Samson Samson
a NWOBHM band from England   flag  -- Disbanded --


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Last Update: November 01, 2002

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Guitarist Paul Samson was one of those blue-collar guitarists who toil in semi-obscurity, releasing albums and gigging in his homeland without really making a major worldwide impact. However, from a metal history standpoint, Samson the band is important for two related reasons. One, this is the band where Bruce Dickinson first cut his teeth, before going on to fame and fortune in Iron Maiden (this is only one of several Samson/Maiden connections, the bands were very close in their infancy). Two, the two albums that Dickinson sang on (Head On and Shock Tactics), are bonafide NWOBHM classics, sounding little like Maiden apart from the vocals but nonetheless featuring standout songs and fine musicianship from guitarist Samson and hyperactive enigmatic drummer Thunderstick. Following the departures of Dickinson and Thunderstick (and later, bassist Chris Aylmer), the band first transitioned to a bluesy metal band with new vocalist Nicky Moore, and then to an on-again, off-again solo band that sporadically recorded up until Paul's unfortunate passing in 2002.

members
last recording lineup:

Paul Samson
   guitars/vocals
   RIP: August 09, 2002, cancer
Dave Colwell
   guitars
Chris Aylmer
   bass
former members:

Bruce Dickinson
   vocals (Bruce Dickinson, Iron Maiden)
Nicky Moore
   vocals
Mick White
   vocals
Peter Scallan
   vocals
John McCoy
   bass (Gillan)
Dave Boyce
   bass
Toby Sadler
   keyboards
Mervyn Goldsworthy
   bass (Diamond Head)
Thunderstick
   drums
Pete Jupp
   drums
Charlie Mack
   drums
Mel Gaynor
   drums (Voodoo Circle)
Tony Tuohy
   drums
discography
Survivors
1979 Thunderbolt

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    Track Listing: Lineup:
  1. It's Not As Easy As It Seems
  2. I Wish I Was The Saddle Of A Schoolgirl's Bike
  3. Big Brother
  4. Tomorrow Or Yesterday
  5. Koz
  6. Six Feet Under
  7. Inside Out
  8. Wrong Side Of Time
  • Paul Samson
  • John McCoy
  • Thunderstick



Head On
1980 RCA

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• BNR Top Ten Album
    Track Listing: Lineup:
  1. Hard Times
  2. Take It Like A Man
  3. Vice Versa
  4. Manwatcher
  5. Too Close To Rock
  6. Thunderburst
  7. Hammerhead
  8. Hunted
  9. Take Me To Your Leader
  10. Waking Out On You
  • Bruce Dickinson
  • Paul Samson
  • Chris Aylmer
  • Thunderstick



Shock Tactics
1981 RCA

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    Track Listing: Lineup:
  1. Riding With The Angels
  2. Earth Mother
  3. Nice Girl
  4. Blood Lust
  5. Go To Hell
  6. Bright Lights
  7. Once Bitten
  8. Grime Crime
  9. Communion
  • Bruce Dickinson
  • Paul Samson
  • Chris Aylmer
  • Thunderstick



Before The Storm
1982 Polydor

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    Track Listing: Lineup:
  1. Danger Zone
  2. Stealing Away
  3. Red Skies
  4. I'll Be Round
  5. Test Of Time
  6. Life On The Run
  7. Turn Out The Lights
  8. Losing My Grip
  9. Young Idea
  • Nicky Moore
  • Paul Samson
  • Chris Aylmer
  • Pete Jupp



Don't Get Mad Get Even
1984 Polydor

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    Track Listing: Lineup:
  1. Are You Ready
  2. Love Hungry
  3. Burning Up
  4. The Fight Gose On
  5. Don't Get Mad - Get Even
  6. Into The Valley
  7. Bite On The Bullet
  8. Doctor Ice
  9. Front Page News
  10. Leaving Love (Behind)
  • Nicky Moore
  • Paul Samson
  • Chris Aylmer
  • Pete Jupp



Thank You And Goodnight
1985 

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    Track Listing: Lineup:
  1. Bite On The Bullet
  2. Into The Valley
  3. Losing My Grip
  4. Vice Vearse
  5. Love Hungry
  6. Tomorrow Or Yesterday
  7. Mr Rock And Roll
  8. Don't Get Mad - Get Even
  9. Test Of Time
  10. Are You Ready
  • Nicky Moore
  • Paul Samson
  • Dave Colwell
  • Mervyn Goldsworthy
  • Pete Jupp



(EP) And There It Is
1988 Metal Masters

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    Track Listing: Lineup:
  • Mick White
  • Paul Samson
  • Dave Boyce
  • Toby Sadler
  • Charlie Mack



Refugee
1990 Maze

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    Track Listing: Lineup:
  • Peter Scallan
  • Paul Samson
  • Toby Sadler
  • Charlie Mack



Live At Reading '81
1990 Grand Slamm

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    Track Listing: Lineup:
  • Bruce Dickinson
  • Paul Samson
  • Chris Aylmer
  • Mel Gaynor



Samson
1993 Progressive

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    Track Listing: Lineup:
  • Paul Samson
  • Chris Aylmer
  • Tony Tuohy



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