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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Saxon's third straight and ultimately last classic album, 1981's Denim & Leather capped off a stunningly prolific 18-month stretch for the New Wave of British Heavy Metal stars. If only Saxon had managed to stagger the amazing triumvirate of Wheels of Steel, Strong Arm of the Law, and Denim & Leather over a longer stretch of years, listeners might still be talking about the group in the same hallowed tones reserved for fellow upstarts like Def Leppard and Iron Maiden. But perhaps the band's run at the top was simply fated to be short and sweet, given that taking their first extended break shortly thereafter would result in a string of disappointing follow-ups,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Saxon's third straight and ultimately last classic album, 1981's Denim & Leather capped off a stunningly prolific 18-month stretch for the New Wave of British Heavy Metal stars. If only Saxon had managed to stagger the amazing triumvirate of Wheels of Steel, Strong Arm of the Law, and Denim & Leather over a longer stretch of years, listeners might still be talking about the group in the same hallowed tones reserved for fellow upstarts like Def Leppard and Iron Maiden. But perhaps the band's run at the top was simply fated to be short and sweet, given that taking their first extended break shortly thereafter would result in a string of disappointing follow-ups, starting with the lackluster Power & the Glory two years later. Listening to Denim & Leather's many lasting heavy metal anthems, it's sadly apparent that they represented the end of an era for the hard-working quintet from Barnsley, England -- a uniquely inspired and prolific era which they'd never replicate again. Bookended by possibly their best-ever single, the storming "Princess of the Night" one of their biggest American hits and probably the only love song ever written for a train!, and the timeless title track, the album didn't always match the consistency of its direct predecessor, Strong Arm of the Law, but arguably outdid the even better-known Wheels of Steel opus before that. This consistency arrived at the hands of further standout cuts, including the sub-thrash workout "Fire in the Sky," the Allmans-referencing road tale "Midnight Rider," and the fan favorite "And the Bands Played On," whose main riff was actually a solo lick and which famously immortalized the band's appearance at the Donington Monsters of Rock a year earlier. Finally, steady hard rockers such as "Never Surrender," "Rough and Ready," and "Play It Loud," whilst far from unsatisfying, already preview the repetitive formula and excessively obvious lyrical clichés which would soon take hold of the group's future efforts. Adding to the band's imminent problems, founding drummer Pete Gill would shortly depart to join Motörhead, destabilizing the original quintet's beautifully volatile internal chemistry and spelling the end of good times for all. Still, for this final, glorious moment, Saxon was considered the New Wave of British Heavy Metal band to beat. [EMI issued their remastered, bonus track edition in 2009.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/28/2009
  • Label: Emi Import
  • EAN: 5099969933325
  • Catalog Number: 6993332
  • Sales rank: 118,415

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Princess of the Night (4:02)
  2. 2 Never Surrender (3:15)
  3. 3 Out of Control (4:08)
  4. 4 Rough and Ready (4:51)
  5. 5 Play It Loud (4:11)
  6. 6 And the Bands Played On (2:47)
  7. 7 Midnight Rider (5:46)
  8. 8 Fire in the Sky (3:36)
  9. 9 Denim and Leather (5:28)
  10. 10 20,000 Ft (4:07)
  11. 11 Bap Shoo Ap (6:41)
  12. 12 Into/and the Bands Played On (4:33)
  13. 13 Princess of the Night (4:17)
  14. 14 Midnight Rider (5:39)
  15. 15 Never Surrender (3:57)
  16. 16 Fire in the Sky (2:41)
  17. 17 Machine Gun (2:43)
  18. 18 Play It Loud (5:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Saxon Primary Artist
Steve Dawson Bass Guitar
Graham Oliver Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Paul Quinn Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Pete Gill Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Saxon Producer
Steve Dawson Arranger
Graham Oliver Arranger
Nigel Thomas Producer
Andy Lydon Engineer
Malcolm Dome Liner Notes
Dawson Composer
Paul Quinn Arranger
Chris Peyton Reissue Art
Gavin Wright Reissue Art
Byford Arranger, Composer
Pete Mew Remastering
Pete Gill Arranger
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