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 Stray-Saturday Morning Pictures-'71 UK-NEW LP

Stray (6) ‎– Saturday Morning Pictures
Long Hair ‎– LHC – 255
Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
Classic Rock

This is the first official re-release on vinyl under licensed courtesy of BMG Rights Management, UK, remastered from an original master copy out of the vaults of BMG. Album was originally released in 1972 on Transatlantic Records. Saturday Morning Pictures was the band`s third album and is guitar player Del Bromham`s and Steve Gadd`s favorite album to this day. It is a great album with songcraft better than most, and with a more ‘matured’, embellished and varied style compared with the previous two albums. Stray made greater use of keyboards, including a VCS3 synth, as well as guest musicians on extra percussion and a sparingly-used violinist. Certainly they’d stepped more in a progressive direction, without discarding hooky, well-crafted songs, but there was less this time around to give full psycho-rock satisfaction. The band`s move toward mellower songs but nevertheless it was still a hard rocking effort with a lot of distorting guitars and psychedelic influences. According to lead guitarists and main composer Del Bronham by the time Stray go to Saturday Morning Pictures they felt they really wanted to experiment with recording techniques and multi instrumentation (this was something Del always admired George Martin and The Beatles for).   ‘Saturday Morning Pictures’ opened up the bands sound, due in part to the maturity of their song writing (check out After the Storm or the instrumental passage in Queen of the Sea) but also due to the production by the legendary Martin Birch, who was moving into production after making his mark engineering for bands like Deep Purple and of course made his mark with Iron Maiden. This was a step up in sound and quality and was due to the band’s building success. Further highlights are the band compositions Our Song and Mr: Hobo, a country blues lament. It should also be noted that Mike Evan from the Bristol band Stackridge played violin and Andy Bearne contibuted harmonica. Transatlantic hired the Rainbow Theatre in Finsbury Park to promote the album, with Stray performing a Saturday morning matinee gig at the venue. Album comes with 4 sided cover sized insert with bandstory, photos etcpp, rematered and brilliant sounding. For all lovers of melodic, psychedelic hard rock!


A1     Our Song

    Written-By – Bromham*, Giles*, Cole*, Gadd*

A2     After The Storm     6:42
A3     Sister Mary     4:15
A4     Move That Wigwam     5:18
B1     Leave It Out

    Written-By – Bromham*, Gadd*

B2     How Could I Forget You?     6:45
B3     Mr. Hobo

    Written-By – Gadd*

B4     Queen Of The Sea     6:00

    Backing Vocals – Barry St. John, Kay Gardner*, Lisa Strike*, P.P. Arnold
    Bass – Gary G. Giles*
    Congas – Keith Bleasby
    Design – Hipgnosis (2)
    Design Concept [Sleeve Conception] – Hipgnosis (2)
    Engineer – Martin Birch
    Guitar – Del Bromham
    Harmonica – Andy Bearne
    Keyboards – Del Bromham
    Lead Vocals – Steve Gadd*
    Other [Musket] – Del Bromham
    Percussion – Ritchie Cole
    Producer – Martin Birch, Stray (6)
    Synthesizer – Del Bromham
    Violin – Mike Evans (5)
    Vocals – Del Bromham
    Written-By – Bromham* (tracks: A2 to A4, B2, B4)

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