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SABRE- Miracle Man, b/w On the Loose 7″ (Neat Records, UK, 1983)

sabre_front1sabre_back1It’s been a longer break from posting good bad music than I expected. The little discussion Pär, WTT and I had yesterday about the best NWOBHM LPs inspired this new post: The great, although criminally overlooked SABRE. Apart from this great 7″ and demo tape, that has yet to be surfaced by fellow bloggers, the band only had the song “Cry to the Wind” on the elusive “60 Minutes Plus” Cassette comp. from Neat Records (oh yes, that’d be a nice posting too, but unfortunately, I once traded away my copy and haven’t been able to find me a new one since. Anybody?).

Weird why SABRE to this day remain to be one of the most obscure bands from the Neat roster. The two songs here have it all: Powerful, highly memorable riffing, heavyness – and a weak singer, okay, I’d agree on that. I can hear how he wants to sound, but he just doesn’t have the voice for that. But let that not distract you from this. If you’re into PERSIAN RISK, early TYGERS OF PAN-TANG, IRON MAIDEN or JAGUAR (and dozens more), this might appeal to you. Couldn’t say which of the two songs I liked better, Miracle Man or On the Loose. Hmm, for tonight, I’d say it’s On the Loose.

Miracle Man.mp3
On the Loose.mp3

26 Comments

  1. Ryan

    There is also this compilation: http://www.metal-archives.com/release.php?id=86649

    Has a few songs that never made any releases.

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    Posted on 07-Jan-09 at 16:37 | Permalink
  2. Ha, that totally escaped me. Thanks, Ryan!

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    Posted on 07-Jan-09 at 16:52 | Permalink
  3. Ryan

    It can still be bought, too. After sampling these tracks I added the comp to my wishlist at a certain online store I like. Good stuff.

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    Posted on 07-Jan-09 at 19:05 | Permalink
  4. I’ve got “60 Minutes Plus” somewhere. I’ll see if I can dig it up. I remember liking “Cry to the Wind”.

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    Posted on 07-Jan-09 at 20:03 | Permalink
  5. What's the Truth?

    I see what you mean about the vocalist, but he does have the melody even if he doesn’t have the power. It is one of those uncommon 7″s like the one from Blitzkrieg where I really enjoy both songs. I think my first impression is that I like Miracle Man just a little better. Thanks as usual for another great post.

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    Posted on 07-Jan-09 at 23:40 | Permalink
  6. Markus

    On the loose is such a great song and the only one I heard before. Though I followed the NWOBHM from Germany since the early 80s I never saw this 7″ before. Really weird. Another great post from the best blog in the net.

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    Posted on 08-Jan-09 at 00:13 | Permalink
  7. No way Savage is the best of all NWOBHM LPs! First two songs are good, but it’s downhill from there. In my book, the very best LPs include Satan, Angel Witch, Holocaust, Jaguar, Diamond Head… Witchfinder General too.

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    Posted on 08-Jan-09 at 06:56 | Permalink
  8. No no no no Luc, the SAVAGE LP works as a whole. Just as SATAN, ANGEL WITCH, DIAMOND HEAD or early MAIDEN. You must acknowledge to the greatness of SAVAGE. You MUST!!!!!

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    Posted on 08-Jan-09 at 07:03 | Permalink
  9. N(&F&6r3tj89czf

    personally i like my nwobhm best with memorable melodies and a still clear 70s vibe. so if for example trespass had managed to compile an album out of their early material that would be a serious contender to best album, i think… similarly would be an album from praying mantis, had they managed to spread the magic of “captured city” (metal for muthas version) over an lp (which in my book they didn’t at all with “time tells no lies”)…
    honorable mention should go to voltz “knight’s fall”, great melancholic-cheesy hard rock, which sometimes suffers a little from unfocused songwriting but an incredibly passionate singer makes more than up for it…
    of course despite being all-too-obvious choices the di’anno maiden albums shouldn’t be left out of consideration, “killers” for “murders in the rue mourge” alone, a track that just has it all… same goes for the “white album”/”lighting to the nations”…

    generally it’s really hard to pin down “one to rule them all”, since the nwobhm came in so many colours and forms, signifying more a time period and “approach” instead of a defining “style”… so one raunchy, beery day it could be “filth hounds of hades”, another more glammy and purple one the white spirit debut while the next the bumble-bees in ur ass might only be becalmed by the over-the-top hyperactivity of raven, after which you’d probably need some witchfinder general to get you down to “earth” (wow, get it?) again…one band could never replace the other, it all depends on mood… blah!

