1. (00:05:12) Motörhead - Overkill
2. (00:02:43) Motörhead - Stay Clean
3. (00:02:57) Motörhead - (I Won't) Pay Your Price
4. (00:02:55) Motörhead - I'll Be Your Sister
5. (00:04:12) Motörhead - Capricorn
6. (00:02:42) Motörhead - No Class
7. (00:03:03) Motörhead - Damage Case
8. (00:02:42) Motörhead - Tear Ya Down
9. (00:03:37) Motörhead - Metropolis
10. (00:04:57) Motörhead - Limb From Limb
11. (00:03:27) Motörhead - Too Late, Too Late (Bonus, B-side of Overkill)
12. (00:04:28) Motörhead - Like A Nightmare (Bonus, B-side of No Class)
13. (00:02:48) Motörhead - Louie, Louie (Bonus)
14. (00:02:39) Motörhead - Tear Ya Down (Bonus, Instrumental Version)
15. (00:02:55) Motörhead - Louie, Louie (Bonus, Alternate Version)
Playing Time.........: 00:55:59
Total Size...........: 385.18 MB
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Overkill is the second album released by Motorhead, in 1979, and their first for Bronze Records. It peaked at number 24 on the UK charts.
Bronze Records signed the band in 1978 and gave them time in Wessex Studios in London to record Richard Berry's "Louie Louie" and a new song by the band, Tear Ya Down.
The band toured to promote their single Louie Louie while Chiswick released the Motörhead album in white vinyl, to keep the momentum going.
Sales of the single brought the band their first appearance on BBC Television's Top of the Pops, which gave Bronze the confidence to get the band back into the studio to record a second album.
The first release from those sessions was the single release of Overkill backed with Too Late, Too Late in 7" and 12" pressings. The Chiswick album Motorhead had been a hasty affair as was its production, although it had a sub-bootleg quality which may be appealing, Overkill had more spring and bounce, and a thundering title track that would become a show-stopper for years to come.
Three weeks after the initial release of the album in black vinyl, the album was released in a limited edition of 15,000 in green vinyl.
In June 1979 No Class was lifted from the album as a follow-up single, backed with a previously unreleased song, Like a Nightmare. With a view to increasing the sales, the single was released in three different covers, one each of Lemmy, Clarke and Taylor.
The album was reissued on Cassette, CD and vinyl by Castle Communications in 1988, coupled with Another Perfect Day, Bronze having issued a cassette of the album covered with Bomber in 1980.
Lemmy (Ian Kilmister) – bass, vocals, second guitar solo on "Limb from Limb"
"Fast" Eddie Clarke – guitar
Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor – drums
Joe Petagno – sleeve artwork
Recorded December, 1978 – January, 1979 at Roundhouse Studios and Sound Development Studios, UK – except "Tear Ya Down" originally recorded at Wessex Studios
Produced by Jimmy Miller – except "Tear Ya Down", produced by Neil Richmond, remixed at Roundhouse Studios by Jimmy Miller
Engineered by Ashley Howe and Trevor Hallesy
Review from Allmusic.com. by Jason Birchmeier
Motörhead's landmark second album, Overkill, marked a major leap forward for the band, and it remains one of their all-time best, without question.
In fact, some fans consider it their single best, topping even Ace of Spaces. It's a ferocious album, for sure, perfectly showcasing Motörhead's trademark style of no holds barred proto-thrash -- a kind of punk-inflected heavy metal style that is sloppy and raw yet forceful and in your face.
Motörhead, the band's self-titled debut from 1977, had been rush-recorded, and its stripped-down, super-raw sound wasn't all that impressive, at least not relative to what would follow.
Overkill is what followed, recorded in December 1978 and January 1979, and released not long thereafter. The band's sound is fully formed here, and it totally explodes right off the bat on the five-minute title track.
A number of Motörhead standards follow, among them "Stay Clean" and "No Class." Produced by Jimmy Miller, who had helmed a number of classic Rolling Stones albums (Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main St., Goats Head Soup), Overkill sounds wonderful, especially on the numerous remastered editions of this album.
The band's classic lineup -- Lemmy (bass and vocals), "Fast" Eddie Clarke (guitar), and "Philthy Animal" Taylor (drums) -- is well in place here, and they seem eager to rip loose wildly on every single song. This, in addition to the solid track listing and Miller's production, makes Overkill a perfect Motörhead album. Several great ones would follow, of course, but Overkill was the first of the great ones, and quite possibly the greatest of all.