Metal Explosion

Metal Explosion from the Friday Rock Show was released Nov 1980 (Recorded 31 Oct 1979)
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Type Cat No. Label Country
12″ REH 397 BBC Records UK

Track List
Title Writers
01. Johnny Cool Praying Mantis 6′ 05″

Name Instrument
Tino Troy Guitar, Vocals
Chris Troy Bass, Vocals
Pete Moore Guitar, Vocals
Chris Hudson Drums

Interview Links
What Source

Additional Information
Studios Engineering
•BBC Maida Vale Studio •Dave Dade
Mixer/Producer Artwork
•Tony Wilson •Unknown
General Notes
Johnny Cool is one of 8 tracks taken from Various BBC sessions for the Tommy Vance’s Friday night rock show.

The full track list is:
A1 Samson – Take It Like a Man
A2 Praying Mantis – Johnny Cool
A3 Trespass – Visionary
A4 Taurus – Paper Chaser
B1 More – Soldier
B2 Money – Leo the Jester
B3 Gillan – If You Believe Me
B4 Angel Witch – Extermination Day

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I have been a Praying Mantis fan since I first heard "Captured City" on Metal for Muthas. Time Tells No Lies has always been on of my favourite albums and I was overjoyed when I first discovered it was out on CD. I didn't know what had happened after the first album until in about 1994 I discovered "A Cry For The New World". I was worried about getting it as I thought it had to be a disappointment but I was wrong. I loved it and have followed the band and maintained this website ever since.

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One comment on “Metal Explosion
  1. Kim Bjerg says:

    Review: This LP is, without doubt, the best compilaton from glory days of NWOBHM. There is no weak tracks here!

    Side 1 opens with SAMSON playing TAKE IT LIKE A MAN. This version is much stronger than the one issued on their HEAD ON album.

    Track 2 is the wonderful JOHNNY COOL from PRAYING MANTIS! I miss this one on their TIME TELLS NO LIES album. Great guitars – great vocals!!

    Track 3 is the wonderful band from Suffolk, TRESPASS playing their best track ever: VISIONARY. This one is also the best version of this song ever released!

    Track 4 is PAPER CHASER from a band called TAURUS. I have never heard any other recordings from this group, but it is one of the many highlights on this LP.

    SIDE 2 opens with MORE playing their thunderous SOLDIER tune! Great song…

    Track 2 is a band called MONEY. The song LEO the JESTER is probably the weakest on this compilation, but I like it very much indeed! This tells what a strong album this LP is!

    Track 3 is the mighty GILLAN with the most wonderful version of their bluesy IF YOU BELIEVE ME. Never heard IAN sing better than on this song! 7-8 minutes of sheer power!!

    The album closes with the much underated band: ANGEL WITCH! I don`t really like their albums, but this song, EXTERMINATION DAY and also the BAPHOMET tune from the METAL FOR MUTHAS album is great tunes!

    If you ever comes close to this LP: BUY IT IMMEDIATELY!!

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