Released: 2005, Scrap Metal Records
This book is, as the self-explanatory title suggests, one of Popoff’s most specialized publications to date. This independent, paperback weighs in at 225 pages cataloguing hundreds of 7-inch vinyl singles from the NWOBHM. Listed alphabetically, each single is given a market value and a brief write up in Martin fun, free-flowing style. The pertinent info is included for each single, (label, catalogue #, etc) and perhaps most enjoyable a black and white photo of each sleeve. Each mini-review is loaded with info, interesting trivia and a hint of opinion. Did you ever wonder how Geddes Axe got their name? It’s in here. (p. 64) Did you know that Shywolf was from Derbyshire? It’s true! (p. 164) There is all that and much, much more.
Ultimately, I feel this book will have a pretty narrow audience. As a reader of this book, you would have to possess several of the following characteristics to really, really enjoy it. You would have to be…
a) A Metal Fan
b) A NWOBHM fan
c) A vinyl fan
d) A collector
I’m a die-hard Metal guy but even I find I don’t pull this book out too often because I don’t meet a couple of the criteria, I’m not a vinyl guy or a curio/singles collector. For me it is just a cool reference guide. For a serious collector of NWOBHM Singles, this is your new bible. Pair THE NEW WAVE OF BRITISH HEAVY METAL SINGLES, with Malc Macmillan’s definitive guide of the same era, THE NEW WAVE OF BRITISH HEAVY METAL ENCYCLOPEDIA, (also reviewed on this site) and there guys have both got ya covered.