Saxon – “The Eagle Has Landed 40 (Live)” Signature Edition Boxset / 5 LP Boxset / 3 CD (Silver Lining Music / Militia Guard)
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‘..Where were you in ’79 when the damn began to burst?..’. One of Britain’s heavy metal greats and NWOBHM legends in their own right, Saxon will celebrate their 40th anniversary through this monster 40 live track release, handpicked by Biff Byford himself and spanning the band’s career from 2007 to 2018!!! If you were indeed around back in those early days and ‘..queue(d) for your ticket through the ice and snow..’ you’d know what a special band Saxon are and indeed, they are very close to my own heart. Granted, there were a few wayside moments but true to their hearts, they have never strayed from the heavy metal path, hence their longevity. From London to Stockholm, Manchester to San Antonio, Helsinki to Sheffield and not forgetting acclaimed international festivals like Wacken Open Air and Bang You Head, Saxon have graced the stages of the world time and again in their 4 decades and it’s reflected in the 40 top notch recordings here. From ‘Demon Sweeney Todd’ (Berlin 2009) to ‘Sons Of Odin’ (Los Angeles 2018) this live package has it all including all the classics of course like ‘Power And The Glory’, ‘Denim And Leather’ and ‘Crusader’, and even more considering the special tracks with guests like the late Fast Eddie Clarke on ‘Ace Of Spades’ (London 2016), ‘747 – Strangers In The Night’ with Phil Campbell in Helsinki (2015) and ‘20,000 FT’ featuring Andy Sneap (San Antonio 2018) – so what more could you ask for!!! Available in a triple pack CD and 5 LP Boxset, undoubtedly the pièce de résistance is the “747 Signature Edition Boxset” – limited to 747 copies – which also includes an exclusive 23 plectrum set featuring album artwork from all 22 of Saxon’s studio albums and a limited edition “The Eagle Has Landed 40 (Live)” plectrum. The “747 Signature Edition Boxset” also comes with Biff Byford’s original hand-written lyric sheet of the “747 (Strangers In The Night)” song, with each print being hand numbered and autographed by the man himself. An incredible release befitting the acclaimed stature of this mighty band by all accounts!