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Motorhead: Orgasmatron (remaster)

To celebrate the band's 30 year career, Sanctuary Records is re-issuing expanded and remastered versions of some of their best albums. The two CD sets come with the original album remastered, along with a second CD that is loaded with bonus and unreleased tracks. The jewel cases are slip-cased and include full-color booklets that are packed with topical information on the release as well as photos and notes from the time of the album's release.

Orgasmatron would find the band in a bit of a bind. Their last effort Another Perfect Day was not very well-received and would find the position of guitarist that was held by Brian Robertson being filled by two players this time around. Filling the shoes of the former Thin Lizzy player would be Phil Campbell and Wurzel. Lemmy stated at the time that since we could not decide between one or the other both were selected for the job. The band would return to a more established format of their songs which you can find on songs like "Doctor Rock", "Mean Machine" and "Built For Speed". Using the elements that led to their earlier success seemed to work again with the fans that preferred the classic sound more than anything else. Motorhead was Hard Rock and Roll at its primal best without a doubt. Other highlights from this release would be "Orgasmatron", the title track that rumbled along in similar fashion to songs like "Killed By Death". The 1986 release would not come without some turmoil as after an appearance on the Britcom hit "Young Ones", the band would lose Phil Taylor on drums. He would be replaced by Pete Gill from Saxon.

Bonus CD: On The Road, Steal Your Face, Claw (alt ver), Kerrang Wooargh Weekender: Stay Clean, Heart Of Stone, Nothing Up My Sleeve, Metropolis, Killed By Death, Ace Of Spades, Steal Your Face, We Are The Road Crew, Motorhead, Bomber, Overkill.

The bonus CD on this release has another concert making this edition worth picking up. So far the entire collection of them has been worthy of placement in ones CD catalog.

Track Listing

  1. Deaf Forever
  2. Nothing Up My Sleeve
  3. Ain't My Crime
  4. Claw
  5. Mean Machine
  6. Built For Speed
  7. Ridin' With The Driver
  8. Doctor Rock
  9. Orgasmatron

Added: September 19th 2006
Reviewer: Ken Pierce
Related Link: Motorhead Website
Hits: 3105
Language: english

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Motorhead: Orgasmatron (remaster)
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2006-09-19 14:14:35
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1986's Orgasmatron would be the first full album from the then new line-up of Motorhead featuring Lemmy, guitarists Wurzel & Phil Campbell, and drummer Pete Gill from Saxon. If you thought that only having Lemmy as the only original member change the band's sound, forget it. Orgasmatron is pretty much classic sounding Motorhead, and altough many riffs, rhythms, and melodies sound a tad similar to some of their older material (which, quite frankly, the band has been doing their entire career), it's still a kick ass album. Songs like "Build For Speed", "Deaf Forever", "Claw", "Nothing Up My Sleeve", and the title track, are just prime examples of brutal speed metal. Just listen to Lemmy's trademark gruff vocal attack on the searing metal powerhouse "Mean Machine", complete with Gill's bashing drums and the lethal dual guitar riffs from Wurzel and Campbell. This was a new Motorhead with renewed power, and they were out to show the world they meant business.

This new remaster from Sanctuary Records really delivers what a remaster/reissue should. A full booklet with essay from Malcom Dome, photographs, and a bonus live CD with a few B-sides, as well as a scorching live concert from 1984, when the band played at a Kerrang Magazine festival. Included in this set are live staples like "Overkill", "Ace of Spades", "Metropolis", "Stay Clean", "We Are the Road Crew", "Motorhead", as well as newer favorites like "Killed By Death" and "Steal Your Face". It makes for an overall excellent package that no Motorhead fan should be without.

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