Montreal's Cruiser are most known for their association with April Wine, having been the home of ex-drummer Richie Henman. Not much is known about the band's history, but their debut, "Rollin' With the Times", was issued in 1980 by Network Records and was seemingly met with great critical favor. Apparently the band even received interest from a major label, but split before their followup album could be completed. After the band split, Ed Stevens continued in the business working with Leyden Zar, as well as releasing instrumental music and working on soundtracks. The remaining member's whereabouts are unknown.
The album is a fantastic and diverse collection of tracks that touches on elements of hard rock, pop and AOR with wry lyricism and clever vocal arrangements. Most of the tracks here are excellent, with no shortage of hooks and tight musicianship. The band really hits its creative stride towards the end of the album, leaving the listener fully satisfied at its conclusion. Fans of Harlequin, Prism or Russia will find something to like here. Snap this one up, straight from the 'orchman' archives and hear the awe inspiring potential of one of Canada's forgotten talents.
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