Marauder (Blackfoot album)

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Marauder
Studio album by Blackfoot
Released July, 1981
Genre Southern rock, hard rock
Length 37:26
Label Atco
Producer Al Nalli, Henry Weck.
Blackfoot chronology
Tomcattin'
(1980)
Marauder
(1981)
Highway Song Live
(1982)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Marauder is the fifth studio album of Southern rock band Blackfoot, released in 1981.

The album continued in the same vein as their previous successes, "Strikes" and "Tomcattin`". Opening up with the heavy "Good Morning", and including the ballad "Diary Of A Workingman", "Marauder" showcases a range of depth and variety allied to their tried and trusted Southern rock. "Marauder" also sported the hit "Fly Away", which reached #42, and another triumphant Shorty Medlocke appearance on the energetic "Rattlesnake Rock n' Roller", this time with a spoken introduction and banjo solo. Album closer "Searching" is another entry to the Southern rock canon of slow building guitar epics, in the manner of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Freebird", and their own "Highway Song". "Marauder" was the last of their albums that were purely hard, driving, rock - they unsuccessfully introduced synthethizers to their sound through the 1980s, and their popularity waned. Eduardo Rivadavia describes "Marauder" as "...one of the band's best hard rockers to date", and "the last great Blackfoot album".

The band officially broke up amid declining fortunes in the mid-80's, though Medlocke resumed recording under the name Blackfoot a few years later. He is now, again, a member of Lynyrd Skynyrd.

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Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Rick Medlocke and Jakson Spires, except where noted.

  1. "Good Morning" (3:36)
  2. "Payin' for It" (3:38)
  3. "Diary of a Workingman" (5:36)
  4. "Too Hard to Handle" (4:02)
  5. "Fly Away" (2:58)
  6. "Dry Country" (3:42)
  7. "Fire of the Dragon"
  8. "Rattlesnake Rock 'N' Roller" (4:01) (Shorty Medlocke/Rick Medlocke/Spires)
  9. "Searchin'" (5:43)

Personnel[edit]

  • Rickey Medlocke - lead vocals, guitar
  • Charlie Hargrett - guitar
  • Greg T. Walker - bass guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Jakson Spires - drums, percussion, vocals
Additional personnel
  • Henry Weck - percussion, engineer
  • Shorty Medlocke - banjo, harmonica
  • Magic Rooster - horn, keyboards
  • Pat McCaffrey - horn, keyboards
  • David Cavender - trumpet
  • Donna Davis - backing vocals
  • Pamela Vincent - backing vocals

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Blackfoot: Greatest Hits (liner notes). Flashback Records. 2003. 
  3. ^ Blackfoot: Marauder album CD liner notes. ATCO Records. 1990. 32107-2.