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Unplugged and Strung Up on November 22nd, 2013

Unplugged And Strung Up

The British heavy metal legends produce a series of alternative takes on classic favorites to herald a worthy new entry to the Saxonian Institute of Metal.


There is always feral beauty in a raging beast...and with Unplugged and Strung Up, Saxon's selection of unique, fresh and adventurous interpretations of material previously heard only with raw heavy metal thunder, the point is triumphantly underscored.


Unplugged and Strung Up reveals layers and pieces previously dormant in many of the 14 classic Saxon songs chosen for this makeover, thanks to some ear-catching new arrangements and mixes. Recorded, mixed and mastered with Andy Sneap in Derbyshire, UK earlier this year, Biff and co re-evaluated, re-worked and re-energized the towering likes of "The Eagle Has Landed" and "Crusader" by introducing orchestral dynamics to offer added dimension. "Frozen Rainbow" from the band's 1979 debut, gets a stunning acoustic reprisal which transports it into a power ballad to be proud of, whilst "Red Star Falling" soars and sweeps the emotions with it's orchestrally-arranged dovetail.


As if this reinvention wasn't enough, Saxon superfans and collectors can purchase a digipack version of the release which will include 2002's storming set of full-volume, pedal-to-the-metal re-recorded hits Heavy Metal Thunder. Featuring staple Saxon stormers such as "Motorcycle Man", "Strong Arm of the Law" and "Dallas 1pm" it is a quintessential part of any collection.


The full-track listing for Unplugged and Strung Up is as follows:

01 Stallions Of The Highway (Remix)

02 Crusader (Orchestrated Version)

03 Battle Cry

04 The Eagle Has Landed (Orchestrated Version)

05 Red Star Falling (Orchestrated Version)

06 Broken Heroes (Orchestrated Version)

07 Call To Arms (Orchestrated Version)

08 Militia Guard

09 Forever Free (Re-recorded Version)

10 Just Let Me Rock (Re-recorded Version)

11 Frozen Rainbow (Acoustic Version)

12 Iron Wheels (Live Acoustic Version)

13 Requiem (Acoustic Version)

14 Coming Home (Acoustic Version)


The full track-listing for Heavy Metal Thunder is as follows:

01 Heavy Metal Thunder

02 Strong Arm Of The Law

03 Power & The Glory

04 And The Bands Played On

05 Crusader

06 Dallas 1PM

07 Princess Of The Night

08 Wheels Of Steel

09 747 (Strangers In The Night)

10 Motorcycle Man

11 Never Surrender

12 Denim & Leather

13 Backs To The Wall



- Limited Edition Digipack + Bonus Disc "Heavy Metal Thunder"

- CD Jewel Case

- Double Vinyl Gatefold LP

- Digital Download

- Exclusive D2C (Direct To Consumer) Package




#11 Pablo 2014-02-03 09:33
Hi everybody!
Unplugged & Strung Up is an extraordinary album!! I'd like to know where and when the live acoustic version of Iron Wheels was recorded. Thank you very much in advance!
#10 Renate 2013-11-27 15:24
Hi Boys,
Mine arrived on Monday and it´s a really good one.Well done!!
#9 Gavin B 2013-10-04 02:01
So up for the Seattle gig! I see you're doing an in store in Portland the night after Seattle. Checking right now to see if you're doing anyting in Seattle pre-gig!
Thanks for coming back to the West Coast!!
#8 RODOLFO 2013-10-04 01:40
congratulations to band

very good album
#7 kevin carter 2013-10-04 00:38
Looking forward to this release . Heard some of it live at sound check rock city notts. See you guys in Brixton . Great work
#6 kevin carter 2013-10-04 00:33
Looking forward to this release . Was lucky to hear some of this live @sound check nottingham rock city . Sounded awesome .great work guys getting better & better . See you in Brixton nibbs
#5 skierfe 2013-09-29 08:34
Well this is a great ten day early birthday present for me.
First this and than a few days after my birthday the concert with motörhead in D'dorf. This will be a great birthday.
#4 Michał B. 2013-09-28 10:03
Fantastic, great idea!I can not wait to this release!Polish orchestra is waiting for You!Greetings from Warsaw!:-)
#3 ian 2013-09-28 07:30
Getting this release
#2 ED 2013-09-28 04:27
this is a really nice release im looking foward to hearing even though i already have half the music here, my only complaint is WHY DID SAXON NOT PUT THAT i TUNES ONLY TRACK FROM THE SACRIFICE SESSIONS LUCK OF THE DRAW on this opus????? i refuse to download and i would love that song in psyical format, i will buy the deluxe edition and the 2 lp set, ive been doing this with saxon since 1981 now, ill never stop........... or surrender.........

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