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Rock Until You Drop [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

RavenAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (August 8, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Spitfire
  • ASIN: B00004UAVG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,703 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hard Ride
2. Hell Patrol
3. Don't Need Your Money
4. Over The Top
5. 39-40
6. For The Future
7. Rock Until You Drop
8. Nobody's Hero
9. Hellraiser/Action
10. Lambs To The Slaughter
11. Tyrant Of The Airways
12. Wiped Out
13. Inquisitor
14. Crazy World

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly wild metal October 21, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Raven's "Rock Until You Drop" is quite simply a masterpiece of early British heavy metal. While they became even less than a shadow of their former selves a few years later, here they were years ahead of their time. The energetic breakneck pace and exuberence on display throughout this recording wasn't to be replicated until the likes of Metallica and Slayer began to emerge over two years after this was released. This album's mayhemic sleeve art is a good representation of the music inside. At this point of their career, Raven was playing outrageously wild heavy metal. John Gallagher wails until he is almost out of breath, brother Mark throttles his guitar like a psycho and Wacko... Well, Wacko is just whacko! Incredibly however, there is an amazing sense of control to the pandemonium on display, and some wonderfully structured original songs along with the Sweet covers that Raven turn into a blitzkrieg. At the pinnacle however is 'Tyrant of the Airways', a complex pseudo-thrash mini-epic that predates anything on Metallica's "Kill 'Em All" by a good two years! If you only ever buy one NWOBHM album, make it this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars definite ROCK element!! January 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
i have been a "metalhead" for 20 plus years,and missed raven the first time around,which is a shame as these guys where GREAT!!as other reviewers have noted,they came out more or less during the NWOBHM of the early 80's and blow most of those bands AWAY!i would describe raven as a proto-thrash band,but with a fun-loving ROCK element(albeit very hard/heavy rock).

in my opinion,this stuff really holds up well!!fast tempo,catchy,heavy(but not death metal),over the top falsetto wailings,etc.you could do a lot worse!!First three albums are essential for the metal purist/historian.long live RAVEN!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first Speed/Thrash Metal album March 16, 2008
Format:Audio CD
When it comes to first Speed/Thrash Metal albums, people usually start with Metallica's "Kill 'em All" (1983), or at best, either Jaguar's "Power Games" (1983) or Exciter's "Heavy Metal Maniac" (1983) which were both on the streets before Metallica. If you want to try your luck, you might put your bets on Anvil's classic "Metal On Metal" (1982), but it's actually Power Metal.

The truth? Well, Raven crashed, banged and walloped already in 1981 with their debut LP "Rock Until You Drop". Let the boys have the honour they deserve, this is the first Speed/Thrash Metal album ever!

Raven are commonly considered as a New Wave Of British Heavy Metal band. Sure they are that too, but their form of music in "Rock Until You Drop" and its' follow-up album "Wiped Out" (1982) is pure Speed/Thrash.

If you want a piece of fast, powerful, hilarious, totally OTT Metal with awesome songwriting, look no further. Cool expanded edition too. Raven did it first.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Wild as it Looks January 21, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Before the Metalliclones began their bay-area thrashing, rock's original Gallagher brothers (confusion with a band like Oasis might net you a black eye) were absolutely stirring things up across the water. Most metalheads who want to try Raven will be doing so after having been introduced to the style by later bands, and as such, it's useful to talk about Raven in terms of later acts. The closest approximation would be some amalgam of Dave Mustaine and Axl Rose - think "Peace Sells" meets "It's So Easy," add a healthy dose of humor, and you'll have "Lambs to the Slaughter." Raven's unpretentious brand of "athletic rock" (their term) is a welcome burst of musical yang, particularly in light of the current "nu"-metal's seeming fixation on the depressing plight of existence. Raven offers a blood-curdling motorcycle ride through early metal; the song titles and the album cover here are perfect guides to the music within. For what it tries to be, this album achieves its goal as perfectly as is possible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of early 80's metal March 5, 2008
By Lab Rat
Format:Audio CD
Raven was a band with a very distinctive sound, as were most of the NWOBHM bands. The trio, fronted by the Gallagher brothers on guitar, bass and vocs, and with Rob "Wacko" Hunter pounding the skins, put out a wall of sound that most bands would envy. While the production quality would benefit from a facelift of sorts, this is a seminal album from early 80's metal. This is music from back in the day when bands could be distinguished by the first few notes of music because they didn't all sounds like clones. There isn't a weak track on this album, and the bonus tracks (like "Inquisitor") make it an even sweeter package.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hellraiser May 6, 2003
Format:Audio CD
It's more then twenty year's ago since I bought the first pressing of this unique album. And after all these year's and after listening to thousands of other rocksongs, I must admit a simple fact: this is the best heavy metal album ever made. Never heard so much controlled power, sheer energy, tremendous speed, enthusiasm, lust for life, musical skills and creativeness on one album. Every song is a monument on it's own. The Gallagher brothers and Rob Hunter really set a example which no band in rock history could ever follow. Not even Raven's second and third album - although very good - are in the same league as Rock until you drop. A simple title for a truly excellent, or even better: awesome record. If you ever have a difficult task to fulfill in life, listen to this album and you'll feel invincible. I know, I played this album over and over and over and over again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Best metal band ever.This & all for one are essentials to anyone who loves true metal.I met them twice and talked to John at length and they are really all about the music and the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by metalhead723
4.0 out of 5 stars Raven comes out swinging!
After a couple of well-received singles, the original Gallagher brothers of British rock (take that, Oasis!) in Raven unleashed their debut full-length Rock Until You Drop in 1981. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Justin G.
5.0 out of 5 stars NWOBHM Masterpiece
This is one of the best albums from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal era. Raven were just as good as bands like Iron Maiden and Diamond Head. Read more
Published 19 months ago by sprimusp
5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessential NWOBHM album
I consider Raven to be like the Metallica of the NWOBHM, only I have to say I like Raven better. Just like Metallica's "Kill 'Em All" debut that would emerge a few years later,... Read more
Published on August 29, 2009 by Tom P. the Underground Navigator
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BAND THAT STARTED IT ALL ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
If it were not for this band then you would not have Metallica Anthrax or Slayer! Best live act ever! Too bad thier managers and record companies led them in the wrong direction. Read more
Published on October 1, 2008 by Digital Motorsports
3.0 out of 5 stars Old school metal with a little 50's rock and 70's punk thrown in
The title says it all.
Published on January 19, 2006 by guitarguy
4.0 out of 5 stars Ravens best!
If you like Raven and don't have this album you haven't heard Raven at all! This is the album of all Raven albums! Read more
Published on November 21, 2005 by Patrick F. West
4.0 out of 5 stars Raven rocks me until I drop.
Raven unites the pop sensibility of Sweet with the power-crazed metal of Iron Maiden. Many cite this Newcastle trio as one of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal's direct... Read more
Published on December 16, 2003 by Ezra Claverie
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