See The Light Shining B3. Street Fighting Gang B4. Suzie Hold On B5. Machine Gun. Condition :. This item is in Excellent condition or better unless it says otherwise in the above description. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 February Retrieved 17 July Retrieved 29 June Archived from the original on 13 October Dutch Charts in Dutch.
See other items. Contact seller. Item Information Condition:. Sign in to check out Check out as guest. Make Offer. Resume making your offer , if the page does not update immediately.
Add to Watch list Remove from watch list. Watch list is full. No additional import charges at delivery! This item will be shipped through the Global Shipping Program and includes international tracking. Learn more - opens in a new window or tab.
Wheels Of Steel. Language All tracks are sung in English, unless otherwise stated in our description. Additional info Deleted - A deleted or out-of-print item is one that is no longer manufactured. However, we stock thousands of out-of-print formats and we specialise in tracking down out-of-print, deleted and hard-to-find releases. Guitar and drum tone is flawless, the classics are ceaseless, and the line between grizzled, streetwise crunch and broad commercial appeal has never been blurred quite so masterfully.
Except maybe Ace of Spades. The overdriven bass passage at the end of 'Street Fighting Gang'? The blues change-up and barking chorus of 'Machine Gun'? The frenetic, whammy-bar yanking solo in 'Motorcycle Man'? Oh, and don't forget the phenomenally controlled shuffle beats of 'Stand Up and Be Counted'.
I hope you've made a lot of tea. Speaking of keeping the kettle boiling, Pete Gill isn't the only bafflingly consistent member in Mk I Saxon. Frontman Biff Byford simply outdoes himself, his insistence on allowing his aggressive snarling delivery still retain melody bearing a cornucopia of fruit in the much celebrated ' Strangers in the Night ' power ballad and the monstrous ode to the road 'Freeway Mad'.
Better still are his soulful, bluesy shouts inspired by and reminiscent of the paragons of 50's and 60's rock. So it looks like Biff got his wish after all: Wheels of Steel is a glorious cocktail of punk, rock 'n' roll, and prog rock, and mixed a hell of a lot more equitably than their self-titled debut. But alas, although this album has every right to be placed on an altar and made sacrosanct for all time, it still isn't perfect.
It's hard to view 'Suzie Hold On' as anything but a misguided harkening back to those dark times of Big Teaser and similarly doe-eyed pop flailing of the late 70's like Priest's 'Evening Star'. I'm well aware the track is celebrated by more than a few fans, and even frequently revisited in setlists for some ungodly reason. I maintain it's Saxon's best classic album, but it's not particularly varied, and it does tend to absorb the spotlight like a black hole.
Listen and enjoy, but keep a lookout for other great Saxon albums; there are plenty to come, and in years you'd least expect them. And there it is. Although not a flawless record by any means, "Wheels of Steel" is one of a handful of absolutely essential albums for anyone who wants to have a clear vision of what NWOBHM was all about and to understand how it came to influence almost everything done in heavy metal music ever since.
Learning from the problems faced while recording their first LP, Saxon found a good producer Pete Hinton, a man whose role in forging the NWOBHM archetypal sound is never properly acknowledged, IMO and captured in the studio the sheer intensity that was so evident in their live performances.
Conjuring the biker spirit that lived in rock music since Steppenwolf's "Born To Be Wild", mixing it with the obligatory influences of '70s metal most of all Judas Priest and adding loads of youthful energy, Saxon forged its own interpretation of what heavy metal should be to survive the '80s and created something that now is almost synonymous with heavy metal, period.
The simple-but-strong riffs, the intense pace, the unique vocals of Biff Byford And it was so groundbreaking that I'm sure nobody even knew at first that this was the new metal they were looking for.
Listening to it 35 years into the future, the crudeness of the whole thing is too loud to be ignored, and I'm sure dozens of bands have done it even better in subsequent years. But it sure gets easier when the vocabulary is already at hand, and that's what Saxon did with this single tune: they created a landmark, an example to be followed. That's quite something, if you ask me. As above stated, "Motorcycle Man" was an instant classic, but some other songs deserve the same accolades such as "Freeway Mad", "See the Light Shining" with a not-really-complex but extremely effective tempo change that grabs you by the neck and just won't let go , the nice semi-ballad "Suzie Hold On", and the slightly less upbeat but equally intense title track, among others.
Personally speaking though, I consider " Strangers in the Night " to be not only the best song on here, but perhaps the finest song Saxon ever recorded. It unites a dramatic feeling the suspense building of the lyrics about two airplanes with difficulties to land is near perfect with a main riff that is pure genius, an opening solo to die for, and a driving rhythm that will make you bang your head without even noticing.
What a classic metal tune, my friends. I don't think that "Street Fighting Gang" is in the same league that the other songs are in here, and "Stand Up and Be Counted" is perhaps slightly inferior to the others, too. But make no mistake, "Wheels of Steel" is an album you just have to add to your collection in case you still don't have a copy. Saxon click here for complete listing. Regardless of country of origin all tracks are sung in English, unless otherwise stated in our description.
Additional info:. COM Ref No. Related Artists:. Graham Oliver , Oliver Dawson Saxon.Saxon’s second album, Wheels Of Steel was originally released in and propelled the band to stardom, going gold in the UK and spawning two top 40 singles –» (Strangers In The Night)«and»Wheels Of Steel«, which have remained live favourites to this day. Wheels Of Steel is hailed as a heavy metal classic and a genre defining moment.