Artist:      British Lions

Title:        British Lions

File:         Rock

Signed to the very hip Vertigo Records, British Lions’ self-titled debut hit the streets to critical acclaim in 1978.

Comprising members of MOTT (the post-Ian Hunter version of Mott the Hoople) and John Fiddler of Medicine Head, the band toured the UK supporting Status Quo on the UK leg of their Rockin’ All Over The World Tour, and then in their own right as headliners.

After a US tour, they returned in the autumn of 1978 to record a second album in ‘Trouble With Women’ – only to find themselves dropped by their US and UK labels.

Punk was blamed, spiriting as it did a backlash against rock that denied bands like Lions their due ascent through the charts.

Bonus tracks here include radio sessions, live performances and demos by Fiddler and guitarist Ray Major prior to the band calling it a day.

Some came to reflect that had John Fiddler replaced Ian Hunter a couple of years earlier, ‘British Lions’ would have been a hit.

The Band

  • Morgan Fisher – keyboards
  • John Fiddler – guitar, harmonica, vocals
  • Dale Griffin – drums
  • Ray Major – guitar, vocals
  • Pete Overend Watts – bass, vocals

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  1. One More Chance To Run
  2. Wild in The Streets
  3. Break This Fool
  4. International Heroes
  5. Fork Talkin’ Man
  6. My Life in Your Hands
  7. Big Drift Away
  8. Booster
  9. Eat The Rich
  1. One More Chance To Run (radio)
  2. Break This Fool (radio)
  3. Wild In The streets (radio)
  4. Wild one (live)
  5. Eat The Rich Second Course (demo)
  6. Can’t Get over You (demo)
  7. Long Distance Love (demo)
  8. You Got Everything (demo)