Wheels of Steel is the second studio album by the English heavy metal band Saxon. It was released in 1980 and reached Platinum status in the UK. "747 (Strangers in the Night)" is about a power cut that forced planes in New York to remain in ascent in 1965 with the power outage provoking a Scandinavian flight to detour to Kennedy airport in the dark.
Album Name Wheels of Steel. Released date 05 May 1980. Members owning this album468. 1. Motorcycle Man. 04:00. 2. Stand Up and Be Counted.
After finding themselves a qualified heavy metal producer in Pete Hinton, the members of Saxon recovered from their disappointing debut in fine form with 1980's career-defining Wheels of Steel. As well as effectively setting the template for the band's most successful efforts, the album's songs positively gleamed with a bright, metallic sheen similar to that exhibited by the chrome eagle hoisting a motorcycle wheel on its iconic cover
Saxon – Wheels Of Steel. Label: Carrere – CAL 115. Format: Vinyl, LP, Album.
From the 1980 album Wheels of Steel Note:Strong Arm of the Law was released 4 months later in the same year. 15 horsepower engine, tracks for off-road drive, retractable wheels, two-seater, 6mm riveted steel armor. Hotchkiss Mle1914 machine gun, 8mm Lebel 30-round feed strip, gas operated automatic fire. A small vehicle born from the experiences of WW1, the Chenillette combined the speed of pre-war armored cars with the off-road capability of light tanks.
Wheels of Steel was Saxon's second full length album, and is seen as one of the band's strongest efforts. Like many of their NWOBHM counterparts, Saxon's efforts on Wheels of Steel are raw, fist pumping offerings. Energy is the name of Saxon's game, and they make use of this valuable asset quite well.