First re-release of the fourth full-length album by the legendary British Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band.
Recorded by the original Motörhead line-up of Lemmy, Lucas Fox, and Larry Wallis, "On Parole" is famous as the debut album. In fact this album was recorded in September 1975, so technically this is the band's first album. It was supposed to be released in 1976, but the label refused to release it and it got shelved. The album was eventually released in 1979 to cash in on the band's success. Motörhead themselves have said that their 1977 self-titled album is their first official release. They have denied that "On Parole" was their debut album. Due to the record company's initial refusal to release this album, when a reconfigured Motörhead (featuring Eddie Clarke on guitar) were given studio time by Chiswick Records in 1977, they chose to re-record the album again in its entirety (only "Fools" and "Leaving Here" weren't re-recorded) leading to their self-titled release.
By 1978, Motörhead were arguably the biggest Heavy Metal band in the world. And "On Parole" didn't sound so distasteful any more. Countless reissues followed, and here is another one, released in 1997 as part of EMI's centenary celebrations.
No matter how well you think you know Motörhead, still it's nothing like you're expecting. The Motörhead that people know and love threatened to take on the world. The Motörhead here would simply have taken it over!
Remastered re-edition includes four bonus tracks.
EMI Records Ltd., 1979/1990/1997 (7243 8 54794 2 7). Made in UK. Pressed in Poland.
1. Motörhead 2:49
2. On Parole 5:37
3. Vibrator 2:52
4. Iron Horse / Born To Lose 5:14
5. City Kids 3:43
6. The Watcher 4:46
7. Leaving Here 2:53
8. Lost Johnny 3:30
9. Fools 5:35
10. On Parole (Alternate Take) 6:57
11. City Kids (Alternate Take) 3:47
12. Motörhead (Alternate Take) 2:48
13. Leaving Here (Alternate Take) 3:01
Total playing time: 53:32