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2.57 | 78 ratings | 3 reviews | 14% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1980

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Forearm Smash (5:39)
2. Hellbender (3:26)
3. Heavy Revolution (4:40)
4. Gunslinger (5:02)
5. Power Supply (3:38)
6. Secrets in My Head (3:57)
7. Time to Remember (5:25)
8. Crime Against the World (5:37)

Total Time 37:24

Bonus tracks on 1993 CD release:
9. Wild Fire (5:10)
10. High School Girls (3:35)
11. Panzer Division Destroyed (5:33)
12. Lies of Jim (The E-Type Lover) (4:40)

Bonus tracks on 2012 remaster:
9. Crime Against the World (single edit) (3:27)
10. Gunslinger (live 1981) (4:55)
11. Crime Against the World (live 1981) (4:52)

Line-up / Musicians

- John Thomas / electric & slide guitars
- Burke Shelley / vocals, bass
- Steve Williams / drums

Releases information

Artwork: Adrian Chesterman

LP Active Records ‎- ACT LP1 (1980, UK)

CD Repertoire Records ‎- REP 4336-WZ (1993, Germany) With 4 bonus tracks taken from 1980 EP
CD Noteworthy Productions ‎- NP9 (2012, UK) Remastered by Mike Brown & Rob Corich with 3 bonus tracks

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BUDGIE Power Supply ratings distribution

(78 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(14%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(14%)
Good, but non-essential (45%)
Collectors/fans only (19%)
Poor. Only for completionists (8%)

BUDGIE Power Supply reviews

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Review by debrewguy
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1 stars Too little, too late ? Hitting your peak before your time ?

Budgie ended up in a situation familiar to many cult bands - their style of music comes back in vogue, their influence shows up in their successors' music, but the inspiration's run out.

With the coming of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal in the late 70s, it should have been just right for Budgie to go from U.K. cult act to major band status. They'd released a number of classic albums that many NWOBHM bands idolized and emulated. Budgie even managed a headlining spot at Reading in 1982. So what happened ?

Well, as I said, the music wasn't up to the job. Power Supply had a short supply of great songs. It had one to be exact. Which was Gunslinger, its' arrangement bringing back memories of songs like Bona Pt I & II. The title track itself that followed the boogie hard rock tunes that the group had turned to as the earlier releases got some attention in the Southern U.S. . It wasn't bad. But it stood out from the rest of the album because it was at least O.K. . The rest just sounded like most of the second rate one album acts that proliferated in that era. Heck, Hellbender sounded like an out-take from the Tygers of Pan Tang's debut. Forearm Smash wouldn't have made it on to Raven's Rock until You Drop.

It would be easy to point to Tony Bourge's departure, but he was co-writer on Impeckable , which had but one decent tune with Pyramids.

Maybe they had mined all the great riffs they had in them. 'Cause their albums up to & including Britannia had their share of songs that stood in good stead with the best hard rock & metal there was.

Oh well, if you need to own everything Budgie put out, I'm sure you'll find something here to make you content. But then you might want to do some digging in the scene around that time. There's much better music, and many better acts ...

Or , if you can find Gunslinger on, get it. It is that good. But it's the only one here.

Latest members reviews

3 stars With 1980's heavy metal onslaught Power Supply, Budgie stamp their authority on the new, expansive, highly competitive heavy metal scene of the early to mid eighties in an riveting and exciting way that left a lot of those other bands eating their dust. This album is just about the heav ... (read more)

Report this review (#632912) | Posted by presdoug | Sunday, February 12, 2012 | Review Permanlink

1 stars After the biggest letdown of their 1970s career, Budgie releases another complete dissapointment. The tracks are strictly a pop metal format, something that the band was extremely far away from back in their 1971 debut. Horrid song structures, dreadful lyrics, and an earful of Burke Shelley. ... (read more)

Report this review (#362255) | Posted by Jazzywoman | Thursday, December 23, 2010 | Review Permanlink

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