Sacrifice


Notes

This was the first album Motorhead recorded for the German Steamhammer/SPV label, a deal they had got through their German promoter Rainer Hansel, the head of CBH Records. The album was recorded at the Cherokee studios in Hollywood during the autumn 1994, and was mixed at Aire LA Studios, Glendaleand. It was produced by Howard Benson but he had another job going at the same time with another label called Giant, which resulted in a much bigger responsibility for the engineer Ryan Dorn. It was released on the first of March 1995 in Europe (I have however seen flyers with the 27 March as release day).

Sacrifice was the last album for Wurzel with Motorhead and Lemmy tells in his autobiography, White Line Fever, that it was evident already during the recording that Wurzel was on his way out. He didnīt do much, he was just sitting with his guitar across his knees while the others were working and writing songs. Wurzel just did two solos, "Dogface Boy" and "Out of the Sun", and he had big problems to get them right. He quit the band a week and a half before they went out on tour in Europe. The first date of the tour was on 24th of April 1995.

"Sex And Death" was written in 10 minutes on the last day of rehearssal. For "Out Of The Sun" Lemmy and his guitar roadie added an extra piece of music when the others were not around so the lyrics would fit. On "Donīt Waste Your Time", they used a saxophone, played by Bill Bergman, and a piano, played by John Paroulo. Lemmy had written some of the lyrics for the title track before they went into the studio.

When the album was finished Motorhead still had no deal for release in the USA, but a few months later, when Wursel already had left the band, they got a deal with CMC. Sacrifice wasnīt therefore released in the USA until July and for the US edition Wurzel was therefore removed from the pictures, a decision made by their manager. The front cover with the skull with a dick instead of a tounge was also censored on the North American version.


Tracklist

  1. Sacrifice
  2. Sex And Death
  3. Over Your Shoulder
  4. War For War
  5. Order / Fade To Black
  6. Dog-Face Boy
  7. All Gone To Hell
  8. Make 'Em Blind
  9. Don't Waste Your Time
  10. In Another Time
  11. Out Of The Sun
 

Related releases

Sacrifice/Fade To Black, Promo CD single

LP, Ger Picture disc Japan, CD Mexico, CD Russia, CD CD w Overnight Sensation Canada, CD
Argentina, CD Germany, CD Germany, promo, CD USA, CD USA promo, CD

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Label

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Origin

Date

Notes

Steamhammer 008-76941 Ger 1995-03-01?
Steamhammer 008-76941 Ger 1995-02? Promo
? ? UK? 2009-02? Picture disc, Pirate
? ? UK? 2009-02? Picture disc, test pressing
? ? UK? 2009-02? Counterfeit/Pirate
? ? ? 2013? Pirate, coloured vinyl

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Label

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Origin

Date

Notes

Roadrunner 262.029 Arg 1995?
Toco 532 104-2 Bra 1995
CMC 7803 Can 1995
Toco 6013902079 Col 1995 Sonolux, Made at NA
Steamhammer SPV 085-76942 Ger 1995-03-01
Steamhammer SPV 085-76942 Ger 1995-02 Promo
Steamhammer SPV 085-76942 Ger 1995 Club edition
Teichiku TECX 25981 Jap 1995
Musart CDI 1575 Mex 1995
Toco RMG 07125 931.036-2 Rus 1995
Toco 931.036-2 Tur 1995 Yonca
CMC 7803 USA 1995-07-11 Two versions w dif back sleeves
CMC 7803 USA 1995 Promo
CMC 06076 86231-2 USA 1998-01-13 Re-issue
Soyuz 220-76942 Rus 2001
Agat Company ? Rus 2001 w Overnight Sensation


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