    btw the damascus ep you posted some time ago immediately turned to one of my favourites,too! i’m always happy to find some new nwobhm/traditional/obscure heavy metal stuff on your site, but nothing could have prepared my for the downright prayerful athmosphere one is plunged into right from the start by the wonderful a capella intro, followed by what has to be one of the catchiest and most beautiful (popmetal-) tracks EVER! but the whole thing is totally flawless, particularly due to the incredible voice and song writing/pop sensibility. really happy to have found an affordable copy on ebay recently… when you wrote in the accompanying article that you’re looking for a good sounding copy of the 84 demo, did that mean you already possess a shitty one? cuz im dying to hear it, no matter the sound quality, consider this a heartful request…

    oh and thanks for sharing your music/insights, as you should
    know by now, it’s highly appreciated… up the dings etc…!

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    Posted on 08-Jan-09 at 11:22 | Permalink
  10. Thanks for this, the mother of all comments (Steiffen?)! Of course I totally agre with almost everything you wrote. And yeah, that DAMASCUS 12er is a monster, innit. How much did you pay? Same press as mine? And no – I don’t have any demo material, but I will start asking around for it. There is an old friend of mine who might have it since she has almost every tape you could possibly think of. Stay tuned!

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    Posted on 08-Jan-09 at 11:59 | Permalink
  11. What's the Truth?

    Great long comment, and I agree. I will nominate the first Pagan Altar LP as another contender in the Sabbath-based category.

    On the subject on NWOBHM, for anyone who isn’t aware, Iron Maiden recently dug up, remastered (though the result still sounds very raw and a bit muffled,) and released the full recording of the show from the Maiden Japan EP. I got the mp3s, and I think it’s great. Almost every song from the first two LPs is played, and with amazing intensity. The versions of songs like Murders in the Rue Morgue, Genghis Khan, Purgatory and Strange World are fantastic, and the faster songs are played at the fastest I’ve ever heard them, but are still tight. I recommend this to all who like early Maiden.

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    Posted on 08-Jan-09 at 12:44 | Permalink
  12. Must plead ignorance on the whole breakdown of the NWOBHM thing, but as someone else mentioned on the last post, if Motorhead is in this category then there you have it. If not, I could go for that early Maiden, but Erich, to be honest with you Sabre was pretty weak. Is it the weak singing you spoke of, or do you just have to be in the right mood for that. Or could it be my untrained ears? Regardless, it made me want to play Pinocle on the computer. What do you think of the band Fist? 🙂

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    Posted on 08-Jan-09 at 15:30 | Permalink
  13. Oh yeah, does Venom count? If so the vocals alone make them over the top.

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    Posted on 08-Jan-09 at 15:33 | Permalink
  14. @ WTT: Never heard of the Maiden Japan re-release. Got a link?

    @ Justin: FIST? Yeah!! Venom? YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Posted on 08-Jan-09 at 16:13 | Permalink
  15. Antman

    http://nwobhmblog.blogspot.com/2008/11/various-60-minutes-plus-heavy-metal.html

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    Posted on 08-Jan-09 at 20:14 | Permalink
  16. Jun

    Best nwobhm album has to be Diamond Head or Tank filth hounds of hades. sabre was alright, i wouldnt turn it off but i probably wouldnt put it on that often.

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    Posted on 09-Jan-09 at 00:45 | Permalink
  17. Miracle Man is top notch – straight ahead rockin and great production.
    The Best? Girlschool. The first two Girlschool albums – more drive and certainly more hits than the Motorhead of the time.
    Then Whitchfinder General.

