Canadian musician and composer, Thomas has recorded several albums in the 70's and 80's.
His best disc in my opinion, is posted HERE
This one, 'The Runner', is the first of his 80's style albums, and it's great too; Adult Contemporary Music, Westcoast and with AOR hints, Thomas has a unique style, lush & melodic.
Just check in example the track "Freefall In Stardust"; that is Ian style. Distinctive...
Call me nuts, but his work reminds me a laidback Van Stephenson...
Certified gold, "The Runner" spawned 3 singles which had lengthy stays on radio's playlists. All 3 were covered by other groups as well: Mannfred Mann re-did the title track, while Santana gained critical success with "Hold On", as did Chicago with their cover of "Chains".
This is a seriously quality album, solid and organic, after a repeated listens you'll love it.Never released on CD, the file is a pristine vinyl rip by my canadian friend Scott. Thanx man!
01 - Hold On
02 - Stringin' A Line
03 - Chains
04 - Embers From The Fire
05 - When I Need Someone
06 - Borrowed Time
07 - I Am The One
08 - Goner
09 - Freefall In Stardust
10 - The Runner
Lead Vocals : Ian Thomas
Guitars : Ian Thomas, John Zaslow
Bass : Peter Cardinali, Steve Hogg
Keyboards : Hugh Syme, Ian Thomas
Drums : Jorn Andersen
Percussion : Dick Smith, Ian Thomas
Saxophone : John Johnson
Background vocals : Hugh Syme
IAN THOMAS - The Runner