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  "Nightmare at Maple Cross" is an full-length album released by the all-female British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) band "Girlschool". The title of this album must be referring to the time they have been recording this album at the "Jacksons Studio" on Maple Cross, London.



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"Nightmare At Maple Cross" Album Description:

In 1986, the all-female British heavy metal band Girlschool unleashed their album "Nightmare At Maple Cross". This 12" vinyl LP marked a significant turning point for the group, showcasing a return to their raw, energetic sound after a brief foray into a more commercially-oriented style.

Produced by the legendary Vic Maile (known for his work with Motörhead, Guns N' Roses, and Hawkwind), the album was recorded at Jacksons Studio in Maple Cross, London. Maile's influence is evident in the album's powerful and gritty production, perfectly capturing the band's onstage intensity.

"Nightmare At Maple Cross" features the classic Girlschool lineup: Kim McAuliffe on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Denise Dufort on drums, Cris Bonacci on lead guitar, and Gil Weston-Jones on bass. This tight-knit unit delivers a collection of hard-driving anthems, showcasing their signature blend of melody and muscle.

The album opener, "Never Too Late," sets the tone with its pummeling riffs and soaring vocals. Tracks like "Back For More" and "Turn It Up" are pure adrenaline-fueled metal, while "Danger Sign" injects a dose of punk rock energy. Girlschool's playful side shines through on the glam-tinged cover of Mud's "Tiger Feet," showcasing their versatility without sacrificing their heaviness.

Music Genre:

Heavy Metal Hard Rock 

Album Production information:

The album: "Nightmare at Maple Cross" was produced by: Vic Maile

Vic Maile , born on 27 March 1943, was a highly respected British sound engineer and record producer who played a significant role in shaping the sound of rock and roll. With his remarkable talent and passion for music, Maile made a lasting impact on the industry, leaving behind a legacy that continues to resonate with fans and artists alike.


Maile's journey in music began during his formative years, where he developed a deep fascination with sound and its manipulation. As a teenager, he immersed himself in the world of electronics and sound engineering, constantly experimenting with audio equipment and exploring new ways to capture and enhance musical performances.

In the 1960s, Maile emerged as a sought-after sound engineer, working with numerous bands and artists in the thriving British music scene. His technical proficiency and ability to understand the intricacies of sound quickly earned him a reputation for excellence. Artists and producers recognized Maile as someone who could elevate their music to new heights through his expertise in the recording studio.

Throughout his career, Maile had the privilege of collaborating with a diverse range of bands and musicians, each with their unique styles and sonic signatures. Some of the notable names he worked with include:

1. Dr. Feelgood: Maile's partnership with Dr. Feelgood in the mid-1970s proved to be a pivotal moment in both his career and the band's success. He played a vital role in capturing the band's raw, high-energy pub rock sound, contributing to the creation of their influential debut album, "Down by the Jetty" (1975).

2. Motörhead: One of Maile's most iconic collaborations was with the legendary heavy metal band Motörhead. His production work on their seminal albums, such as "Overkill" (1979) and "Ace of Spades" (1980), helped define their distinctive and aggressive sound. Maile's ability to capture the band's raw intensity and sheer power in the studio cemented their status as one of the genre's most influential acts.

3. Girlschool: Maile's partnership with the all-female heavy metal band Girlschool yielded exceptional results. He worked closely with them on albums like "Hit and Run" (1981) and "Screaming Blue Murder" (1982), crafting a sound that balanced their fierce energy with melodic hooks. His production skills showcased the band's musical prowess and contributed to their rise in the male-dominated rock landscape.

4. The Quireboys: Maile collaborated with The Quireboys for their debut album, "A Bit of What You Fancy" (1990). With his guidance, the band achieved a blend of classic rock and roll swagger with a contemporary edge, resulting in a critically acclaimed record that earned them commercial success.

Vic Maile's talent as a sound engineer and record producer extended far beyond these notable collaborations. His contributions to the rock and roll genre are immeasurable, as he worked with a myriad of artists who trusted him to translate their artistic vision into captivating sonic experiences.

Recorded at Jacksons Studio, Maple Cross, London

Record Label Information:

GWR Records RR 9671
Packaging:  This album "Nightmare at Maple Cross" includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, complete lyrics of all songs by and photos. 

Media Format:

12" Vinyl Stereo Full-Length Long-Play  Gramophone Record
Album weight: 230 gram 

Year & Country:

1986 Made in Holland 
Band Members and Musicians on: Girlschool Nightmare at Maple Cross
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Kim McAuliffe - Vocals, guitar
  • Cris Bonacci - Lead guitar
  • Denise Dufort - Drums
  • Gil Weston Jones - Bass guitar
Track Listing of: "Nightmare at Maple Cross"

The Songs/tracks on "Nightmare at Maple Cross" are

    Side One:
  • All Day All Night
  • Play with Fire
  • Danger Sign
  • Never too Late
  • Tiger Feet
    Side Two:
  • Back for More
  • Let's Go Crazy
  • You Got Me ( Under Your Spell )
  • Let's Break Out
  • Turn it Up
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Index of GIRLSCHOOL Vinyl Album Discography and Album Cover Gallery
GIRLSCHOOL - Demolition 12" Vinyl LP
GIRLSCHOOL - Demolition  album front cover vinyl record

BRONZE 202 426   , 1980 , Germany

"Demolition" Girlschool's 1980 debut, crashed into the male-dominated NWOBHM scene, proving women could rock just as hard. This scorcher of an album mixed punk energy with metal riffs,

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GIRLSCHOOL - Hit and Run 12" Vinyl LP
GIRLSCHOOL - Hit and Run  album front cover vinyl record

BRONZE 203 556 , 1981 , Germany

"Girls just wanna rock! Dive into the NWOBHM era with Girlschool's 'Hit and Run' LP. This album packs a punch with anthemic tracks and commercial success, solidifying its status as a timeless classic in heavy metal lore."

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GIRLSCHOOL - Nightmare at Maple Cross 12" Vinyl LP
Girlschool - Nightmare at Maple Cross  album front cover vinyl record

GWR Records RR 9671 , 1986 , Holland

Girlschool's 1986 album "Nightmare At Maple Cross" marked a return to their heavy metal roots after a brief detour. Produced by the legendary Vic Maile, it features classic Girlschool with driving anthems & a glam-tinged Mud cover. This LP cemented their place in NWOBHM history.

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GIRLSCHOOL - Play Dirty 12" Vinyl LP
GIRLSCHOOL - Play Dirty  album front cover vinyl record

BRONZE 205 855   , 1983 , Germany

1983's Play Dirty saw Girlschool, pioneers of NWOBHM, turn up the heat. Produced by Slade's Noddy Holder & Jim Lea, the album is a fist-pumping collection of heavy anthems & scorching riffs, a must-listen for any metal fan.

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GIRLSCHOOL - Screaming Blue Murder 12" Vinyl LP
GIRLSCHOOL - Screaming Blue Murder  album front cover vinyl record

 Bronze 204 757  , 1982 , Germany

In 1982, Girlschool released "Screaming Blue Murder," a defining moment for the band with a new bassist and Nigel Gray's production. This album solidified their place in heavy metal history with fierce riffs and anthemic tracks, challenging gender stereotypes in the genre.

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