This album "SAMSON - Head On original 1980 NWOBHM GEM" includes the original custom illustrated inner sleeve with album details, complete lyrics of all songs by and artwork/photos

  Head On is the second album by British heavy metal band Samson. It was released in 1980. The cover art features the band's masked drummer, Thunderstick. This is the first album with future Iron Maiden-frontman Bruce Dickinson on vocal duties, The instrumental "Thunderburst" is credited as co-written by S. Harris. The track is in fact a version of "The Ides of March", the opening track on the Iron Maiden album "Killers" which was released the next year.


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Album Description: "Head On" is actually the second studio album by Samson, released in 1980 on Gem Records. The album features the classic heavy metal sound that the band was known for at the time, with driving riffs, powerful vocals, and impressive guitar work. Notable tracks on the album include "Hard Times," "Nice Girl," and "Take Me to Your Leader." "Head On" is also significant for featuring future Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, who had just joined the band at the time of the album's recording. His powerful vocals and stage presence helped elevate Samson's sound and helped set the stage for his future success with Iron Maiden.

Music Genre:

New Wave of British Heavy Metal NWOBHM 

Album Production Information:

The album: "SAMSON - Head On original 1980 NWOBHM GEM" was produced by: SamSon

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Paul "Chat" Watkins, Bob Broglia (

Bob Broglia is a renowned British sound engineer whose exceptional talent has made a significant impact on the heavy metal music scene during the 1980s. With his unmatched skills and meticulous approach to recording, he played a pivotal role in capturing the raw energy and power of numerous iconic bands, including Baron Rojo, Panzer, Samson, and White Spirit.


Born and raised in the music scene of London, England, Bob Broglia developed a deep passion for music and sound from a young age. Fascinated by the technical aspects of audio engineering, he honed his skills by experimenting with various recording techniques and equipment. His dedication and innate talent quickly earned him a reputation as one of the most sought-after sound engineers in the industry.

In the early 1980s, Broglia's career took a significant turn when he began working closely with heavy metal bands. Known for their aggressive guitar riffs, thunderous drumming, and powerful vocals, these bands required a sound engineer who could accurately capture their intense and energetic performances. Broglia proved to be the perfect fit for the job.

His collaboration with Baron Rojo, a Spanish heavy metal band known for their electrifying live shows and soaring guitar solos, resulted in critically acclaimed albums that showcased the band's true essence. Broglia's meticulous attention to detail and his ability to balance the various instruments allowed the band's sound to shine and resonate with audiences worldwide.

Panzer, another influential band of the era, relied on Broglia to capture their heavy and aggressive sound accurately. Working closely with the band members, he expertly recorded their blistering guitar riffs, thunderous basslines, and thundering drum beats. The albums produced during their collaboration showcased Panzer's intensity and further solidified Broglia's reputation as a sound engineer par excellence.

Samson, a British heavy metal band fronted by the legendary Bruce Dickinson before his Iron Maiden days, also benefited from Broglia's exceptional recording skills. He ensured that Dickinson's soaring vocals were captured flawlessly, creating a perfect balance with the band's dynamic instrumentation. The albums produced during their collaboration became iconic in the heavy metal genre, earning them a dedicated fan base.

White Spirit, a band that featured former Iron Maiden guitarist Janick Gers, also entrusted Broglia with their sonic vision. His expertise in capturing the intricacies of heavy metal music enabled White Spirit to deliver albums that were both powerful and refined, showcasing the band's musical prowess.

Throughout his career, Bob Broglia demonstrated an unwavering commitment to his craft and a deep understanding of heavy metal music. His collaborations with Baron Rojo, Panzer, Samson, and White Spirit played a crucial role in shaping the sound of heavy metal in the 1980s. His recordings captured the raw energy, aggression, and passion of these bands, leaving an indelible mark on the genre.

Bob Broglia's contributions to heavy metal sound engineering continue to be celebrated and revered to this day. His legacy as a talented and influential sound engineer lives on, serving as an inspiration for future generations of music producers and sound engineers alike.

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This album was recorded at: Kingsway Recorders, London

Album cover design: Hothouse

Album cover photography: Simon Fowler

Simon Fowler is a British photographer mainly known for photographing "Iron Maiden". For the album "Piece of Mind" he was called: Simon "Bullseye" Fowler.

Record Label Information:


Media Format:

12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year and Country:

1980 Made in England
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: SAMSON - Head On original 1980 NWOBHM GEM
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • "Bruce 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.

  • Paul Samson – guitar
  • Chris Aylmer – bass guitar
  • Thunderstick – drums
Complete Track-listing of the album "SAMSON - Head On original 1980 NWOBHM GEM"

The detailed tracklist of this record "SAMSON - Head On original 1980 NWOBHM GEM" is:

    Track-listing :
  1. "Hard Times" 4:42
  2. "Take It Like a Man" 4:09
  3. "Vice Versa" 4:44
  4. "Manwatcher" 3:37
  5. "Too Close to Rock" 3:36
  6. "Thunderburst" 2:06
  7. "Hammerhead" 3:40
  8. "Hunted" 3:00
  9. "Take Me to Your Leader" 3:49
  10. "Walking Out on You" 6:36
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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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