Working-class British hard rock group Stray
put out ten records in the 1970s. Their clever progressive blues-rock epics went largely ignored due to the burgeoning London punk scene -- though they count the Damned
's Captain Sensible
bassist Colin Moulding
as fans. Transatlantic's exhaustive Time Machine: Anthology 1970-1977
chronicles the group's rise from obscurity to cultdom through a well-paced 35-song retrospective that features extensive liner notes and thoughtful musings from bandmembers and fans alike, giving new insight into one of rock & roll's most resilient underdogs. The group disbanded in the '80s, leaving behind a body of work that negates its lack of chart success. In 1997, frontman Del Bromham
put together a revised version of the group that continues to tour, impressing a new generation with its trademark hard-working bar band aesthetic.