Although Raven’s origins date as far back as 1974, they came to the attention of the British rock media with the 1980 release of their debut single, ‘Don't Need Your Money’. Hailing from Newcastle, it seemed inevitable that brothers John & Mark Gallagher, on Bass Guitar / Lead Vocals & Lead Guitar respectively, joined by drummer Rob “Wacko” Hunter, would sign to Newcastle based NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) label Neat Records, alongside other NWOBHM luminaries Venom, Fist & White Spirit.
A 4CD Box Set of Samson material. This collection features 1985’s “THANK YOU AND GOODNIGHT”, the acclaimed live album recorded in Holland and Germany in March and April 1984 on the tour to promote the “Don’t Get Mad Get Even” album, “PAUL SAMSON’S EMPIRE LIVE AT THE MARQUEE” at London’s legendary club on 29th May 1986, “THE BLUES NIGHTS (SLIGHT RETURN)”, a collection of live recordings from some of his low-key blues jams and other projects and LIVE IN LONDON 2000” - the band's reunion show at London's LA2.
Samson’s career goes back to the mid-1970s London pub and club circuit, where early members included future Squeeze drummer Paul Gunn, and ex Zzebra bassist John McCoy. By 1977 the line-up had stabilised with future Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr, and ex- Steamhammer, Castle and Tiger Lily bassist Chris Aylmer.
Each of the three albums is presented in a “mini-sleeve” of the original LP, and is housed in a “clamshell” box. The expanded booklet features an expanded essay by NWOBHM and Witchfynde expert, John Tucker.
Previously only available in the States on vinyl, this is the very first official release for the RUNNING WILD by GIRLSCHOOL on CD, and features liner notes from Classic Rock and Metal Hammer’s Malcolm Dome based on new interviews with the band.