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Son Of A Bitch: Victim You

It was back in the mid-70's when Graham Oliver and Steve Dawson formed the hard rocking Son Of A Bitch who would transform into Saxon with the addition of vocalist Biff Byford to the ranks. After both Oliver and Dawson had left the NWOBHM legends by the mid-90's they re-launched the Son Of A Bitch moniker with former Saxon drummer Pete Gill, second guitarist Haydn Conway and vocalist Ted Bullet. The line-up proved short lived with Gill having health issues and Bullet contractual obligations elsewhere Son Of A Bitch folded with Oliver, Dawson and Conway returning as Oliver-Dawson Saxon.

Angel Air have released this 1996 debut album, Victim You, that comes with a bonus track and detailed liner notes that tell the story of the SOAB era. There is nothing here that will come as much surprise to Saxon fans although Bullet's melodic delivery does give the album a more commercial edge than might be expected. Full throttle motorcycle inspired riffery and lyrics that are direct, no nonsense and inevitably somewhat dated are all in evidence. It was never going to be easy for SOAB to appeal to anyone besides a small percentage of the Saxon fanbase and during the mid-90's this style of hard rock was very much out of fashion and unloved. Nevertheless, an enjoyable enough album and is certainly one for fans of both NWOBHM and Saxon to check out.

Track List:-
1. Bitch Of A Place To Be
2. Drivin' Sideways
3. Past The Point
4. No Ones Getting Over
5. Treacherous Times
6. Love Your Misery
7. I Still Care
8. Old School
9. More For Me
10. Evil Sweet Evil
11. Victim You
12. Running away (From You)

Added: October 11th 2012
Reviewer: Dean Pedley
Related Link: Angel Air
Hits: 1740
Language: english

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