Saxon - Decade Of The Eagle The Best Of 1979 - 1988
Saxon’s “Decade Of The Eagle The Best Of 1979 - 1988” is a decent representation of the band’s first decade as Saxon. There is another version of this compilation, which features 34 classic cuts from their studio albums recorded between 1979 and 1988, unfortunately the version I’ve for this review features only ten cuts from this time period.
However, this CD is still a pretty good listen, showcasing the band’s evolution from a hard rock band to more of a metal band, yet preserving the band’s original sound here, from this first decade.
The positive and upbeat vibes heard on this CD alone are worth purchase price of this abbreviated compilation from Saxon.
Saxon has always been a part of the NWOBHM movement, and it’s quite remarkable that they’ve managed to stick to their metal guns and crank out pure metal classics after classics on their earlier releases as well as the band’s current catalogue of songs. This further solidifies the band’s position in the heavy metal pantheon of greats, writing memorable songs with awesome vocals harmonies and music that just makes the listener feel proud to be metal music fan.
Cult rockers such as “Backs To The Wall”, the mighty “Wheels Of Steel” and the melodically passionate-sounding choruses of “747 (Strangers In The Night)” are sure to blow you away into total heavy metal/hard rock bliss.
The catchy choruses of “Denim And Leather” is an awesome track with it hard hitting rhythms and catchy choral arrangements. This is a song you definitely want to bang your head to, and let the heavy metal spirit flow.
“Strong Arm Of The Law” just hits you in the face with its powerful rhythms and the vocals just get you into that eighties heavy metal vibe - love it. The other five cuts on this CD are brilliant too…
I’m pretty sure, the 34-track version of this same titled CD is even more of a diverse listening experience from a band, which defined the true spirit of hard rock blended in with the best of heavy metal music.
Check it out and let your head bang until you experience complete metal nirvana.
BMG/Union Square Music Sarjoo Devani