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Stonebolt - 1978 Stonebolt



ARTIST: Stonebolt
ALBUM: Stonebolt
LABEL: Parachute/Casablanca
SERIAL: RRLP 9006
YEAR: 1978

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: David Wills - lead and backing vocals * Ray Roper - guitars, lead and backing vocals, keyboards * Lewis Nitikman - keyboards * Dan Atchison - bass * Brian Lousley - drums, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Was It You * 02 I Will Still Love You * 03 One Mans Heartache * 04 Sail On * 05 The Shadow * 06 Do It Right (Do It Again) * 07 Singin' In The Streets * 08 Queen Of The Night


Background
Like Chilliwack and Trooper, Stonebolt called beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia home base. Like most Western Canadian bands from the late 70's, Stonebolt never really cracked the American market, and never struck gold east of Manitoba either, although it wasn't for a lack of trying. In the U.S they toured heavily up and down the West Coast and Midwest and appeared on TV shows like 'American Bandstand', which I am proud to admit was the catalyst to use some of my school lunch money, cut class and head over to my local 'Sam Goody' record store to lay down a couple bucks for the 45 'I Will Still Love You'. I was a sad AOR case even back then.


The Songs
This is an excellent debut and one of my favourites from 1978. Signed to the Casablanca subsidiary - Parachute, Stonebolt had plenty of promotion behind them and the aforementioned single 'I Will Still Love You' became a major hit for the band. The song stands shoulder to shoulder with anything Firefall or The Eagles were doing at the time although 'Queen of the Night' takes the country rock twang just a little too far. 'Was It You' is definitely a Stonebolt fave, a great rock tune again in the Firefall style with a major hook and superb guitar work from Ray Roper. I wore this tune out on my LP copy back in the day and the rest of the album is no slouch either with 'Sail On' closing out the album in beautiful, yet typical 70's style.


In Summary
Highly recommended, Stonebolt would release three more terrific albums before fizzling out in the early 80's. AOR fans seem to find favor with 1980's 'New Set Of Changes' but all are worth picking up. Ray Roper released an excellent solo album in 1995 called 'I'm A Fighter' which you should seek out and I believe the Song Haus Stonebolt compilation 'Regeneration' is still easy to find. Get into Stonebolt today!


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