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Crawler - 1977 Crawler



ARTIST: Crawler
ALBUM: Crawler
LABEL: Epic
SERIAL: S EPC 82083
YEAR: 1977
CD REISSUE: 2008, Wounded Bird (USA), WOU 4900

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Terry Wilson Slesser - vocals * Geoff Whitehorn - guitars * Terry Wilson - bass * John Rabbit Bundrick - keyboards * Tony Braunagel - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Without You Babe * 02 You Got Money * 03 Sold On Down The Line * 04 One Too Many Lovers * 05 You Are My Saviour * 06 Pastime Dreamer * 07 Never Loved A Woman * 08 You And Me * 09 Stone Cold Sober


Background
This UK outfit Crawler were formed from the ashes of Backstreet Crawler, the band originally put together with ex Free guitarist Paul Kossoff. When Paul tragically lost his life in 1976, the remaining members dropped their handle to Crawler, and recruited seasoned guitarist Geoff Whitehorn to the fold. The music is very seventies hard rock oriented, but has many moments similar to British acts making waves at the time including Pink Floyd, Charlie, and Wishbone Ash.


The Songs
Signed to a big US label, this album was quite popular at the time, and featured a couple of superb tracks, namely 'Pastime Dreamer', which leads nicely into 'Never Loved A Woman', and then there's the incredible opus 'Stone Cold Sober'. This latter track I recall being played on rock radio stations at the time, a smooth piece of music with some searing lead guitar work from Whitehorn. There are some funkier pieces which have a jazz infusion through the rhythm section, like 'One Too Many Lovers' while 'You Got Money' and 'Sold On Down The Line' have some Floyd-ian aspects throughout.


In Summary
I had this album in my collection for 28 years, and I still slap it on from time to time. I'm sure it's out on CD somewhere, so perhaps I should do it justice and search it out. The mere fact that the track 'Stone Cold Sober' is on here is worth the price of admission alone.


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#1 | Eric on November 24 2007 20:49:46
I too recall hearing 'Stone Called Sober' on the radio and at first I thought it was Kansas! What did I know!? A good record that deserved a bigger audience. Oh yeah, and they did tour with Kansas too....
#2 | rkbluez on November 07 2009 01:02:04
A great album of classy bluesy melodic rock with good vocals and nice guitar work...but I still think the second Crawler CD is even better though...Sail On is a killer song.
#3 | MNWild87 on April 17 2013 02:26:10
Stone cold sober is a criminally overlooked song. Solid album up and down
#4 | super80boy on March 29 2014 18:31:39
The album starts strong with two excellent cuts, 'Without You Babe' and 'You Got Money'. 'Sold On Down The Line' has a good tempo change up from the previous two tracks, a cool bluesy vibe and the vocal treatment effects are a nice touch. Side Two is packed with great cuts…There are killer keyboard effects in the standout 'Pastime Dreamer', more bluesy hook laden melodies in 'Never Loved A Woman', the melodic smooth delivered 'You And Me' and the other standout 'Stone Cold Sober'. I'm not a big vinyl picture disc collector, but Crawler does have one for this album that is quite striking (no pun intended)….
 
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