"Head Tactics" is a collaborative album by Samson, a British heavy metal band, and Bruce Dickinson, the lead vocalist of Iron Maiden. The LP was originally released in 1986 and features ten tracks of hard-hitting heavy metal music.

One of the most notable aspects of "Head Tactics" is Dickinson's contribution to the album. His vocals add a powerful and dynamic element to the already impressive instrumentation, and his presence elevates the album to a new level of intensity and excitement.


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Album Production Information:


This album " Head Tactics" includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, complete lyrics of all songs by "Samson" and photos of the Samson band.

Music Genre:

British Prog Hard Rock

Album Production Information:

The album: " Head Tactics" was produced by: Samson
Recorded at Kingsway Recorders London, April/May 1980.
Sound/recording engineer: Chas Watkins

Label Information:

Capitol Records ST-13467

Media Format:

12" Vinyl Stereo Full-Length Long-Play  Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+LP) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

1986 Made in USA

Band Members and Musicians on: Samson featuring Bruce Dickinson Head Tactics

    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Bruce Dickinson - Vocals

      Bruce Dickinson (real-name: Paul Bruce Dickinson) an English singer, songwriter, and musician, best known as the lead vocalist for the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. He was born on 7 August 1958, in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England. He first rose to prominence as the lead singer of Iron Maiden in 1981, and was with the band for over a decade, contributing to many of their most popular and critically acclaimed albums, including "The Number of the Beast," "Powerslave," and "Fear of the Dark."

     In addition to his work with Iron Maiden, Dickinson has also pursued a successful solo career, releasing several critically acclaimed albums and performing in a variety of styles, including heavy metal, hard rock, and classical music. He has been praised for his powerful and distinctive voice, as well as his versatility as a singer, songwriter, and performer.

     Some of the other bands he has performed in are: Samson from 1977 to 1981, Speed late 1970s, Shots in the Dark early 1980, and solo recordings.

     Aside from his musical career, Dickinson is also known for his entrepreneurial ventures and his interests in a variety of other pursuits. He is a licensed pilot, and has flown a number of historic aircraft, including the Spitfire, a World War II fighter plane. He is also an author and public speaker, and has been involved in various humanitarian and environmental causes over the years.

     Overall, Bruce Dickinson is widely regarded as one of the most influential and talented musicians of his generation, and his impact on the world of heavy metal music will continue to be felt for many years to come. Here is a summary of his career.

  • Paul Samson - Guitars,
  • Chris Aylmer - Bass
  • Thunderstick - Drums

Track Listing of: " Head Tactics"

The Songs/tracks on " Head Tactics" are

    Side One:
  1. Vice Versa
  2. Earth Mother
  3. Losing my Grip
  4. Take it Like a Man
  5. Once Bitten
    Side Two:
  1. Go to Hell
  2. Hard Times
  3. Nice Girl
  4. Too Close to Rock
  5. Walking out on You

Album cover photos of : Samson featuring Bruce Dickinson Head Tactics

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Photo of the album back cover with four photos of the "Samson" band-members.

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Ccustom inner sleeve with a collage of photo's showing the SAMSON band performing live 

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Close-up Photo of the "Capitol Records" Record Label 

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Samson: A Powerful Presence in the NWOBHM Scene - A Look at Their Impactful Vinyl Discography

SAMSON Band Description:

Samson is a British heavy metal band that rose to prominence in the late 1970s and early 1980s as a part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) movement. The band is known for their energetic and hard-hitting sound, which is characterized by fast-paced guitar riffs and thunderous drumming.

Samson was formed in 1977 by guitarist and songwriter Paul Samson, who had previously played with the band Scrapyard. The original lineup also included vocalist Bruce Bruce (later known as Bruce Dickinson), drummer Barry Graham (Thunderstick), and bassist Chris Aylmer. The band quickly gained a following on the London club circuit and signed a record deal with the independent label Gem Records.

In 1979, Samson released their debut album, "Survivors," which featured the single "Vice Versa." The album was well-received by fans and critics alike and helped establish Samson as one of the leading bands in the NWOBHM movement. The band followed up with the albums "Head On" (1980) and "Shock Tactics" (1981), both of which further solidified their reputation as a force to be reckoned with in the heavy metal scene.

One of the most notable aspects of Samson's sound was the powerful vocals of Bruce Dickinson, who would later go on to achieve worldwide fame as the lead singer of Iron Maiden. Dickinson's high-pitched screams and dramatic stage presence added a new dimension to Samson's music and helped them stand out from other bands in the genre.

Despite their success, Samson experienced several lineup changes over the years, with Paul Samson being the only constant member. In 1984, Dickinson left the band to join Iron Maiden, and was replaced by Nicky Moore. The band continued to release albums throughout the 1980s, including "Before the Storm" (1982), "Don't Get Mad, Get Even" (1984), and "Joint Forces" (1986), but their popularity began to wane as the heavy metal scene evolved.

In the late 1980s, Samson disbanded and Paul Samson went on to work as a producer and session musician. However, the band's influence continued to be felt in the heavy metal scene, with many younger bands citing Samson as an inspiration. In particular, their impact on Iron Maiden, who had taken over as one of the biggest bands in the genre, was clear, as Bruce Dickinson continued to perform several Samson songs in his live shows with Maiden.

In 1999, Samson reunited with Bruce Dickinson for a one-off concert in London, which was later released as the live album "Live at Reading '81." The band continued to perform sporadically over the years, with various members returning for live shows and recordings. In 2002, Paul Samson was diagnosed with cancer and passed away the following year, bringing an end to the band's original lineup.

Despite their relatively short period of prominence, Samson remains an important band in the history of heavy metal, particularly in the UK. Their combination of powerful vocals, driving guitar riffs, and high-energy stage shows helped pave the way for future generations of heavy metal bands, and their influence can still be heard in the music of many modern groups.  

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