A lot of fans were saying that they want to hear this line-up on a live album. Or the Fillmore East when that was going, or the Budokan and all those flash places. So we thought we'd do it in Finland.. To promote the album, the band engaged in a tour of North America , opening for Slayer.
We had Guy Bidmead mix it because we wanted to give him another try, mainly because he had been Vic Maile's boy and Vic was a great live mixer. After that, I think we finally figured out that Guy just wasn't Vic Maile.
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Following on the heels of "Orgasmatron", a more apt title is hardly available. For all the folks who call them metal, and that's not a bad thing when you consider how Lemmy and Co.
Witness hair metal - if that wasn't contrived, I'd like to know what was. Then, grunge with its downtuned sloppy guitars and flannel, nu metal that mixed rap and hip hop elements and emphasized repetitive riffs with little lead work, and hardcore metal where we got tattooed skinheads, screaming, one note songs and little else. For it to be real rock and roll folks, you do not follow the trends. You take command of your own life and music, live it, swear by it, and defend it until your last day, as Lemmy did.
Now we have an additional disc with two extra studio tracks and more live cuts. While some of the live stuff included in some repackaging had some very poor sound, this one sounds great and powerful, a good companion to "No Sleep 'til Hammersmith", the live album by which all great rock and roll should be measured.
Sure, some songs appear in other live albums, but this double guitar line up really ups the ante, and no doubt the Castle Donington crowd was blown out of the water. Lemmy may be gone, but he's making whatever spiritual world he decided to settle in a lot louder, and a lot more fun.
Rock n Roll is a lesser know Motorhead album but I think its fantastic!!! From the first time I heard it yrs and yrs ago ive enjoyed listening to and playing along with this disc. Over and over this album gets placed low on the list of Motorhead discs and I don't know why.
Its impossible to write and record an album like Ace of Spades every time you turn around. I think for the time it was put out and where the hard rock industry was at its a great album. Essential Motorhead!!! One person found this helpful. Lemmy also writes that Rock 'n' Roll has some great songs, like "Dogs," "Boogeyman," and "Traitor", which they played "for years," but overall it just didn't seem to work.
Joe Petagno had other ideas for the cover of this album:. I had this great idea and nobody wanted to listen to me. The original Rock 'N' Roll sleeve was supposed to be going up. I said, "Look, the tongue goes up. This thing is lifting off So it was like a bomb. A projectile of some sort. When I finished it, they said, 'We can't have it going up, it doesn't make any sense'. So it's coming down.
Couldn't convince them. This fucking band All tracks are written by Kilmister , Burston , Campbell , Taylor. The first album the band recorded, in Yet, for all the hotch potch nature of the album, it created a firm template for the glories to come. The spirit and dynamic of the performances here were surging, and underscored that the band had found a new ambition.
There were some real winners here, with the cynical war song The Thousand Names Of God incorporating an emotional slide guitar part. Rock Out and Runaround Man also got a big reaction. Despite his health problems, Lemmy sounded forthright and confident on an album that, if anything, had a lot in common with On Parole. In that respect, it appeared to have the band coming full circle.
A fine way for them to bow out, although nobody it at the time. Songs like Outlaw and Get Back In Line were noise symphonies, the production brought out the best in the three, and the whole atmosphere bristled with the type of energy that had long propelled the band to greatness. That being said, there are plenty of up-tempo moments such as the brilliant 'The Wolf' and 'Blackheart. Ironically or indicatively, the one song that has stuck to this day as being a regular on Motorhead's set list is the B-Side of lead single 'Eat The Rich' : 'Just Cos You Got The Power' - which is a really great song with a memorable bluesy riff, a catchy chorus and clever, relatable lyrics - which are probably more relevant today than they've ever been!
I guess 'Rock 'N' Roll' is a really great album that suffers by comparing it to the fantastic back catalogue that preceded and followed it. There is no 'Ace Of Spades,' 'Overkill' or 'Going To Brazil' here, but what you do get is 9 strong, stripped-down Motorhead tracks, plus 2 excellent bonus B-Sides if a little unremarkable still deserve the utmost respect and place in any Motorhead fan's collection.
This album is an 'ok' Motorhead effort let down hugely by production choices. There's little warmth to the sound and the mix is quite raw but not in a good way.
At times it seems more like a test mix awaiting overdubs, there's a feeling of "something missing" with many of the tracks. It doesn't help matters that for the majority of the album the bass guitar verges on being almost inaudible. The same can be said for the bottom-end of the percussion, the kick-drum presence is slight at best. The drums are largely reduced to not much more than cymbals and snare, with the latter treated with slight reverb. Lemmy's vocals sit foward of everything else, sometimes also treated with a mild level of reverb; which does not serve to improve an already dodgy mix.
Lemmy once said of the albums' producer, Guy Bidmead, "he was too nice! Consequently the latter showed little control over proceedings and tended to bend to the band's will. So although it's easy to blame Bidmead for the questionable production choices, the final result is probably more a consequence of constant meddling by the band.
The following year Bidmead worked again with Motorhead, producing the live "No Sleep At All", the mix of which suffered in the same way, especially regarding the lack of bass. So it's probably fair to say the union of Motorhead-Bidmead was simply not a good choice.
From a songwriting perspective Rock 'N' Roll is neither Motorhead's best or worst moment. I would say it's an album for established fans rather than beginners.
It's fairly average on the Motorhead qualilty scale, with the few better tracks being let down by the aforementioned production problems. This particular remaster does kick the quality up a serious notch by inclusion of two bonus tracks, Cradle To The Grave centering on a supercharged recycling of a Stooges riff , and Just 'Cos You Got The Power a bluesy guitar tour de force.
These are singles B-sides from the period, each of which are far superior to some of the material which made the final tracklist of the original release. Certainly also worth mentioning about this release is the mastering. Very surprisingly for a modern Motorhead remaster it hasn't been too dynamically squashed or crushed. It has a Dynamic Range Database rating of 10, placing it firmly in the "transition" category.
Usually Motorhead CD remasters after the mid's fall somewhere between 6 and 8 on the Dynamic Range Database, in the "Bad" category. So from me, Rock and Roll gets 3 stars out of 5. It is supposed to be a remaster??Rock 'n' Roll is the eighth studio album by English rock band Motörhead, released on 5 September It is their last album with the GWR label, as more legal issues enthralled the band with yet another label. Reaching only No. 34 in the UK Albums Chart, Rock 'n' Roll was, in that respect, the worst performing of all of Motörhead's Top 40 chart hits.