Running Wild Release ‘Pieces Of Eight’ Limited Edition Box Set

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RUNNING WILD release ‘Pieces Of Eight’

Limited Edition Boxed set on September 28, 2018

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Pieces Of Eight – The Singles, Live And Rare. 1984 – 1994

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NOISE Records are proud to announce, Running Wild – Pieces Of Eight : The Singles, Live and Rare. 1984 – 1994. A deluxe, limited edition boxset containing all the bands Noise records singles, the re-record compilation ‘The First Years Of Piracy’ and an expanded, double gold vinyl version of their debut live album ‘Ready For Boarding’, which features a whole new show on disc two, from 1989, previously only available before on VHS tape.

All of these titles have been long out of print, since their original release during the bands decade tenure on Noise. The box set also includes a collectable, Running Wild, piece of eight coin and a two sided poster featuring the band’s classic line-up and the box set artwork.

German heavy metallers Running Wild were formed in 1976 in Hamburg, but shot to fame during the emergence of the German metal scene in the early to mid-1980s.

Over the course of their career, they have released sixteen studio albums, three live albums, five compilation albums, and six singles/EPs. Although their earlier releases contained Satanic themes and imagery, they later invented the pirate metal subgenre after the band released their third album in 1987, Under Jolly Roger, which was a switch to pirate-based and historical themes, creating and influencing the later named Pirate metal subgenre of heavy metal in the 2000s in the process.

While the historical lyrics were fantasy at first, the lyrics for later albums were intensively researched, by frontman Rolf Kasparek in particular. After this album, from 1988 to 1992 (for the albums Port Royal, Death or Glory, Blazon Stone, Pile of Skulls & Mascquerade), Running Wild mainly wrote historically based lyrics. In addition to lyrics about pirates like Calico Jack, Klaus Störtebeker, or the little-known Henry Jennings, the band also addressed subjects like the Wars of the Roses, the Battle of Waterloo, or the colonization of the New World by the Conquistadors. They have sold over 1.8 million albums globally making them one of Germany’s largest exports.

Track listings

Victim Of States Power CD EP (1984)

Victim Of States Power
Walpurgis Night

Little Big Horn CD EP (1991)

Little Big Horn
Billy The Kid

The First Years Of Piracy CD album (1991)

Under Jolly Roger
Branded And Exiled
Soldiers Of Hell
Raise Your Fist
Walpurgis Night
Fight The Oppression
Marching To Die
Raw Ride
Diamonds Of The Black Chest
Prisoner Of Our Time

Wild Animal CD EP (1989)

Wild Animal
Chains & Leather
Tear Down The Walls

Lead Or Gold CD EP (1992)

Lead Or Gold
Hanged, Drawn And Quartered
Win Or Be Drowned

Ready For Boarding 2x gold LP (1988)

Disc 1 – original concert
Live In Munich, Nov 1987

Hymn Of Long John Silver
Under Jolly Roger
Genghis Khan
Raise Your Fist
Diabolic Force
Raw Ride
Adrian (S.O.S.)
Prisoner Of Our Time

Bad To The Bone CD EP (1989)

Bad To The Bone
The Battle Of Waterloo
March OnThe Privateer CD EP (1994)The Privateer
Dancing On A Minefield
Poisoned Blood

Disc 2 – bonus concert
Live in Düsseldorf, Oct 1989

Riding The Storm
Bad To The Bone
Raw Ride
Raging Fire
Tortuga Bay
Bass Solo
Prisoner Of Our Time

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About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!