With black and white photos from manuals, combat and war fronts in black and white most of them previously unpublished. Steel Master Nov Steel Master Sep The fifty-ton British Centurion tank, developed during the darkest days of the Second World War, was designed to out-gun and out-perform the latest German tanks, such as the formidable Panzer V Panther.
It was one of the most successful tanks ever produced, and this volume in the TankCraft series by Robert Jackson is the ideal introduction to it. The Centurion came into service too late to test its ability in action with German armour, but in the post-war world it earned a fearsome reputation in action during the many conflicts of the Cold War era, from the Middle East to Vietnam. Nearly 4, were built, serving with the armies of some twenty nations.
As well as tracing the history of the Centurion, Robert Jackson's book is an excellent source of reference for the modeller, providing details of available kits and photographs of award-winning models, together with artworks showing the colour schemes applied to these tanks. Each section of the book is supported by a wealth of archive photographs.
Wartime photographs and carefully researched, exquisitely presented colour illustrations show in detail the types of Sherman including the main variants that played a vital role in Allied operations. As with all the books in the TankCraft series, a section of this work displays available model kits and aftermarket products, complemented by a gallery of beautifully constructed and painted models in various scales.
Technical details as well as modifications introduced during production and in the field are also explained. This book will give the modeller all the information and knowledge required to recreate an authentic miniature representation of the most famous American armoured vehicle of the Second World War. I've done many things, I try not to tour too much, or only in good company.
I prefer to get into projects that are relatively short, like six weeks or so, then move on to something else. Live debut, What do you think of Maiden's last album, Brave New World? I only heard an extract. It's still a great band and the music is pretty good. The problem with Maiden is that they don't take enough time between an album and the next. If they took more time, they'd probably write better songs. But it's a personal opinion, I ain't the boss [ laughs ].
What's your favourite album of the band? Iron Maiden But I like them all. The Number Of The Beast is also very good. In conclusion, can you tell us what are your best and worst memories? I've been delighted to have been part of the big Maiden family, to have started in the East End pubs of London to go all the way to play on the other side of the world. We have been extremely lucky to have been able to fulfil our dream.
My worst memory? To have slept too little! His career as a musician was closely linked to that of Maiden: he founded Samson in with Clive Burr on drums before he swapped him for an ex-Maiden, Thunderstick [Barry Purkis] and hired a singer called Bruce Bruce [a. Bruce Dickinson]. Samson's single, Mr Rock'n'Roll , released in , is considered the first NWOBHM single, and the story of this band represents that of the movement itself: after very promising beginnings and a few commercial successes, line-up, management and label problems forced them to disband.
Since then, various solo projects, countless compilations and re-release came out until the band decided to re-unite the original line-up. Paul Samson never gave up and never betrayed his original motivation: music.
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This interview, one of the last given by the British guitar player and made during the Wacken Open Air where the band was playing two years ago, attests of these facts. There are talks of a Samson "reunion", but the current line-up never actually played as such before Paul Samson: That's true, we simply tried to gather up the best from the two major Samson line-ups. And we succeeded. We had talks with Bruce [Dickinson] 'cause he's the one who had the idea of a "reunion. Thunderstick, Chris and myself started rehearsing together in order to get back to the original feel and make everything ready for when Bruce was going to join us.
Then Iron Maiden "re-united" and all hopes to work with Bruce again vanished all of the sudden. But we nevertheless didn't give up and performed a show in Japan. Just the three of us. We played songs from the Survivors album and other songs in the same vein. When we got back, I paid Nicky Moore a visit [ Note: Samson singer from to 84 after Bruce left ] shortly before Christmas and I asked him to join. I'd worked recently with Nicky on other projects and it appeared quite natural that I should ask him.
We performed in Japan, then we played at the Wacken festival and did a few gigs in Britain, one of them being at the Astoria in London. We also wrote three or four songs, the three of us. Then Nicky arrived with new ideas and we now all work together. We just released Live In London , which contains about an hour of music and a four-track video-CD.
