Tuesday, August 28, 2007

HALO - Halo (1990)

IMHO the best Christian AOR-HRock band.
Better than Petra or Guardian, 'cos the keys are more predominant here, but the guitars still heavy, and more diverse songs.
The lyrics are ok, no preach all the time.
Alot people will be surprised with this band, tons of energy and driven rockin'AOR.
Produced by the Elefante bros=good sound guaranteed.
Out Of Print .

1. Jesus Music 4:20
2. Lord of All 4:39
3. Good Feeling 4:13
4. Language Barrier 5:09
5. Skyrocket 3:45
6. Lose to Live 4:33
7. Sing (of His Glory) 4:21
8. Soul Searcher 3:49
9. Time to Run 4:01
10. Timeless 1:07

Scott Springer bass, lead vocals
Barry Graul guitar, vocals
Mike Graham drums, keyboards, vocals
John & Dino Elefante co-producers

Halo (1990)

Thursday, August 23, 2007

O'RYAN - Something Strong (1991)

Well guys and gals, this is almost a perfect album, with a total 80's feel, plenty of melody an sing-along songs.

Killer uptempo melodic tracks, even the ballads are strong. I can't name a highlight, all are fabulous, no fillers here.
Really good production and sound, similar style to Joseph Lee Wood (already posted here), Tim Feehan or earlier Stan Meissner.
Top class AOR. Highly recommended.
If you can find it, BUY IT.

1. Stronger Than Love
2. Reaction
3. Don't Let It Slip Away
4. Shaky Ground
5. Something Strong
6. Emer May
7. Blood Upon a Stone
8. Lying Eyes
9. Deeper Than the Ocean

Mervyn Spence: lead vocals, guitar, piano, bass
Dieter Petereit: keyboards, bass programming
Curt Cress: drums
Pit Low: keyboards
Peter Weihe: guitars
Hermann Weindorf: piano

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

MIKAEL ERLANDSSON - The Gift (2002) Japan edition + bonus

Mikael is a well known singer in Japan and Sweden.
His sweet voice was chosen for various AOR projects like Tommy Denander's "Radioactive" or "Heartbreak Radio".
But he find a stable band role in "Last Autumn's Dream", a great swedish outfit.
This is his 4th and last solo album, a fine collection of songs, well produced an well written.
'I Send You My Heart', 'Stop', 'Excuse Me Baby' are good examples, production could be better, it's ok.
Nothing to die for, but a good listen and an opportunity to discover this underrated artist.
If you like it, BUY IT.

1. Out Of Champagne 3:16
2. Stop (Following Me) 4:04
3. I Love You 4:14
4. Soul Is My Name 4:38
5. This Is Your Life 3:31
6. Million Dollar Girl 3:34
7. I Send You My Heart 3:40
8. My Day 3:38
9. Stay 3:59
10. Excuse Me Baby 3:53
11. Love's Got A Hold On Me 3:26
12. 24-Hours 2:28
13. It's Gonna Be Alright 4:25 (Japan bonus)

Mikael Erlandsson Lead Vocals, Keyboards
Jan Eliasson Lead Guitar
Mats Persson Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Torbjoern Wassenius Guitar


Thursday, August 16, 2007

GREENWAY - Serious Business (1988)

April Wine's guitarrist on a solo album.
Well, this has almost nothing in common with his earlier band.
Influenced by these year's AOR wave ('88), this nice recording sound more like american AOR style ala Stan Meissner, Larry Greene, Aldo Nova.
In fact, Aldo play keys here and contribute in the songwriting department.
Well produced and mixed, 'In the Danger Zone' is an AOR classic of all time.
Out of print. (U$S 75 eBay price!)

1. In the Danger Zone 4:08
2. Right Track 3:21
3. Playin' to Win 3:21
4. Serious Business 4:21
5. I Can't Hold Back 4:59
6. Let It Go 5:04
7. R U Ready For Love 3:48
8. I Believe in You 3:54
9. It's Alright 3:48
10. I Can't Say No 4:16

Brian Greenway vocals, lead guitars, slide guitars, keyboards
Aldo Nova keyboards
Andy Newmark drums
Daniel Barbe keyboards
Marty Simon Synclavier, keyboards, co-producer

GREENWAY - Serious Business