Raw Deal - Cut Above The Rest [ultra clear - 150], LP
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- Order number: NSP-17529
Weight: High Roller Records
Label: High Roller Records
Year of release: 2019
Vinyl colour: Ultra clear
Info/Extras: 425gsm heavy cardboard cover, lyric sheet, mastered by Patrick W. Engel at Temple of Disharmony.
At the tail end of summer 1978, Orpington, Kent based NWOBHM unit Raw Deal saw its earliest formation with three guitarists and a drummer. This came about when sticksman Steve Richardson and guitarists Paul Reynolds and Brian Smith 'poached' Phobia guitarist / singer Rob Childs after attending a rehearsal with his then band. With Rob also handling the vocals, the search was on for a fifth member to complete the band that now also got its name; Raw Deal. In late 1978 Ade Jones joined Raw Deal and contributed the bass lines to the first documented material from which the song “Cut Above The Rest” was lifted to appear on the much sought after “Kent Rocks” compilation LP, released in 1981 by the White Witch record label that originated from a local record shop. After the recordings and only but a few gigs, Ade was out of the band, and Brian switched from rhythm guitar to bass. In 1981 Raw Deal recorded two more originals; “Out Of My Head” and “In The Mood” that were released as a 7” single by White Witch records in response to enquiries about the band after their appearance on “Kent Rocks”. With a solid live reputation in place but a music scene that was 'saturated', and no proper funds or promotion to lift the band to the next level, Raw Deal was at the short end of the stick which eventually led to the demise of the band in 1982. High Roller records has done the band justice and gathered a selection of hidden gems, rehearsal tracks and previously released material; all remastered, restored and put together in what is one 'prime cut' of NWOBHM; enjoy! Paul van der Burght, Manic Mosh Metal