Let's hope that it'll allow us to get a deal for a studio album. Once we've done that, we'll be able to really tour in earnest. Nicky Moore: We think that the new songs are really strong. So we're quite likely to record them anyway, even if we don't have a deal. Record companies are a thing of the past. I can't see why we couldn't sell our album through our website. Is it easier now than ten years ago? Paul Samson: Yes, because people know us. We could play in twenty different countries and people will know who we are — we have this advantage.
Nicky Moore: The problem is that we're constantly going against the mainstream: the music industry is built around fashions and crazes for the young and teen-agers. Some labels will not even bother seeing us 'cause we're all over forty. It doesn't matter if you've sold four or five million records in the past.
No one wants to take a risk. Then someone decides to try something out and it works. And it becomes a rush. Well, that's what we're hoping for anyway. In the meantime, most bands like us get deals with smaller label, more basically Metal-oriented. They do that more because they love the music than for commercial reasons.
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Paul Samson: We have no control whatsoever over these things. Bruce's label, for example, never asked us anything. And we never complained. In fact, I heard about those re-releases while reading reviews in a magazine. So I wrote to the people of the label to tell them, "Look here, we're the ones playing on these!
Could you at least send us some copies? We really think that this is a ridiculous situation: we never did anything to anger them, but they treat us like the enemy.
Nicky Moore: We promote their stuff for free, but they treat us like shit. Paul Samson: In fact, I was the first one to give Bruce Dickinson a chance for a breakthrough, and I never asked for anything in return. So, being treated like that some twenty years down the line, I really wonder what I've done to deserve all this. The one where Bruce says that we were a bunch of junkies?
What I really didn't like is that he said that we weren't serious, even musically. So can he tell me who was in the studio at three in the morning, preparing all the stuff so he could record? Who wrote all the songs he sung? Who organised the tours while he was down at the Marquee getting legless? We all smoked a bit of grass at that time — it was something you did — but he'd better stop saying that Maiden never touched coke Of course, this is only a personal opinion and I don't intend to get sued for that.
Thunderstick: After all, it was Bruce who wrote the lyrics of the song 'Bright Lights', whose original title was in fact 'White Lines'. Paul Samson: I don't mind him saying all that, but he should stop pretending that he wasn't involved — we were all in the same band and we all did the same kind of shit together. We just want a bit of honesty on his part What happened when he left the band to join Maiden in ?
Thunderstick: He'd thrown my tape of Killers out of the window during the tour 'cause he couldn't stand the sound of it. And two months later, there he is joining the very same band!!! Well, it wasn't that bad, Clive Burr gave me another one. Paul Samson: We had just played at the Reading festival. Bruce had a better offer, he went on to join Maiden and the two record companies withdrew. If he'd waited only two weeks, maybe things would have been different.
We eventually signed a contract with Polydor , but it was a six-month setback Mind you, we can't really hold it against him That's business, that's life. By the way, Paul, have you been in Maiden? There are many rumours about this. No, never. But it was close, back in Dave Murray called me and asked me to join the band, but Samson were just about to release their first single, Telephone.
And Dave said that if we merged together, we could really do something great. Maybe he was right, I don't know But I was doing fine on my own and I didn't need them. My single was about to be released so I told Dave, "Not now". But I'm still in good terms with the members of the band. They are really nice on a personal point-of-view, it's just the business side of things that sucks: managers, accountants, people like that. If I met Steve or Dave now, we'd go for a beer together, there's never been any problem between us.
And I don't understand why they treat us like shit. We've never done anything wrong to them. On the contrary, I've given them a couple fucking great musicians. Maybe I'll release them one day. We had to find some sort of arrangement because Maiden's management was much more powerful than ours: all of the royalties on 'The Ides Of March' were to go to Steve Harris, whereas those of 'Thunderburst' were split in two.
Thunderstick, how long did you stay with Maiden? A very short time. We played a few gigs and recorded a few demos together: stuff like 'Phantom Of The Opera' and 'Sanctuary'. Show all 35 episodes. Seth Douglass. X - The Haunting of Home Base X voice. Show all 11 episodes. Jeb Denton. Show all 49 episodes. Cash Tankinson voice. Wolf W. Wolf voice. Ripley 'Rip' Smashenburn voice.
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