Wednesday, April 11, 2007

(Sean Lyons ) METRO - Metro (1976) / RAISE THE DRAGON - Deliverance (1984) / INTIMATE STRANGERS - Charm (1986)


Electronic, Rock
New Wave, Synth-pop

RAISE THE DRAGON - Deliverance (1984)

Tracklist :

01 The Blue Hour
02 Deliverence
03 Raise The Dragon
04 Hold On (I’m Coming)
05 White Country
06 Murder One

Link to download (192 kbs):


Gary Barnacle-Saxophone (M/Level 42/The Ruts/Visage etc.) /Andrew Bodnar-Bass Guitar (The Rumours)/Dave Early-Drums (Sade)/Mark Fox-Percussion (Haircut 100)/Peter Hammond (Producer)/Peter Hammond-Engineer/Barb Jungr-Vocals (Billy Bragg)/Jerry Kreeger-Vocals/Alan Lane-Percussion/Sean Lyons-Guitar (Metro/Robyn Hitchcock/Stewart Copeland/George Clinton/Nick Kamen/The Senators)/Leslie Nemes-Bass Guitar (Haircut 100)/Nigel Ross-Scott-Bass Guitar/Richard Spellman-Vocals/Richard Stevens-Percussion (Linton Kwesi Johnson)/Richard Stevens -Programming/Pickford Sykes-Keyboards (Marianne Faithfull)/Jamie Talbot-Saxophone (The The /Matt Bianco/Art Of Noise etc.)/Philip Todd-Saxophone (Bill Sharpe/Daryl Hall) /E.G. White-Bass Guitar (Brother Beyond)/Bosco DeOliveira-Percussion (EVBG/Frank Chickens/Working Week etc.)

Tracklist :

01 Let Go
02 In the Wilderness
03 Flame On
04 Deliverance
05 Child of the Dust
06 Struck by Lightning
07 My Brilliant Career
08 Raise the Dragon
09 Blue Hour
10 What Are You Waiting For?
11 Worlds Apart
12 Raise The Dragon (Extended European Remix)

Links to download :

"There was once a two-man band named Raise the Dragon, who made one gracefully mannered EP I thought was wonderful. Before they could even make a whole album, though, as best I can deduce, they got hit on the heads by falling frozen turkeys or something, and woke up with some sheet music and each other and no memories. They formed a new band, called Intimate Strangers in honor of their amnesiac alliance, and remade most of the songs from the EP in randomly different styles. Head injury isn't really a self-improvement program, and some of the songs fare incredibly poorly in their second lives ("Raise the Dragon" itself makes me very sad), but "The Blue Hour" is resurrected like the Blue Nile gritting their teeth through migraines in which they think they're Bruce Hornsby, and I sing along with it in honor of everything that never had a chance."

"At his smoothest, Raise the Dragon's Richard Spellman sings like a debonair blend of David Bowie and Bryan Ferry (loud, his voice is quite less appealing); Sean Lyons provides attractive, fragile guitar threads. With backing from five sessionmen, including ex-Rumour bassist Andrew Bodnar, and production by Art of Noise's Anne Dudley, the crafty pair spin both lovely, melodic tunes ("The Blue Hour") and tedious light dance-rockers ("Deliverance" and "Raise the Dragon") on Deliverance. But an ill-advised cover of "Hold On (I'm Coming)" is laughable.
Returning two years later as Intimate Strangers, Spellman and Lyons released Charm, which contains two remixes and one peppy re-recording of their first EP's best songs plus seven new creations in roughly the same plangent dance vein."

About Sean Lyons
Raise The Dragon was a duo from Scotland (Richard Spellman - vocal & Sean Lyons -guitar)released one only Ep,later changed their name to Intimate Strangers to come out with an album in 1986. Their music is a mixture of Bowie, Bryan Ferry and Haircut 100 (Mark Fox and Les Nemes from Haircut 100 played on this album). Sean has played the guitar with such diverse artists as George Clinton, Robyn Hitchcock and Brian Kennedy, toured in '98 with French star Patricia Kaas and even played banjo on "5-6-7-8" by Steps (a career high?). He has collaborated with Stewart Copeland on work included in Rumblefish and Highlander 3 amongst other films, and David Bowie recorded one of his first songs "Criminal World" on the "Let's Dance" album.
Back in 1976 he was a member of art rock band Metro together with Peter Godwin before formed Raise The Dragon

And here is the Metro album ,I took it not only for Sean Lyons, but also Peter Godwin for his collectors and fans :

METRO - Metro (1976)

Art Rock, Pop Rock

Backing Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Vibraphone, Percussion, Voicebox - Duncan Browne
Bass - John Giblin
Drums, Percussion - Simon Phillips
Guitar - Sean Lyons
Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Synthesizer -
Peter Godwin

Tracklist :

01 Criminal World (5:27)
02 Precious (3:03)
03 Overture To Flame (1:54)
04 Flame (6:32)
05 Mono Messiah (4:02)
06 Black Lace Shoulder (4:27)
07 Paris (3:17)
08 One-Way Night (5:53)
09 Jade (4:43)
10 Criminal World (Single) (3:33)

Link to download (192 kbs) :

"Peter Godwin used to play in the band called 'Metro' with Duncan Brown. Metro was a British modern pop unit which is very dandy like Roxy Music. Their "Criminal World" was covered by David Bowie. After disbanding he became a solo singer who is considered to be a part of New Romantics. The sound is Ultravox-ish and the songs produced by Midge Ure and Georg Kajanus (Sailer/Data). After he released two albums, he withdrew from the front scene as a singer and performed as a actor in the movies and British films. In '98, he suddenly released the best album including newly recorded tracks. He released the single "Rendezvous", an Ambient Pop which he did a duet with French girl Sasha with angel voice.Raise The Dragon is an Adult-oriented Modern Pop unit formed by Sean Lyons (who composed "Criminal World") of ex-Metro and Spellman. They were on I.R.S, and later changed the name to Intimate Strangers. "

More info : Official page of Sean Lyon's recent band The Gliders


Anonymous Anonymous said...

