British heavy metal legends SAXON have produced a series of alternative takes on classic favourites under the album title, Unplugged And Strung Up, due out November 25th via UDR Music. Check out a 15-minute EPK (electronic press kit) below:
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 Byford 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 digipak 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.
"When heavy metal goes symphonic it can be disastrous," Saxon singer Biff Byford to BraveWords recently. "I think you need to add something to the song and not totally blitz it into CHOPIN or something. That's a mistake too many bands make - too much orchestra. But this one is sounding great. It's just a matter of adding an orchestra to a song to make it feel different."
Unplugged And Strung Up features the following tracklisting:
'Stallions Of The Highway' (remix)
'Crusader' (orchestral version)
'The Eagle Has Landed' (orchestral version)
'Red Star Falling' (orchestral version)
'Broken Heroes' (orchestral version)
'Call To Arms' (orchestral version)
'Forever Free' (re-recorded version)
'Just Let Me Rock' (re-recorded version)
'Frozen Rainbow' (acoustic version)
'Iron Wheels' (live acoustic version)
'Requiem' (acoustic version)
'Coming Home' (acoustic version)
Heavy Metal Thunder tracklisting:
'Heavy Metal Thunder'
'Strong Arm Of The Law'
'Power & The Glory'
'And The Bands Played On'
'Princess Of The Night'
'Wheels Of Steel'
'747 (Strangers In The Night)'
'Denim & Leather'
'Backs To The Wall'
The standard single CD of Unplugged And Strung Up will come in a jewel case, and a double-vinyl gatefold sleeve version of the release will also be available. The digipack will be a two-disc version of the release featuring the bonus disc Heavy Metal Thunder, and there will be a digital release of the same.