Running Free (album)

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Running Free
Dragon - Running Free (Album Cover).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1977
Genre
Length36:39
LabelPortrait Records, CBS Records
ProducerPeter Dawkins
Dragon chronology
Sunshine
(1977)
Running Free
(1977)
O Zambezi
(1978)
Singles from Running Free
  1. "April Sun in Cuba"
    Released: October 1977
  2. "Shooting Stars"
    Released: January 1978

Running Free is the fourth studio album by New Zealand-Australian rock band Dragon. It was produced by Peter Dawkins and was originally released in November 1977 on vinyl and re-released on CD in 1989.[1] The album peaked at number 6 on the Australian Kent Music Report. The album was certified triple platinum in Australia. [2]

Reception[edit]

Skip Jansen from AllMusic gave the album 3 out of 5 saying commented on the change of sound from previous records from the "verbose progressive rock sound into an equally lurid pub rock sound" adding "the album remain [a] timepieces of a dark and decadent era for New Zealand rock."[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "April Sun in Cuba (Marc Hunter, Paul Hewson) - 3:26
  2. "Rose (M. Hunter, Robert Taylor, Todd Hunter) - 3:36
  3. "Any Fool Can Tell You (P. Hewson) - 4:42
  4. "Shooting Stars (P. Hewson) - 3:30
  5. "Man Gone West (R. Taylor) - " 4:30
  6. "Bob's Budgie Boogie (R. Taylor) - " 3:53
  7. "Some Strange Dream" (T. Hunter) - 3:15
  8. "Mr Thunder (M. Hunter) - " 3:50
  9. "Since You Changed Your Mind (P. Hewson) - " 3:41
  10. "Running Free" (M. Hunter, R. Taylor, T. Hunter) - 4:16

Charts[edit]

Chart (1977/78) Position
Australian Kent Music Report[4] 6
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[5] 16

Personnel[edit]

  • Bass – Todd Hunter
  • Guitar – Robert Taylor
  • Keyboards – Paul Hewson
  • Lead Vocals – Marc Hunter
  • Percussion – Kerry Jacobson
  • Vocals – Paul Hewson, Robert Taylor, Todd Hunter

References[edit]

  1. ^ Holmgren, Magnus; Miller, Chuck. "Dragon". Passagen.se. Australian Rock Database (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  2. ^ Barry Bull, Ritchie Yorke (1 September 2005). A Little Bull Goes a Long Way: Business Notes from the Music Man. Pennon Publishing. p. 42. ISBN 1877029017.
  3. ^ "Running Free by Dragon". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives: Australian Chart Book. p. 94. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid-1983 and 19 June 1988..
  5. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Dragon – Running Free". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 June 2017.