Shock Tactics

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Shock Tactics
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Studio album by Samson
Released May 1981
Recorded 2-31 January 1981
Studio Battery Studios, London
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]
Martin Popoff 10/10 stars[2]

Shock Tactics is the third studio album by British heavy metal band Samson, released in 1981. It was 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 at the same time of Samson).[3]

Track listing[edit]

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

Side one
  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
Side two
  1. "Bright Lights" - 3:07
  2. "Once Bitten" - 4:36
  3. "Grime Crime" - 4:32
  4. "Communion" - 6:32

2001 re-issue bonus tracks[edit]

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




  • Tony Platt - producer, engineer
  • Graham Carmichael - assistant engineer


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. ^ Prato, Greg. "Samson - Shock Tactics review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (November 1, 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. 
  3. ^ "Interview With Bruce Dickinson - December 1983". Iron Maiden Bulgaria Fan Club. Retrieved 10 March 2013.