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Subject: Saxon (band), Innocence Is No Excuse, Saxon discography, Graham Oliver, Waiting for the Night
Collection: 1986 Albums, Emi Records Albums, Saxon (Band) Albums
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Rock the Nations

Rock the Nations
Cover art by Paul R. Gregory
Studio album by Saxon
Released 13 October 1986
Recorded Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, Netherlands, 1986
Genre Heavy metal
Length 40:50
Label EMI
Producer Gary Lyons
Saxon chronology
Innocence Is No Excuse
Rock the Nations
Singles from Rock the Nations
  1. "Waiting for the Night / Chase the Fade"
    Released: August 1986
  2. "Rock the Nations / 747 / And the Bands Played On"
    Released: October 1986
  3. "Northern Lady / Everybody Up (live)"
    Released: January 1987

Rock the Nations is the eighth studio album by heavy metal band Saxon released in 1986 (see 1986 in music).


  • Album notes 1
  • Reception 2
  • Track listing 3
  • Personnel 4
  • Production 5
  • References 6

Album notes

The album is the first not to feature original bassist Steve Dawson, who had left the band earlier in 1986. For the recording of this album, vocalist Biff Byford recorded all the bass parts in Dawson's place. However, Paul Johnson joined the band as bassist before the album was released and is therefore credited in the liner notes. Elton John is featured on the songs "Party Til You Puke" and "Northern Lady".


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic [1]
Kerrang! [2]
Martin Popoff [3]

Rock The Nations received mixed reviews from critics. Eduardo Rivadavia of [1]

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Biff Byford, Paul Quinn, Graham Oliver and Nigel Glockler, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Rock the Nations"     4:40
2. "Battle Cry"     5:26
3. "Waiting for the Night"   Byford, Glockler 4:51
4. "We Came Here to Rock"     4:18
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "You Ain't No Angel"     5:28
6. "Running Hot"   Byford, Quinn, Oliver, Steve Dawson, Glockler 3:35
7. "Party 'til You Puke"     3:25
8. "Empty Promises"     4:09
9. "Northern Lady"     4:42




  1. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Saxon Rock the Nations".  
  2. ^ Dickson, Dave (2 October 1986). "Saxon 'Rock The Nations'".  
  3. ^  
  4. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Saxon Innocence is No Excuse".  
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