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R.I.P. Michael “Wurzel” Burston (former Motorhead): 7/9/2011

Alas the Metal world has lost yest another brother in its music as just this past Saturday, former Motorhead guitarist Michael Burston who the world know most commonly as “Wurzel” has passed away.  He was 61 years old and reports are pointing that heart disease was the cause of his death. His nickname “Wurzel” came from his armed services days and in terms of his Motorhead tenure he was on the audition with guitarist Phil Campbell back in 1984 and joined the band with the other guitarist at the same time. The classic photo below was found on the Gun Shy Assassin blog as we didn’t have any of our own to use for this memorial posting.

Motorhead's "Wurzel"

Wurzel’s Motorhead Discography Spanned a little over ten years and he was loved by fans without question. One cannot argue with the fact that he was a solid and creative player who brought a lot of good to the band for many years. It’s interesting to note that after he left the lineup, the band opted to remain a three-piece unit and has never sought an additional guitarist. The compilations, studio and live efforts that feature his talents are listed below. PiercingMetal reviewed a few of them and our views about the whole crop of Motorhead releases can be viewed via THIS LINK.

No Remorse (1984)
Orgasmatron (1986)
Rock ‘n’ Roll (1987)
Nö Sleep at All (1988)
The Birthday Party (1990)
1916 (1991)
March ör Die (1992)
Bastards (1993)
Sacrifice (1995)

To learn more about “Wurzel” click his Wikipedia entry HERE. We send condolences to his former and current band mates, family and all his legions of fans. Thanks for the music Wurzel, your efforts shall not be forgotten and only missed.

“Rock ‘N Roll” (Deluxe Edition) by Motorhead

Artist: Motorhead
Title: “Rock ‘N Roll” (Deluxe Edition)
Label: Sanctuary Records
Release Date: 11/16/2010
Genre: Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
Rating: 4/5

In 2006, Sanctuary Records was celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the band Motorhead by re-issuing and remastering their back catalog. The double CD sets come with the original album in a sonically upgraded form and a second CD that is loaded with bonus and unreleased tracks. When these editions first came out in 2006 they featured a slipcase cardboard sleeve while a later re-issue found a massive double foldout packaging with a clear sleeve keeping it in place. In 2010 we again get a double CD in a single CD casing, and the branding of Deluxe Edition is a raised imprint on the actual case and not a sleeve. They each include booklets that offer up topical information on the release as well as photos that are relevant to the timing of the particular album. While I am not sure about the reasoning in doing a re-issue for the third time I will admit that it is nice to have such a sleek edition on the shelves. My views of the remaster remain the same and are presented for you below.
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“Orgasmatron” (Deluxe Edition) by Motorhead

Artist: Motorhead
Title: “Orgasmatron” (Deluxe Edition)
Label: Sanctuary Records
Release Date: 11/16/2010
Genre: Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
Rating: 4/5

In 2006, Sanctuary Records was celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the band Motorhead by re-issuing and remastering their back catalog. The double CD sets come with the original album in a sonically upgraded form and a second CD that is loaded with bonus and unreleased tracks. When these editions first came out in 2006 they featured a slipcase cardboard sleeve while a later re-issue found a massive double foldout packaging with a clear sleeve keeping it in place. In 2010 we again get a double CD in a single CD casing, and the branding of Deluxe Edition is a raised imprint on the actual case and not a sleeve. They each include booklets that offer up topical information on the release as well as photos that are relevant to the timing of the particular album. While I am not sure about the reasoning in doing a re-issue for the third time I will admit that it is nice to have such a sleek edition on the shelves. My views of the remaster remain the same and are presented for you below.
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“No Remorse” (Deluxe Edition) by Motorhead

Artist: Motorhead
Title: “No Remorse” (Deluxe Edition)
Label: Sanctuary Music
Release Date: 11/16/2010
Genre: Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
Rating: 5/5

I will admit it to you readers early that I was not one of the first of my friends to be into Motorhead and that even surprises me a little bit when I think about all the other bands that I liked around this time that were similar in some fashion. Granted I leaned more towards the Judas Priest, KISS and Van Halen stuff at this time while other friends were focusing on Savatage, Motorhead and Accept and since we always compared notes there was a healthy cross pollination of Metal interests being exchanged on a daily basis. “No Remorse” was actually my second Motorhead album and while it was a compilation release it was as a friend described it to be “the perfect primer of the bands work” and he was right. As soon as I bought my copy I would play it religiously and much to my parents chagrin. It was heavy, it was loud and it was relentless. It was just what Metal and Hard Rock were defined as being and the fans, if they were smart enough, were taking to it like gangbusters. “No Remorse” celebrates the bands earliest years and their tenure on the Bronze Records label. The original LP was a two record set and found some 24 tunes across its four sides. The CD that was released in 1992 on Roadracer Records (who the world now affectionately refers to as Roadrunner) omitted a couple of tunes on it to allow the fitting on a single CD. The Deluxe Edition returns us to a two disc motif and restores the omitted tunes, one of which was “Louie, Louie” which I would have been fine with never hearing again.
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“Live At Brixton ‘87” by Motorhead

Artist: Motorhead
Title: “Live At Brixton ‘87”
Label: Sanctuary Records
Release Date: 6/7/2005
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 3.5/5

Recorded in 1987, “Live At Brixton” is “yes another live Motorhead album”, and while it is one that can be a lot of fun to listen to; in the end it does not really stand up to its legendary predecessor “No Sleep Til’ Hammersmith” in my humble opinion. By 1987 there was a slight lineup shift and it was one that found drummer Pete Gill being replaced by original Motorhead skin basher Phil Taylor. It was nice to have another member of the bands “classic lineup” back in place and as expected he worked well with the guitar prowess of Phil Campbell and Wurzel. There is a very close similarity in terms of set list composition to the “No Sleep At All” live recording and that might put some people off who are seeking something a little bit more unique. However, on the same token if you are one of those tried and true Motorhead album collector’s this one might be perfect for your needs. In terms of band discography; the live show presented on this album was supporting their “Rock And Roll” album and as result there would be five numbers from this release performed.
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