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Motorhead - 1983 Another Perfect Day



ARTIST: Motorhead
ALBUM: Another Perfect Day
LABEL: Bronze
SERIAL: BRON-546
YEAR: 1983
CD REISSUE: 1991, Castle Classics, CLACD 225 * 2006, Sanctuary, 06076-86417-2

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Lemmy - bass, vocals * Brian Robertson - guitars * Phil Taylor - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Back At The Funny Farm * 02 Shine * 03 Dancing On Your Grave * 04 Rock It * 05 One Track Mind * 06 Another Perfect Day * 07 Marching Off To War * 08 I Got Mine * 09 Tales Of Glory * 10 Die You Bastard

WEBLINKS: imotorhead.com


Background
The popular conception of this album for many years was not favourable. When 'Fast' Eddie Clark quit in disgust after the collaboration with Girlschool following the patchy 'Ironfist', Lemmy hastily recruited ex Thin Lizzy axe slinger Brian Robertson who brought a more melodic approach to Motorhead's wall of noise. Allegedly anyway. I often wonder if the critics of this album have ever actually listened to it. It's still outlandishly heavy and with more melody admittedly in the guitar work which exceeds most of the classic era of 77-82. In fact I'd go as far to say this is the definitive Motorhead album and one which would turn out to be Robertson's only effort with the legendary rockers.


The Songs
There are an abundance of highlights here and not a bad track to be found. Robertson's work is brilliant and tracks like 'I Got Mine' have a melody in the riffs that wasn't previously there. This track in particular demonstrates the perfect combination of the bands usual heaviness with a more streamlined melodic edge. Stalwart fans would have found favour with the sped up likes of 'Tales Of Glory' or 'Rock It', which threaten to veer out of control musically, with Lemmy and the boys on a real tear. 'Shine' would have graced any previous Motorhead album and the addictiveness of the main riff on this track makes for repeated listening. The remainder of the album is full throttle, 'Marching Off To War', 'Die You Bastard', 'Back At The Funny Farm' and 'One Track Mind' all in keeping with the heaviest Motorhead traditions.


In Summary
This is the most consistent album of the bands career. Many point to 'Ace Of Spades', but that doesn't touch the class displayed here. Why this was so controversial I cannot understand. Was it Robertson wearing pink shorts on stage? Granted he didn't endear himself to Motorhead's dedicated followers, but what he bought to the bands sound is unlike anything they have done before or since. Having heard their latest effort 'Motorizer' the band still sounds as you would expect them to in 2008, minus all the above attributes that make 'Another Perfect Day' highly recommended.


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#1 | sabace on March 29 2009 14:59:07
along with overkill and ace of spades a motorhead classic
 
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