Saturday, February 03, 2007

Motörhead - On Parole (1975)

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On Parole was intended to be the debut of the mighty MOTORHEAD. As it turned out, while recorded in 1975, the tracks didn't see the light of day until 1980. I'm assuming that anyone reading this knows that Lemmy was originally a member of space-rockers HAWKWIND, and that he named his band, MOTORHEAD, after one of his HAWKWIND tunes. The first edition of MOTORHEAD featured ex-PINK FAIRIES guitarist Larry Wallis, and was a far, far cry from the MOTORHEAD that would introduce itself on the band's eponymous 1978 debut. These sessions were initially shelved, the band was dropped by their label, and this record didn't surface until the band had made a worldwide name for itself five years later (ironically playing music that was even faster and heavier). This record has been reissued numerous times, the best version featuring four additional tracks. Here it is in its original form for all to enjoy. On Parole is great hard blues-rock, and a shocker for those unfamiliar with the not-so-heavy origins of one of hard rock's most influential and beloved bands.

1. Motorhead
2. On Parole
3. Vibrator
4. Iron Horse/Born to Lose
5. City Kids
6. The Watcher
7. Leaving Here
8. Lost Johnny
9. Fools


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