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The Rapiers

Formed in the early '80s in the north of London, the Rapiers gained much influence and credibility for a sound that resembled classic Merseybeat rock & roll in the vein of Cliff Richard and his backing group the Shadows. Led by singer Colin Pryce-Jones, the group performed in numerous venues in England before recording its 1983 debut EP effort, Vol. I, on Red Door Records. Three more EPs followed from 1984 to 1986, with its first vinyl full-length being Straight to the Point in 1985 on Ace Records. Known for being a great live act, magazines such as The Face and New Musical Express reported on the group. In 1987, the Rapiers released its second album 1961 on Ace Records. Throughout this time though, the group became a supporting group for several British musicians, including Cliff Richard, Billy J. Kramer, and Freddie Garrity. In 1991, the quartet released The Return of the Rapiers on Fury Records. In 1994, Back to the Point was released to much praise. Guitarist Neil Ansby and bass player Brad Dallaston left the Rapiers, replaced by guitarist Wayne Nicholls and bass player Nathan John Hulse. The band released You'll Never Walk Alone With in 2000 and more touring ensured, including supporting Mike Berry. A greatest-hits compilation was released in 2002. Spotlight on the Rapiers was released on Fury Records. The group plans to star as the Shadows in a touring British production titled Cliff the Musical. In 2003, they released Return of and Back to the Point, followed by 1961 in December of 2005. ~ Jason MacNeil

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