Borrowed Time (Diamond Head album)

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Borrowed Time
Borrowed Time By Diamond Head.jpg
Cover art by Rodney Matthews
Studio album by
Released12 March 1982
RecordedPlayground Studios, London, 1981
GenreHeavy metal
ProducerMike Hedges and Diamond Head
Diamond Head chronology
Lightning to the Nations
Borrowed Time

Borrowed Time is the second studio album by Diamond Head. The album was recorded in 1981 and released in 1982, reaching Number 24 on the UK album chart.

In a 2008 interview, guitarist Brian Tatler announced that this was his favourite period with Diamond Head and that the band "seemed to be getting somewhere after six years of building".[1]

Album information[edit]

This was the band's first major label released after being signed to MCA Records in 1981. As this was their first album under a major label, the album was much cleaner and better produced. However, some now say that MCA were the wrong label for Diamond Head, which is one of the contributions to their downfall.[2] Some have also questioned the necessity for "Am I Evil?" and "Lightning to the Nations" to be included on the album,[3] since they had already appeared on the band's debut album, Lightning to the Nations. Although the reason for this was that their first album was only meant as a demo with the idea of Borrowed Time being their first official album. However, things have not quite worked out that way with the former becoming their most notable work to date.


This album saw the band move away from all-out heavy riffs and towards softer and more progressive songs, such as "In the Heat of the Night" and "Don't You Ever Leave Me", which was well received by fans, as the former has remained a regular in the live set list to this day. This album was only released on CD in Japan making it a highly collectible item. Although on 15 October 2008 it was released by Metal Mind Productions on CD format, with bonus tracks. However, this was limited to 2000 copies. The release contained B-sides, such as "Dead Reckoning", which were previously unavailable on CD. However, Geffen Records have now issued the album on general release.[4] The cover featured a lavish Rodney Matthews illustrated gatefold sleeve, based on the album's Elric of Melniboné theme, which was the most expensive sleeve commissioned by MCA at the time.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[3]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal10/10[5]

The album managed to get to No. 24 in the UK album charts, becoming the band's first and only album to chart. The band went on to perform a full scale UK arena tour, performing large venues such as London's Hammersmith Apollo.

The album failed to live up to prior expectations as the band's more commercial take to their music turned out to be a disappointment to critics.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Sean Harris and Brian Tatler.

Side one
1."In the Heat of the Night"4:57
2."To Heaven from Hell"6:14
3."Call Me"3:54
4."Lightning to the Nations"4:09
Side two
5."Borrowed Time"7:39
6."Don't You Ever Leave Me"7:56
7."Am I Evil?"7:21
2008 CD reissue bonus tracks
8."Trick or Treat" (from the Four Cuts EP)3:30
9."Dead Reckoning" (from the Four Cuts EP)3:31
10."Shoot Out the Lights" (from the Four Cuts EP)3:23
11."In the Heat of the Night" (from the In the Heat of the Night EP)3:20
12."Play It Loud (Live)" (from the In the Heat of the Night EP)6:12
13."Sweet and Innocent (Live)" (from the In the Heat of the Night EP)3:33
14."Interview with Sean Harris and Colin Kimberley by Tommy Vance" (from the In the Heat of the Night EP)13:38
The MCA Years bonus tracks
8."Borrowed Time" (BBC Radio 1 session)6:54
9."Don't You Ever Leave Me" (BBC Radio 1 session)5:46
10."Sweet and Innocent" (BBC Radio 1 session)3:29
11."Lightning to the Nations" (BBC Radio 1 session)4:19
12."Dead Reckoning"3:34
13."Trick or Treat"3:30
14."Shoot Out the Lights"3:22


Per the liner notes


  1. ^ "Brian Tatler Interview". Get Ready to Roll webzine. 16 January 2008. Retrieved 2016-11-16.
  2. ^ Classic Rock, Vol 115, pg 92
  3. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Diamond Head – Borrowed time review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2016-11-16.
  4. ^ "Borrowed Time & Canterbury CD re-releases". Diamond Head Official Website. Archived from the original on 14 January 2009. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  5. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. pp. 96–97. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5.