Sort by: Newest Oldest. However, it is this album where it all comes together for Saxon, at least to my ears. The production is a little cleaner, but I wouldn't go as far to say polished.
There is still plenty of grit here, and the power of the band isn't diminished one bit. The title track is one of the best openers in metal history, a real fist-pumper with a rousing chorus.
Along with closer "The Eagle Has Landed," it's one of Saxon's most epic tracks to date although "Crusader" wasn't far off into the future at this point. Power and the Glory was followed by the slightly inferior Crusader, and then a few albums of mid-career sag, before staging a slight 90s comeback, and finally roaring to full-on metallic glory in the 21st century. Their recently released Call to Arms album is their best since Shame that this band is so underrated.
Considered by many This Town Rocks - Saxon - Power & The Glory be one of the best albums the band ever released, this one gets lost in the giant shadow cast by the preceding three albums and Heaven Knows - Francesca Beghè* - Francesca Beghè oft criticized for it's more "American" mix.
Still, the songs are what matter and the title track is still in This Town Rocks - Saxon - Power & The Glory live set to this day. Other stand out tracks are the fast-paced "This Town Rocks" and the one-two punch of "Redline" and "Warrior" are strong cuts as well.
The album is loaded with bonus cuts, mostly demos and a couple of B-sides that are still worth the time. If you're a fan of 80's Metal and don't have This Town Rocks - Saxon - Power & The Glory affinity for aqua net, then this is definitely for you. Certainly, Saxon is not well-known to the radio-toting pop rock and hair band fans of the eighties -- but every true metal head has given them a listen at least once.
And it seems that most Saxon listeners point to Power and the Glory as the band's best, most compelling release. There is little tying these two Days - Tom Robinson - Love Over Rage themes together -- but In The Navy (12 Version) - Village People - The Best Of Village People overall energy and thoughtfulness behind the music makes the lack of continuity of the album a small sacrifice.
These songs are memorable for their incessant riffs and hooks and the sense that the band is trying to reach the listeners' sense of imagination.
Of course, at first listen, some of album's themes and hooks seem somewhat amateurish and adolescent, but this is the magic of the album for many. Many of the listeners upon first listening to Power and the Glory were just that: amateurish and adolescent -- and we didn't care either!!
And thus we get to the core reason behind many a metal head's appreciation of this album: it is a time capsule that represents a time when metal was yet to be fully explored; when less-well-crafted, not over-produced, and a "rock if you are commercial or not" mentality was the draw that sold millions on the metal lifestyle. Metal was for everyone who had a mind to let loose their inhibitions, release some tension, and stick their fingers in the face of oppressors, authorities, and the status quo.
The Power and the Glory is a rocking representation of these things -- exactly. So, to all you wielders of casual 1 and 2 star blastings -- take a seat my little pop devotees. This is metal my friends -- the good, the bad, and the ugly. And Saxon's Beyond The Reef - Bing* - Sings Songs Of The Islands and the Glory, with all its imperfection and lack of multi-million dollar production polish, is exactly what sounds like: a British metal band finding itself amidst a rapidly growing metal movement.
And most metal fans will agree -- Saxon did a mighty fine job with this album. Denim and Leather is a close second. Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase. Okay, seriously. Power and the Glory is their best album. And the tracks play in a different order.
No clue which one is correct, and I don't care that much, because this record knows how to rock! When Power and the Glory was first released my friend had bought the cass and played it for me!
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