Deliver Us from Evil (Budgie album)

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Deliver Us from Evil
Studio album by Budgie
Released 23 October 1982
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 39:08
Label RCA
Producer Don Smith
Budgie chronology
Deliver Us from Evil
Life In San Antonio
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Deliver Us from Evil is Budgie's tenth album, released in October 1982 on RCA Records, and according to Burke Shelley its theme "attacks the power structures of East and West and the balance of terror",[2] in addition it also "refers to all kinds of evil, not just The Bomb and war, but the main theme calls for world peace".[2]

According to Steve Williams, "the concept of the album came about as an accident. We didn't write 'Bored With Russia'. Don (Smith) brought that over from America and that started the ball rolling. We played it a few times and it started the whole concept".[2] The song was written by noted producer Beau Hill, erroneously credited as Bo Hill, and demoed up with his late-1970s outfit Airborne. It was finally issued on the band's 2003 archives release The Dig.

Reception of the album was mixed, due to a more commercially oriented sound than previous releases. It has been described as either "a complete musical shipwreck" [3] or "a collection which not only sounds fantastic but bristles with great songs and exquisite often Who-like arrangements".[4] Their commercial appeal has been justified as a "conscious effort to broaden their horizons"[4] in order to attend "a market more attuned to melody than mere muscle".[4] The album release was followed with an UK tour from late October to December 1982.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Burke Shelley and John Thomas, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Bored with Russia" (Bo Hill[6]) 3:49
2. "Don't Cry" 3:19
3. "Truth Drug" 4:23
4. "Young Girl" (Mason, Grieves) 2:18
5. "Flowers in the Attic" 5:12
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "N.O.R.A.D. (Doomsday City)" 4:15
7. "Give Me the Truth" 4:11
8. "Alison" (Shelley) 3:26
9. "Finger on the Button" 3:59
10. "Hold On to Love" 4:16




Year Chart Position
1982 UK Albums Chart[7] 62


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Budgie: Deliver Us from Evil" at AllMusic. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Welch, Chris (26 August – 8 September 1982). "Eggcited! You bet were are says Budgie's Burke Shelley". Kerrang! (23). p. 18. 
  3. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Budgie: Deliver Us from Evil" at AllMusic. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  4. ^ a b c De Whalley, Chas (7–20 October 1982). "BUDGIE 'Deliver Us From Evil' (RCA LP6054)". Kerrang! (26). p. 15. 
  5. ^ Tour Dates. Kerrang!, n.26, 7-20 Oct 1982, p.11
  6. ^ "Beau Hill Discography". Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Deliver Us from Evil Chart Stats". Chart Retrieved 2012-01-11.