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Back To Thunder

by Strife

Strife 3 piece rock band from the 70's acclaimed as one of the best live acts in the UK at this time.
Genre: Rock: 70's Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Shockproof
3:32 $0.99
2. Let Me Down
5:14 $0.99
3. Feel So Good
2:50 $0.99
4. Sky
6:04 $0.99
5. You Are What You Are
3:52 $0.99
6. Red Sun
3:33 $0.99
7. Fool Injected Overlap
6:31 $0.99
8. Weary Traveller
3:45 $0.99
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Album Notes
A 3 piece fairly heavy rock band from the 70's highly acclaimed as one of the best live acts in the UK at this time. The 1st album "Rush" originally released on Chrysalis in 1975 featuring the epic 12 minute title track is still selling today to all ages.Their next release was a maxi single with the classic track "School" as the title, sadly only available on collecters sites, but will be on a new album of previously unreleased tracks shortly. "Back To Thunder" was the 2nd and last album originally released on "Gull Records" in 1978 and features the bass solo track "Red Sun" from Gordon Rowley who was once voted the 2nd best Bass player in the world. If you like high energy music totally unique, give this lot a listen. AND NOW!at last after 30 years!! a "live" album is available of a complete set played in 1976 at the Nottingham Boat Club. The cd is totally as it was on the night, no overdubs, no autotune "NOTHING" I dare you to listen to the final track "RUSH" you won't believe just 3 guys can do this!


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It was the cover of this album which caught my interest in the first place. I thought it was cool and interesting and I assumed that this was no ordinary pop album. This happened back in the good old days when you got a chance to listen to the music before you bought it. Not a practice all that common nowadays, but things seems to get a little better in some shops.
The back of the cover listed only three musicians (with a keyboard player on a few tracks), so I was hoping for some really heavy guitar freak-out here when I asked for a quick listen. I was both right and wrong. It was absolutely guitar-driven, but far from the expression of Cream, Robin Trower or Rory Gallagher that I was hoping for. But it’s a classic anyway in my humble opinion ! I’ll try to explain why.
A rasping, scratchy guitar starts “Shockproof” with a fast repeating riff which makes your boogie feet itch. John Reid is the man behind all the guitars on the album and, believe me, he’s busy here! And he takes care of all the lead vocals as well. He got a very pleasant voice, light and smooth but with the necessary power needed to cope with the music. A busy man is also the drummer David Williams, he pounds along with Gordon Rowley’s and keeping the track tight and meaty. A few bars with fat boogie is thrown in for good measure before John Reid lays on more guitars on top of the raspy riff who runs all the way through the track. I liked this track immediately, but when I heard the follower, “Let Me Down”, I was completely sold! Some fragile soft chords from John’s guitar starts the ball before a fat, bluesy guitar tops the easy riff in the background. And the bass of Gordon is far more at present here, heavy and slightly distorted. It’s powerful and full of hooks that sticks to your brain. A killer ! Much of the same is to said about “Feel So Good”, a short fast snappy tune, but with a tough wah-wah solo, which was very typical seventies. Goodie!
Don Airey is no novice when it comes to the art of keyboard playing (widely known for his work with Colosseum II, Rainbow and many others), and he’s the man hired to deal with the job on this album. We got a good feel of the man’s capabilities in “Sky” where he backs the band nicely with piano and has clever ideas when it comes to follow all John Reid’s guitars and tempo changes. Maybe the best track on the album !!
“You Are What You Are” is another track with several tempo changes, lots of guitars but where Gordon’s bass steals the show with his bending of the strings and where Don adds a few Hammond organ chords. Gordon has also written the follower, “Red Sun”, an instrumental with only his bass guitar as the only instrument. The track got this warm sound despite the fact that the bass is heavily fuzzed at times. The long “Fool Injected Overlap” opens with some nice acoustic guitar theme and some relaxed singing before both the power and tempo changes. And more tempo changes is to come, this one is a workout of dimensions for the whole band. Good one! Good is also the album closer “Weary Traveller”, a more quiet and subdued track with John’s voice full of soul and where Don’s keyboards is majestic and classical inspired. An absolutely worthy ending to a classy album!
Strife, and particularly on this album, was a band who knew a lot how to sound both heavy and simple, advanced and rocking in a way that made me playing this album a whole lot, since the day I grabbed and it will continue the occupation of both my cd-player (when I’m at work) and my record player (when I’m home) from time to time. I never get tired of this album !
So if you’re into records with tons of guitars, rocking and heavy, coupled up with shitloads of tempo changes and good songs, you could do a lot worse than get your hands on this one.
Strife released only two albums (this was their second and last) and one EP in their short career. Their debut “Rush” isn’t quite up to the standard of this one, but worth having. I’ve regrettably never heard the EP.
All I know is that when they called it a day, bass player Gordon Rowley started Nightwing, but what happened to bandleader John Reid and drummer David Williams I know nothing about.



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sandy davies

very good and orignal sound
I bought this cd after reading the review already written on this site. the overall sound of the cd is orginal excellant guitar riffs and solos from john reid strangly reminiciant of john mclaughnan witha slice of jan ackerman just for the taste. the drumming is tight and very well played I suppose that it would be very hard for dave williams trying to replace paul elson as the latter was an animal always with a big drum sound and I am told was the founder of the band. The bass playing is just the best I have heard, it takes over from the guitar actually playing shared guitar solo,s and the red sun track is a lesson to any bass player, sheer brilliance. Buy it this one it is a classic, Im off to listen to that bass solo again and try to figure out how a bass can make these sounds. I read that gordon rowley was voted the second best bassist in the world, I would love to hear the first,