Strong Arm of the Law

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Strong Arm of the Law
Studio album by Saxon
Released 1 September 1980
Recorded Ramport Studios, London, between late May-August 1980
Genre Heavy metal
Length 37:05
Label Carrere
Producer Pete Hinton and Saxon
Saxon chronology
Wheels of Steel
(1980)
Strong Arm of the Law
(1980)
Denim and Leather
(1981)
Singles from Strong Arm of the Law
  1. "Strong Arm of the Law / Taking Your Chances"
    Released: February 1981

Strong Arm of The Law is the third studio album by the English heavy metal band Saxon released in 1980. It was released only four months after the classic Wheels of Steel and debuted on the UK chart at No. 11.

"Dallas 1 PM" was written about the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Martin Popoff 7/10 stars[3]

Eduardo Rivadavia of Allmusic gave the album a positive review, rating it four and a half out of five stars. He called it "equally timeless" to the band's previous album, Wheels of Steel and commented that "all the right ingredients pretty much fell into place for Saxon on this amazing record, and though it lacked as many clear-cut hits as its predecessor, Strong Arm of the Law‘s unmatched consistency from start to finish makes it the definitive Saxon album in the eyes of many fans and critics." He described the songs "To Hell and Back Again" and "Taking Your Chances" as "break-neck anthems" although regarded "Hungry Years" as "uniquely unimpressive".[1] Martin Popoff thinks that Strong Arm of the Law is a solid but unremarkable album, which betrays "Saxon's lack of ideas", while "finding a stripped, basic and enthusiastic delivery of metal".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Biff Byford, Paul Quinn, Graham Oliver, Steve Dawson and Pete Gill

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Heavy Metal Thunder"   4:20
2. "To Hell and Back Again"   4:44
3. "Strong Arm of the Law"   4:39
4. "Taking Your Chances"   4:19
Side two
No. Title Length
5. "20,000 Ft."   3:16
6. "Hungry Years"   5:18
7. "Sixth Form Girls"   4:19
8. "Dallas 1 PM"   6:29
  • 2009 remaster bonus tracks 9-12 recorded live at Studio B15, 25 April 1982.

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Production[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Saxon Strong Arm of the Law". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-06-17. 
  2. ^ g, manos (11 October 2013). "Review: CD Saxon - Strong Arm of the Law Album". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  3. ^ a b Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5.