Formed: London, England, 1975, by the supergroup formation of vocalist Steve Ellis (ex-Love Affair), guitarist Ariel Bender (ex-Mott the Hoople, Spooky Tooth), bassist Bob Daisley (ex-Chicken Shack, Broken Glass), drummer Paul Nicholls (ex-Lindisfarne, Skip Bifferty) and guitarist Huw Lloyd Langton (ex-Hawkwind, Leo Sayer). Signing to Jet records, these hard-rock troopers should have secured immediate success after supporting The Who on their football stadium multi-band day outs at Parkhead and Charlton. Their eponymous debut was released early the following year, containing some excellent numbers, "When I Met You", "Ain't Telling You Nothin'" and "Pin A Rose On Me", although it failed to break them through.
Ellis and Langton subsequently left the group later that year (the latter rejoining Hawkwind and releasing solo albums), while vocalist John Butler was drafted in as a replacement for the US Top 200 album, "Too Late To Cry" (1977), released on United Artists. However, while Widowmaker were singing "Here Comes The Queen", a large chunk of the nation's youth were spitting out "God Save The Queen" as the punk revolution kicked in. Supergroup or no supergroup, Widowmaker couldn't compete and split a few months after the album's release, Daisley going on to join a plethora of groups including Rainbow, Ozzy Osbourne and Uriah Heep.
Ripped from good quality vinyl for your listening pleasure. The vinyl was centralized which means there was absolutely no side to side movement of the tone arm. This is usually the major flaw with vinyl as it causes a "WOWING" effect noticable to most audiophiles. It is caused by the hole not being entirely central and is more annoying than the occasional click in my opinion.