Monday, January 29, 2018

Hackensack - 1969 -1974

Nicky Moore is probably best known for being the singer of Samson, who took Bruce Dickenson's place once he joined up with Iron Maiden in 1982. But before all that, there was Hackensack.
Formed by Moore in 1969, Hackensack were considered one of the heaviest live bands of their day. They released one single in 1972, "Movin' On". They began touring as suppoert for Mott the Hoople.
The bands debut album "Up the Hard Way" was released in 1974 and with a strong following, the band played over 270 shows in their lifetime. However this was not enough since the band disolved shortly thereafter.
A live album was recorded by Pye Records at the Cavern Club, Liverpoole in 1973. But it remains unreleased. Live material was released in the 90's titled "Live The Hard Way" recorded for Swiss radio in 1973, along with a show at Nottingham from the same year.
Around the mid-90's, some collections (one live) sprung up on archival labels. But their debut is still held in high regard among collectors of proto-metal and N.W.O.B.H.M. bands.


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