MOTORHEAD – No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith Expanded 40th Anniversary Edition

The arguably, best live album of all-time has been remastered and expanded with five bonus tracks on the first disc (three of which are previously unreleased from a sound check) and features three previously unreleased full concerts from this tour: Leeds Queen Hall (28/3/81) and both nights from Newcastle City Hall (29 & 30 March). The box set includes 28-page book, poster, plectrum, tour pass, ticket, flyer & badge.

So here we have an album that as soon as I saw the advertisement in CREEM magazine for it, I wanted it…badly. It took me a lot longer than I wanted it to for me to get the album, but man, was it worth it! It was and is amazing all the way through from start to end. The sound of the remaster has improved the clarity and power of this terrific album. The three previously unreleased full concerts from this tour are just as amazing and could have been released to acclaim back then. The shows are blistering and it sounds like Lemmy’s throat is being ripped out, but back then, this band was unstoppable and Lemmy would take no prisoners. No matter how many live albums Motorhead has put out, nothing will beat this for pure destruction. My brother was listening to the radio during this time and the station had a Motorhead show live on the radio, and on TV at the same time in a simulcast and it blew me away, just like this collection does. The booklet with its pictures and information is great, and the other items are fantastic, a great addition to the package. A band at the height of their powers, playing like the world was ending and they had to make a final statement…it didn’t end, but what a statement they made. Thanks boys, ya done good.

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MOTORHEAD – Ace of Spades (Box Set / Ltd Ed)

What we have here is the mammoth 40th anniversary release of one of the most iconic albums of all time, and arguably, the best Motorhead album, Ace of Spades. The thought that this would be as amazing of a collection is hard to fathom, but it truly is a work of art.

You get the Ace Of Spades album on vinyl, half-speed mastered and created from the original master tapes, two double-live albums of previously unheard concerts from the Ace Up Your Sleeve tour, a 10” EP of previously unreleased, instrumental tracks from 1980, a double album of B-sides, outtakes and rare tracks, a DVD compilation of rare TV appearances from 1980-81, a live concert from 1981 and a 5.1 audio mix of the original album, plus a 40 page book telling the story of Ace Of Spades through previously unpublished interviews with the people that were there, a reproduction Ace Up Your Sleeve tour program, a reproduction Motörhead Rock Commando comic, and a set of 5 poker dice that can be played on the game board inside the box set lid. Holy hell…what a collection of awesome!

Starting with the original album, you can hear the cleaned up, and louder sounding tracks that are now even more ear-blistering than before. You wouldn’t think that this would make a difference, but it truly has. The blood, sweat and tears that this band put into this album has never sounded this intense and will bring an extra head bang out of you. The two live albums are just a terrific addition to the set, with the new at the time songs, mixed with older tracks becoming head crushing and both hold up to the awesome No Sleep Till Hammersmith album. Although recorded on the same tour, they are both a welcome addition to the live collection of albums that they have recorded. The instrumental tracks and the B-sides, outtakes and rare tracks are a fantastic dip into some stuff that you might not have heard too much before and really show that they were trying to find some cool stuff to give the fans. Hearing Motorhead without vocals is a different experience and the addition of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre EP is always great to have. The alternate takes of songs that you know so well are also very interesting to see where they started from and what the final mix became.

Jumping from the music, into the other items included is also a lot of fun. The DVD compilation of rare TV appearances from 1980-81, a live concert from 1981 and a 5.1 audio mix of the original album is a nice thing to include. The TV appearances are always a treat since you can tell they really were having a lot of fun doing them, and the concert is something that you will love to watch to be able to see the classic band all together and ripping the songs out. The 5.1 audio mix is also nice for those with that set up; it really immerses you into the inferno of the album.

The 40 page book telling the story of Ace Of Spades through previously unpublished interviews with the people that were there, a reproduction Ace Up Your Sleeve tour program, a reproduction Motörhead Rock Commando comic, and a set of 5 poker dice that can be played on the game board inside the box set lid are really cool and I devoured the book, finding out a lot that I didn’t already know. The tour program and comic were interesting to see since I never had these items in my collection before, and the dice and game are a great added bonus. I also really liked the cardboard replica bullet belt that wrapped around the box set…so cool!

With the band having all passed away, this is a fantastic way to remember them and enjoy an album that has held up and gotten better through the years. The only complaint is that I would have liked a download code for the music, but I’m still happy that this is out there; giving the fans something worthwhile from a band that is just as classic as this album. Long Live Motorhead!

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