Stu's weekly vinyl memories spot, this week...let's blether about the Polydor released Monsters of Rock compilation LP (1980), that gave a willing metal audience the recorded taster of the first ever Donnington bash way back in the summer of 1980.
Now before we begin let me just say I wasn't at this outing (my appearances began with the next year), but I did pick up this album upon its release and must say it wasn't too bad despite my allergy to a non-Dio fronted Rainbow, and particularly given that band's commerical leanings with horror of horrors, a hit single in All Night Long.
Disappointingly what the Monsters of Rock compilation album didn't have was a sample of the Judas Priest appearance...anybody know the reason for this?
Their record label not letting them play with the others probably, or the alleged crap sound system on the day?
Surprisingly, my favourite song on this album is not the really the excellent efforts by Rainbow, Scorps, Saxon et al, it is Touch and the fantastic AoR 'Don't You Know What Love Is?'
I went out with a girl in 1984 who oft demanded it soundtracked the houghmagandie, and she liked to dress up too! oh man, what a girl...those were the days!
The LP is also worth it for the excellent Riot and of course the legendary Saxon. Incidentally, Saxon's Donnington set can be heard via the rather tasty Saxon - Live at Donnington 1980 CD. It's why I love Metal!
I am unware of the compilation ever getting a CD release unfortunately.
Here is the full track line-up from the album release, although I could've sworn it was different on the album I originally bought but in my lethargy I can't be bothered seeking it out from the confines of the loft;
1. Rainbow - Stargazer
2. Scorpions - Loving You Sunday Morning
3. Scorpions - Another Piece Of Meat
4. Saxon - Backs To The Wall
5. Rainbow - All Night Long
6. April Wine - I Like To Rock
7. Touch - Don't Ya Know What Love Is?
8. Riot - Road Racin'
And just to give you a flavour of the Rainbow appearance 32 years ago - yes, 32...!?! bloody hell!
Thanks yet again to YouTube