TITLE: Playlist: The Very Best of Accept
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Restless and Wild, Balls to the Wall, Fast as a Shark, Midnight Mover, TV War
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Neon Nights, Metal Heart
LINEUP: Udo Dirkschneider, Wolf Hoffman, Peter Baltes, Jorg Fisher, Stefan Kaufmann. Herman Frank was in for Fischer at times during this era.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: More seminal than popular, this German metal band was a bridge from the UK metal scene to the speed / thrash metal era.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: “Fast as a Shark” has a frenetic pace and a intense double kick drum, and is definitely the bridge between the New Wave of British Heavy Metal to the speed / thrash metal that would define the ‘real’ (sorry Poison) metal of the mid-to-late 80’s. For that, Accept should be remembered.
It’s not like they didn’t have any other tracks worth mentioning. “Balls to the Wall” is a hell of an anthem (except it’s about a minute too long), “Restless and Wild” is a track that almost out Priests Judas Priest.
Vocalist Udo Dirkschneider was the face of the band. His gruff vocals, with a surprising high range, is the highlight amongst a lot of generally generic metal. Wolf Hoffman can spin a good riff or three, but without Udo they’d be just another metal band.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Stefan Kaufmann left in 1982, but after an album with Herman Frank, they asked Kaufmann back.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B: Solid metal for the most part.