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Accept - 1979 Accept



ARTIST: Accept
ALBUM: Accept
LABEL: Brain
SERIAL: 0060.188
YEAR: 1979
CD REISSUE: 1995, Castle Music, CLACD 404 * 2000, SPV, 076-57252 CD

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Udo Dirkschneider - vocals * Wolf Hoffman - guitars * Jorg Fischer - guitars * Peter Baltes - bass * Stefan Kaufmann - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Lady Lou * 02 Tired Of Me * 03 Seawinds * 04 Take Him In My Heart * 05 Sounds Of War * 06 Free Me Now * 07 Glad To Be Alone * 08 That's Rock And Roll * 09 Hell Driver * 10 Street Fighter

WEBLINKS: www.acceptworldwide.com


Background
One of my first memories of leaving school and venturing out into the workforce was hooking up with a work colleague who was a collector of Kraut Rock. You name it, he had it, or bought it. Your typical German fare of the day.. Eloy, Jane, Amon Duul, Kraftwerk etc. When I had a look at his import catalogues from Germany, I saw a number of HM releases on the Brain label, so without a second thought, I bought the first two Accept albums that were on offer, this debut and their second LP from 1980 'I'm A Rebel'. Considering how Accept's career turned out, these two ended up being curios at best, but one can't escape the awesome cover of the debut album, a dashingly dressed lady with pre-requisite chainsaw. Bizarre cover to say the least, and on a par with the equally obtuse covers from our favourite record label artistes of the day - Hipgnosis. Back to the band, I was quite surprised to read that Accept had been in commission as far back as 1971. I'm not quite sure what they sounded like that far back in time, but I'm guessing it wouldn't be the mad-dash style heard on this 1979 effort that's for sure. Here we get to hear for the first-time the rabid vocals of Udo and the guitar firepower of Fischer and in particular Wolf Hoffman.


The Songs
The Accept sound on this album is steeped in that late 70's style. It's nowhere near the frantic metal that would be their calling card on future albums. The boys gallop in on a team of wild horses, with 'Lady Lou' and it's chugging guitar work setting the scene. For an opener, this one is very melodic, and I was quite impressed when I first heard it. Second up, 'Tired Of Me' is definite teutonic metal at its very infancy, it's followed by the grandiose sweeping 'Seawinds', using countrymen The Scorpions as a template. 'Take Him In My Heart' is played in rapid fire fashion, though the arrangement and lyrics are a bit awkward. 'Sounds Of War' is next, working forward on the back of a countdown clock. One has to remember that back in those days, Germany was a divided country, and war and politics were still prevailing topics of discussion. Accept weren't quite in the same league as French metallers Trust when it came to taking on the Establishment! We're back into fast paced metal with the headbanging friendly 'Free Me Now', so too the fast and frantic 'That's Rock N Roll', a favourite of mine for many years. Kaufmann smacks a few wood blocks on the intro to 'Street Fighter', which is as tight and fist-clenched as the song-title.


In Summary
The album hasn't been given plaudits by Accept fans over the following years. Some claiming it to be their worst, but the band (in their eyes) got better with subsequent releases. For me, 'Accept' has always been a charming period-piece, and it was their first album that I ever bought, so with that in mind, I have tracked their career from the outset, rather than being introduced to the band halfway through. However, with songs such as 'Lady Lou' and 'That's Rock N Roll', this album will always hold a special little place for me, even surrounded by future superior albums such as 'Restless And Wild' and 'Balls To The Wall'.


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#1 | dangerzone on October 18 2011 12:56:12
I've always enjoyed this album as well. It's a great debut, a good sign of things to come. I remember buying my CD of this at an UDO gig in Iowa back in 2000 in front of about 4 people. Great show, Udo played it as if there were thousands there.
#2 | gdazegod on October 18 2011 13:03:38
If you thought this cover was great, what is the innuendo behind the cover for 'Balls To The Wall'? Is it a German thing.. or is it too obvious.. lol!
#3 | Nick C on October 18 2011 15:29:07
I love this album and it's far from their worst, I bought it when it came out (as George did, been with them from the outset).....I know what you're thinking, not for the cover (although I can have a perv in private I suppose!), I was grabbing all sorts on import back then, if they had long hair and hadn't heard about them, I was at the counter funds permitting. I still have my vinyl on the Brain label. I kept with it and had my mate buy me I'm a Rebel (as I was in Canada when it was released) and blew everyone away at a local rock club taking in Breaker and asking them to play Starlight. I even saw them support Priest and thought 'this bands a rip off of someone' when they started off not realising it was them until Udo strolled on stage. I didn't even notice the t-shirts in the foyer (I grabbed one in between acts!).
But a bloody fantastic album - strangely enough I've never bought any of my Accept stuff on CD, it's all still on vinyl, although I stopped buying stuff after Russian Roulette which I wasn't keen on, and then Udo left and I never got back on the bus even when he returned. Maybe I should pick up some of the later releases as tracks I've heard have been pretty good.
#4 | Eric on October 20 2011 03:25:48
Neat story on your early Krautrockin' daze G! This and the second album are enough Accept for me, love the cover too...
#5 | tompa on July 22 2012 12:24:14
Whenever I want a mix on my iPod it's not unusual I throw in the likes of Helldriver (great speed and guitar sound) and Sounds Of War (incredible solo). Was there from the beginning - the album came out in Sweden in summer 1979 - and liked this album so much I had to check out I'm A Rebel too, the year after. Found that one so-so, with the exception of Save Us, China Lady and Do It, but the band was back on track with Breaker, whose first three songs, I thought at the time, was the best start to an album ever.
#6 | sabace on July 15 2016 20:30:28
under rated lp my fave is breaker!
 
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