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Stampede - 1983 Hurricane Town

ARTIST: Stampede
ALBUM: Hurricane Town
LABEL: Polydor
YEAR: 1983
CD REISSUE: 2005, Retrospect Records, RR 137 * 2006, Rock Candy Records, CANDY011


LINEUP: Rueben Archer - vocals * Laurence Archer - guitars * Colin Bond - bass, moog pedals, vocals * Eddie Parsons - drums

Guest: Mark Stanway - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 I've Been Told * 02 Love Letters * 03 Casino Junkie * 04 The Other Side * 05 Turning In Circles * 06 Hurricane Town * 07 Girl * 08 The Runner * 09 Mexico


Stampede had a relatively short stay on the UK melodic rock circuit, being in operation between late 1981 and finishing up in 1984. Their formation came about after the departure of the Archer brothers from the band Wild Horses, which featured well known musos Jimmy Bain and Brian Robertson. Taking drummer Frank Noon along for the ride they soon became Stampede, adding bassist Colin Bond. When Noon himself departed to the band Torme, newcomer Eddie Parsons joined the fold. Their sound is very influenced by UFO, with both Archers doing their best to emulate their heroes Phil Mogg and Michael Schenker.

The Songs
After an appearance at Reading during 1982, they followed it up with the 'The Official Bootleg' album, containing part studio and part live tracks. For their second effort the next year, they enlist the help of Magnum ivory tinkler Mark Stanway to round out their sound. Some of the songs are excellent, while some only just make the cut. The UFO comparison is immediately heard on opener 'I've Been Told' while the standout track is the brilliant 'Love Letters'. Elsewhere, 'Casino Junkie' has some stirring passages in it, helped by the keyboard stabs of Stanway. 'The Runner' literally gallops along at breakneck speed you feel like you're gonna trip up. Unfortunately, the revolution storytelling in 'Mexico' doesn't do a lot to captivate the listener.

In Summary
Some of the other tracks are OK but don't stand out and grab you by the throat. Stampede didn't last the distance, considering they did have some talent. Guitarist Laurence Archer hooked with another shortlived project.. Grand Slam alongside the late Phil Lynott who had by this stage chucked his hand in with Thin Lizzy. Laurence got his wish and later joined his heroes UFO. Further down the track, 'Hurricane Town' was reissued in 2006 by Rock Candy Records, the result of which saw the Archers resurrect the band in 2009, culminating in a new album in 2011 called 'A Sudden Impulse'.

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