known today as the band where lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson served his Metal
apprenticeship prior to joining those eater of worlds, Iron Maiden, Samson are
still rightly regarded as one of the pivotal bands from the New Wave Of British
Heavy Metal movement of the 80s.
name from guitarist and leader, Paul Samson, the band first emerged in 1977
from the ashes of another eponymously named band, McCoy whose leader bassist
John McCoy was headhunted for Ian Gillans’s eponymously named band, Gillan,
following the vocalist’s departure from Deep Purple.
‘Head On’ was
Samson’s second album released in June 1980 and along with Paul Samson and
Bruce Dickinson (although then going by his stage name Bruce Bruce), bassist
Chris Aylmer and drummer Thunderstick (noted for disguising his identity by
wearing S&M masks and playing live in a steel cage), completed the line-up.
In deference to
the crass cover artwork, the album boasts a breadth of writing and playing
ability above much that the NOWBHM movement had to offer. Tracks such as ‘Vice
Versa’, ‘Hunted’ and ‘Walking Out On You’ helped the album achieve the band’s
highest ever chart placing of number 34. ‘Head On’ also displays perfectly the
power and range of singer Dickinson whose vocal agility earned him the title,
the Air Raid Siren, as well as showcasing Paul Samson’s considerable talent as
a guitarist and writer and reinforces the loss to the metal community due to
his death from cancer in 2002, aged just 49.
Fully Re-mastered Collector’s Edition of Samson’s second album, one of
the NWOBHMs premier outfits.
Expanded to include 2 bonus tracks.
16 page booklet with story of the album sleeve-note and rare photos and
images from the period.
Release Date: 18/03/2013