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Canadian rockers APRIL WINE never received the recognition they largely deserved. The band released a solid bunch of hard rockin' albums during the seventies. By 1984 April Wine technically already broken up, but they needed one more record to fulfill their record company contract.
So "Walking Through Fire" is essentially a bandleader / lead singer Myles Goodwyn solo album under the April Wine moniker. Still with guitarist Brian Greenway by his side and with three session musicians, the album was recorded in 1985 and released in the US, appearing in their native Canada the next year.
"Walking Through Fire" is a true exponent of the mid-Eighties commercial radio-friendly poppy AOR plenty of keyboards / synths, compressed drums and choruses larger than life.
We have wonderful AOR numbers as the superb "Wanted Dead Or Alive" (my absolute favorite) penned by talented Jeff Cannata, the magical "Hold On" and the Foreigner sounding "Love Has Remembered Me" (which was a minor hit single).
I always loved "Anejo". It does not features a guitar solo, buy a synth solo instead with a mysterious 'alien' feel. It's a great song, and pure '80s.
There's very good melodic rockers as well on the bouncy "Wait Any More", the urgent "Open Soul Surgery" written by Jim Vallance and sonically akin Loverboy, and the broken "All It Will Ever Be".
If you are a fan of real '80s AOR, "Walking Through Fire" is a must have in your collection.
This is remastered 2009 version (which sounds wonderful) released in Canada by Unidisc Music, also featured in the British BGO label The April Wine Collection 4 CD box set of the same year.
01 - Rock Myself To Sleep
02 - Wanted Dead Or Alive
03 - Beg For Your Life
04 - Love Has Remembered Me
05 - Anejo
06 - Open Soul Surgery
07 - You Don't Have To Act That Way
08 - Hold On
09 - All It Will Ever Be
10 - Wait Any More
Myles Goodwyn – vocals, guitars
Brian Greenway – guitars, vocals
Jean Pellerin – bass
Daniel Barbe – keyboards
Marty Simon – drums
APRIL WINE Walking Through Fire remastered