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Runner - 1979 Runner

ARTIST: Runner
ALBUM: Runner
LABEL: Acrobat (UK), Island (USA)
SERIAL: Acro1 (UK), ILPS-9536 (USA)
YEAR: 1979
CD REISSUE: 2003, Geltoob, GEL-004 * 2007, Air Mail Recordings (Japan), AIRAC-1355


LINEUP: Steve Gould - vocals, guitars * Alan Merrill - guitars, keyboards, vocals * Mickie Feat - bass, vocals * Dave Dowle - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Fooling Myself * 02 Run For Your Life * 03 Broken Hearted Me * 04 Truly From Within * 05 Rock 'n' Roll Soldiers * 06 Gone Too Long * 07 Sooner Than Later * 08 Living Is Loving You * 09 Restless Wind * 10 Dynamite * 11 Living In A Hard World (bonus) * 12 Woman's In Love (bonus) * 13 A Part Of The Game (bonus)

Runner were a great under-estimated melodic rock act from the UK who released just this one album. They were from that same era and locale which launched similar bands such as Crawler, Charlie, City Boy, and Sniff n The Tears. Runner operated in the soft radio rock territory, for which some of their songs could have been great contenders for chart action had some radio jock with a half decent ear been listening. Of the band members, Dowle did a stint with the early rock/blues orientation of David Coverdale's Whitesnake, while Alan Merrill came from the UK pop outfit Arrows. Lead singer Steve Gould closely compares to ex Traffic member Steve Winwood, while for discography freaks, the album was produced by James Guthrie (Judas Priest, Ambrosia).

The Songs
There are many highlights. The opening pair of 'Fooling Myself' and 'Run For Your Life' are a great introduction. Commercial, catchy, and easy on the ear. The latter nearly made it into the UK Charts if I recall. 'Broken Hearted Me' has some similarities to that first Crawler album, with it's slide guitar solos. 'Truly From Within' is a simple but effective ballad. This is followed by the track 'Dynamite' which has Pink Floyd written all over it! My favourite track is the effortless and bouncy 'Sooner Than Later', complete with bubbly piano lines and harmonious chorus vocals. Also bouncing along is the song 'Living Is Loving You'. The closer 'Restless Wind' is a cascading piece, with accoustic guitars and an orchestral string arrangement. Very majestic indeed!

In Summary
As a one album band, I am sure that you will never see this album on CD as it was only ever released on the very small label Acrobat. However, stranger things have happened, and I may be proved wrong over time (I was proved wrong, the album is now available on CD via CD Baby.com). If you do have a turntable and like vinyl, and you do see this around, grab it. I'm sure you'll be impressed but since it's on CD, you shouldn't have to go 'retro'.

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#1 | jeffrey343 on January 01 1970 01:00:00
This is also available on iTunes & Rhapsody, with three additional tracks beyond the ones listed here. I don't usually listen to much before around 1981, but this is pretty good. The three bonus tracks are worth getting if you like the ten original tracks.
#2 | dangerzone on April 24 2007 22:09:00
Just started listening to this one and along with the likes of Charlie and Trickster has to be one of the best of its kind from the UK. The track 'Run For Your Life' is in another league.
#3 | rostoned on January 24 2008 00:59:33
more of their sounds here:

#4 | englandashes on January 03 2011 17:14:41
Just been listening to Sammy Hagar's 1980 album, 'Danger Zone', which is pretty average, however until I got to track 9, being 'Run For Your Life', of course a cover of the original found on this album, the song makes all the other's on Sammy's album really bad in comparison.
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