No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith is the first live album by Motörhead. Released on June 27, 1981, it peaked at #1 on the UK album charts. It was followed by the release of the single "Motorhead" (coupled with the non-album track "Over the Top") on July 11, which peaked in the UK singles chart at #6.
No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith is a definitive metal document, with Motörhead's Lemmy, Fast Eddie, and Philthy Animal Taylor captured in their full-on chaotic glory across Britain's sweat pits in 1981. From the opening body rush of "Ace of Spades," with Lemmy's gravel-gargling voice raw and blasted all to hell, to Fast Eddie sending out mercurial shards of guitar, to the closing "Bomber" and "Motörhead," this is a live album second to none.
...what makes it all the more noteworthy - and more than simply a run-of-the-mill, gap-filling live album - is the performance: in a word, it's breakneck...the breakneck nature of this performance distinguishes No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith from its studio predecessors, making it an excellent, recommended complement to those essentials. Moreover, it's an important release because it captures Motörhead live during the peak of the classic lineup's rise to fame. Motörhead could do no wrong at this point in time, as they were laying the foundation for the coming thrash movement, in a way, and their winning streak continues here on No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith, one of the best live metal albums of all time.
- 180g Vinyl
- Original Album Art and Audio Masters
- Includes Limited-Time Download Card
- Ace of Spades
- Stay Clean
- The Hammer
- Iron Horse
- No Class
- (We Are) The Road Crew