Stray - Suicide (1971, uk stupendous hard/psychedelic blues-rock, vinyl rip) Flac

Uma das bandas que melhor faziam hard rock nos anos setenta. Grande album!

London's Stray followed up an eclectic eponymous debut with more of the same on their 1971 sophomore effort, Suicide, which of course was just dandy since "more of the same" on this occasion essentially entailed another imaginative melding of different musical genres under the broad, forgiving definition afforded by the progressive rock.

As to the album's rather negative title, it didn't foreshadow a radical shift toward the quartet's pre-existing heavy rock tendencies (actually, more keyboards were the hot novelty here) so much as a reflection of these songs' darker overall mood when it came to their lyrics. Opener "Son of the Father" offered a perfect example, as it alternated quiet passages of sublime but chilling beauty with other hard-driving but rather upbeat sections -- all supporting questioning meditations about generations of men sent off to war after war.

Some ensuing tracks, like "Nature's Way" and "Do You Miss Me?" continue to showcase Stray's copious testosterone via wicked power chords and boogie grooves (but always interlaced with some unexpected jam or jazzy accent), and the especially forceful "Jericho" catapults untold scores of contrasting riffs against one another with urgent intensity, ultimately culminating in a truly frightening descending riff sequence.

Other songs take the opposite course of gentle introspection, achieving both mesmerizing (the lyrically corny but musically elegiac "Where Do Our Children Belong") and dismaying results (the soppy, string-laden Muzak of "Dearest Eloise"), while the neither-here-nor-there "Run Mister Run" evokes a Southern rock feel with its cow bells and blue-collar construction.

And, finally, there's the controversially themed title track, which combines a Black Sabbath-like bass progression from Gary G. Giles with foreboding fuzz chords and sizzling solo licks from Del Bromham (reminiscent of Sir Lord Baltimore) to impart its gloomy story. Not a very uplifting finale, obviously, but nothing that detracts from Suicide's multi-faceted creative accomplishment, under any circumstance -- especially considering the album was reportedly recorded at Olympic Studios in just 30 hours! 
(by Eduardo Rivadavia)

A1. Son of the Father - 5:48
A2. Nature's Way - 3:29
A3. Where Do Our Children Belong - 3:39
A4. Jericho - 4:55 
B1. Run Mister Run - 3:54 
B2. Dearest Eloise (Steve Gadd) - 2:30
B3. Do You Miss Me? - 6:28 
B4. Suicide - 7:39


  1. Stray is one of the most consistent and popular bands of the 70s, Stray trod a fine line between Hard Rock, Prog, and harmony-driven boogie, their powerful playing, hook - laden melodies. The second album 'Suicide' is brilliant in some way a is continuation their excellent debut 'Stray'(1970),the combination heavy riff , catchy melodies and abrupt changes of tempo and rhythm. Stray had their own, recognizable style, but the comparison to the early Budgie, Sabbath and Purple certainly will not be misplaced. This album is obligation! would found itself in the collection of every self-respecting collector!

    The second album Stray shows the development of the group. Appear here richer arrangements - instruments includes mellotron and organ, on which he played Del Bromham, and that appear in even opening a whole, extended "Son of the Father", the wistful ballad "Dearest Eloise". Style the group still easily determine the term heavy psych. "Nature's Way" is another chad piece, time after time intermittent percussive passages. Its opposite is moody, beautiful ballad "Where Do Our Children Belong", but then the team proposes two consecutive chad: really heavy but catchy "Jericho" and a little less interesting "Run Mister Run", which can be considered as the only filler on LP. "Do You Miss Me" is The Beatles melodies in the vocals, but also long instrumental passages 'departures' of psychedelic solos Bromhama. The album closes track 9-minute "Suicide," in which the group presented its own version of blues rock. Here, however, is weak vocal, which was to be probably aggressive, but she quite comical. After all, "Suicide" is brilliant album Stray. (for me)

    Unfortunately, I can not say the same about the issued a few months later "Saturday Morning Pictures", on which the band decided to soften their music and backing it include of female vocals. Disappointed with this LP, the next longer I did not want to listen. I appreciate, however, for the group of musicians that never surrendered, and despite the lack of commercial success, consistently recorded more albums. Six first arose in virtually the same composition, but in 1974 expanded by a second guitarist, Peter Dyer. However, during the recording of "Stand Up and Be Counted" (1975), the left Gadd, and his duties took Bromham and Dyer. In 1976 published two more albums - "Houdini" and "Hearts of Fire" - then Stray activity has been completed.

    Group back in the early 80s, but its activity was limited then only to play concerts. This approach resulted first live album in the discography, "Live at the Marquee" (1984). A further activity Stray interrupted Bromhama cooperation with a team of Nightwing, launched in 1987. The band returned in 1993 for a short tour. These were the last performances of Giles, Cole and Dyer. Released in 1996 the album "New Dawn" was recorded by Dela Bromhama with bassist Dusty Miller and drummer Phil McKee. Since then, discography Stray enriched by two more albums, "10" (2002) and "Valhalla" (2008). The Group is active today, and its current composition Bromhamowi accompanied by bassist Stuart Uren and drummer Karl Randall.

    Thx Nel !!! :)

    1. Vinyl rip, Flac 96/24bit lossless

  2. Many thanks ! I grab the odd folder from you and I am rarely disappointed.
    All the best from your friends in the UK

  3. Poderia por favor postar novamente:
    Steel - same (1971, US, bluesyhardrock, Epic vinyl rip, single flac + cue, DR11, artwork)

    agradeço antecipadamente

  4. Hi, can you reupload:
    Steel - Steel (1971)


  5. my fav band/ many thanks for vinyl rip!
    adamus67, many thanks for info


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