Sony's Legacy Records will dust off a number of '80s heavy metal albums for its "Metal Masters" reissue series, with Quiet Riot's "Metal Health," Europe's "The Final Countdown," Accept's "Balls to th
Sony's Legacy Records will dust off a number of '80s heavy metal albums for its "Metal Masters" reissue series, with Quiet Riot's "Metal Health," Europe's "The Final Countdown," Accept's "Balls to the Wall" and a greatest-hits collection from Britny Fox among the first batch. Due Aug. 28, the releases will feature previously unreleased or rare bonus tracks and new liner notes.
Quiet Riot's first Sony album, "Metal Health," also became the band's biggest hit, having been certified six times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and hitting No. 1 on The Billboard 200 in 1983. The remastered album, featuring the hair-metal staple "Cum on Feel the Noize" as well as "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)," will come with a previously unreleased studio recording titled "Danger Zone" and a live version of "Slick Black Cadillac." Quiet Riot was a part of Poison's "Glam Slam Metal Jam" this summer until the tour was cancelled when Poison bassist Bobby Dall suffered a spinal chord injury.
Europe's "The Final Countdown," which peaked at No. 8 on The Billboard 200 in 1987, includes live versions of the title track, as well as "Danger on the Tracks" and "Carrie." The three cuts were recorded on the Swedish group's 1987 European tour, and were previously made available on "The Final Countdown World Tour" video.
Accept's 1984 debut "Balls to the Wall," which peaked at No. 74 on The Billboard 200, will feature previously released live versions of "Head Over Heels" and "Love Child." The songs were recorded in Japan, and available on the 1986 Portrait EP "Kaizoku-Ban."
"The Best of Britny Fox" is culled from the act's two most popular albums: its self-titled 1988 release and 1989's "Boys in Heat." Bonus features include a live video for the hit "Long Way to Love" and the original clip for "Girlschool."
Sony's Legacy imprint plans to continue to rerelease albums in the "Metal Masters" series, but the next group of reissues are yet to be chosen.