On Parole On Parole On Parole


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Just six months after their first gig, Motorhead went into the Rockfield studios in Wales in December 1975 February 1976. At this time the band still consisted of the original line-up with Lemmy, Larry Wallis and Lucas Fox. They recorded an album and it was about to be released by United Artists, a deal they got because of Lemmys history with Hawkwind who also were signed to the label.

The songs they recorded were some of Lemmys compositions with Hawkwind (Motorhead, Lost Johnny, The Watcher) some of Larrys numbers (Vibrator, City Kids, On Parole, Fools), a cover (Leaving Here) and one original song never recorded by anyone before, Iron Horse/Born To Lose. But that song was not written by anyone in Motorhead though Phil has been credited. It was written by Tramp and Brown, one a roadie and the other a member of Hells Angels. In the middle of the recording sessions Lemmy was in London and needed to get back to the studio in Wales. A friend of his, Phil Taylor, had a car and Lemmy asked him for a lift to Wales. He also asked him to bring his drums. Phil did.

When they arrived to Rockfield Lucas drums were still set so Phil tried them out and Larry is supposed to have said: "What a horrible little cunt, hes perfect!" and that was the end for Lucas in Motorhead. Phil overdubbed all Lucas drums except for "Lost Johnny". He was supposed to do that track as well but instead he was caught by the police for being drunk and disorderly and when he was released the studio time had run out.

Producer for the album was Dave Edmunds, an old hero of Lemmy. He could however not finnish his work because of other obligations so instead Fritz Fryer took over and finnished the album. According to Mick Farren "the recordings...found Lemmy and Larry going hell for leather into an insomniac endurance contest". Dave Edmunds work can be heard on an Acetate with four songs that also were included as bonus tracks on a CD re-issue in 1997.

The record company did not like the album so they shelved it. One rumour says that they complained about the lack of bass and that it sounded like there were just guitars on the album. Lemmy and Phil were frequently down at the office trying to pursuade them to release the album but nothing happened. First in December 1979, after the success of Overkill and Bomber, UA decided it was time to release it and cash in.

The cover was in black and white with a live picture of Lemmy on the front and a picture of his face on the rear. In UK it reached no 65 in the charts. The catalogue number of the UK version was LBR 1004. In Europe the catalogue number usually included the number 183017. A few years later the album was re-issued by Fame and in some countries, among them in the UK, it got a completely different sleeve in colour. It still featured a live picture of Lemmy but it was a different picture. Most of these re-issues had a catalogue number including the number 1575421. In Canada a version with yet another sleeve emerged. This sleeve featured a picture of the original line up with Lemmy, Larry and Lucas. German and Dutch re-issues by Fame stuck with the original black and white sleeve but with a red Fame logo.


Tracklist

  1. Motorhead
  2. On Parole
  3. Vibrator
  4. Iron Horse/Born To Lose
  5. City Kids
  6. Fools
  7. The Watcher
  8. Leaving Here
  9. Lost Johnny
 

Related releases


Brazil pressing UK pressing German re-issue UK re-issue Dutch CD issue longbox CD, EMI, 1997
UK re-issue Holland Greece USA Argentina UK Canada LP

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Master Room white scotch tapes UK 1976 Acetate
UA LBR 1004 UK 1979-12-08
UA LBR 1004 UK 1979-12-08 Promo, promo stamp
UA LBR 1004 UK 1979-11? Test Pressing
Fame FA 3009 UK 1982-05 Re-issue
Fame FA 3009 UK 1982-05 Test Pressing, Re-issue
EMI FA 3251 UK 1990 Second Re-issue
Electrola 1A 054-83017 Ger 1979-12-08
Fame 1C 038 1575421 Ger 1982 Re-issue
Fame 1C 038 1575421 Ger 1982 Test pressing
EMI 6038 Ger ? Second re-issue?
Liberty 038-79 2067 1 Ger 1986 Third re-issue?
Liberty 1A 054-83017 Holl 1979-12-08
Fame 1C 038 1575421 Holl 1982 Re-issue
Pathe Marconi 1830171 Fra 1984 The sleeve is in two versions?
Pathe Marconi 1830171 Fra 1984 Test pressing
Fame 1575421 Fra 1982 Re-issue
Liberty 062 1830171 Gre 1982?
MFP 046-183017 1 Spa 1983
Liberty 056-183017 1 Spa 1985
EMI 4 1830171 Italy 1979-12-08
Liberty LN 66125 Can 1981
EMI LN 10340 USA 1982
Liberty MID 18 Aus 1979?
Liberty MID 18 NZ 1979?
Liberty MID 18 NZ 1979? Promo
EMI/Liberty 064 183017-1 Bra 1989 serie luxo
EMI/Liberty 064 183017-1 Bra 1989 Promo, serie luxo
EMI/Liberty 064 183017-1 Bra 1979? serie standard
EMI/Liberty 31C 040 83017 Bra 1979? serie standard
EMI/Liberty 31C 040 83017 Bra 1979? Promo, serie standard
EMI/Liberty 1C 038 1575421 Arg 1982?
EMI/Liberty 1C 038 1575421 Arg 1982? Promo
EMI/Liberty SLEM 1169 Mex 1983
EMI SLEM 1169 Mex 1983 Master tape
Back on Black BOBV166LP UK 2009-09 2 LP, white vinyl
Back on Black BOBV166LP UK 2009-09 2 LP, Test pressing
Back on Black BOBV166LP UK 2011 2 LP, red/clear vinyl

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EMI CD-FA 3251 UK 1990-10
Cleopatra CD LL 57666 Can 1991-12-16 Cloth bag, black and/or purple
Cleopatra CD LL 57666 USA 1991-12-16 long box (just first edition?)
EMI 7243 8 54794 2 7 UK 1997-02-03 Re-issue, Remastered w bonus tracks
EMI 7243 8 54794 2 7 EU 1997-02-03 Re-issue, Remastered w bonus tracks
EMI 7243 8 54794 2 7 Italy 1997 Re-issue, Remastered w bonus tracks
EMI 7243 8 54794 2 7 Aus 1997 Re-issue, Remastered w bonus tracks
EMI 7242 8 54794 2 7 Arg 1997 Re-issue, Remastered w bonus tracks
Disky SI 901611 Holl 2004-02-26 Third re-issue, remastered w bonus tracks
Disky SI 904675 Holl 2007-03-15 Fourth re-issue, remastered w bonus tracks
Agat Company LTD ? Rus 2001? Pirate w Motorhead + Louie Louie single


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