hard rock album collection in the eighties. Together with Iron Maiden, Tygers Of Pan Tang, Diamond Head and Holocaust Saxon belonged to the frontrunners of the NWOBHM movement. This album was released in 1980, the year in which 'Heaven and Hell' by Black Sabbath, 'Ace of Spades' by Motörhead, the debut of Iron Maiden and 'British Steel' by Judas Priest were also released. Thanks to Saxon and all these other classics, 1980 went into the hard rock annals as the genre's most memorable year. The many timeless classics are met with wild cheers at each Saxon concert till the day of today. Who's not familiar with the title track, '747 - Strangers In The Night' and 'Machine Gun'? Later in the same year Saxon would release the even better platter 'Strong Arm Of The Law'. Almost thirty years later 'Wheels Of Steel' remains a major achievement from a band at its peak. The bonus material consists of several demos and a bunch of concert recordings from the first and legendary Monster of Rock festival.

1. Motorcycle Man
2. Stand Up And Be Counted
3. 747 (Strangers In The Night)
4. Wheels Of Steel
5. Freeway Mad
6. See The Light Shining
7. Street Fighting Gang
8. Suzie Hold On
9. Machine Gun
10. Suzie Hold On (1980 Demo)
11. Wheels Of Steel (1980 Demo)
12. Stallions Of The Highway (Live B-Side)
13. Motorcycle Man (Live At Donington 1980)
14. Freeway Mad (Live At Donington 1980)
15. Wheels Of Steel (Live At Donington 1980)
16. 747 (Strangers In The Night) (Live At Donington 1980)
17. Machine Gun (Live At Donington 1980)

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