British hard-rockers The Gun burst onto the scene in 1968 with a self-titled debut that established its members as new forces in rock. Gun was an album of firsts: not only was it the group’s inaugural LP, but it was also the starting point for Adrian and Paul Gurvitz (or Curtis, as they’re named here), who would later found Three Man Army with Tony Newman and Buddy Miles, and The Baker-Gurvitz Army with Ginger Baker. It was also the first album to feature cover art by celebrated artist Roger Dean, who later forged a decades-long creative partnership with Yes.
Gun’s impressive blend of rock, psychedelia, and mod influences are on full display on the album’s eight tracks. Among the gems is the Adrian Gurvitz original, “Race With The Devil.” A proto-metal workout that combines traditional hard rock instrumentation with brass and orchestra, the song has since been covered by the likes of Black Oak Arkansas, Girlschool, and Judas Priest.
Now, Gun returns to vinyl for the first time in thirty years. On March 1, Real Gone will issue a limited-edition “red devil” color vinyl version of the album that perfectly complements the eye-catching original artwork which adorns the new pressing. The run is limited to just 1,000 copies, so secure your copies now! Check out the full track listing and pre-order links below.
- Race With the Devil
- The Sad Saga of the Boy and the Bee
- Rupert’s Travels
- Yellow Cab Man
- It Won’t Be Long (Heartbeat)
- Rat Race
- Take Off