Hot on the heels of the Thin Lizzy Classic Album Collection, some of the highlights of Motorhead’s extensive back catalogue are given the reissue treatment. This release, strangely, doesn’t include their eponymous debut album, but picks up the story with the band’s 1979 follow up Overkill.
This particular set could have been titled “The Bronze Years”, as it includes the 5 studio albums that the band recorded for the Bronze record label, along with the live album considered by many to be the best ever, 1981’s No Sleep ‘Till Hammersmith. Interestingly it was recorded mostly in Leeds and Newcastle, and the band didn’t actually play Hammersmith on that tour.
It also gave Motorhead their biggest “hit” album, reaching number 1 in the UK album charts. You also get studio albums which chart the development of Motorhead’s sound from the primitive blast of energy that is Overkill up to the (at the time) controversial Another Perfect Day.
As with the Thin Lizzy Classic Album Collection CackBlabbath reviewed previously, I’d guess that you probably have at least some of these in your collection, but if you don’t then this represents a great value way of quickly obtaining Motorhead’s classic works.
A quick check round the internet finds these box sets on sale for as little as £15, That’s only £2.50 per disk, cheaper than downloading them (almost). The disks themselves are packaged in little cardboard gatefold sleeves, and come with a nice box to keep everything together in one place.
So to recap, you get the classic albums, from the classic band, for £2.50 each. That’s 6 albums including tracks such as Bomber, Overkill, Iron Fist and, oh, you get the idea. Suffice to say it’s the ultimate “early days” collection from the godfathers of Speed Metal.
3. ACE OF SPADES
4. NO SLEEP ‘TILL HAMMERSMITH
5. IRON FIST
6. ANOTHER PERFECT DAY