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DIAMOND HEAD - Lightning to the Nations - The White Album 2LP

Possibly the most famous – and almost certainly the most influential – record of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, Diamond Head’s ‘Lightning To The Nations’ or ‘White Album’ (as some of us referred to it at the time) was recorded and released with little fanfare in 1980, in a run limited to just 1,000 copies. The original plan was to hawk it around the majors, but with manager Reg Fellows being repeatedly told to shut the door on the way out the band decided to release it themselves, and from such small beginnings was born a legend. Although it hadn’t originally been intended as a commercial release the album was soon being reviewed, given airplay and sold as a proper Diamond Head product… The record stood head and shoulders above most of the independently-produced (and much of the major-label tat) vinyl being churned out by amateur-hour combos, with short punchy tracks such as ‘It’s Electric’ and ‘Sweet And Innocent’ sitting happily alongside lengthier, more convoluted numbers such as ‘Am I Evil?’ and ‘Sucking My Love’. The songs themselves have become the stuff of folklore. Metallica’s patronage – covering four of the album’s seven tracks – has certainly helped, but a great song is a great song however you slice it, and there’s not one duff track on ‘Lightning To The Nations’

High Roller Records, double black vinyl, ltd 450 / double white vinyl, ltd 400, gatefold cover, A4 booklet, tour pass replica, 7 bonus tracks, mastered for vinyl by Patrick W. Engel at Temple of Disharmony

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