Saturday, August 29, 2015

Stray - s/t 1970

English hard rock band formed in 1966 by students of the Christopher Wren School in London. The groups brand of melodic, hook-laden hard rock proved to be a popular draw on the local club scene in the 70's. They signed to Transatlantic records in 1970, however, the band didn't have commercial success with it's record releases. There are two Iron Maiden connections to Stray, "All In Your Mind" from Stray's first album was covered by Iron Maiden, and Maiden bassist Steve Harris's daughter, Lauren, has covered "Come on Over." The original Stray dissolved in 1977. They had released 8 albums between 1970 and 1976. The older the album, it seems, the more gritty & raw it sounds. This is their debut album, probably my personal favorite. (comes in a cool die cut cover) Various versions of the band have popped up in the 2000's, with all of their 70's albums being re-released on Sanctuary records in remastered C.D. format.

Vinyl pics by totally

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