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Digitally re-mastered edition of this 1980 album from the British Metal band featuring future Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson. Samson are still rightly regarded as one of the pivotal bands from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement of the 80 's. Taking their name from guitarist and leader, Paul Samson, the band first emerged in 1977. 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 #34. 'Head On' also displays perfectly the power and range of singer Dickinson whose vocal agility earned him the title, the Air Raid Siren.
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It’s easy to write Samson off as simply a footnote to the Iron Maiden story (or as that band with the masked drummer), but to do so means overlooking one of the legendary NWOBHM movement's more interesting bands. Samson had the image and energy of the emerging metal scene, but their music was way more rooted in blues-based rock than most of their peers. A great deal of that comes down to Paul Samson’s (RIP) soulful, bluesy guitar work. Head On almost sounds like a Whitesnake or Uriah Heep album, if you can imagine either of those bands fronted by Bruce Dickinson.
It’s a rawer, less focused album than the band’s follow-up (1981’s Shock Tactics), but Head On is still a very solid album overall, and a key moment in NWOBHM history. It’s an album that any serious NWOBHM fan should own, and one that fans of Dickinson’s work in and out of Iron Maiden ought to check out.
Edition Notes: Sanctuary's 2001 reissue of Head On features a desperately needed digital remastering, as well a pair of bonus studio tracks and a nice booklet.
Edition Notes: Lemon/Cherry Red reissued Head On in 2013, giving it a new remastering and a booklet with a great band biography and vintage photos. It includes the same bonus tracks as the earlier Sanctuary reissue.