Saturday, 21 April 2012
Gun - Selftitled (Classic 1st Album UK 1969)
Ripped by: ChrisGoesRock
Source: Japan 24-Bit Remaster
The Gun was a late 1960s British rock guitar trio, who scored a single British Top Ten hit, "Race With The Devil" and recorded two albums before disbanding. Two of its founders, brothers Adrian and Paul Gurvitz, later took the name Three Man Army and then, after joining up with Ginger Baker, the Baker Gurvitz Army.
The Gun were renamed in 1967 from The Knack, formed by guitarist/vocalist Paul Gurvitz (born Paul Anthony Gurvitz, 6 July 1944, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire (he was known by the surname Curtis until the early 1970s after which he returned to his original name Gurvitz). The Knack changed its name with the development of a psychedelic style in the spring/summer of 1966, performing at the final UFO Club concerts with bands such as Pink Floyd, Arthur Brown, Tomorrow. Recording sessions at Olympic Studios produced the unreleased single "Lights On The Wall".
"Race with the Devil"
In November 1967 they recorded for the BBC alternative music radio programme Top Gear and twice played on air. The group was a power trio consisting of Paul Curtis, bassist, his younger brother Adrian Curtis (Adrian Gurvitz), guitarist/vocalist, and Louie Farrell (born Brian John Farrell, 8 December 1947, Goodmayes, Essex), drummer, who had joined The Knack in mid 1966.
After being signed to CBS Records in early 1968 the band scored a hit with the opening track from their self-titled album (1968), "Race With The Devil". Issued as a single in October 1968 it reached the top 10 in its native UK and #35 on the Australian Singles Chart (Go-Set) in March 1969. Jimi Hendrix quoted the song's riff during his song "Machine Gun" at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970. "Race With The Devil" has been covered by Judas Priest (on the remastered CD version of Sin After Sin), Black Oak Arkansas (on their album Race With The Devil), Girlschool (on their album Demolition), and Church of Misery (on their split album with Acrimony).
Their debut album's cover is noteworthy as an early example of the work of Roger Dean. Allmusic describes it as having a "distinctive psych-flavored proto-metal" sound. Their second album, Gunsight (1969), included tracks such as "Long Haired Wildman" and "Drown Yourself In The River".
01. Race With the Devil
02. The Sad Saga of the Boy and the Bee
03. Rupert's Travels
04. Yellow Cab Man
05. It Won't Be Long
07. Rat race
08. Take off
Added by Dirty Funky Situation at Saturday, April 21, 2012