Thursday, February 10, 2011

DAN HILL - Love In The Shadows (1984)

DAN HILL Love In The Shadows 1984
Requested in "Request & Fill Corner" section...

Renowned singer-songwriter Daniel Hill born in Ontario, Canada, of US parents.

He studied guitar in his teens, leaving high school at 17 to work as a songwriter for RCA.
Through his career has won five Canadian Junos, one Grammy, five SOCAN Awards for outstanding radio airplay in Canada, and six ASCAP Awards and one BMI Award for airplay in the USA.

As solo artist is mostly known by pop / westcoast hits, but around 1983 he couldn't resist the sound that was ruling the airwaves.
"Love In The Shadows" is his more AOR, 'hip' album to date.
The title track is a nifty, radiable poppish AOR tune with clean guitars and compressed drums.
"Helpless" is another aorish tune adorned with quirky keyboards, a 'soundtrack - type' song. You can't deny the quality of the syruped ballad "In Your Eyes". Cheesy, yes, but awesome. Next, "Just In Time" is an infectious pop in the Alan Gorrie or Adrian Gurvitz mood. The westcoast ballad "You Pulled Me Through" contains the greatest Hill's vocal performance on this album. Deep and emotional.

The AC (Adult Contemporary) AOR "Where You Gonna Run To" is pure class, followed by "Something Ain't Right" were Dan sounds like AOR masters Maxus. "Don’t Know Where It Comes From" is wonderful and inspired. "Thru To You" ups the tempo again, a great AOR keyboard sustained track, simple but effective.
Last track, the slow "Old Lady Song" features another inspired performance by Hill.
As bonus, I've added the 1994 version of "In Your Eyes" (duet with Rique Franks). This song became an international smash hit for George Benson, also to Jeffrey Osborne whom recorded his own version in 1986.

"Love In The Shadows" obviously, it's on the lightweight side of the AOR genre.
Production as usual on Dan Hill albums is top notch, and the musicians involved done their job perfectly.
This album is really hard to find, as never has been released in the USA. Also the CD version is megarare.

01 - Love In The Shadows
02 - Helpless
03 - In Your Eyes
04 - Just In Time
05 - You Pulled Me Through
06 - Where You Gonna Run To
07 - Something Ain't Right
08 - Don't Know Where It Comes From
09 - Thru To You
10 - Old Lady Song
11 - In Your Eyes (duet with Rique Franks) [bonus]



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Alexandre said...

Please forgive my writing in English, because I'm brazilian and I don't speak English very will. I would like to remembered that Dan Hill sang the theme from Rambo I, It's a long road. Thanks!

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