1. (00:01:07) Saxon - The Crusader Prelude
2. (00:06:35) Saxon - Crusader
3. (00:03:51) Saxon - A Little Bit of What You Fancy
4. (00:05:04) Saxon - Sailing to America
5. (00:03:14) Saxon - Set Me Free
6. (00:04:12) Saxon - Just Let Me Rock
7. (00:03:25) Saxon - Bad Boys (Like to Rock 'N' Roll)
8. (00:04:44) Saxon - Do It All for You
9. (00:03:17) Saxon - Rock City
10. (00:03:51) Saxon - Run For Your Lives
Playing Time.........: Don't worry about it....Enjoy Kick a** Rock!
Total Size...........: 265.28 MB
Crusader is the sixth studio album by heavy metal band Saxon released in
Biff Byford - Vocals
Graham Oliver - Guitar
Paul Quinn - Guitar
Steve Dawson - Bass
Nigel Glockler - Drums
Saxon are an English heavy metal band, formed in 1976 in Barnsley,
Yorkshire. As leading lights in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal they had
a brief period of UK Top 40 success in the early 1980s, and also tasted
success in Europe and Japan. They still tour heavily and regularly. Their
latest tour is their largest in the UK since the early 1980s. Until this, the
band's fame had been focused largely in Germany for many years.
There is another incarnation of Saxon featuring two former band members
who hold the legal rights to the name - "Oliver/Dawson Saxon".
Saxon began with a lineup of Peter "Biff" Byford on vocals, Paul Quinn and
Graham Oliver on guitars, Steve "Ponce" Dawson on bass and drummer Pete
"Frank" Gill. Early in their career the band changed their name from Son of a
Bitch to Saxon, and gained support slots on tour with more established bands
such as Motörhead.
In 1979 the band signed to the Carrere record label and released their
eponymous debut album. In 1980 follow-up album Wheels of Steel spawned
two hit singles: the title track, and the crowd favourite "747 (Strangers in the
Night)". The Strong Arm of the Law album, considered by fans to be one of
their best recordings, was released later that same year, and chart success
continued with singles from their next release, Denim and Leather. The title
track to that album is seen as an anthem of the early 1980s metal movement.
Later legal issues with Carrere negated most if not all of the financial gains
seen during their early success.
A relentless series of headlining tours around the UK capitalised on this
success, but Saxon were never able to break into the lucrative U.S. market.
After 1983's Power and the Glory album, Saxon went in an increasingly
commercial direction, in an effort to counterbalance NWOBHM music's decline.
This had little success despite signing to major record label EMI. Indeed, the
move did little more than alienate their core fanbase. They were seen by
detractors as the epitome of the heavy metal cliché. Recently, they have
returned to their less overtly commercial roots, and still have a larger
following. Saxon recently did a 25th Anniversary of NWOBHM tour of
Germany beginning in early March 2005. To celebrate the anniversary of the
New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM), the band played songs they
recorded during the 1980s.
Saxon's latest studio album, entitled The Inner Sanctum, was released in
Europe on March 5, 2007, and North America on April 3, seen by many critics
as their best work in years. In 2007, they started a world tour in support of
The Inner Sanctum. Surprisingly for their age, they will only have 15 nights
off from 60 dates.
Collaboration with Harvey Goldsmith
Saxon in Italy, at the Evolution Festival 2006.In 2007, Saxon was the subject
of an episode of Harvey Goldsmith's Get Your Act Together.
Saxon's popularity had been in decline since about 1983. As part of his
program, Goldsmith wanted to try and restore their popularity and cement
their reputation as a great band once again. He claimed their music was just
like Iron Maiden's and they should have similar levels of success (Iron Maiden
are one of the top selling heavy metal acts of all time). He went on a 6 month
make over of Saxon, including their look, sound and stage set. He drafted in
two new producers to overlook the production of the new single If I Was You
(a song about gun culture), which went straight to number one of the Rock
Charts in over 10 countries (becoming their most successful single for over 12
At the end of the programme, Saxon sold out the Sheffield City Hall (over
2,000 capacity) becoming their biggest UK date in over 15 years. Saxon
performed at the 2008 Download Festival on the third stage. Despite playing
on the smallest of the three stages and only having a 40 minute set Saxon
managed to pull in the biggest crowd for the gibson stage and had to take
breaks inbetween songs as the crowds chanting their name were drowning
out Biffs vocals
Throughout the band's history line-up changes have been common, but with
Byford and Quinn remaining as constants. Gill left in 1981 after injuring his
hand, to be replaced by his old friend Nigel Glockler, formerly of Toyah
Willcox's band, who was himself replaced twice – briefly between 1987 and
1988 (by Nigel Durham), and, more permanently, following an injury of his
own in 1998. Glockler rejoined the band in 2005 being completely cured from
Gill later went on to play for Motörhead. Dawson departed in 1986 – his
replacement, Paul Johnson, lasted two years before leaving. Nibbs Carter
has filled the position ever since.
When Graham Oliver left in 1995 (replaced by Doug Scarratt), the band split
into two different Saxon groups - one dominated by vocalist Byford and his
cohort Quinn and the other consisting of original Saxon members Oliver and
Dawson. A period of legal actions ensued, resulting in both groups having the
right to use Saxon in their name (although former member one must be
indicated as "Oliver/Dawson Saxon"). The line-up of Byford's Saxon has been
fairly stable apart from the departure of a few drummers. Following Glockler's
departure, German Fritz Randow took up the position until 2004. His
replacement was former Stratovarius man Jörg Michael.
The line-up that played on the Lionheart album consisted of Byford on vocals,
guitarists Quinn and Scarrat, Carter on bass and Michael on drums. The
German originally agreed to perform on the album as a session musician, but
following his firing from Stratovarius was hired as a full-time member.
Following the rapid reunion of Stratovarius, Michael departed after only a
year in the job, opening the door for Glockler to return to Saxon. Saxon
recorded The Inner Sanctum after the release of the live album The Eagle
Has Landed - part 3, which features Glockler and Micheal on drums, as well as
former drummer Fritz Randow.
Wheels of Steel (1980)
Strong Arm of the Law (1980)
Denim and Leather (1981)
Power And The Glory (1983)
Innocence Is No Excuse (1985)
Rock the Nations (1986)
Solid Ball of Rock (1990)
Forever Free (1992)
Dogs Of War (1995)
Unleash the Beast (1997)
Killing Ground (2001)
The Inner Sanctum (2007)