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Heroes - 1980 Border Raiders

ARTIST: Heroes (UK)
ALBUM: Border Raiders
LABEL: Polydor
YEAR: 1980


LINEUP: Chris Bradford - lead vocals, guitars * Pete Lennon - lead guitar * Mark Hankins - lead guitar, vocals * Brian Wallis - bass, vocals * Dave Powell - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Some Kind Of Women * 02 Mean To You * 03 Honolulu * 04 Don't Let It Take A Hold * 05 There Are Times * 06 Border Raiders * 07 Wild Eyes * 08 Never Let Go * 09 Running Shoes * 10 Sailors * 11 Some Kind Of Women (7' version) * 12 10% Will Do

Hailing from the United Kingdom, Heroes was the brainchild of one Chris Bradford who wrote all ten songs on this forgotten classic. Who is Chris Bradford? Well it seems he had an early association with Andy Scott prior to joining Sweet and was a member of Bardot who released 'Rockin' in Rhythm' on RCA in 1977. It's been a long time since I heard that record, but do remember enjoying their rather poppy rock n' roll. 'Border Raiders' was produced by Pip Williams who is best known for his work with Status Quo and The Moody Blues 'Long Distance Voyager' album.

The Songs
The opening 'Some Kind Of Women' kicks the album off with a track that strangely reminds me of Dutch symphonic band Kayak, but this is not a progressive song or album. Perhaps its Bradford's vocals which do sound like Kayak's Max Werner throughout the record. 'Border Raiders' is tasty power pop in the style of Shoes and Phil Seymour with an odd country music influence thrown in here and there. It's a solid album with the aforementioned 'Some Kind Of Women', the laid back 'Don't Let It Take Hold' and 'Never Let Go' taking top honors.

In Summary
A fine record that like so many before, ended up in cut-out bins and unheard by the majority of the record buying public, myself included until I came across a copy in the mid-80's. I suppose the possibility of a CD reissue is a long shot, but perhaps power pop labels like Not Lame might take a chance one day..

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#1 | super80boy on August 07 2016 15:46:21
I've always liked this one off platter. Album opener and tapped single 'Some Kind Of Women' starts things off with a killer up-tempo power pop arrangement. My vote for the album's second single if there had been one would have been a toss-up between 'Running Shoes' and 'There Are Times', both outstanding full on power pop rockers. The lead guitar work by Pete Lennon is top drawer throughout the set - 'Honolulu' has an attention grabbing guitar riff, while the title song really showcases his skills. Border Raiders is bristling with musical talents, which translates into ample helpings of hook-filled quality songs.

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