What does it sound like?:
Samson are maybe best remembered as being part of the NWOBHM, featuring at various times in their line up future Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson and the band’s early drummer Clive Burr.
However, by the time Paul Samson released the 1986 album Joint Forces, that line up was long gone and to all intents and purposes it was a solo album. Although it gained little success, the album featured a few decent hard rock tunes, particularly the single No Turning Back. Fast forward a few years to Samson’s next project, issued under the band name but with a predominantly new line up. This followed a more commercial direction, although it was originally issued as only a five track mini album on vinyl. However, the cd release saw six previously unissued songs added to make a full length album under the title 1988. Again, there’s nothing remarkable here really, some middling hard/heavy rock but nothing to make it stand out from the crowd. The third album included on this two cd set is 1993’s eponymously titled set, which has a more blues based hard rock sound, and saw Samson return to vocal duties in addition to his guitar playing. Again though, deafening silence met the release of the album, and that was to be the last Samson material until a last reformation of the band in the late nineties, an event that was sadly curtailed by his untimely death in 2002.
What does it all *mean*?
Samson were a decent band that never were able to make that break through to get them out of small venues. Despite supporting bands like Rainbow, Heep and Maiden on lengthy tours, they were always the also-rans.
Goes well with…
Beer and memories of small loud club gigs.
Might suit people who like…
Obscure(ish) NWOBHM bands.