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Nö Sleep at All

Nö Sleep at All
Live album by Motörhead
Released 15 October 1988
Recorded 2 July 1988
Hämeenlinna Giants of Rock Festival, Finland
Genre Heavy metal
Length 51:37 (Original) (1988)
53:43 (Reissue) (2001)
Label GWR (1988)
Essential (2001)
Producer Motörhead and Guy Bidmead
Motörhead chronology
Rock 'n' Roll
(1987)
Nö Sleep at All
(1988)
1916
(1991)
Singles from Nö Sleep at All
  1. "Ace of Spades (live)"
    Released: 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [1]
Robert Christgau A− [2]

Nö Sleep at All is the second official live album by the British band Motörhead, following 1981's No Sleep 'til Hammersmith. It was recorded on 2 July 1988 at a Giants of Rock Festival performance in Hämeenlinna, Finland.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Track listing 2
    • Original vinyl & cassette releases 2.1
    • Remastered CD release (Essential Records 2001 Reissue) 2.2
  • Credits 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

History

Motörhead and their record label GWR disagreed over the choice of a single from the album; the band wanted to release "Traitor", which had appeared on their most recent LP Rock 'n' Roll, while the label argued for the Motörhead classic "Ace of Spades". This led to a lawsuit and a parting of the ways. In the book Overkill: The Untold Story of Motörhead, author Joel McIver sums up the band's perilous situation:

For much of 1988 and 1989, the road continued to be Motörhead's home, simply because they had no other option. Although headbangers continued to flock to their shows and the band played with as much venom as ever, it was clear in retrospect that the record industry and Motörhead were never likely to see eye to eye. The last few years had been plagued with logistical difficulties, with the last remaining refuge the tour bus.

Guitarist Würzel is quoted in the insert of the re-mastered CD release, saying; "A lot of fans were saying that they want to hear this line-up on a live album. EVERYBODY seems to record at the Hammersmith Odeon don't they? Or the Fillmore East when that was going, or the Budokan and all those flash places. So we thought we'd do it in Finland". To promote the album, the band engaged in a tour of North America, opening for Slayer.[3]

Lemmy admits that the album was a mistake and failed sales-wise, but considers it to be "all right" and believes it was the mix that let them down,[3] explaining:

"We had Guy Bidmead mix it because we wanted to give him another try, mainly because he had been Vic Maile's boy and Vic was a great live mixer. After that, I think we finally figured out that Guy just wasn't Vic Maile. Don't get me wrong, though —after all I've said about Guy, it was only 'cause he was taking orders from us. He was too nice! Vic knew when to tell us to shut the fuck up!".[3]

EMI Greece pressed a 7" vinyl called "Live in Athens", featuring "Metropolis (Acropolis)", it was shrinkwrapped to the first 1,000 copies of the Nö Sleep at All album. The songs had been taped for the Greek Antenna Metal Show, for which Lemmy retitled "Metropolis" to suit the occasion.[4]

Track listing

Original vinyl & cassette releases

  1. "Doctor Rock" (Michael Burston, Phil Campbell, Pete Gill, Ian Kilmister) – 3:17
  2. "Traitor" (Burston, Campbell, Kilmister, Phil Taylor) – 2:40
  3. "Dogs" (Burston, Campbell, Kilmister, Taylor) – 3:24
  4. "Ace of Spades" (Eddie Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor) – 2:51
  5. "Eat the Rich" (Burston, Campbell, Kilmister, Taylor) – 4:34
  6. "Built for Speed" (Burston, Campbell, Pete Gill, Kilmister) – 4:56
  7. "Deaf Forever" (Burston, Campbell, Gill, Kilmister) – 4:02
  8. "Just 'Cos You Got the Power" (Burston, Campbell, Kilmister, Taylor) – 7:28
  9. "Killed by Death" (Burston, Campbell, Gill, Kilmister) – 5:58
  10. "Overkill" (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor) – 6:33

Remastered CD release (Essential Records 2001 Reissue)

  1. "Doctor Rock" (Burston, Campbell, Gill, Kilmister) – 3:17
  2. "Traitor" (Burston, Campbell, Kilmister, Taylor) – 2:40
  3. "Dogs" (Burston, Campbell, Kilmister, Taylor) – 3:24
  4. "Ace of Spades" (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor) – 2:51
  5. "Eat the Rich" (Burston, Campbell, Kilmister, Taylor) – 4:34
  6. "Built for Speed" (Burston, Campbell, Gill, Kilmister) – 4:56
  7. "Deaf Forever" (Burston, Campbell, Gill, Kilmister) – 4:02
  8. "Just 'Cos You Got the Power" (Burston, Campbell, Kilmister, Taylor) – 7:28
  9. "Killed by Death" (Burston, Campbell, Gill, Kilmister) – 5:58
  10. "Overkill" (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor) – 6:33
  11. "Stay Clean" (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor) – 2:37
  12. "Metropolis" (Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor) – 3:18

The first CD issue on GWR (GWR GWCD 31), which was contemporary to the LP and cassette releases, featured the 12 track setlist, with Stay Clean as track 2 and Metropolis as track 4: this was their correct order in the set. The second CD issue on Castle (CLACD 285) appeared with those 2 songs removed.

The remastered CD re-issues on Essential and Sanctuary (each a subsidiary of Castle Records) featured the 12 track setlist, claiming "Stay Clean" and "Metropolis" as bonus tracks (which they are not, given the original GWR release) and moving them to the end of the song selection.

Credits

  • Recorded in Finland at the Hämeenlinna "Giants of Rock Festival"
  • Produced by Motörhead and Guy Bidmead
  • Assisted by Richard Dowling and Steve Orchard
  • Mixed at PRT Studios, London, UK
  • Photography by Ray Palmer
  • Design by John F McGill

References

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau
  3. ^ a b c Kilmister, Ian and Garza, Janiss White Line Fever (2002) — Simon & Schuster p. 211. ISBN 0-684-85868-1.
  4. ^  

External links

  • Motörhead official website
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