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Striker - 1978 Striker



ARTIST: Striker
ALBUM: Striker
LABEL: Arista
SERIAL: AB 4165
YEAR: 1978
CD REISSUE: 2015, Hard Rock Diamonds, HRD-147 (bootleg)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Rick Randle - vocals, guitars, keyboards * Scott Rosburg - bass, vocals * Rick Ramirez - guitars, vocals * Rick Tayler - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Think About It * 02 Midnight Flyer * 03 Wish * 04 More Than Enough * 05 On My Way * 06 Hard On Me * 07 Somebody Help Me * 08 By Your Side * 09 Running In The Wrong Lane * 10 We Got The Power


Background
Striker were a one-off hard rock/pop band out of Seattle. Formed as far back as 1971, they originally went under the monicker Randle-Rosburg, and were known about the city under that name, until 1974, where in their infinite wisdom they changed handles to the hard-hitting name of Striker. I won't go into the why's and wherefore's over the merits of whether a band should be an ER band versus an OR band.. that could start an interesting thread all on it's own! (now there's an idea..). In fact, I recall this debate cropping up in Sounds Magazine once. Well, the band settled on an ER name, and to confuse the pundits, take a look at their personnel. There are Rick's all over the place with this band. Even their former bassist Rick Troppman joins in on the frivolity! Did the guys have some sort of house-rule that no one could join the band unless they had the right christian name? Scott Rosburg is the exception, as he was a co-founder of the band. So anyway, enough ranting. What about the music? Well, in my opinion, it's typical 70's flavoured rock and less of the pop inclined style that has been applied to them by other yesteryear scribes.


The Songs
Striker aim high with their first effort 'Think About It'. The track is awash with bar-room piano, a few select synth bursts and twin guitars played in a southern style. 'Midnight Flyer' is an enjoyable mid-paced romp that offers up reminders of acts such as American Noise and Blue Steel. Dipping into a 60's acoustic/electric style is the track 'Wish', complete with multi-layered harmonies. A distinctive guitar riff leads the way on 'More Than Enough' with piano accompaniment - the lyrical story on this one reads like a tale of woe.. lol! Striker decide to toss in some boogie/blues for 'On My Way', which passes in the same direction as the Rolling Stones but with more vocal harmonies. 'Hard On Me' is an edgy blues tinged rocker in the mould of Pat Travers Band. Changing lanes completely is the West Coast/70's AOR of 'By Your Side', a milder effort that is quite different to the bluesy swagger of 'Running In The Wrong Lane' - again occupied by more piano tapping and slide guitar. The finale 'We Got The Power' tries hard to emulate its own song-title, but doesn't quite get there, despite the Ozz meets Creed workout and some tasty lead guitar.


In Summary
There are many flavours on this album - you could have a field day picking the eyes out of it. It suggests the band didn't truly have an identity of their own - or were they just a victim of the era? Striker didn't go beyond 1980 unfortunately. Rosburg went on to hook up with Randy Hansen, and plays on his 1980 debut album - a classic LP in my book. Ramirez joined up with hard rockers Bruzer though their career was very shortlived. Randle was also involved with fellow Pacific Northwest rockers Bighorn. This is another of those real likeable LP's from the glory daze era, which pitches guitars and keys/piano to good effect. Why this hasn't seen a re-release in the intervening years is a mystery to many.


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#1 | rkbluez on April 07 2007 14:13:18
George Bighorn was released in Japan...I have the CD...it was released around the time Mornigstar & Harliquin came out.
#2 | gdazegod on April 07 2007 20:22:55
Yeah, I don't think Randle played on the Bighorn album though (also from 1978). From my recollection when corresponding with Brad Love from Aviary, he mentioned that a few of those Seattle bands had a revolving door policy with band membership..
#3 | gdazegod on February 04 2011 12:49:52
Just re-reading the comments from this one.. In the last sentence I was referring to Striker rather than Bighorn.
#4 | sabace on November 18 2012 19:29:44
the bands with er in the end of their name was raised by
geoff barton in his review of Trigger - unfortunately he was right .
#5 | reyno-roxx on June 27 2013 11:50:36
Rick Ramirez also played on the Pamela Moore Band's 'Take A Look' album, released by First American Records in 1981. Not sure if he was also on the second album 'You Won't Find Me There' issued a year later.
I was surprised Rosburg's association with Striker wasn't mentioned in the liner notes of RC's recent Randy Hansen reissue.
#6 | rkbluez on August 04 2013 19:53:10
The Striker album IMO is better than the Trigger album...more varied material...and Ramirez's smokin' guitar...why this one's still not out on CD baffles me.
#7 | rostoned on November 17 2015 15:43:09
The Striker album was reissued on CD in Japan (?) on the Hard Rock Diamonds label, apparently in 2015. A non legit vinyl rip it is, but very good sound indeed. Until say Rock Candy or Wounded Bird decides to reissue it properly, I think this will be the only silver disc edition (ever)....
#8 | gdazegod on November 19 2015 20:29:00
I added the reissue details into the review.
#9 | super80boy on January 02 2016 23:29:26
The first and last parts of this album are the highlights for me, 'Think About It', 'Midnight Flyer' and 'Wish' are all first-rate late 70's melodic rock songs. The opening guitar riff on 'On My Way' sounds exactly like Def Leppard's 'Photograph' intro..just saying Grin The closer 'We Got The Power' is a thumping hard rocker with great guitar riffs and emotive vocals, a good way to end things.
#10 | reyno-roxx on June 26 2016 22:15:51
Rick Ramirez played on and produced a few tracks on his then girlfriend E.G. Daily's 'Wild Child' album in the mid 80s.
 
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