Motorhead Share Previously Unreleased 'The Hammer' Performance

Bruce Henne | 04-29-2021

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(hennemusic) Motorhead are streaming a previously-unreleased live version of "The Hammer" as a preview to the June 25 release of a series of expended 40th anniversary reissues of their classic 1981 live album, "No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith."

The project delivered Motorhead their first and only UK No. 1 as they continued their momentum following the impact of 1980's "Ace Of Spades."

"I knew it'd be the live one that went best, because we're really a live band," said Lemmy about their homeland chart success. "You can't listen to a record and find out what we're about. You've got to see us."

The album took its title from an inscription painted on one of the band's trucks, referencing the 32 gigs they were playing with only two days off.

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, "No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith" will be presented in new deluxe editions; there will be hardback book-packs in 2-CD and triple LP formats, featuring a new remaster of the original album, bonus tracks and the previously unreleased - in its entirety - concert from Newcastle City Hall, March 30, 1981, as well as many previously unseen photos.

A 4-CD box set presents the original album plus all three concerts recorded for the album - issued in their entirety for the very first time - plus memorabilia, incuding posters from the 1981 tour, a reproduction USA tour pass, a European tour badge, a reproduction Newcastle City Hall ticket, a Port Vale gig flyer post card, and a Motorhead guitar pick. Stream "The Hammer" here.

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