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Wheels of Steel [Remastered] [Bonus Tracks]

  • 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 Rehearsal]
    11. Wheels of Steel [1980 Demo Rehearsal]
    12. Stallions of the Highway [Live, B-Side of 747 (Strangers in the Night)] - (live)
    13. Motorcycle Man [Live at Donington 1980] - (live)
    14. Freeway Mad [Live at Donington 1980] - (live)
    15. Wheels of Steel [Live at Donington 1980] - (live)
    16. 747 (Strangers in the Night) [Live at Donington 1980] - (live)
    17. Machine Gun [Live at Donington 1980] - (live)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 94445

  • Credits
    ProducerPete Hinton
    EngineerWill Reid Dick

    Personnel: Graham Oliver, Paul Quinn (guitar); Steve Dawson (bass guitar); Pete Gill (drums, percussion).
    Liner Note Author: Jerry Ewing.
    Recording information: Ramport Studios, London, England (02/1980).
    Arrangers: Byford; Saxon.
    The new wave of British heavy metal that dawned along with the 1980s yielded heavier and more popular bands than Saxon (Iron Maiden and Def Leppard, to name just two), but anyone who listens to their second album, WHEELS OF STEEL, will recognize the origins of what came to be the dominant style of FM radio metal for over a decade. Combining the muscle of Black Sabbath with the nimble, twisting two-guitar attack of Thin Lizzy, Saxon helped create the template for British "power metal." Its driving rhythms and wailing theatrical vocals may have eventually become the norm, but in 1980 WHEELS OF STEEL was a shiny chrome beast of an album, and without precedent. Songs such as "Motorcycle Man" and "Freeway Mad" are the soundtrack for outlaw biker parties on both sides of the pond, and "Suzie Hold On" is a perfect hard-rock love song, tough and tender in equal measure.

  • Critic Reviews
    Kerrang (Magazine) (p.54) - "[A] classic in every sense....'Motorcycle Man' and 'Machine Gun''s quickfire power stood alongside the dramatic and strangely emotional 747..."
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