Let’s just be honest here. The record labels put these reissues out, almost universally, as a cash grab. It’s certainly unlikely that someone is discovering Accept for the first time in 2017. The more than likely scenario is that old metalheads like myself have CD or vinyl versions of these releases that now skip, and will at some point buy this material again. So we are faced with a choice. We can merely listen to them on Spotify and have something defective in our collection on the wall that will drive us nuts, or we can buy these again and get a little extra something (a song or two here and there) if we drop an extra couple of bucks for the “platinum reissue”. And we’re all old and stupid, so we’ll just spend the money. Am I wrong? Of course I’m not.
Being clear, these current platinum reissues consist of four discs - ACCEPT, I’M A REBEL, BREAKER and RESTLESS AND WILD. While Accept really is one of those bands with a long history and not music that isn’t good, these four are probably all most fans would ever need. Sure, you wouldn’t get “Balls To The Wall” or “London Leatherboys”, but you get the overwhelming majority of this band’s greatest stuff on these four releases. They sound great, and just the strength of the material alone (especially BREAKER for this kid) make these worth having. Instead of reviewing them and rehashing the music from the albums, I’ll just focus on the bonus tracks that make them “better”. On ACCEPT, you get “The Early Years of Accept” as told by Udo Dirkschneider. This is not really new information, but Udo still seems to find a way to take a dig at Wolf Hoffman when talking about how he quit Accept for a time because they were “too professional” for him. Ooph. It’s interesting. I’M A REBEL comes with a live version of the title track, which is OK. BREAKER has a decent live version of the title track, and a better than average version of “Midnight Highway”. The best of the bonus tracks is on RESTLESS AND WILD. Live versions of “Flash Rockin’ Man” and “Neon Nights” are especially strong here.
PITRIFF RATING - 82/100 - While these are largely unnecessary, they are still fun to listen to. There’s no denying that. If you are a fan of the band, these might be needed. If all you know is “Balls To The Wall”, keep on moving by. Worth having for a diehard, but even as one, it’s not that major of an upgrade.