the aftermath of Terraplane in 1989, hard rockers Thunder went on to amass 17
Top 40 singles and 2 Top 5 albums in the UK. The Thunder release campaign now
continues with the 'At The BBC (1990-1995)', a 6CD treasure-trove of live and
session recordings (with every one previously unreleased and now fully
remastered) taken from the peak of their career.
Disc one kicks
of the box on 9th December 1990 with the final night's set of a three-show run
at London's Hammersmith Odeon, with the band still basking in the fantastic
response to their debut album, 'Backstreet Symphony'. Included are three of
their Top 40 hits from the same album: 'Back Street Symphony', 'She's So Fine'
and 'Love Walked In'.
The second disc of the set completes the same Hammersmith
show with the tracks 'Until My Dying Day' and the Top 40 hit 'Dirty Love',
before moving across to Wembley Arena for Thunder's set at the 'Great British
Music Weekend', an offshoot of the Brit Awards, headlined by Ozzy Osbourne.
third disc chronicles Thunder's debut appearance at Monsters Of Rock festival at
Castle Donington on 22nd August 1992 where they shared the stage with headliners
Whitesnake, Aerosmith, Poison and the Quireboys. This first Donington show is
regarded as among the most important shows the band ever performed, and
certainly contributed to their support slot for Def Leppard two years later at
the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield on 6th June 1993 where Thunder performed a
'greatest hits' set in front of 50,000 fans, all of which is captured here on
The fifth (and final live) disc in the 'At The BBC' box covers the
band's Shepherd's Bush Empire show on 8th December 1994, which previewed their
third album (a UK No 5) 'Behind Closed Doors' and subsequently showcased new
compositions such as 'River Of Pain', 'Moth To The Flame' and 'Ball And Chain'.
Completing the set, disc six collects together four radio sessions made for the
BBC, all showing a rarer, acoustic, side to Thunder. Included here are a
two-song visit to Tommy Vance's Friday Rock Show in the summer of 1992, a Nicky
Campbell session which winds up a four-song routine with a Thunder-ised take on
Elvis Presley's 'All Shook Up', a Johnny Walker session from February of 1993
and lastly a one-off performance for Kevin Greening in April of 1995 which
includes a barroom-friendly rendition of the Dave Edmunds-popularised 'I Hear
You Knocking', complete with boogie-woogie piano solo from Ben
previously unreleased tracks stretching across 6 discs, all lovingly remastered
from the original tapes, with liner notes from Classic Rock and Metal Hammer's
Dave Ling, all packaged in a deluxe clamshell box, 'At The BBC (1990-1995)' will
be a must-have for the large and dedicated Thunder fanbase.