Hailing from Newcastle Upon Tyne in North East England back in 1974, the brothers Gallagher cut their teeth playing the pubs and clubs until solidifying their line up in 1980 with drummer Rob Hunter. The trio went on to release three of the most influential metal albums of the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) on the Neat records label - (Rock Until You Drop (1981), Wiped Out (1982) and All for One (1983)) - which in turn inspired every band of that era and beyond. Basically, without Raven you wouldn't have thrash/speed metal...after all, the band did give Metallica and Anthrax their first tours!
Rock Until You Drop is the band's debut "golden age' album, presented here on Deluxe 2LP with bonus tracks. "Magic! We were actually doing an album...although this was done off and on over a period of a few months whenever we could sneak in for half a day," explains John Gallagher. "That's why you can hear the band's sound evolving over this period. Fave moments? Walking on plastic cups for the title track intro! Working title for "39/40"? "More ale landlord!" We knew it was a good album but it did so well, probably because it sounds like no-one else."