Check Out Rare And Unseen Photos From MOTÖRHEAD's No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith Era

June 27, 2021, 3 months ago

Photos by Rick Saunders and Graham Mitchell

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Motörhead’s glorious live album ​No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith celebrates its 40th anniversary today (June 27th, 1981) and BraveWords has unearthed some rare and unseen photos from this classic era of the band featuring Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, "Fast" Eddie Clarke and Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor. Click below to view more!

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this UK number one album, it is being presented in new deluxe editions. There will be hardback book-packs in two CD and triple LP formats, featuring a new venue demolishing remaster of the original album, bonus tracks and the previously unreleased - in its entirety - concert from Newcastle City Hall, March 30, 1981, the story of the album and many previously unseen photos. Also, the album will be released as a four CD box set of all three concerts recorded for the album released here in their entirety for the very first time and primed to gleefully shatter what’s left of your grateful eardrums.

Upon that original June 27th ’81 release, Lemmy is quoted as saying of No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith after it crashed into number one in the UK charts, “I knew it’d be the live one that went best, because we’re really a live band. You can’t listen to a record and find out what we’re about. You’ve got to see us.” No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith was Motörhead’s first and only number one record in the UK and is still the most necessary live album of all time.

The No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith CD box set contains:

- The No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith album, remastered from the original master tapes, featuring extra bonus tracks and newly unearthed, previously unreleased sound check recordings.
- The three full recordings of the concerts that made up No Sleep, never before released in their entirety.
- The story of No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith told through previously unpublished and new interviews with the people that were on the road at the time.
- Never before seen photos and rare memorabilia.
- Double sided, A3 concert posters from 1981.
- Reproduction USA ’81 tour pass.
- Motörhead ‘England’ plectrum.
- 1981 European tour badge.
- Reproduction Newcastle City Hall ticket.
- Port Vale gig flyer post card.

Unboxing video:

Motörhead in 1981 was a band of extremes; a flammable mix of non-stop celebration over their rising success and punishing graft, underscored by an inter-band powder-keg dynamic. After recording Ace Of Spades, it had shot to number four in the UK; the killer breakthrough after Overkill and Bomber had done essential groundwork, late 1980s Ace Up Your Sleeve UK tour was a triumphant lap of honour that spilled into the recording of No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith. The album took its title from an inscription painted on one of the trucks, referencing the 32 gigs they were playing with only two days off. The track listing ended up featuring three tracks from Ace Of Spades, five from Overkill, Bomber’s title track and two from their self-titled debut.

Pre-orders and exclusive merch bundles here. Watch a new video for a previously unreleased, live version of “The Hammer” below.

CD Box Set tracklisting:

No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith

"Ace of Spades"
"Stay Clean"
"Metropolis"
"The Hammer"
"Iron Horse"
"No Class"
"Overkill"
"(We Are) The Roadcrew"
"Capricorn"
"Bomber"
"Motörhead"
"Over The Top"
"Train Kept A Rollin'"
"Stay Clean" (soundcheck)
"Limb From Limb" (soundcheck)
"Iron Horse" (Soundcheck)

Live At Newcastle City Hall 30/3/1981

"Ace Of Spades"
"Stay Clean"
"Over The Top"
"Metropolis"
"Shoot You In The Back"
"The Hammer"
"Jailbait"
"Leaving Here"
"Iron Horse"
"Fire Fire"
"Capricorn"
"Too Late Too Late"
"No Class"
("We Are) The Road Crew"
"Bite The Bullet"
"The Chase Is Better Than The Catch"
"Overkill"
"Bomber"
"Motörhead"

Live At Newcastle City Hall 29/3/1981

"Ace Of Spades"
"Stay Clean"
"Over The Top"
"Metropolis"
"Shoot You In The Back"
"The Hammer"
"Jailbait"
"Leaving Here"
"Fire Fire"
"Capricorn"
"Too Late Too Late"
"No Class"
"(We Are) The Road Crew"
"Bite The Bullet"
"The Chase Is Better Than The Catch"
"Overkill"
"Bomber"
"Motörhead"

Live At Leeds Queens Hall - 28/3/1981

"Ace Of Spades"
"Stay Clean"       
"Over The Top"  
"Metropolis"      
"Shoot You In The Back"
"The Hammer"   
"Jailbait"
"Leaving Here"  
"Fire Fire"          
"Capricorn"        
"Too Late Too Late"       
"No Class"         
"(We Are) The Road Crew"        
"Bite The Bullet"
"The Chase Is Better Than The Catch"     
"Overkill"          
"Bomber"
"Motörhead"

"The Hammer" (Live in Newcastle 1981) video:

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