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Stampede – Hurricane Town [1983]

The story of Stampede, a lesser-known NWOBHM band, is an interesting one. You see, the band was formed by a step-father and step-son duo. Pretty unique, eh? Yes, Stampede was formed by Rueben Archer (vocals) and his step-son Laurence Archer (guitars). Rueben is fifteen years older than Laurence. I can only imagine this made for a strange situation backstage when the groupies came-a-calling! I’m guessing the sentence “don’t tell your mom” was uttered more than once.

Hurricane Town, released in 1983 by Polydor Records, was Stampede’s second album (their debut was actually a live album). Long out of print, Hurricane Town was re-released on CD for the first time in 2006 by Rock Candy Records (out of the U.K.). Anyone who owns one of these Rock Candy “Remastered & Reloaded” collector’s edition CDs knows that Rock Candy does a great job with these re-releases — informative liner notes, pics, bonus material… the whole kit and caboodle. Highly recommended.

At the time, Stampede drew comparisons to Thin Lizzy and UFO. Both comparisons seem appropriate from my viewpoint. Hurricane Town contains nine cuts of very melodic, vibrant hard rock. Choruses are fairly big and moderately memorable. The singing and guitar work are both more-than-serviceable. Unfortunately, Stampede didn’t get a very good push from their label (Polydor) when this album arrived in 1983. According to Rueben, Polydor was preoccupied with another band on their roster at the time — the young and rising Heavy Pettin. Partly due to the label’s apathy, Hurricane Town was to be Stampede’s final album (until reunion in 2009).

Band Members
Colin Bond – Bass, Moog Pedals, Backing Vocals
Eddie Parsons – Drums, Percussion
Laurence Archer – Guitars
Rueben Archer – Lead Vocals

Tracks
01. I’ve Been Told (4:06)
02. Love Letters (5:08)
03. Casino Junkie (3:32)
04. Other Side (4:12)
05. Turning In Circles (3:52)
06. Hurricane Town (6:54)
07. Girl (4:16)
08. The Runner (3:40)
09. Mexico (4:59)
10. Midnight At The Moulin Rouge [2006 Bonus Track]
11. Red Light Ruby [2006 Bonus Track]
12. Mean Gasoline [2006 Bonus Track]
13. Shoot Out The Lights [2006 Bonus Track]

Jeff from “Play it Loud”

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