First, I could never able to say my gratitude to Saltyka for being generously sharing this music. Thanks a lot Saltyka.

As music lover, I bought Raise The Dragon in the mid 80's. I was at the Uni at that time, and I bought their music in a cassette form.

I bought it because I like their pompous name : Raise The Dragon, and the unique vocal they have, especially "The Blue Hour" number. It was really hard to find out more information about this band back then.

Time passed by, fast forward to today. Strangely, the tune of Blue Hour always resonate in my head, but as much as I like the name of the band, I totally FORGOT it.

I have been searching through google as well, but no help.

Today, I log on to Saltyka, and spot on to his post. And the rest is just a dream come true! Thanks a gain Saltyka.xxxxxxxxxxxxx...millions

This band is still sounded cheesy as I heard back then in the 80's, but this is one band that hideously good! I love them still

12:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Saltyka,

Great blog, and good to see so many bands I had given up hearing about again (including the great Vitamin Z). I have the Raise The Dragon "Blue Hour" 7" but would really appreciate you reposting the "Deliverance" songs.

On the matter of great music from the same era, do you know, or have access to, the following bands:

EMPIRE (UK) - "Talk Free", "This Is My Word" & "My Imagination" - not sure if they ever released an album - more info on the John Uriel memorial website

TWO PEOPLE (UK) - "Heaven", "Rescue Me" and "This Is The Shirt" (Stevenson / Ram)

THE EXPRESSION (Australia) - had a hit in Aus with "With Closed Eyes" and an excellent debut album. Lead singer was Tom Horan.

Many thanks,

1:15 AM  
Blogger shelleyanorphan said...

Hi Saltyka,

Absolutley wonderful to see these great artists work again!

Thanks to Saltyka for making the effort, the info on Intimate Strangers and Sean Lyons is invaluable.

Would so appreciate re-posting Raise the Dragon's Deliverance.

1:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANKS A LOT SALTYKA. I LOVE YOU!!!!! I wnated the metro's lp!!!! you are the only one that who has the link to download!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


2:54 PM  
Blogger LaraQ said...

Took Charm and am really enjoying the music. The Raise the Dragon Deliverance link though seems dead.

Thanks for sharing the music.

5:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Saltyka, How can I download "The Blue Hour" by Raise the Dragon. I can't find it here in the US.

I am desperate to get it.

Thank you!

8:00 PM  
Blogger giselle said...

Greetings from Mission Control, Fort Godwin:-)

After Metro, Peter is definitely back on the scene plus, according to the king of coolness himself he is with a new and called Nuevo, furthermore, "There's an update to the Nuevo website in the wings- a new shop, a new video.. and more.. Coming very soon..." (Peter Godwin)

To learn more about his new band and his music, please visit us at:

Anyways, do join us in his face book fan page:


Much love and thankies Saltyka from the Mission Control Center, Fort Godwin.

skyray is love,

6:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Giselle!

I have just visited Nuevo's site to listen to the new song and can't say more than i love it. Peter is the king!:)

7:25 AM  
Blogger giselle said...

No probs, you can visit Peter and Nuevo at as well and scrobble the album at:

greetings from Mission Control, Fort Godwin.

skyray is love,

8:04 AM  
Blogger bobbysu said...

thank you so much

12:13 AM  
Blogger Jere said...

please, I can't find the blue hour. help me

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great to find their music here. I have the LP but this download saves me the work to code it to mp3, thanks. Anyway an inspiring album.

1:48 PM  
Blogger giselle said...

If anyone wants to download Metro's 2 can find them at my site as well....

I hope I'm not rude to say this...

The Mystery by Metro 7 inch single:


Gemini by Metro

skyray is love,

2:08 PM  
Blogger giselle said...

If anyone wants the 2 albums, New Love and Future Imperfect, you could go to my site and download: -- New Love by Metro -- Future Imperfect by Metro

skyray is love,

10:49 AM  
Anonymous Doug Lynner said...

Hi Saltyka, I thought you and your readers mike like the interview show I did with Peter Godwin recently. It covers Metro, solo 80s output, his collaboration with Steve Winwood and his new band Nuevo. Lots of good music and talk! It streams free at

9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

many thanks from saltyka to Giselle and Doug!!

12:55 AM  
Blogger giselle said...

Thank you as well:-)

skyray is love,

1:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tried to d/l "Charm," but it says it isn't available anymore. :(

3:00 PM  
Blogger Hedonistic Thrill Seeker said...

Any chance for a reup of The Intimate Strangers Charm (1986) ? I would TOTALLY appreciate it !

6:26 PM  

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