Rachael Mattice

Album Review: Motorhead – 1979 Vinyl Box Set including Overkill and Bomber Reissues

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The loudest band in the world seemingly closed their guitar cases for good in 2015 when the last surviving member of the 1979 lineup passed away, but the legacy of Motorhead’s filthy rock n’ roll sounds are picking up speed again. The coalition of Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, “Fast” Eddie Clark and Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor viciously captivated the admiration of metal, punk and rock fans across the world with their unapologetic, no holds barred music and lifestyle.

With the semi-new cultural wave of vinyl favoritism in the air, BMG released the 40th anniversary deluxe editions of 1979’s “Overkill” and “Bomber” in both CD and LP formats on October 25.

Arguably two of the band’s most powerful and life-changing records for them and for their fans, the deluxe vinyl set also includes two previously unreleased double live albums from the same year and an LP of B-sides, outtakes and demos. A special 7” of their song “No Class” is inside too, which showcases all of the different sleeves it was initially released with—the guys, women and boob grabs, as expected. If you went to bed with Motorhead, hey, there’s a pin for that, plus four others to sport with pride on a jacket of choice. There’s a reproduction of the “Bomber” tour program from 1979, sheet music for “Overkill” and a newspaper-magazine hybrid called “Melody Breaker,” produced to mimic an old issue of the publication and highlights writings of infamous journalists and memories from fans and musicians such as Girlschool’s Kim Macauliffe.

Depending on the vinyl package purchased, the collection of memorabilia is wrapped in a classic Motorhead emblem—a leather jacket. Packaging comes with the real fabric or with imaging, at $300 and $175, respectively. Either choice will leave fans drooling and sifting through the reading material for hours before even getting to the music. Sexy slingin’ (and personal favorites) “I’ll Be Your Sister” and “Limb for Limb” accompany well-known “Damage Case,” “No Class,” “Stone Dead Forever” and “Sharpshooter” in this box set—all soundscape foundations for generations of raw, unadulterated heavy music.

The live albums recorded in Aylesbury, U.K. and Le Mans France are appreciated time capsules, focusing on “Overkill” and Bomber”, and allow Motorhead fans young and old a glimpse into the world of the group’s illustrious beginning. B-sides, old demos, mixed tapes—nothing is more nostalgic for fans or band members than taking a trip back to the beginning and hearing how the music developed, and it’s the same with “The Rest From ’79.”

The celebration doesn’t end with the box set. In the same week of its release, Motorhead was nominated for the 2020 inductions to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The upcoming year will also welcome another milestone for the band’s discography—the 40th anniversary of the infamous “Ace of Spades.”

Purchase the 1979 Box Set or Super Deluxe Box Set at www.motorhead79.com.

Original 1979 Lineup:

Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister | Vocals, Bass

Edward “Fast Eddie” Clark | Guitar

Philip “Philthy Animal” Taylor | Drums

Longstanding Members:

Phil Campbell | Guitar

Mikkey Dee | Drums

1979 Deluxe Box Set:

“Overkill” and “Bomber” albums; half speed masters made from the original tapes. Pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl.

“Live at Friars, Aylesbury” on March, 31 1979 and “Live at La Rotunde, Le Mans” on November 3, 1979; Two double live albums of newly unearthed, previously unreleased concerts.

“The Rest Of ’79”; 10-song album of B-sides, outtakes and rare tracks from 1979

“No Class”; Trifold 7″ of the “No Class” single with all three of the original cover variations

“Melödy Breaker”; 40-page book of interviews with key players in the world of Mötorhead in 1979. Includes photos and rare memorabilia.

“Bomber” Tour Program

Motörhead ’79 Badge Set

“Overkill” Sheet Music; Reproductions of original “Bomber” tour program and sheet music

Tracklists:

Overkill

Side One

Overkill

Stay Clean

(I Won’t) Pay Your Price

I’ll Be Your Sister

Capricorn

Side Two

No Class

Damage Case

Tear Ya Down

Metropolis

Limb From Limb

Live at Aylesbury Friars

Side One

Overkill

Stay Clean

Keep Us On The Road

No Class

Leaving Here

Side Two

Iron Horse / Born To Lose

Metropolis

The Watcher

Damage Case

Side Three

(I Won’t) Pay Your Price

Capricorn

Too Late, Too Late

I’ll Be Your Sister

Side Four

I’m Your Witchdoctor

Train Kept A-Rollin’

Limb From Limb

White Line Fever

Motörhead

Bomber

Side One

Dead Men Tell No Tales

Lawman

Sweet Revenge

Sharpshooter

Poison

Side Two

Stone Dead Forever

All The Aces

Step Down

Talking Head

Bomber

Live at La Rotunde

Side One

Overkill

Stay Clean

No Class

Metropolis

Side Two

All The Aces

Dead Men Tell No Tales

I’ll Be Your Sister

Lawman

Too Late, Too Late

Side Three

Poison

(I Won’t) Pay Your Price

Sharpshooter

Capricorn

Train Kept A-Rollin’

Side Four

Bomber

Limb From Limb

White Line Fever

Motörhead

The Rest Of ’79

Side One

Too Late, Too Late (Overkill 7″ B-Side)

Like A Nightmare (Alternative version of No Class B-Side)

Over The Top (Bomber 7″ B-Side)

Stone Dead Forever (Alternative Version)

Sharpshooter (Alternative Version)

Side Two

Bomber (Alternative Version)

Step Down (Alternative Version)

Fun On The Farm (Bomber Outtake)

Treat Me Nice (Bomber Outtake)

You Ain’t Gonna Live Forever (Bomber Outtake)

No Class 7″

Side One

No Class

Side Two

Like A Nightmare

Lost Demos of ’79 (D2C exclusive 7″)

Side One

Like A Nightmare (Demo version)

Side Two

Poison (Demo version)

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