Wheels of Steel

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Wheels of Steel
Studio album by Saxon
Released 5 May 1980
Recorded Ramport Studios, London, February 1980
Genre Heavy metal, hard rock [1]
Length 38:56
Label Carrere
Producer Pete Hinton and Saxon
Saxon chronology
Saxon
(1979)
Wheels of Steel
(1980)
Strong Arm of the Law
(1980)
Singles from Wheels of Steel
  1. "Wheels of Steel / Stand Up and Be Counted"
    Released: March 1980
  2. "747 (Strangers in the Night) / See the Light Shining"
    Released: June 1980
  3. "Suzie Hold On / Judgement Day (live)"
    Released: September 1980

Wheels of Steel is the second studio album by the English heavy metal band Saxon. It was released in 1980 and reached platinum status.

Song notes[edit]

"747 (Strangers in the Night)" is about a power cut that forced planes in New York to remain in ascent in 1965 with the power outage provoking a Scandinavian flight to detour to Kennedy airport in the dark.[2][3]

The title track is featured in the video games Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City (Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned and Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony) and Brütal Legend. It has also been covered by L.A. Guns on their album Rips the Covers Off.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[4]
Martin Popoff 8/10 stars[5]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[6]
Ultimate-Guitar.com (7.3/10)[7]

The album received very positive reviews by critics and is today regarded as being a classic metal album helping to define the genre. Canadian reviewer Martin Popoff regards Wheels of Steel as a "qualified classic" and "one of really two or three of (NWOBHM) building blocks"; it is "a record on a mission, willing to take responsibility as spokesvinyl for legions of English punters with a thirst for regular metal guys".[5]

The album eventually went on to achieve Platinum status in the UK. [8]

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. "Motorcycle Man"   3:56
2. "Stand Up and Be Counted"   3:09
3. "747 (Strangers in the Night)"   4:58
4. "Wheels of Steel"   5:58
Side two
No. Title Length
5. "Freeway Mad"   2:41
6. "See the Light Shining"   4:55
7. "Street Fighting Gang"   3:12
8. "Suzie Hold On"   4:34
9. "Machine Gun"   5:23
  • 2009 remaster bonus tracks 13-17 recorded live at Donington, 1980.

Personnel[edit]

Saxon
Production

References[edit]