Saxon

The Ea­gle Has Landed Union Square Their clas­sic live al­bum, now with more Biff for your buck.

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff Reissues - Paul el­liott

The tim­ing was per­fect. As the tape rolled dur­ing Saxon’s Eu­ro­pean tour in 1981, the band were on a hot streak and as tight as singer Biff By­ford’s sil­ver span­dex trousers. A run of three mon­u­men­tal stu­dio al­bums – Wheels Of Steel, Strong Arm Of The Law and Denim And Leather – had made Saxon the new stan­dard bear­ers for Bri­tish heavy metal, along­side Iron Maiden.

The Ea­gle Has Landed, the band’s first and de­fin­i­tive live record, cap­tured all of the power Saxon brought to the stage in stu­pen­dously head-bang­ing songs such as Mo­tor­cy­cle Man, Heavy Metal Thun­der and 747 (Strangers In The Night). What is also ev­i­dent, in Biff’s ban­ter­ing dur­ing Wheels Of Steel, is the rap­port th­ese work­ing-class he­roes had with their au­di­ence.

This new ex­panded edi­tion adds six tracks recorded at Ham­mer­smith Odeon in ’81 and ’82, in­clud­ing Hun­gry Years, one of the great­est songs from Saxon’s glory days.

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