Diamond Head’s Lightning To The Nations LP will be re-released as Lightning To The Nations (The White Album) [Remastered 2021] September 30. Visit Silver Lining Music for more details.
Lightning To The Nations (The White Album) [Remastered 2021] will feature the original album from quarter-inch master tapes and alternative mixes of classic cuts “Lightning To The Nations,” “The Prince,” “Sucking My Love,” “Am I Evil?,” and “Sweet And Innocent” never released or heard before.
Brian Tatler recalls:
“In 1990, as a celebration of the tenth anniversary of the NWOBHM, Lars Ulrich and Geoff Barton compiled the double album ‘New Wave Of British Heavy Metal ‘79 Revisited,’ which came out on Phonogram Records. It was Lars who made it his business to track down wherever possible the original master tapes because all he had were the old, often scratched singles. He told me that he would often call up members of the bands they wanted to feature on the album, and the confused guy on the other end of the phone would assume it was wind-up. ‘Who? Lars Ulrich? From Metallica? Fuck off!’
When Lars called me, I explained that the original quarter-inch masters for ‘Lightning To The Nations’ hadn’t been seen since they were sent by our old manager to a guy called Horgi at Woolfe Records years back. Apparently, Horgi didn’t return the tapes, so Lars dispatched someone from Metallica’s German label to pay the guy a visit… The tapes were duly returned and after Phonogram had finished with them; Lars made sure they came home to me. I still have them stored safely.”
Brian Tatler continues:
“I don’t really know what inspired ‘Lightning to the Nations.’ I can’t think of any other song by any other band that sounds like it, and that’s a hell of a claim. Sean got the title from a painting he had seen in an art book somewhere and thought it would make a good title for a song. Once we had the song and it became track one, side one, it seemed like a good album title too. It’s still in the live set after forty years.”
Bonus tracks include “Shoot Out The Lights,” “Streets Of Gold,” “Play It Loud,” “Waited Too Long,” “Diamond Lights,” “We Won’t Be Back,” and “I Don’t Got.”
Look for Diamond Head and Saxon’s European tour to kick off October 2 in Paris, France concluding November 26 in London, UK.
Purchase EU tickets here.
Purchase UK tickets here.
Preorder Diamond Head’s remastered Lightning To The Nations (The White Album) [Remastered 2021] here.