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I love NWOBHM but I never got into Saxon. I was listening to Wheels of Steel on youtube while waiting for something stupid at work and I instantly fell in love with this band.

They remind me of the Rods and Bon Scott somehow. Saxon is like the 70's band that out heavied and out grooved everyone (except Sabbath of course) but came out in the 80s. Their music has that late 70s biker feel to it.This album just hits the spot when I'm relaxing with friends.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CR61QlZKcM0&list=PLQW91GaylGw9iqMsqWSZx39w3JYLuhX4y&index=7

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjAFa77yHwM&list=PLQW91GaylGw9iqMsqWSZx39w3JYLuhX4y&index=9

I'm new to this band. What is the best Saxon album?

 

 

 

 

 

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They produced some great songs in the early 80s, be a toss up between Wheels of Steel & Strong Arm of the Law as to what is my favourite album by them.

 

Some of their mid to late 80s stuff, when they were trying to crack the US with a more commercial sound, is a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine, some cracking tunes, though a bit of dross as well, Party ‘Till You Puke, I’m thinking of you.

 

Their current material I just don’t find as memorable or catchy as what the produced in their hey day, probably a bit too heavy for me.

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This is one of NWOBHM leaders on a par with Iron Maiden. I adore "747 - Strangers In The Night". All 80s albums are gold fund of Heavy Metal. But they also succumbed to fashion in the end of 80s and released a AOR/Glam album called Destiny (1988). The same situation was with Judas Priest (Turbo), Iron Maiden (Somewhere In Time).

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I used to listen to Saxon when I was younger, but I don't have time for them now.  There is so much other stuff to listen to.  I was not aware until today that there are any Saxon tribute bands out there.  I just checked, and there are at least four.  However, I do not know of a single young band which ever covers their songs or cites them as an influence.

Also, has any member of the band ever had a signature guitar (or other instrument)?

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Saxon is my personal favorite out of all the early 80's nwobhm era bands. I prefer them over Priest and Maiden and anyone else from that nwobhm movement you care to name except for Motorhead. I'll take Motorhead over any other late 70's early 80's band bar none.

That said, the only Saxon albums you really absolutely need are Strong Arm of the Law, Wheels of Steel, Denim & Leather and I guess Power and the Glory. Crusader is alright but not essential. Thats it, the whole Saxon story in a nutshell.

 

 

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