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Oliver Dawson Saxon: Blood And Thunder Live

More than a decade since guitarist Graham Oliver and bassist Steve 'Dobby' Dawson put their own version of Saxon together under the Oliver Dawson Saxon moniker the band are still going strong, continuing to be a live draw most notably across mainland Europe and Germany in particular. The last 12 months have seen a new vocalist join the ranks in the shape of Brian Shaughnessy and so this live release is somewhat timely. In releasing a studio album of new material Motorbiker a couple of years back ODS are not entirely all about nostalgia although it is undeniably the classics that the crowd have come to enjoy and they are all here plus one or two deep cuts. Oliver and Dawson both have their names on the songwriting credits for the likes of 'Crusader', 'Dallas 1PM' and 'Denim and Leather' and the versions here overflow with raw energy and power, just three of the numerous NWOBHM classics featured here. Shaughnessy acquits himself well and whilst ODS will never enjoy the level of success currently being enjoyed by Biff & Co they are most definitely more than just a tribute band.

Track List:-
1. Schwermetal Fur Immer
2. Past The Point
3. Everybody Up
4. Crusader
5. Whippin' Boy
6. Redline
7. Motorcycle Man
8. Denim And Leather
9. Dallas 1PM
10. Fetzen Fliegen V
11. Princess Of The Night
12. Rock 'N' Roll Gypsy
13. Strong Arm Of The Law
14. And The Band Played On

Added: July 17th 2014
Reviewer: Dean Pedley
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Oliver Dawson Saxon: Blood And Thunder Live
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2014-07-17 14:23:31
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Close your eyes for a minute while listening to Blood and Thunder Live, and you'll swear you are checking out a live album from Biff Byford and Saxon circa 1985. The truth is, this is the Oliver Dawson Saxon band, featuring the two notable ex-Saxon members Steve Dawson (bass) and Graham Oliver (guitar), who decided years ago to venture out and do their own thing under a 'Saxon' banner. New vocalist Brian Shaughnessy sounds a hell of a lot like Byford, so much so that you'll do a double take on classics like "Crusader", "Everybody Up", "Motorcycle Man", "Denim and Leather", "Dallas 1PM", "Strong Arm of the Law", "Redline", and this writer's favorite "Princess of the Night". Throw in a few of the bands newer tunes (yes, they even have a recent, all original studio album under their belt, Motorbiker), and you have a very energetic set that sounds like, well, vintage Saxon. Though it's probably confusing for fans, as Saxon themselves are also still tearing up the road, and putting out killer new material, this is a headbanging good time, whether you consider it a tribute act or not. Oliver is still a mighty fine player, and he's teamed up here with the very capable Haydn Conway, the two unleashing a torrent of heavy riffs & fiery solos on new track "Whippin' Boy" as well as all the classic Saxon gems on display here. The NWOBHM is alive and well folks.



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