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Saxon – The Solid Book Of Rock – Boxset Review

The complete latter-day Saxon package!

Forever Free (1992)

Track Listing: Forever Free / Hole In The Sky / Just Wanna Make Love To You / Get Down And Dirty / Iron Wheels
One Step Away / Can’t Stop Rockin’ / Nighthunter / Grind / Cloud Nine

Bonus Tracks: Princess Of The Night [live] / Forever Free [live]

Opening with a classic NWOBHM riff is never going to upset the hardcore fans and, on 1992’s Forever Free, riffs of a similar calibre just kept on coming!

Here’s where Saxon truly proved their mettle in a decade reeling from the arrival of grunge, death metal and the gradual demise of thrash. This was blue-collar music, purpose built to recapture the imaginations of those who first fell in love with Biff and the boys in the 80’s and Forever Free certainly retains its charms. Muscular, heavy and downright catchy throughout, this took the world by surprise in ’92 and has the ability to do the same today.

This is an undervalued early 90’s classic and it’s high time you rediscover it….you’ll be on cloud nine if you do! 8/10

Two live tracks make up the bonuses here and they’re fine; nothing more, nothing less. But, you don’t listen to Forever Free for these bonus tracks, you come for the METAL and that’s exactly what Saxon give you.

About Chris Jennings (1364 Articles)
I love Heavy Metal. Always have. Always will. As editor of Worship Metal - a site dedicated to being as positive about Metal and its myriad of sub-genres as possible - my aim is to 'worship' Metal through honest reviews, current news and a wide variety of features; offering the same exposure to underground bands as we do to mainstream/well known acts. Our mantra; the bands are partners and we exist to serve the bands \m/

4 Comments on Saxon – The Solid Book Of Rock – Boxset Review

  1. Ordered mine, and can’t wait for it to arrive. The only disc I already have from the boxset is Inner Sanctum. That album goes to show how great heavy metal music can be overlooked.

    • Chris Jennings // August 22, 2017 at 4:02 pm // Reply

      You won’t regret it Glen, it’s an outstanding set. Saxon have been ridiculously consistent over the years and this boxset proves how some of the finest metal of the past 2 decades has been overlooked!

  2. Jimmy A Gates // August 23, 2017 at 7:24 am // Reply

    Fully agree with this review. An outstanding set from a very very consistent band. ESSENTIAL

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