Strider - Exposed [With Booklet] [Remastered] (Uk) | RECORD STORE DAY
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Fully Remastered Audio / London-based hard rockers make significant strides with debut album / Produced by Damon Lyon-Shaw (Status Quo, Golden Earring) / Includes, 'Seems So Easy', 'Crossed Line' & 'Searching The Clouds', plus 3 Bonus Tracks / 16 page full-colour booklet, 4,500 word essay with new interviews & enhanced artwork BRITISH ROCK during the early '70s was, it's fair to say, exploding with bright new talent. Strider were a great example of this ascendance, and crafted tough hip thrusting riffs and chest beating hooks in a style that was rapidly becoming the calling card of the era. Bands such as Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Free were dominating the charts but others including Strider weren't very far behind. It was a golden era for rock, and everything was to play for. Formed in 1971 under the handle of Rowan Oak, the band solidified their line-up, changed their name and enlisted the help and assistance of Marquee club booker Jack Barrie who guided them into the arms of other industry illuminati including Babe Ruth's svengali Martin Saville and the newly formed GM records, a label run by Faces manager Billy Gaff. It was this cabal of heavy weight talent that steered the band in an upward direction including lengthy European tours with Rory Gallagher and Status Quo. Produced by Jimmy Horowitz (who was married to GM artist Leslie Duncan) 'Exposed' showcases a confidant and highly potent rock band with the emphasis on muscle and energy. Released in 1973 to much praise and excitement, the album is a revered part of the time when British hard rock was dominating the music world. Check out tracks such as 'Esther's Place', 'Ain't Got No Love', 'Get Ready' and 'Straddle' for three prime examples of a powerful and impressive band who could and should have gone on to bigger and better success.