ARC - Raiders of the Lost Arc  DLP
ARC - Raiders of the Lost Arc  DLP
ARC - Raiders of the Lost Arc  DLP
ARC - Raiders of the Lost Arc  DLP
ARC - Raiders of the Lost Arc DLP


HRR 661, ltd 500, 200 x double black + 300 x transparent ultra clear vinyl, gatefold cover, 4 page insert


01 War of the Ring
02 Ice Cream Theme
03 Tribute (To Mike Hailwood)
04 For My Next Kick
05 Leviathan
06 War of the Ring (Original V.)
07 Arise
08 Hades
09 Turn On Your Love
10 Now is the Hour
11 Illegitamus
12 In the Corner of a Foreign Field
13 Firebrand
14 Cyborg (incl. Drum Solo)
15 Spirit Rider
16 Climbing the Chain
17 Atlantis
18 You Really Got Me
19 H-Bomb Rock


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Tracks 1, 2 & 6
John Whitbread (vocals)
Geoff Whitbread (drums)
Mike Whitbread (lead guitar)
Phil Lynch (rhythm guitar)
Steve Potter (bass)

Tracks 3 & 4
John Whitbread (vocals)
Geoff Whitbread (drums)
Mike Whitbread (lead guitar)
Dennis Pascowek (rhythm guitar)
Steve Slater (bass)

Track 5
John Whitbread (vocals and bass guitar)
Geoff Whitbread (drums)
Mike Whitbread (lead guitar)
also a piano player (unknown)

Tracks 7 - 17
John Whitbread (vocals)
Geoff Whitbread (drums)
Mike Whitbread (lead guitar)
Steve Gardiner (rhythm guitar)
Martin Griffin (bass)

Tracks 18 & 19 Recorded
John Whitbread (vocals)
Geoff Whitbread (drums)
Mike Whitbread (lead guitar)
Dennis Pascowek (rhythm guitar)
Steve Slater (bass)

With just two singles to their name – but a vast amount of talent and an almost legendary reputation – ARC were another of the many NWOBHM acts who burned brightly but briefly, never really having the chance to achieve their full potential. Based in Worcestershire, and founded on the core of the three Whitbread brothers – Mike (guitar), Geoff (drums) and John (vocals) – ARC built up a solid fan base and from the very beginning played sets consisting of their own material, with just the odd cover thrown in to keep the audience on their toes. With ten or so songs already under their belts they decided the time was right to release something, and the results of a session at The Old Smithy was the double A-side single ‘Tribute (To Mike Hailwood)’ c/w ‘For My Next Kick’, issued in 1980. The following year saw the release of a second single, ‘War Of The Ring’, backed by the oddly-titled ‘Ice Cream Theme’.

Aside from the two singles, the highlight of ‘Raiders Of The Lost ARC’ has to be a lengthy eleven-song set recorded at a rehearsal in December 1984 which shows just how good – and how truly original – ARC were.

John Tucker November 2018