Shock Tactics

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Shock Tactics
Samson shock tactics.jpg
Studio album by Samson
Released May, 1981
Recorded Battery Studios, London, 1981
Genre Heavy metal
Length 39:46
Label RCA
Producer Tony Platt
Samson chronology
Head on
Shock Tactics
Before the Storm
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Shock Tactics is an album by British heavy metal band Samson. It was released in 1981 as the band's third studio album and singer Bruce Dickinson's last one with the band before joining Iron Maiden (who were coincidentally recording Killers, their last album with Paul Di'Anno, in the same studio).[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Dickinson, Samson, Aylmer, Thunderstick except "Riding with the Angels" by Russ Ballard.

  1. "Riding with the Angels" - 3:42
  2. "Earth Mother" - 4:40
  3. "Nice Girl" - 3:19
  4. "Blood Lust" - 6:00
  5. "Go to Hell" - 3:18
  6. "Bright Lights" - 3:07
  7. "Once Bitten" - 4:36
  8. "Grime Crime" - 4:32
  9. "Communion" - 6:32

2001 Re-Issue Bonus Tracks[edit]

  1. "Little Big Man"
  2. "Pyramid to the Stars"
  3. "Losing My Grip"



Shock Tactics has seen several CD re-issues over the years. The first came in 1989 courtesy of German company Repertoire, in 1991 via Grand Slamm in the U.S. and in 1992 through Jimco in Japan, followed by Bruce Dickinson's short-lived Air Raid label in 2000. The most recent re-issue on Castle/Sanctuary (2001) contains 3 bonus tracks, "Little Big Man", "Pyramid to the Stars" and "Losing My Grip", not included on the earlier editions.


  1. ^ Shock Tactics at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Interview With Bruce Dickinson - December 1983". Iron Maiden Bulgaria Fan Club. Retrieved 10 March 2013.