Crusader (Saxon album)

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Cover art by Paul R. Gregory
Studio album by Saxon
Released 16 April 1984
Recorded Sound City Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA, 1984
Genre Heavy metal
Length 39:10
Label Carrere
Producer Kevin Beamish
Saxon chronology
Power & the Glory
Innocence Is No Excuse
Singles from Crusader
  1. "Sailing to America / A Little Bit of What You Fancy"
    Released: January 1984
  2. "Do It All for You / Just Let Me Rock"
    Released: March 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]

Crusader is the sixth studio album by the heavy metal band Saxon released in 1984 (see 1984 in music). The album sold over 2 million copies.


Of the title of the album and the title track, bassist Steve Dawson has said that "In England, there's a paper called the Daily Express, and on the logo at the top of the paper, there's a crusader, and there was a car made by Ford called a Cortina Crusader. That's what started it off. We just liked the name "Crusader". We didn't have any connotations of what it meant as far as history goes, but we just liked the name "Crusader", so we just wrote the lyrics to fit the title, really."[2]


Eduardo Rivadavia of Allmusic gave Crusader a rating of three and a half out of five stars. He said that although by the time they released the album, "the band had obviously stopped leading the New Wave of British Heavy Metal with its aggressive, blue-collar biker anthems", the album "as a whole offers a slight improvement over the previous year's Power & the Glory from an overall songwriting perspective" and described the title track as "very unlike Saxon" but "stupendous heavy metal theater". However, he also said that the band "was perhaps taking itself too seriously" and criticised a number of tracks such as "Sailing to America" for being "tedious historical lecturing" and "Do It All For You" for being "overwrought balladry that sailed right over the heads of its intended female audience".[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Saxon, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Crusader Prelude"     1:05
2. "Crusader"     6:33
3. "A Little Bit of What You Fancy"     3:50
4. "Sailing to America"     5:03
5. "Set Me Free" (Sweet cover) Andy Scott 3:13
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Just Let Me Rock"     4:11
7. "Bad Boys (Like to Rock N' Roll)"     3:24
8. "Do It All for You"   Biff Byford, Paul Quinn, Graham Oliver, Steve Dawson, Kevin Beamish 4:42
9. "Rock City"   Byford, Quinn, Oliver, Dawson 3:16
10. "Run for Your Lives"     3:53