Emerging from the new wave of the British heavy metal scene of the early ’80s, London based quartet Stampede acquired a loyal and fervent following and in 1982, a major label contract with Polydor. Fronted by vocalist Rueben Archer and son-in-law guitarist Lawrence Archer, the band garnered acclaim for a volatile mixture of energetic heavy rock and an ear for both melody and precision. Lawrence Archer in particular, earned great acclaim for his innovative and exciting guitar playing (he would later form Grand Slam with Phil Lynott). Issued in 1983, Hurricane Town propelled the band to the forefront of the hard rock battlefield earning welcome comparisons to other great British institutions such as UFO, Thin Lizzy, Saxon and Iron Maiden.
Stampede – Hurricane Town
Label: Polydor – POLS 1083, Polydor 811 762-1
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
A1 I’ve Been Told
A2 Love Letters
A3 Casino Junkie
A4 The Other Side http://picosong.com/U8Aa
A5 Turning In Circles
B1 Hurricane Town
B3 The Runner
Bass, Synthesizer [Bass Pedal], Vocals Colin Bond
Drums, Percussion Eddie Parsons
Guitar Laurence Archer
Keyboards Mark Stanway
Vocals Rueben Archer
Comes with A5 merchandise insert.
Recorded at: Park Gate Studios, Battle, Sussex (January ’83)
Britannia Row, London (February ’83)
Engineer: Rafe McKenna
Tape Op: Barry Evans
Recorded and mixed at: Marquee Studios, London
Engineers: Simon Hanhart, Phil Harding
Tape Ops: Mark Wad, Andy Lovell, Mike Higgs
Produced by Nick Tauber and Stampede
this classic album stampede released in 1983 but sadly by the time this was released on Polydor I felt the production was watered down from what these tracks should have sounded like, still I cant give this amazing classic less than maximum review points, because after all with Clive Edwards on drums and the Archer brothers handling the guitar duties this band was a force to reckon with. I think what hurt sales on this album was the polished production, had the production been left more raw this could have been as good as Saxons power and the glory lp from the same year, regardless songs like Mexico still came out amazing and the band was so tight. I would stop shy of calling this a metal record, more a very killer great hard rock record is what this is and back in 83, everyone worldwide was kind of catching on to what had been going on in the uk since 1978/79 with the nwobhm explosion hitting full force by 1980 in the UK. This album brings back such great memories of the shows I was going to, and how life was basically just one big heavy metal party with all the shows, great bands etc., etc. It is always great to hear this, give this a shot if you have never heard it.
To me this sounds like a very slick, sophisticated and smooth early 80s rock record. The vocals are very good, sung in a lower tone than usual for this era. No high pitched wailing here. This isn’t really a NWOBHM record, but it does retain some of that Britishness. Especially in the lyrics, which are great throughout.
Released in 1983, Hurricane Town was the debut and only studio album from British rock band Stampede, one of the more melodic bands to emerge as the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) scene was winding down. The band was originally known as Lautrec, but it was as Stampede that they got attention from a major label.
Hurricane Town fits perfectly alongside the British melodic rock sound of that era, especially bands like Lionheart, Heavy Pettin’ and Praying Mantis. Stampede had just enough metal edge to go with their keyboards (courtesy of Magnum’s Mark Stanway), catchy melodies and great vocal harmonies. Reuben Archer’s vocals are strong and clear, and Laurence Archer’s guitar work was quite impressive. Stampede put together a very polished, radio-friendly rock album, and one that still has a lot of charm. Unfortunately Polydor didn’t promote them much and the band fell apart not long after Hurricane Town’s release.
They may not have been a success story, but Stampede is still a band that’s well worth discovering if you’re a fan of NWOBHM or the early ‘80s UK melodic rock scene (or better yet, both). Fans of bands like Saracen, Heavy Pettin’, Tobruk, Lionheart and especially Praying Mantis will definitely want a copy of Hurricane Town in their collection.