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Motörhead
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Without this album,or this band,the evolution of "Heavy/Thrash Metal" would have been totally different or not at all.If this record had not been released and Motorhead had folded(which was a distinct possibility at the time)then it is conceivable that you would not now have the Metallicas and Slayers of this world. What has to be understood about this album is the musical environment it was released into.At the time there was NOTHING that sounded like this or was as heavy as this and it took the rock fraternity of the time and blew the top of its collective head off.This is also a damned good album and most of the songs here are classics,real rip-roarers that have stood the test of time.OK,by todays standards the recording quality is not quite up to scratch but don't let that bother you.Just turn your hi-fi up as loud as it can phisycaly go and enjoy an album which changed the course of rock forever.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon November 29, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Originally released in 1977,a year or two after Lemmy exited Hawkwind.As most of you probably know,this is Motorhead's stunning debut record. So good to finally get it on CD.Simply outstanding British metal.Does it get any better than this?I could listen to this CD two or three times in a row,it's THAT good. Tracks that more than make this disc a true keeper are the opener, title cut-the band's namesake "Motorhead", "Lost Johnny", the slammin' "Iron Horse/Born To Lose", "Keep Us On The Road" and "City Kids" (also liked the Pink Fairie's version of this tune). Plus you get four(4)bonus cuts tagged on. Line-up: Lemmy-bass&vocals,Larry Wallis(former Fairies member)-guitar and Lucas Fox(R.I.P.)-drums. So highly recommended,it hurts.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2012
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
The story is legend now, but this album - which was a re-recording of most of the tracks from On Parole (an album the band had previously recorded for United Artists Records which was, at the time, hanging in limbo) - almost didn't get made. Ted Carroll, the then-head of Chiswick Records, offered the boys time in the studio to record a single, which, times being what they were, would have been about their last shot. Instead, they peeled off 13 tracks in 2 days, which impressed Carroll enough to let them finish an entire album for release: the eponymous Motorhead. And the rest is history...

Truly an amazing album at the genesis of a legendary rock band. This is how music is supposed to sound. Most of the other 5-star reviewers have summed it up nicely. You can't go wrong here. After all, they are Motorhead, and they play rock 'n' roll.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Sometimes I am amazed at the killer stuff that goes unnoticed in this place. MOTORHEAD the first album by MOTORHEAD with that KILLER opening song MOTORHEAD is one of the greatest things I have ever, EVER heard.

SO LOUD MAN, SO VERY VERY LOUD. SO very excellent.

I forgot that this band was responsible for that ACE of what?

This album is no less than, THE BALLS!

Somebody tell these guys to post a frieken' picture, people are gonna think this one dissapeared! OR WILL NEVER KNOW OF IT!

Something must be done. DO YOU KNOW THIS ONE? If not BUY IT.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2008
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This is supposed to be remastered audio from 2007, they could have done a better job.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2014
Format: VinylVerified Purchase
I have mixed feelings about this release. On one hand, it's very well pressed 180g record, which looks and sounds fine. On the other hand, the description doesn't say that it's a digital transfer, not a remaster from the original tapes. So it sounds just like a CD would. I could have bought a CD for quarter the price. And the graphics could have been done better. I will probably stay away from Drastic Plastic releases.
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on March 28, 2013
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Add punk, a little dose of blues, some hard rock, and a lot of fun and you get Motorhead's self titled debut. To the reviewer whinning about poor production, think of this, Lemmy got kicked out of his old band, made a debut album, and in 1977 production wasn't top notch, so there is your answer to why its "under produced" Some songs are hit and miss, but overall, this beats anything most metal bands put out now. We start off with the title track. Its catchy and fun. The lyrics are pretty cool. Don't go looking for any amzing solos (yet). "Vibrator" good solid track. Has a strong punk influence. The chorus you can sing along to. "Lost Johnny" a great classic metal song. Something you could hear a biker riding down town to. I love Motorhead's early phase. "Iron Horse/Born To Lose" Catchy riff starts off this track about motorcycles. Nothing too thought provoking, but the way the lyrics are worded really makes the song interesting. "White Line Fever" slow paced track. Good and solid but the vocals do sound a little distorted in a strange way. "Keep Us On The Road" The highest point on the album. The riff is catchy. Lemmy has the best vocal performance on the album here. And the drumming keeps pace but doesn't add any power or tempo to the track. Downright fun to listen to. "The Watcher" Mid paced and stays that way through the whole song. The solo is really nice. "The Train Kept A-Rollin'" Blues meets punk rock. Another fun track. Nothing too thought provoking but a good solid rock song. Downturn is the chorus is way too repetitive. "City Kids" might be a bit of a downturn. The drums are hardly in existence and the guitar work seems sloppy. "Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers" A catchy track. I sing it all the time when I hear it. The catchiest song on the album. "On Parole" The riff hooks you in, and the drums reel you in. Lemmy's vocals are classic here. "Instro" Instrumental, go figure. "I'm Your Witchdoctor" fastest song on the album. Catchy as always and a huge punk influence can be felt on this album.

Overall, I wouldn't recomend starting a new listener off with this album. But for veterans, you need this one. Its catchy, gritty, and something that is rare to find in metal... down to earth fun.
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on August 11, 2010
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The filthiest rock n'roll who ever walked the planet made their vinyl debut in 1977 during the height of the punk revolution. That Motorhead could be accepted so readily by the punks was due to the stripped down no frills sound and look. The metal crowd loved them due to their blues based mega volume music and leather and chains appearance. Ian `Lemmy' Kilmister has led every version of Motorhead since the initial inception in 1975 after his unceremonious boot from hippy rockers Hawkwind. While leaving that eccentric band, Lemmy brought two songs "Motorhead" and "Lost Johnny" to his new project and set to record them with Larry Wallis and Lucius Fox. The resulting album didn't see release for four years and the band floundered until Philthy Animal Taylor and Fast Eddie Clarke replaced Fox and Wallis respectively and the classic Motorhead three piece arrived on the scene. Taking advantage of some studio time to record a "single", Lemmy and hid new cohorts ripped off thirteen tracks, eight of which were featured on the debut. The perplexed studio boss was pleasantly surprised and agreed to release the disturbingly rough and ready album and a thirty three year recording career had begun. Classics such as the title track, "Iron Horse/Born to Lose", "Lost Johnny" and "White Line Fever" saw the dawning of a new age and the birth of thrash metal. Several of the songs were rerecording's of tunes that would have appeared on the first incarnation of Motorhead (later released as `On Parole' in '79) but Lemmy, Fast Eddie and Phil made the songs their own and went on to bigger and better things. Metal fans need to know where it all started so they would be obliged to pick up `Motorhead', warts and all!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The perfect meld of punk energy and hard rock is realized on Motorhead's self-titled album. This is music that demands to be heard.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is Motorhead in the early years and is still the best. Lost Johnny, Iron Horse and The Watcher are classics.
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