Sheffield legends Saxon release a cover of The Beatles Paperback writer, the third single from their forthcoming covers album, Inspirations. The new album is out on the 19th of March. You can watch the new Lyric video for the new song here.
Biff explains how the Beatles were a big inspiration for him. “I saw The Beatles on TV for the first time in 1963,” enthuses Biff Byford. “It was a very inspirational moment for me to think maybe I could be in a band!”
The new album has been recorded at Brockfield Hall near York, UK, with a firm eye on the old school way using Marshall cabs, Marshall amps, real drums and produced by Biff Byford with Jacky Lehmann recording and mixing, Saxon approach the likes of Motörhead’s ‘Bomber’ (with added whistle!), Toto’s ‘Hold The Line’, Black Sabbath’s ‘Evil Woman’ and a raucous Deep Purple’s ‘Speed King’ with refreshingly warm, unfiltered, “vintage” sounding renditions.
Biff said “We wanted to do an album based on our influences, the songs and bands that inspired us to write what we did and still do.”
Biff does, takes on some new vocal challenges, which he duly smashes on the likes of Thin Lizzy’s ‘The Rocker’. The net result is that whether cranking up a heavyweight take on Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song’ or throwing down AC/DC’s ‘Problem Child’, Saxon does a supreme job of entertaining both themselves and their audience throughout Inspirations.
1 Paint It Black
2 Immigrant Song
3 Paperback Writer
4 Evil Woman
5 Stone Free
7 Speed King
8 The Rocker
9 Hold The Line
10 Problem Child
11 See My Friends
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