Motörhead - What's Words Worth? (1983)Release ID: 363

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Daniel Daniel / January 20, 2023 / Comments 0 / 0

This was an historical live recording of a gig from 1978 & I get the feeling it was more of a cash-grab intended to milk the band's growing popularity than anything else as the production is pretty much radio quality & the performances aren't their best either although guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke consistently gives us a whole bunch of his most electric solos. I've never been a fan of Motörhead's pre-1979 work as it's a bit too rock 'n' roll based for my liking & "What's Words Worth?" is another example of that with songs like "On Parole", "Leaving Here" & "I'm Your Witchdoctor" sounding pretty damn flat compared to the much more exciting & visceral material we'd hear from the band the following year. "Iron Horse/Born To Lose" & "White Line Fever" have always been great songs so they manage to stand out of the pack but the rest of the album is pretty uneventful to tell you the truth & is a hell of a long way short of the standard 1981's classic "No Sleep Till Hammersmith" (my favourite Motörhead record) set. It baffles me that people might think this is a metal record too. It's fucking miles away from metal in my opinion.

Ultimately "What's Words Worth?" is an inessential release for completists only. I'd take it over Motörhead's 1976 debut album release "On Parole" (released in 1979) or the 1980 "Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers" E.P. but that's about it for Motörhead's back catalogue to the time I'm afraid.


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Motörhead chronology

Motörhead (1977)
Overkill (1979)
Bomber (1979)
On Parole (1979)
The Golden Years: Live EP (1980)
Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers (1980)
Ace of Spades (1980)
No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith (1981)
Iron Fist (1982)
What's Words Worth? (1983)
Another Perfect Day (1983)
No Remorse (1984)
Orgasmatron (1986)
Rock 'n' Roll (1987)
Nö Sleep at All (1988)
Blitzkreig on Birmingham '77 (1989)
The Birthday Party (1990)
Lock Up Your Daughters (1990)
1916 (1991)
March ör Die (1992)
All the Aces: The Best of Motörhead (1993)
Bastards (1993)
Live at Brixton (1994)
Sacrifice (1995)
Overnight Sensation (1996)
King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Motörhead (1997)
The Best of Motörhead: Deaf Forever (1998)
Snake Bite Love (1998)
Everything Louder Than Everyone Else (1999)
The Best of Motörhead (2000)
We Are Motörhead (2000)
The Very Best of Motörhead (2002)
Hammered (2002)
Hellraiser: Best of the Epic Years (2003)
Stone Deaf Forever! (2003)
Live at Brixton Academy: The Complete Concert (2003)
Inferno (2004)
Essential Noize: The Very Best Of (2005)
BBC Live & In-Session (2005)
Kiss of Death (2006)
Better Motörhead Than Dead: Live at Hammersmith (2007)
Motörizer (2008)
The Wörld Is Yours (2010)
The Wörld Is Ours - Vol 1: Everywhere Further Than Everyplace Else (2011)
The Wörld Is Ours - Vol 2: Anyplace Crazy As Anywhere Else (2012)
Aftershock (2013)
Bad Magic (2015)
Clean Your Clock (2016)
Under Cöver (2017)
Everything Louder Forever (2021)
Louder Than Noise... Live in Berlin (2021)
The Löst Tapes Vol. 1: Live in Madrid 1995 (2021)
The Löst Tapes Vol. 2: Live in Norwich 1998 (2021)
The Löst Tapes Vol. 3: Live in Malmö 2000 (2022)
The Löst Tapes Vol. 4: Live in Heilbronn 1984 (2022)
We Play Rock 'N' Roll: Live at Montreux Jazz Festival '07 (2023)
The Löst Tapes Vol. 5: Live at Donington Download Fest '08 (2023)
Enter Sandman (2023)
Remorse? No! (2024)