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Power Games Extra tracks, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (February 20, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1982
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • ASIN: B000059LEQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,159 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dutch Connection
2. Out Of Luck
3. The Fox
4. Master Game
5. No Lies
6. Run For Your Life
7. Prisoner
8. Ain't No Fantasy
9. Rawdeal
10. Coldheart
11. Axe Crazy
12. War Machine
13. Dirty Tricks

Customer Reviews

It will unlock the "metal" in you.
Metal Friend
This was the finest moment from a band that really had a chance to write great riffs and the songwriting shone through, only on this release however.
Doel Cruz Garcia
Somebody might say Pepperd's attitude was cynical, but I say he got a point there, concerning "Power Games": nothing really new, except speed.
A. Antero

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Metal Friend on October 24, 2011
Format: Audio CD
The New Wave of British Heavy Metal, or its acronym, NWOBHM, was "the" movement that propelled heavy metal into the mainstream spotlight. This umbrella of classification has grown over time, and now includes a large number (hundreds) of bands. Most under the umbrella never made it beyond the "influential" title, remaining mired in "unknown," "underrated," or "under-appreciated" status. Jaguar is one such band.

Having some local success with their 7" singles, Jaguar's first full-length release, Power Games, was an instant classic. Thrashing first cut to thrashing last, the boys from Jaguar were metal thrashing mad. Power Games shouldered its way to the top of the metal board, standing beside Motorhead's Overkill, Judas Priest's British Steel, and Iron Maiden's eponymous debut as "must have" metal LPs. Fierce cuts like "Coldheart," "No Lies," and "Dutch Connection" represented the best of Jaguar--fast fretwork, light-speed tempos, and intelligible lyrics. These tracks also embraced a raw, unfettered sound, one the aforementioned heavyweights also had, but moved away from after reaching a modicum of success. By all that is metal, Jaguar appeared to be next in line, the band that would storm the heavyweight metal throne and lay claim to it as their own.

Alas, Jaguar was not--and never would become--a heavyweight. You've probably never heard of them. Following the release of the 7" single "Axe Crazy" in 1982 (a song highly praised in several fanzines), interviews with band members indicated a desire to play faster and faster on each successive release. While they fulfilled that promise on 1983's Power Games, they didn't on subsequent efforts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Poverty on January 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The already legendary " New Wave of British Heavy Metal" was a spontaneous movement that ocurred between 1979 and 1983/4 in Britain. More than 300 bands tried to make their names in that prolific scenario, from whom only three ( Iron Maiden, Def Leppard - totally transfigured muscically - and Saxon ) survived until our days - without any interruptions, I mean. Mosf of them had already disappeared by 1985. Jaguar was one of them. This album is a landmark of that era. Hard, fast and simple metal songs played with energy, fury and good taste. Amazing album. The singer, Paul Merrell, has an outstanding voice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tom P. the Underground Navigator on April 29, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
By 1982, the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, which had been burning bright for a good three years, was starting to show some signs of ailing. Some of the scene's key early bands, such as Diamond Head and Tygers of Pan Tang, were now releasing material that while palatable was slightly more commercial and lacked the underground edge that characterized these bands' earliest releases.

Not so with Bristol's Jaguar. The group was just one of the many still-unsigned hopefuls when they released their debut single in 1981, the brilliant "Back Street Woman" EP. As 1982 dawned though they saw a member change in the form of new vocalist Paul Merrell, who was broken in for the April 1982 recording of the band's "Axe Crazy" single (tracks included here), which finally got them the attention of Neat Records, who then signed the band for their first proper full-length. That came in the form of the album being reviewed "Power Games," recorded at Impulse Studios in Newcastle in November '82.

Wow! Far from going the direction of some others in the scene at the time to a slower and more radio friendly sound, here was a band that believed in capitalizing on the things that made NWOBHM music so great to begin with. That being, SPEED, rawness, and attitude taken from punk and melded with classy riffing and song structures that could only come from classic metal.

Truth be told, Jaguar were not the most wildly original band in their scene (nor did they ever claim to be), as one or two of these riffs sound vaguely familiar, but they more than made up for it by being steeped in the qualities I mentioned and produce an album that is packed with catchiness and visceral energy from beginning to end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Antero on March 17, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I got Jaguar's "Back Street Woman" 7" single back in 1981 when it was released. I liked power and dirty back alley feeling it got. So when "Power Games" LP was released in 1983 I got it immediately. It rocked, very hard, but there was just something missing, something that the 7" had. I didn't give the LP many spins then.

I recently purchased band's 2003 release "Run Ragged" and was positively surpised. That encouraged me to try "Power Games" again.

But even today the album just don't hit me so hard it should. The problem with "Power Games" is not lack of speed or musicianship or sound quality. They are all excellent. But what this album - and bonus tracks - don't quite have is excellent songs and a bit more relentless approach in performance. So in a way it's productional problem. Sound is controlled, heavy, molten metal sound, but it's not enough.

Lyric leaflet contains pretty interesting press leaflet from 1983 where guitarist Garry Pepperd says "nothing in Heavy Metal is new, but I strive for freshness and originality".

Somebody might say Pepperd's attitude was cynical, but I say he got a point there, concerning "Power Games": nothing really new, except speed. And a band is in trouble if the songs don't stand up alone, without speed, or if performance isn't so relentless it smashes everything out of the way - like Exciter did in "Heavy Metal Maniac" (1983). Average songs, but man, what relentless attitude in playing!

All in all, "Power Games" is a bit over-rated release, although it has it's place in Heavy Metal history as one of the first Speed/Thrash Metal albums.

If you want to get to the core of Jaguar, get their 15-track live CD
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