Biography: Runner grew out of the ashes of the bands Rare Bird and The Arrows, with the two bands? respective singers Steve Gould and Alan Merrill joining forces.
The rhythm section they enlisted was Dave Dowle, Whitesnake?s original drummer, and Mick Feat, bassist of Van Morrison?s "Wavelength" era band. The four musicians did a demo, and were signed almost immediately to Island Records. Hailed in the press as a supergroup, the band made an immediate impact, but for reasons only known to the individuals in the band, refused to tour, in spite of the success of their debut album.
The group lasted little over a year, even though they made the Billboard LP charts in 1978. The band were dropped by their label for refusing to tour, and Runner quickly became only a memory of a band that could have been very big in the music world.
Comments: I found this classic AOR piece of an album at cdbaby.com, it was re-released with 3 bonus tracks in 2003 by the UK label Acrobat records. The sound is pure nostalgia in the same vein as the REO Speedwagon, Bad Company, 38 Special and Charlie - we?re talking late 70?s AOR rock with 3 way harmony vocals in the best degree. Too bad Runner only existed for a short while and only did one album but I?m so glad I found it on cd, singer/guitarist Alan Merrill joined Rick Derringer Band in 1980 and bassist Mick Feat plus Steve Gould joined Alvin Lee?s Band for the recording of the Atlantic release "Free fall". Who can resist AOR gem?s like "Fooling myself", "Run for your life" or "Sooner than later" - the 3 bonus tracks "Living in a hard world", "Woman?s in love" and "A part of the game" are quite good too. Pure nostalgia and what about that awesome artwork!