ACCEPT ““Balls To The Wall” 2CD Edition (1983)

1. Balls To The Wall
2. London Leatherboys
3. Fight It Back
4 . Head Over Heels
5. Losing More Than You’ve Ever Had
6. Love Child
7. Turn Me On
8. Losers and Winners
9. Guardian Of The Night
10. Winterdreams

Disc Two: STAYING A LIFE: Live in Japan 1985
1. Metal Heart
2. Breaker
3. Screaming For A Love Bite
4. Up To The Limit
5. Living For Tonight
6. Princess Of The Dawn
7. Guitar Solo Wolf
8. Restless And Wild
9. Son Of A Bitch
10. London Leatherboys
11. Love Child
12. Flash Rockin’ Man
13. Dogs On Leads
14. Fast As A Shark
15. Balls To The Wall

• Originally released at the end of 1983, “Balls To the Wall” is the fifth album by the influential German heavy metal band Accept.

• Taking much of their inspiration from the likes of fellow German hard rock the Scorpions, as well as a debt to UK metal legends Judas Priest, Accept were fronted by the inimitable Udo Dirkschneider on vocals, backed by lead guitar heroes Wolf Hoffmann and Herman Frank.

• Controversial at the time for its cover and some of the album’s themes, it was also their greatest commercial success, reaching number 75 in the US Billboard Hot 100. “Balls To The Wall” received gold status in the US, partly off the back of the heavy rotation the title track’s video received on MTV.

• The album is now backed by the bonus CD “Staying A Life”, a live album recorded at the Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan on 18th September 1985. As well as storming live versions of key tracks from “Balls To The Wall”, it features many Accept classics including ‘Breaker’, ‘Princess Of The Dawn’, ‘Restless And Wild’, ‘Son Of A Bitch’ and ‘Fast As A Shark’.

• An expanded booklet features new liner notes from Classic Rock and Metal Hammer’s Malcolm Dome, commissioned for this release.

ACCEPT “Metal Heart” + “Kaizoku-Ban” (1985)

Metal Heart (1985)
1. Metal Heart
2. Midnight Mover
3. Up To The Limit
4. Wrong Is Right
5. Screaming For A Love-Bite
6. Too High To Get It Right
7. Dogs On Leads
8. Teach Us To Survive
9. Living For Tonite
10. Bound To Fail

Bonus Tracks

Kaizoku-Ban (Live in Japan 1985)
11. Metal Heart
12. Screaming For A Love Bite
13. Up To The Limit
14. Head Over Heels
15. Love Child
16. Living For Tonite

• “Metal Heart”, Accept’s sixth studio album, was their second major label release after 1983’s “Balls to The Wall”. Their 1985 record found the legendary and highly influential German heavy metal band go in a slightly more US radio-friendly than their previous releases, particularly on the single ‘Midnight Mover’.

• This edition now includes the Japanese live mini-album “Kaizoku-Ban” in its entirety, recorded in Nagoya, Japan, on September 19, 2021 on the Japanese leg of the band’s Metal Heart world tour. “Kaizoku-Ban” features ‘Metal Heart’, ‘Screaming For A Love-Bite’ and ‘Up To The Limit’ from “Metal Heart” and ‘Head Over Heels’, ‘Love Child’ and ‘Living For Tonite’ from their previous long-player, “Balls to The Wall”.

• The album was their first to be produced by famed German producer Dieter Dirks, best known for his work with fellow Teutonic rockers, the Scorpions.

• This varied album strays into jazz territory on ‘Teach Us To Survive’ and even classical themes, with parts of Tchaikovsky’s ‘Slavonic March’ and Beethoven’s ‘Für Elise’ featured during the title track.

• The 16 page booklet features liner notes from Metal Hammer and Classic Rock’s Malcolm Dome based on a new interview with the band’s Wolf Hoffman.