Thursday, March 12, 2009

Manowar - Defender (single)

4/10

This was a single released in 1983 to promote "Into Glory Ride". The titular song didn't make it onto the album, but it a re-recording would make it onto "Fighting the World" a few years later, and it's the version I was familiar with first. It's another song with narration from Orson Welles, and I prefer the later version to this one. The "Fighting the World" version does a better job of integrating the narration into the song, and doesn't have the too-rough production of the single version. I also liked how the "Fighting the World" version faded out instead of trying to end with a bang. The B-side is "Hatred," which wasn't one of the better songs on "Into Glory Ride." I have no idea why they made the A-side an otherwise unavailable song and the B-side one from the album, instead of the other way around. This is only for die-hard fans.

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