Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Accept - Agora Ballroom, Cleveland 27.03.1984

The finest of treats for lovers of 80's metal - the mighty Accept live at the Agora Ballroom in Cleveland back in 1984!
This recording was made right after the release of Accept’s fifth album, Balls to the Wall - seven years after vocalist Udo Dirkschneider formed his powerful German metal band in Cologne. Though the group had become a festival/arena headlining act in Europe, they were virtually unknown in the U.S., and this was their first American tour. Balls to the Wall was also their debut album in America, and was backed heavily by the SONY-owned imprint, Portrait Records.
The group had come under the supervising eye of Judas Priest, who used them first as an opening act in the U.K., and later to help conquer deeper parts of Europe. Accept, while never having a massive commercial breakthrough in the U.S., did garner raves from most of the metal writers of the day, and even came to be called “the best metal import from Germany since the Scorpions” by Kerrang! Magazine.
While singing, Dirkschneider’s accent does sound a little heavy, but the band itself certainly knows how to rock with brutal, simple riffs. Six of the ten tracks featured here, including London Leatherboys, Turn Me On, Fight it Back and Losers & Winners, are from the aforementioned, sexually charged Balls to the Wall record. The remaining tracks are from a combination of their earlier four discs.

Tracklist: 1. Fast As a Shark, 2. Losers & Winners, 3. Turn Me On, 4. London Leatherboys, 5. Balls to the Wall, 6. Head Over Heels, 7. Flash Rockin' Man, 8. Princess of the Dawn, 9. Guitar Solo, 10. Neon Nights, 11. Fight It Back.

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