Motörhead‘s legacy is unparalleled, and thanks to a collaboration with BMG the legendary heavy metal band’s catalog will be reinvigorated with a new — and massive — reissue campaign that was detailed on Wednesday and has a launch date of October 25.
The planned releases span the band’s entire career, from the 1970s up through the 1990s and beyond, with an initial emphasis on the 40th anniversary of the albums Overkill and Bomber.
Via the news release:
The releases feature previously unheard concerts from the ’79 tours, interviews and many unseen photos. Also, the ’79 campaign will see the release of the spectacular ultimate fan / collectors 1979 Box-Set.
1979 was the year Motörhead unleashed both the Overkill and Bomber albums. To celebrate the anniversary of these loud, rude, dirty and rambunctious bastards, here’s previously unseen live footage of them playing that wonderful dinner-time ditty, ‘Bomber’ in ’79. #Motorhead79
— Official Motörhead (@myMotorhead) July 24, 2019
The 1979 Box Set contains:
*Both the original Overkill and Bomber albums half-speed mastered and pressed on 180 gram vinyl created from the original master tapes
*Two double-live albums of previously unheard concert material from the ’79 tours
*A 40-page period-accurate ‘music magazine’ featuring unseen photos and fresh interviews regarding the era
* The Rest of ’79 Vinyl, featuring B-sides, outtakes and rare tracks
* ‘No Class’ 7” single with gatefold art
* The Bomber tour programme
* Overkill sheet music book
* ’79 badge set
* All encased in black biker jacket box
And some more about the extensive work and research that went into these releases:
By going through the band’s extensive private archives, to receiving the assistance of key people who were part of their ’79 circle of friends, crew, and accomplices – as well as consulting with super fans – all parties are immensely proud to show the level of detail and commitment which has gone into all three of the ’79 releases, and which will continue with future projects. It was always Lemmy’s demand to give the fans the very best possible in every respect, we believe we have achieved that with these reissues.
A further element of the ’79 box-set release is to offer Motörfans new, old and in-betweenish the full scope and context of how life was when these classics were being created. 1979 was a seismic year for many reasons, and both Overkill and Bomber were written, recorded and toured against a Great Britain dealing with strikes, Margaret Thatcher, football hooliganism plus Buggles and the Bee Gees!
Visit the official Motörhead site for more details!