"Anthology" is the second compilation album by the British Heavy metal band "Saxon" and was releasd in 1988 as a 12" double LP set. This web-page has hi-res photos of the album covers, record label and a detailed description.


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Album Description & Collectors information:


This double album "SAXON - Anthology 2LP NWOBHM" has a gatefold/foc cover.

Transcript of the Liner Notes

SAXON crashed onto the scene at the beginning of 'The New Wave of British Heavy Metal.' Releasing their first album 'Saxon' in 1979, containing shout it out lyrics and anthemic songs. The band soon attracted a lot of interest, by touring with well known heavy rock bands at the time including Motorhead and Nazereth. The second album 'Wheels of Steel' appeared in 1980, a cornucopia of loud, hard and fast, down to earth heavy metal, played at it's best. 'Strong Arm of the Law' also released in 1980 followed in the footsteps of the british metal scene andirthey began to sell out the country's major rock venues, never compromising to any outside pressure from the press or to their claim following of the genre) welcoming each subsequent release with open arms. Playing heavy metal like no other band, Saxon must be one of popular rock shores. So just put the album on the stereo, crank up the volume and be prepared for some heavy metal thunder.

Music Genre:

New Wave of British Heavy Metal
Album  Production information:

The album: "SAXON - Anthology 2LP NWOBHM" was produced by: Castle Communications and

Jeff Glixman - Producer, Sound Engineer

Jeff Glixman a music producer, sound engineer and mastering engineer who has managed the NWOBHM band "Black Sabbath" and during the 1980s Glixman has produced albums for Gary Moore, Kansas, Magnum, Saxon and Yngwie J. Malmsteen.

John Verity - Producer, Sound Engineer, Guitarist

John Verity from Bradford, West Yorkshire) is an English guitarist formerly with the band Argent from 1974 to 1976. During the 1980s he was responsible for the production and/or sound engineer of Heavy Metal albums. In particular for the bands Saxon and Tank.

Kevin Beamish - Producer, Sound Engineer

Kevin Beamish is an American music producer, sound engineer, during the 1980s he has produced and engineered several heavy metal albums for bands like: Leatherwolf and Saxon.

Nigel Thomas - Producer, Cover Design

Pete Hinton - Producer, Sound Engineer

  Pete Hinton is a British Music producer, during the 1980s he has produced records for bands like: Saxon , Demon , Deathwish, Coroner and many others.

Simon Hanhart - Producer, Sound Engineer

Will Reid-Dick - Sound Engineer, Producer

 Will Reid-Dick an English producer, engineer, mastering engineer and musician, during the 1980s responsible for some NWOBHM records from Motorhead , Saxon but also for German bands like Rage , Sinner and several others.

Will Reid-Dick English producer, engineer, mastering engineer and musician, during the 1980s responsible for some NWOBHM records from Motorhead, Saxon but also for German bands like Rage, Sinner and several others.

Andy Lydon - Sound Engineer

Bruce Barris - Sound Engineer, ProducBruce Barris (Sound Engineer, Producer) during the 1980s he has been producing and engineering music albums for the Heavy Metal bands like: Leatherwolf, Sanctuary, Saxon, Shok

Cheryl Bordagary - Sound Engineer

Les Horne - Sound Engineer

George Marino (1947-2012) - Mastering Engineer

George Marino (1947-2012)  Senior Mastering Engineer at Sterling Sound N.Y.C., he was probable the most experienced sound mastering engineer in the world and has mastered hundreds of discs in all music genres. Jump to a list that covers the Heavy Metal albums he has mastered during the 1980s

Record Label Information:

Raw Power RAWLP 038

Media Format:

Double 12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 480 gram  

Year & Country:

