Head On (Samson album)

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Head On
Studio album by Samson
Released June, 1980
Recorded Kingsway Recorders, London, April–May 1980
Genre Heavy metal
Length 39:47
Label Rock Hard
Producer Samson
Samson chronology
Survivors
(1979)
Head On
(1980)
Shock Tactics
(1981)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Head On is the second album by British heavy metal band Samson. It was released in 1980. The cover art features the band's masked drummer, Thunderstick. This is the first album with future Iron Maiden-frontman Bruce Dickinson on vocal duties, although some reissues of the debut do feature alternative bonus versions of songs, redone with Dickinson vocals.

The instrumental "Thunderburst" is credited as co-written by S. Harris. The track is in fact a version of "The Ides of March", the opening track on the Iron Maiden album "Killers" which was released the next year.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Dickinson, Samson, Aylmer, Thunderstick except "Thunderburst" by Dickinson, Samson, Aylmer, Thunderstick and Steve Harris

  1. "Hard Times" - 4:42
  2. "Take It Like a Man" - 4:09
  3. "Vice Versa" - 4:44
  4. "Manwatcher" - 3:37
  5. "Too Close to Rock" - 3:36
  6. "Thunderburst" - 2:06
  7. "Hammerhead" - 3:40
  8. "Hunted" - 3:00
  9. "Take Me to Your Leader" - 3:49
  10. "Walking Out on You" - 6:36

CD edition bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Angel with a Machine Gun" - 2:54
  2. "Kingsway Jam" - 9:51

Personnel[edit]

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