ACCEPT – Balls To The Wall Expanded Edition Due In May

Hear No Evil Records / Cherry Red Records has announced a May 27th European/28th North American release date for the Expanded Edition of ACCEPT’s 1983 breakthrough album, Balls To The Wall.

Controversial at the time for its cover and some of the album’s themes, it was also their greatest commercial success, reaching number 75 in the US Billboard Hot 100. Balls To The Wall”received gold status in the US, partly off the back of the heavy rotation the title track’s video received on MTV.

Taking much of their inspiration from the likes of fellow German hard-rockers the SCORPIONS, as well as a debt to UK metal legends JUDAS PRIEST, Accept were fronted by the inimitable Udo Dirkschneider on vocals, backed by lead guitar heroes Wolf Hoffmann and Herman Frank and the backbone of bassist Peter Baltes and drummer Stefan Kaufmann.

The album is now backed by the bonus CD Staying A Life, a live album recorded at the Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan on September 18th, 1985. As well as storming live versions of key tracks from Balls To The Wall, it features many Accept classics including ‘Breaker’, ‘Princess Of The Dawn’, ‘Restless And Wild’, ‘Son Of A Bitch’ and ‘Fast As A Shark’.

An expanded booklet features new liner notes from Classic Rock and Metal Hammer’s Malcolm Dome, commissioned for this release.

Balls To The Wall Expanded Edition tracklisting:

Disc One: Balls To The Wall
‘Balls To The Wall’
‘London Leatherboys’
‘Fight It Back’
‘Head Over Heels’
‘Losing More Than You’Ve Ever Had’
‘Love Child’
‘Turn Me On’
‘Losers And Winners’
‘Guardian Of The Night’

Disc Two: Staying A Life: Live In Japan 1985
‘Metal Heart’
‘Screaming For A Love Bite ‘
‘Up To The Limit’
‘Living For Tonight’
‘Princess Of The Dawn’
Guitar Solo Wolf
‘Restless And Wild’
‘Son Of A Bitch’
‘London Leatherboys’
‘Love Child’
‘Flash Rockin’ Man’
‘Dogs On Leads’
‘Fast As A Shark’
‘Balls To The Wall’

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