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The Solid Book Of Rock – Saxon

Forget box-sets and get The Book Set… British heavy metal legends, SAXON, are to release The Solid Book of Rock, on August 18th, 2017. The set comprises 14 Discs altogether – not only all 9 of Saxon’s studio albums from 1991 to 2009 BUT eight bonus tracks AND two bonus CDs – “Classics Re-Recorded” originally issued with the initial pressings of “Killing Ground”, and “Lionheart – rough studio mix” originally issued on the 2006 limited edition. This metal-tastic Book Set also contains three bonus DVDs – the limited-edition DVDs originally released with “Lionheart”, “The Inner Sanctum” and “Into The Labyrinth”. All this, packaged in a sumptuous 24 page 12” x 12” booklet with all the lyrics and credits, plus photos with fabulous brand-new cover painting by Paul R. Gregory.

An exclusive limited-edition containing a print signed by the one and only Biff Byford will also be available from Amazon HERE and Standard Edition HERE.

Saxon frontman Biff Byford says: “It’s worth getting just for the art work A great piece of Saxon history and don’t forget I get to play King Arthur I didn’t get the Oscar that year or anything else for that matter….”

The Solid Book of Rock comprises Saxon’s STUDIO ALBUMS 1991-2009 – that’s a massive 9 original albums PLUS 2 bonus CDs AND 3 bonus DVDs. The albums are:

Solid Ball Of Rock Forever Free Dogs Of War Unleash The Beast Metalhead Killing Ground Lionheart The Inner Sanctum Into The Labyrinth

Book Set Full Tracklist & Bonus material are:

Solid Ball Of Rock (1991)

Solid Ball Of Rock Altar Of The Gods Requiem (We Will Remember) Lights In the Sky I Just Can’t Get Enough Baptism Of Fire Ain’t Gonna Take It I’m On Fire Overture In B-Minor / Refugee Bavarian Beaver Crash Dive

Bonus Tracks: 12. Requiem (We Will Remember) [single version] 13. Reeperbahn Stomp

Forever Free (1992)

Forever Free Hole In The Sky Just Wanna Make Love To You Get Down And Dirty Iron Wheels One Step Away Can’t Stop Rockin’ Nighthunter Grind Cloud Nine

Bonus Tracks: 11. Princess Of The Night [live] 12. Forever Free [live]

Dogs of War (1995)

Dogs Of War Burning Wheels Don’t Worry Big Twin Rolling (Coming Home) Hold On The Great White Buffalo Demolition Alley Walking Through Tokyo Give It All Away Yesterday’s Gone

Bonus Tracks: 11. The Great White Buffalo [live] 12. Denim And Leather [live]

Unleash The Beast (1997)

Gothic Dreams Unleash The Beast Terminal Velocity Circle Of Light The Thin Red Line Ministry Of Fools The Preacher Bloodletter Cut Out The Disease Absent Friends All Hell Breaking Loose

Bonus Tracks: 12. Solid Ball Of Rock [live] on SPV 74192 CD in 2007 13. Crusader [live] on SPV 74192 CD in 2007

Metalhead (1999)

Intro Metalhead Are We Travellers In Time Conquistador What Goes Around Song Of Evil All Guns Blazing Prisoner Piss Off Watching You Sea Of Life

Killing Ground (2001)

Intro Killing Ground Court Of The Crimson King Coming Home Until Hell Freezes Over Dragon’s Lair You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Deeds Of Glory Running For The Border Shadows On The Wall Rock Is Our Life

Bonus CD – ‘Classics Re-Recorded’:

1. Princess Of The Night 2. Crusader 3. Wheels Of Steel 4. Motorcycle Man 5. Strong Arm Of The Law 6. Denim And Leather 7. Dallas 1pm 8. And The Bands Played On

Lionheart (2004)

Witchfinder General Man And Machine The Return Lionheart Beyond The Grave Justice To Live By The Sword Jack Tars English Man O’War Searching For Atlantis Flying On The Edge

Bonus CD: Studio Audio – Rough Mix [moved from the DVD]

1. Witchfinder General 2. Man And Machine 3. The Return 4. Lionheart 5. Beyond The Grave 6. Justice 7. To Live By The Sword 8. Jack Tars 9. English Man O’War 10. Searching For Atlantis 11. Flying On The Edge 12. Beyond The Grave [single version]

Bonus DVD:

1. Lionheart – in the studio [3.32] 2. Lionheart – live [7.40] 3. Beyond The Grave – promo video [3.45] 4. 5.1 96k high end sound mix of the entire album [11 tracks] [45.09]

The Inner Sanctum (2007)

State Of Grace Need For Speed Let Me Feel Your Power Red Star Falling I’ve Got To Rock (To Stay Alive) If I Was You Going Nowhere Fast Ashes To Ashes Empire Rising Attila The Hun

Bonus DVD: “A Night Out With The Boys” [41.26]

1. To Hell And Back Again 2. A Night Out With Boys – The Idea 3. A Night Out With Boys – Not Really 4. See The Light Shining 5. A Night Out With Boys – How It Started 6. Redline 7. Suzie Hold On 8. Stand Up And Be Counted 9. Frozen Rainbow 10. Never Surrender

Into the Labyrinth (2009)

Battalions Of Steel Live To Rock Demon Sweeney Todd The Letter Valley Of The Kings Slow Lane Blues Crime Of Passion Premonition In D Minor Voice Protect Yourselves Hellcat Come Rock Of Ages (The Circle Is Complete) Coming Home [bottleneck version]

Bonus DVD:

1. “Perceval” – Spanish art film, directed by Pablo Aragues Millan [20.09] [in Latin with subtitles] (Biff plays King Arthur) 2. “Let There Be Light” – documentary about the live staging and lighting [36.48] [in German with subtitles] 3. Audio interview with Biff Byford – Biff talks about the songs on “Into The Labyrinth” [18.44]

Released through: Demon Records Catalogue Number: SAXONBOX03 Barcode: 5 014797 896161 Format: 11 CDs & 3 DVDs in 12” x 12” book Category: Rock/Heavy Metal – Release date: 4th August 2017

Saxon released their self-titled debut in 1979, followed by the classic “Wheels of Steel” the following year, which catapulted the band to fame and reaching #5 in the UK charts and containing the still popular title track and “747”. They established themselves as one of the icons of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal throughout the 80s. Later the band tried to attack the US market taking a more melodic direction with release of “Destiny” in 1988, before going back to their original sound with 1991’s “Solid Balls of Rock”, reaffirming their influence on the European metal scene. They continued touring and recording enjoying continued success.

Saxon saw album sales topping 15 million worldwide including 8 UK Top 40 albums across their career. They are considered a seminal NWOBHM act and are known to have inspired the likes of Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera, Motley Crue and plenty more.

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