| 21 May 1979|
21 May 1979
| Livingston Recording Studios, Barnet, London, UK, between January and March 1979|
Heavy metal, New wave of British heavy metal, Hard rock
Saxon albums, New wave of British heavy metal albums
Saxon is the debut studio album by the English heavy metal band Saxon, released in 1979 (see 1979 in music).
Eduardo Rivadavia of Allmusic gave the album three stars out of five, and, in his mixed review, described it as "the quiet before the storm", and also criticised the band's then-lack of experience in the studio as well as their record label, Carrere, for not knowing "how to capture a heavy metal sound on tape", meaning that the album "only hints at Saxon's true personality, power, and songwriting potential". He also said that the progressive rock sounding "Rainbow Theme"/"Frozen Rainbow" and glam rock sounding "Big Teaser" and "Still Fit to Boogie", "suggested some lingering doubts as to musical direction", but that, overall, "the LP helped to put Saxon on the map".
All tracks written by Biff Byford, Paul Quinn, Graham Oliver, Steve Dawson and Pete Gill.Bonus tracks 14-18 recorded on Tommy Vance's Friday Rock Show, transmitted 15 February 1980.
Bonus tracks 20-22 recorded live at Donington, 1980.
Biff Byford - vocals
Graham Oliver - guitar
Paul Quinn - guitar
Steve Dawson - bass
Pete Gill - drums
Producer : John Verity
Engineer : John Verity
Recorded and mixed at Livingstone Studios, UK
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