13 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This is the Motörhead debut album that never debuted. Shortly after getting fired from Hawkwind, Lemmy Kilmister assembled a most powerful power trio named after the song he contributed to his former space-rock cohorts. Armed with Larry Wallis on guitar and Lucas Fox on drums, Motörhead recorded these songs in 1975. But the label had never heard anything so raw as On Parole, so it shelved the record and dropped the band. This 1997 remaster reveals how ahead of the heavy metal curve Motörhead was. A reworking of its namesake tune kickstarts the album with the revving of a chopper engine that segues into a harder, faster, and more venomous version than Hawkwind ever knew. With Chuck Berry riffs blasting from behemoth amps, the subsequent title track marks the birth of punk ‘n’ roll before Larry Wallis takes the mic on the catchy “Vibrator.” He also imported “City Kids” from The Pink Fairies. Motörhead's cover of The Birds’ cover of Eddie Holland’s “Leaving Here” is a standout, as are the last four bonus tracks, produced by Dave Edmunds that same year.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This is the Motörhead debut album that never debuted. Shortly after getting fired from Hawkwind, Lemmy Kilmister assembled a most powerful power trio named after the song he contributed to his former space-rock cohorts. Armed with Larry Wallis on guitar and Lucas Fox on drums, Motörhead recorded these songs in 1975. But the label had never heard anything so raw as On Parole, so it shelved the record and dropped the band. This 1997 remaster reveals how ahead of the heavy metal curve Motörhead was. A reworking of its namesake tune kickstarts the album with the revving of a chopper engine that segues into a harder, faster, and more venomous version than Hawkwind ever knew. With Chuck Berry riffs blasting from behemoth amps, the subsequent title track marks the birth of punk ‘n’ roll before Larry Wallis takes the mic on the catchy “Vibrator.” He also imported “City Kids” from The Pink Fairies. Motörhead's cover of The Birds’ cover of Eddie Holland’s “Leaving Here” is a standout, as are the last four bonus tracks, produced by Dave Edmunds that same year.

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Ratings and Reviews

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6 Ratings

Reckia6 ,

A good but atypical start.

I have always considered this as the Motörhead album for people who don't like Motörhead. Not at all typical of many of the albums to come afterwards and released by United Artists only after Motörhead became big. Beats me what they didn't like about it the first time. The songs here are catchy, heavy and very rock'n'roll. A much cleaner sound than on most Motörhead albums. Lemmy hadn't quite mastered his sand paper on gravel vocal style yet, though he was getting there. My three favorite songs are On Parole, City Kids and The Watcher. I don't care for the version of Lost Johnny here...I thought the original Hawkwind version was much better and more spooky and sinister. Good album.

peanutbuttereateat ,

Why?

Where is inferno? Where is we are Motörhead? Where is snake bite love? We are missing albums.

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