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Motörhead Import

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Now remastered with added gut-wrenching bass, this debut album from Motörhead was cut in 1977 over a few speed-driven days at Escape Studio, and it shows. From the opening bass roar of the eponymous title track it is non-stop, relentless, churning, brain damaging, heavy rock 'n' roll. This is no ponderous heavy metal band fronted by some poodle-headed castrato - no, this is the real deal, down dirty and greasy and with its boots firmly rooted in rock 'n' roll.

Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmister had the right background to finally create Motörhead in 1975. Brought up on rock 'n' roll in the 50s he had been a member of the Shel Talmy-produced beat group the Rockin' Vicars, had a stint as roadie for Jimi Hendrix and was then in Roundhouse favorites Sam Gopal's Dream in 1969, before joining the ultimate psychedelic weirdos Hawkwind.

However Lemmy was too much for them and was deported after a slight altercation with customs over substances at the Canadian border. Hawkwind's loss was the world of rock 'n' roll's gain as the group, first named Bastard, renamed Motörhead, was founded. The blue touch paper was effectively ignited on a new and lethal approach to 'heavy music', culminating in the spawning of speed metal by the 'bastard children' of Lemmy's brain child.

After a disastrous beginning and a couple of false starts and personnel changes, Motörhead accidentally made an album for Chiswick Records. It started out as a farewell single and ended up as the beginning of a career that continues to this day.

Not only is this issue remastered from the original analogue mixes, bringing out the full frequency, in-your-face grunge, but there is a sleeve note from Chiswick Records supremo Ted Carroll telling the full hair-raising story of the roller coaster ride that was the making of Motörhead by Motörhead. We have added City Kids, the B-side to the Motörhead single and the four cuts that appeared on the later out-takes EP Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers released first in 1980.

As Lemmy once said... ''If Motörhead moved in next door to you, your lawn would probably die.'' You better believe it! --Roger Armstrong, Ace Records UK

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Motorhead
  2. Vibrator
  3. Lost Johnny
  4. Iron Horse / Born to Lose
  5. White Line Fever
  6. Keep Us in the Road
  7. The Watcher
  8. The Train Kept a Rollin'
  9. City Kids (bonus track)
  10. Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers (bonus track)
  11. On Parole (bonus track)
  12. Instro (bonus track)
  13. I'm Your Witch Doctor (bonus track)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 28, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 1977
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Big Beat UK
  • ASIN: B00005A9XZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,882 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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.Read more ›
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Technically this isn't that great of an album, but what can I say, Lemmy and company have this certain power. It's like the greatest arena rock ever. These frayed licks over these heavy bass drums, with these powerful drums that can barely catch up to the frenetic energy. Even though their first album was barely noticed and doesn't stand up the excellent work from 1979, such as Overkill, a great shredding punk/metal/rock statement, the first album is intriguing. Very interesting to find the lads in the midst of bar blues just having fun. It's always great fun to see where something massive, like Motor's legacy throughout the decades, started.
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Just got it today-4/4/2016!! I love it!! Awesome!! Fantastic!! Amazon is like a Xmas Wonderland!! I will be doing all of my shopping here!! Great music store!! Great!! Amazon has everything you could ever imagine or want!! :o)
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Motorhead's self titled first album (cd) is worth getting. Although I always considered the song "Motorhead" itself, to be a so-so song, there are plenty of songs here worth mentioning. "Vibrator" is ok, worth listening to, "Lost Johnny", "Keep Us On The Road" are also so-so songs, while "Iron Horse", "White Line Fever", "The Watcher", "Train Kept A-Rollin", "City Kids", "Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers", "On Parole", "Instro", and "I'm Your Witch Doctor" are all fun songs that established the fact that Motorhead likes to rock. The album laid the groundwork for what was to come. The other interesting thing here is that I am not sure it is Lemmy doing the singing on all the songs, some sound like someone else is taking up the lead singing mantle. So, if you want to hear what started it all, get "Motorhead".
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Great stuff! Love this album. The raw, aggressive sound that punks and metal heads can both love is birthed on this, their debut. Lays the groundwork for everything that came after, and is solid throughout. If you're new to Motorhead, I recommend you by this after "Ace of Spades" & "Hammersmith". No other band sounds remotely like them. And nobody is more rock 'n' roll than Lemmy.
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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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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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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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