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Runner

by Runner

This is British 70's rock to the max; imagine Bad Company and Foreigner mixed with a touch of Steve Winwood.
Genre: Rock: 70's Rock
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1. Fooling Myself
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2. Run For Your Life
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3. Broken Hearted Me
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4. Truly From Within
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5. Dynamite
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6. Sooner Than Later
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7. Rock N Roll Soldiers
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8. Gone Too Long
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9. Living Is Loving You
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10. Restless Wind
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11. Living In A Hard World
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12. Woman's In Love
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13. A Part Of The Game
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Runner grew out of the ashes of the bands Rare Bird and The Arrows, with the two bands' respective singers Steve Gould and Alan Merrill joining forces.

The rhythm section they enlisted was Dave Dowle, Whitesnake's original drummer, and Mick Feat, bassist of Van Morrison's "Wavelength" era band. The four musicians did a demo, and were signed almost immediately to Island Records.
Hailed in the press as a supergroup, the band made an immediate impact, but for reasons only known to the individuals in the band, refused to tour, in spite of the success of their debut album.

The group lasted little over a year, even though they made the Billboard LP charts in 1978. The band were dropped by their label for refusing to tour, and Runner quickly became only a memory of a band that could have been very big in the music world. The band members have all gone on to other high profile professional music projects since the demise of the group.

The music on this CD is enduring, the songs are well crafted and strong. The high level of vocal harmony and musicianship on this recording more than stands the test of time.

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Philippe Kalck

Très bon album que celui de Runner réédité heureusement en CD
Runner 1978, réédité en CD, pour notre plus grand plaisir.
Le groupe de Steve Gould tourne, ronronne, et nous balance
son rock mélodique,funky,en toute sérénité et tranquilité.
Ses voix somptueuses nous entrainent à fredonner ces mélodies soigneusement travaillées. Hautement recommandé!!!
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jan

the best cd i have brought in ages
the cd was just great no more needed
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Barry

Great record
I had this on vinyl and was really happy to see it here at CD Baby in CD format. Great record!
Peace
Barry
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sean kelly

great stuff
Hey - missing Rare Bird? - can't get enough of Steve Gould's great voice? Treat yourself to this very fine album - shame they only made one - but here it is - get in there !!
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Burkhard Oschem

Great record
I had this music on self-recorded mc since 1979.
Mc is still running,but I´m happy to have this great peace of music on CD. Wonderful music.
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Jeff Meneau

Little River Band / Chicago/ Doobies
All rolled into one. Great sounding classic style rock.
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Mark

Fantastic album
This album finally was released on CD. This is a great CD by a great band. Too bad they didn't stick together for any other releases. The bonus songs fit in with the originals.
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George Thatcher


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).

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 favorite 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!

As a one album band, I was sure that this album would never see the light of day on CD as it was only ever released on the very small label Acrobat. However, stranger things have happened, as the thing has indeed hit the digital age!
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John Kapros

KSHE CLASSICS, ST LOUIS
In St. Louis, Missouri we have a rock station called K-SHE95. I grew up listening to K-SHE classic songs. Rarebird and Runner are a big part of the great music they play. Still playing it and still loving it. Happy to have Runner on CD finally. THANKS CD BABY!!
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Stefan Nowak

Great CD!
This Band and this CD are very great! I have wait so a long time for it! The sound is not so good but it dosn´t matter because I love this music!
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