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Stallion - 1987 On The Run



ARTIST: Stallion (Sweden)
ALBUM: On The Run
LABEL: Alpha
SERIAL: ONE LP 020
YEAR: 1987

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Lasse Johansson - vocals * Michael Johansson - guitars * Rafael Martinez - guitars * Christell Sundell - keyboards * Peter Andersson - bass * Kenneth Augustsson - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Mirror Star * 02 Sandra * 03 Take Your Chances * 04 When You're Tired Enough * 05 On The Run * 06 Helpless * 07 Gone Rockin' * 08 Without You * 09 Race Against Time * 10 Girls * 11 Movin' On


Background
Stallion were an unusual band. Forged from the same furnace as bands around the same location and same era. We're talking Europe, Treat, Dalton, Easy Action. Get my drift? So just why are they unusual? Well unlike those other excellent outfits, these guys border on unbearable. If this was supposed to be second division or second tier stuff, then Stallion have already run their race, and have disappeared out the back entrance never to be seen again. Despite the looks and the sound, all that Stallion can come up with is a derivative product, hackneyed (excuse the pun) delivery, and mannerisms that smell of copy-cat-itis!! The band can't decide whether they want to be AORsters or happy popsters. The keyboard parps dominate this album to buggery (Mr Sundell has obviously found the D-50 synth a nice little play thing), as do the annoying woah woah vocal chants.


The Songs
If the songs were generally stronger, then I'd be prepared to listen to this with a bit more objectivity. But strong songwriting is not one of their strengths obviously. 'Mirror Star' the lead-off tune is lightweight stuff in the Glass Tiger vein, but nowhere near as good. The ballad 'When You're Tired Enough' is tedious and insipid. Things get better on the title track 'On The Run' and 'Without You'. This band is supposed to have two guitarists.. Where are they? What are they doing? They might as well as have just the one. 'Helpless' is a reasonable track and shows promise of their intended direction, but ultimately the songtitle quite rightly sums things up elsewhere across the album.


In Summary
It pains me to say it, but Sweden does actually have a few not-so-good bands after all, Well.. Stallion, Boulevard (yes the Swedish version) and Norden Light are a couple of others I can think of actually. Thankfully, Stallion have spared us from any more recordings, and one can only assume their demise was bought about by the very reasons I am writing about. For all these years I thought the opposite was true. Quite how our friend Bruce at AOR-fm can label this as an undiscovered classic defies belief. Don't waste your time trying to track this one-trick pony down. It has already been condemned to the glue factory. Even a 100 to 1 outsider is a safer bet than this.


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#1 | Tycoon on February 25 2008 12:46:41
Gave this one a spin today for the first time in what must be twenty years, I didn't like it at all and was curious to see if anything was written about it here. Glad to see that we share the same opinion about this happy go lucky cheesy romantic stuff thumbs down
 
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