1988 Made in England
Track Listing of: "SAXON - Anthology 2LP NWOBHM"

The Songs/tracks on "SAXON - Anthology 2LP NWOBHM" are

    Side One:
  1. Rocking Again
  2. Rock and Roll Gipsy
  3. Stallions of the Highway
  4. Battle Cry
  5. Party Til You Puke
    Side Two:
  1. Back to the Wall
  2. Sixth Form Girls
  3. Heavy Metal Thunder
  4. Midnight Rider
  5. Out of Control
    Side Three:
  1. Power and the Glory
  2. Warrior
  3. Just Let Me Rock
  4. Rock City
  5. Machine Gun
    Side Four:
  1. Freeway Mad
  2. Wheels of Steel
  3. Midas Touch
  4. Suzie Hold On
  5. Still Fit to Boogie


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Saxon: Revving Up the New Wave of British Heavy Metal - A Discography

SAXON Band Information:

Saxon was a British heavy metal band that emerged in the late 1970s and went on to achieve considerable success during the 1980s. The band, which consisted of Biff Byford on vocals, Graham Oliver and Paul Quinn on guitar, Steve Dawson on bass, and Nigel Glockler on drums, was known for their high-energy performances, catchy hooks, and hard-driving riffs.

During the early 1980s, Saxon released a string of successful albums, including "Wheels of Steel" (1980), "Strong Arm of the Law" (1980), and "Denim and Leather" (1981). These albums established Saxon as one of the leading bands in the new wave of British heavy metal, alongside bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Def Leppard.

One of the defining characteristics of Saxon's music during this period was their use of twin guitar harmonies, a technique popularized by Thin Lizzy and used by many of the leading metal bands of the time. This technique was particularly prominent on songs like "Princess of the Night" and "And the Bands Played On," both of which became fan favorites and staples of the band's live shows.

Saxon's success during the 1980s was not limited to the UK. The band was also popular in the US, where they toured extensively and made a number of high-profile appearances on shows like "The Merv Griffin Show" and "American Bandstand." Their popularity in the US was helped by the fact that they had a sound that was more accessible than some of their contemporaries, with a heavy emphasis on melody and catchy hooks.

Despite their success, Saxon was not without their share of controversies during the 1980s. One of the most notable of these was their decision to play a show in apartheid-era South Africa in 1981, which led to widespread criticism and accusations of racism. The band defended their decision, stating that they did not support apartheid and that their primary motivation was to play for their fans in the country. However, the controversy led to a boycott of the band in some countries, and they were banned from performing in New Zealand and Australia for several years.

There have been several controversies surrounding the English rock band Saxon throughout their career. Here are a few notable ones:

"Denim and Leather" controversy: In 1981, Saxon released their album "Denim and Leather" which paid tribute to their fans and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal scene. However, the album cover featured a photo of two young boys wearing denim and leather jackets, which some critics and fans felt was inappropriate and exploitative. The band defended the cover, saying it was meant to symbolize the next generation of metal fans.

"Crusader" controversy: In 1984, Saxon released their album "Crusader" which had a title track that was accused of promoting Christian crusades and religious intolerance. The band denied these allegations and said the song was meant to be about standing up for one's beliefs.

Nigel Glockler's firing: In 1987, Saxon fired their drummer Nigel Glockler due to creative differences. This caused a rift in the band and led to several lineup changes over the years.

Graham Oliver's departure: In 1995, Saxon parted ways with guitarist Graham Oliver, who sued the band over trademark infringement for continuing to use the Saxon name without his consent. The lawsuit was settled out of court, and Oliver went on to form his own version of Saxon.

"Solid Ball of Rock" artwork: In 1991, Saxon released their album "Solid Ball of Rock" which featured artwork that was accused of being sexist and objectifying women. The band defended the artwork, saying it was meant to be tongue-in-cheek and not to be taken seriously.

In addition to their controversies, Saxon also faced some internal tensions during the 1980s. One of the most significant of these was the departure of guitarist Graham Oliver in 1995, which was followed by a period of declining commercial success and changes in the band's lineup. However, Saxon remained a popular live act and continued to release new music throughout the 1990s and 2000s.