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    Posted on 09-Jan-09 at 08:26 | Permalink
  18. Javi

    Since the top MWOBHM albums discussion has been moved to this post, I’ll carry on with my particular stance on the matter (and the Holocaust- the British band, not the infamous mass murder, for Satan’s sake!- defense that it entails, ha!).
    Yeah, I’ll agree with Erich that a song like “HM Mania” might be too camp to be a real, enduring classic (I like it, though), that’s why songs like “Death or Glory”, “Come on Back” or “Only as young as You Feel” are the ones that got me hooked in the first place: for me, that’s the sound of a bunch of enthusiastic guys making music in their garage, viewing themselves as misfits because they’re into Heavy Metal and the rest of the world not, because they’re clueless poseurs. Who cares then about lyrical transcendence when you have such youthful energy? That street-smart lack of pretentiousness is what I’ve always liked most about NWOBHM (as well as about early Punk Rock and Hardcore Punk): good bad music for (and made by) absolutely uncool people
    I’ll back up as well the names of Venom (“Welcome to Hell” Lp), Tank, early Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Blitzkrieg (that 7″ you posted is the ABSOLUTE SHIT!) or Diamond Head for the same reason. Listen a landmark album like “Kill’em All” and you’ll know that it couldn’t happen with all those- underachieving, by comparison- outfits.
    Witchfinder General rule ass, too.

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    Posted on 09-Jan-09 at 09:40 | Permalink
  19. Javi

    I meant WITHOUT all those outfits…

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    Posted on 09-Jan-09 at 09:50 | Permalink
  20. Wonderful, I love these xl-comments, guys. That’s most motivating for me, really, to keep this blog going although I’m lacking passion a bit these days.

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    Posted on 09-Jan-09 at 09:53 | Permalink
  21. Blitzkrieg is so overrated, only the Blitzkrieg song itself is something to have and Metallica does that one better than the original. As I said in my first comment on best album, nothing ever kicked Angelwitch, that one is so good it´s unbeliveble. I´m greatful that I got to see them preform at Wacken a few years ago. One of those come backs that were good.
    Some here has mentiopned Jaguar and I must say that they are a band that I always forgets, the Powergames LP is so great!

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    Posted on 09-Jan-09 at 11:42 | Permalink
  22. and speaking of early 80s metal. I hope that all of you have seen this:
    http://horriblenoise.blogspot.com/2009/01/brats-18th-january-1981-lp_03.html

    best upload so far this year and probably will be top five of 2009

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    Posted on 09-Jan-09 at 11:45 | Permalink
  23. Jay Thurston

    How about some Def Leppard, Loverboy and Toto!!! Do they rank as some of the top “metal” groups? If not, I would say White Lion or Whitesanke as top metal bands of all time. Up the irons!!! 🙂

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    Posted on 09-Jan-09 at 14:21 | Permalink
  24. N(&F&6r3tj89czf

    oh yes! with your latest suggestion you hit the nail right on the head (with a sledgehammer, presumably)!… pretty much exactly the kind of stuff i was trying to describe in the beginning of my last comment…

    as much as i can enjoy all the good old clichés like falsetto screams, double bass, excessive chugga chugga powerchord riffing, tales about dungeons and dragons etc (none of which are to be found on “blood on their hands”) it is “margin metal” like this that retains my interest the most in the end of the day.
    e.g. just take the epic closer “garabandal”, it goes all kinda places, yet it still sounds completely effortless and muscular, no overblown, fat progkrampf…
    “…it’s so clear,
    it’s so new…”
    but the whole record is very diverse…
    blah… so yeah… to make it short: imho best nomination so far!

    (auf die “open your eyes” warte ich momentan noch, die ersteigerung glückte wirklich erst sehr “recently”. weiss nicht welche pressung hereinflattern wird, stand nicht in der beschreibung und war mir auch gleich. um die 50 flöckli (€), cover offenbar leicht mitgenommen… und nein, bin nicht der steiffe. den hatte ich zwar auch mal auf damascus aufmerksam gtemacht, zeigte sich jedoch eher unbeeindruckt wenn ich mich recht entsinne… armer tor ;P… wünsche in ureigenstem interesse natürlich viel erfolg beim anhaun der tape-dame : ) )

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    Posted on 10-Jan-09 at 07:28 | Permalink
  25. Like the production on this one. Punkish. Both tracks are totally ok with Miracle Man being the fave. Since I’m a powerpooper the vocals suits me fine.

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    Posted on 10-Jan-09 at 10:55 | Permalink
  26. Fiddlestixx

    Hey only listened to On the Loose so far, but it’s a great one. Thanks!

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    Posted on 21-Jan-09 at 17:07 | Permalink

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