1979 is the start of a new program thought up by BMG and Motörhead, designed to cover from the ’70s to most recent times, and include the 40th-anniversary editions of the albums Overkill and Bomber along with unheard live tracks from the 1979 tours, interviews and unseen photographs. In short, this is the start of an exciting collector’s series that is fully supported by the estates of Lemmy, “Fast” Eddie and the “Philthy Animal”.
Kicking off with the rerelease of Overkill that opens with that incredible, fast-paced title track, the mood is set immediately. If for some unknown reason you haven’t listened to Motörhead for a while, you will immediately be smacking yourself for lost appreciation hours for this magnificent band and a classic album. As the album tears through the fantastic tracks, we head to the first selection of live tracks.
Again kicking off with ‘Overkill’ from Aylesbury Friars, 31st March 1979 the capture of the live performance immediately transports you there, to the front enjoying every live minute. We gave the joys of reliving other classics like ‘No Class’, ‘White Line Fever’ and ‘Motörhead’ before we head back into the studio and have memories resurface from the release of Bomber.
As you sing and toe-tap along with everything from ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’ to ‘Bomber’ taking in tracks like ‘Sharpshooter’ and ’Stone Dead Forever’ along the way, the sound created from the original master tapes is pristine and the magic created in the studio is relived in all its wonder.
The second live gig that we have the joys of experiencing is from la Rotunde, Le Mans on 3rd November 1979 and includes some of the same tracks as the Aylesbury gig, but it is by no means the same show. If you were lucky enough to see Motörhead, you know that no two gigs were the same.
To add the cherry on top, this incredible selection then has alternate versions, outtakes and B-Sides to fully give that extra feeling of hearing a special collection of tracks done by a very special band.
The overall feel of 1979 is that of appreciation for such an incredible band that created so many fantastic albums and played many a fantastic live show, that to relive them is a pleasure and a lot of fun. This first installment in the new series of releases has set the bar very high for the follow-ups and I am excited to hear them all. This is Motörhead and they play Rock n Roll!
1979 is released on October 25th 2019 via BMG.
The 1979 Box Set contains:
*Both the original Overkill and Bomber albums half-speed mastered and pressed on 180-gram vinyl created from the original master tapes
*Two double-live albums of previously unheard concert material from the ’79 tours
*A 40-page period-accurate ‘music magazine’ featuring unseen photos and fresh interviews regarding the era
* The Rest of ’79 Vinyl, featuring B-sides, outtakes and rare tracks
* ‘No Class’ 7” single with gatefold art
* The Bomber tour program
* Overkill sheet music book
* ’79 badge set
* All encased in black biker jacket box
Check out the contents of the Motörhead ‘1979’ collectors box set in all their eardrum perforating glory in this unboxing video.