On August 2nd, Saxon will salute their 40th anniversary by releasing The Eagle Has Landed 40 (Live) through Militia Guard/Silver Lining Music, a cracking, crunching and wholly representative celebration of four decades as one of the U.K.’s leading heavy metal lights.

Entire musical genres have been born and died since Saxon released its self-titled debut in 1979, and through all the eras and all the trends, Saxon has continued to both entertain fans everywhere and prosper with albums and tours saturated in the band’s consistent trademark sound and quality. The Eagle Has Landed 40 (Live) celebrates all the classics from the group’s early years with the modern classics which have continued to define them as legends

Forty songs covering four decades, from State Of Grace to Machine Gun, from the blistering 20,000 FT to the thunderous Battering Ram, Saxon brings you on a victorious, boisterous journey through the human waves at Wacken, the stalwart supporters in Berlin, the mad dogs and Englishmen in London and other illustrious international cities via a selection of songs chosen by none other than Biff Byford himself. There are also tributes to their old friends and former colleagues Motörhead, with the supercharged They Played Rock’N’Roll and a cover of Ace Of Spades, featuring an appearance from the dearly departed Fast” Eddie Clarke. And to round off the MotörSaxon magic, there’s a roaring version of the classic 747 (Strangers in the Night) featuring Phil Campbell from Helsinki in 2015.

The final result is not simply a triple album of great music, but a stirring and gloriously loud odyssey through golden years of metal history guaranteed to bring the headbanger out of even the mellowest rocker in the room.

Saxon supporters can enjoy The Eagle Has Landed 40 (Live) in various formats: a triple-CD combo packed in a six-panel digipack with a 16-page booklet, digital download and streaming. The Eagle Has Landed 40 (Live) will also be available as a 12-inch lid-off boxset, containing 5 x 12″ 180-gram vinyl, The Eagle Has Landed 40 (Live) tour pass and slipmat and an exclusive 40-page book.

The pièce de résistance, however, is the 747 Signature Edition Boxset — limited to 747 copies — which also includes an exclusive 23-plectrum set featuring album artwork from all 22 Saxon studio albums and a limited-edition The Eagle Has Landed 40 (Live) plectrum. The 747 Signature Edition Boxset also comes with Biff Byford’s original hand-written lyric sheet of the 747 (Strangers In The Night) song, with each print being hand-numbered and autographed by the man himself.

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  • D.J.H on

    Brilliant band; should be selling 20,000 seat arenas and stadiums.

  • Rattlehead on

    Great NWOBHM band that, IMO, was deserving of more success. I hope to get the Signature Edition.

  • Doug on

    I saw these guys for the first time ever last year supporting Priest. They really impressed me.

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