Tuesday, October 28, 2003

White Hot: Masters of Metal

This was the first "metal" album I ever bought, back in the 80's. I think I was in the sixth grade. This was the album from which I learned what heavy metal lead guitar was supposed to sound like. I think I finally lost the cassette during one of my past two moves. The track listing that I remember was:

Rock You Like A Hurricane – Scorpions
Run Runaway – Slade
Distant Early Warning – Rush
Tell Me What You Want – Zebra
Holy Diver – Dio
You Got Another Thing Comin’ – Judas Priest
Stayed Awake All Night – Krokus
Heaven and Hell – Black Sabbath
I Am (I’m Me) – Twisted Sister
Come on Feel the Noize – Quiet Riot

Before this, the only metal I'd heard were bands like Bon Jovi and Motley Crue that were played on top 40 radio at the time (WABB). This was before I got into Led Zeppelin or Jimi Hendrix. This was the first time I had heard, or even heard of any of these bands. Including Black Sabbath and Rush! ("Distant Early Warning" was a relatively non-metallic introduction to Rush, and delayed my becoming a Rush fan by several years.) Ronnie James Dio features heavily on here, once with Dio and once with Black Sabbath (it would be years before I ever heard any Ozzy Osbourne period Sabbath).

After this, I bought a whole lot of similar metal compilation tapes. The first band on here that I "got into" was the Scorpions. I picked up the cassette of Virgin Killer at K-Mart.. but that's another story.

Internet searches have turned up some interesting variations. This is the google cache of a page from the apparently-defunct K-Tel records website.

It shows a couple of extra songs, which I presume were either on the LP or on some later CD version, but not on the cassette because I sure don't remember them:

Lay it On The Line – Triumph
Don’t Stop Runnin – Y&T

The cover is also shown on this Dio fan page. I actually had several of these things. Many of them share the same artists and even the same songs. Note especially Crazed: an all-out Metal Assault.

This page, from the discography of the Canadian rock band Kick Axe shows an album called White Hot: An All Out Metal Assault. This appears to be some kind of cross between the White Hot that I owned and the aforementioned Crazed. My only guess is that they mixed things up for the Canadian market, possibly throwing on the Kick Axe song to meet "Canadian content" regulations? (no Rush, though!)


the website for the kick axe has moved to: