Thursday, July 31, 2008

JAGUAR axe crazy 7" (1982)

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1.Axe Crazy
2.War Machine

Just look at this cover art... so minimal, yet so brutal and aggressive looking.
Jaguar were yet another of the amazing yet sorta obscure New Wave Of British Heavy Metal bands from back in the day. The band got their start in 1979 playing the pub circuit but They never really got big in the U.S.
I was always in love with the "power games" LP, but have a severe love for axe crazy, as it never made it on any of the bands LP's. I recall be sorta shocked a few years ago in hearing that Supposedly Jaguar were Neat records biggest selling ep. They did have a commercial feel to them, but also could bang out some fast ones. If you dig Axe crazy from this ep, you'll love the power games LP that came out the following year. War Machine was a song from their 1980 demo that they re did for the 7". Starts off melodic, with acoustic guitars, but kicks in pretty good. You can hear some early Di'anno Maiden in this one... I mean note for note.
Again, I collected some of these metal 7"s as a youngster in high school, but my mother tossed some out, I also tossed some out when I was going through my anti metal phase. Don't worry, it only lasted a year or two (when I discovered punk). At any rate its had me re buying the stuff for the last few years.
If you love the first two Maiden records, This Jaguar ep will not disappoint.

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14 comments:

  1. Exelente!!! Ese disco lo buscaba hace tiempo. Exelente blog, ojala sigan subiendo discos de ese calibre.

    gracias!

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  2. Podrian subir mas demos de los JAGUAR, es una de mis bandas favoritas!

    Sería un gran aporte si subieran los demos que estan antes del disco "Power Games".

    Gracias.

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  3. excellent piece of classic nwobhm stuff - timo

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  4. Hell yes! Back in the early 80's I had a Heavy Metal mix-tape with the Axe Crazy song on it. I liked it a lot, since it was pretty fast for that time, but when into the real raw and fast stuff later I re-recorded that tape. Some years ago I bought the Power Games LP, but unfortunately this song was not on it. Glad I found it here! Cheers, Richard UPS

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  5. Great 7"! This was one of the most important bands for me when I was a kid and the local record shop had a bunch of new NWOBHM records fyling in every friday. I'd rush down to the shop, from the village I lived in to the city, about 10-15 miles away, often on my bicycle, or a friend's moped. I remember so well when in one of these packages, this JAGUAR 7" was included and how everybody tried to grab it first, haha. I missed it, but was following the other guy home. He had a room full of records, an altar (no kidding!) with candles, lights and lametta on which his dearest records were sitting. That was a weird guy - later, he sold all his records for heroin and about 20 years ago, he committed suicide by jumping offf a bridge and crashing through the roof of a kindergarten. Heavy Metal!
    Best Jaguar song to me - Storm Child on the Heavy Metal Heroes comp.

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  6. amazing story! kindergarten suicide...

    been listening to the "power games" LP all week. So awesome.

    Nate

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  7. Does anybody have a clue about this 7"? I just got a copy of this, and was wondering about the pressing info and perhaps what this thing is worth these days. Can't really find anything online.
    Thanx.
    PS: Axe Crazy is definitely one of the best NWOBHM songs EVER!!

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  8. not worth all that much... I'd say it goes from $18-$35

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  9. Cheers my man...you are a true maniac. I can't decide between this or Mythra as the thing I'm most blown away by after hearing for the first time.

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  10. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


    Wilson

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  11. Wilson

    that's my last name...
    thanks for the comment, Its nice to just hear from people that they dig it. Hope you are discovering some new stuff.

    Nate

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  12. The cover is pretty cool, it is extremely simple as you mention but there is strength and power in it, looks like a Werewolf more than a Jaguar, but the idea remains. Pretty cool.

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  13. Excellent men thanks for sharing, I love this music.

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