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31st August 2017


Stray, who celebrated their 50th anniversary last year by performing a special sold out show at the London Borderline with the original line-up of the ever present Del Bromham plus vocalist Steve Gadd, bassist Gary Giles and drummer Ritchie Cole, will be repeating the experience again at the same venue on Friday 20th October.

The Borderline show will feature a set from the current Stray line-up of sole survivor Del Bromham, along with bassist Stuart Uren, hard-hitting drummer Karl Randall and guitarist Pete Dyer, who originally joined in 1974 for a few albums and returned in 2010.

The original line-up will then reunite once more to perform a handful of songs, many of which will be different to the songs they performed last year.

The original line-up at The Borderline last year...

On the day of the Borderline show, Esoteric Recordings will be releasing a 4CD clamshell box set, 'All In Your Mind - The Transatlantic Years 1979-1974', featuring all the recordings that Stray made for the Transatlantic record label between 1970 and 1974, including their classic eponymous debut album.

Covering every track from the albums 'Stray', 'Suicide', 'Saturday Morning Pictures', 'Mudanzas' and 'Move It', this set also features a thirteen track CD which gathers together studio out-takes, demos and rare singles, including four songs recorded for Pye Records in 1968 at an audition session for producer John Schroeder.

Newly re-mastered, 'All In Your Mind...' includes an illustrated booklet with a new essay by Malcolm Dome.

MetalTalk's Mark Taylor spoke to the original foursome before last year's show at The Borderline about the early days of life in West London, their gigging days which included exploding dustbins and supporting major bands like Kiss, Status Quo and Black Sabbath and how they ended up being managed by the notorious Charlie Kray.

You can watch that interview again right here:

The current line-up of Stray will be gigging hard as usual throughout 2017, including a date at the Dagenham Roundhouse this Saturday, 2nd September, with guests Ken Pustelnik's Groundhogs in a special Village Reunion XI show at the the very same venue where bands regularly played in the 70s.




Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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