Tuesday, March 30, 2021

MAY RUN - Days Into Years (1991)


Do you like Canadian Melodic Rock AOR sound? Then better don't miss this little gem if you like Haywire, The Bryan Hughes Group, Worrall, Simon Chase,etc. "Days Into Years", which seems to be the only album of MAY RUN is a smooth AOR, pretty well produced indie. More 'song oriented' than lush or bombastic style from the genre, there's breezy melodies very well arranged and professionally executed. Call me nuts, but on some songs MAY RUN remind me John Waite solo works. 

"The Only One", "Anastasia", "Tonite" are good examples of good traditional Cancon classic stuff. Well worthy of a place in your collection, this a good and very hard to find album, fetching exorbitant eBay prices when rarely a copy appear. 

1 - May Run - The Only One 
2 - May Run - More Than This 
3 - May Run - Be My Girl 
4 - May Run - These Eyes 
5 - May Run - Lay Your Hands 
6 - May Run - The Promise 
7 - May Run - Up Where Dreams Begin 
8 - May Run - Smile 
9 - May Run - Save Me 
10 - May Run - Big Big World 
11 - May Run - Anastasia 
12 - May Run - Tonite 
13 - May Run - Separation Day 

Steve Chivilo: vocals, acoustic guitar 
Chris Hammel: guitars, background vocals 
Greg McLean: bass 
Glenn Nowoselski: drums


Thursday, March 18, 2021

ADRIAN'S WALL - Caught In The Web (1987)

A mega rare CD only released in Australia in limited quantity. ADRIAN'S WALL was Adrian Campbell's child, a studio project with local professional musicians. Campbell, a session vocalist himself, has recorded and arranged backing vocals in countless albums in the land of Oz. 

Around 1976, was the lead singer and stable member of AVALANCHE, a hard rock band whose debut album had moderate success, opening live shows for major international bands. In the 80's, Adrian has recorded an album with the band DE ARROW (pre - ROXUS), sadly still unreleased, from which only 4 demo tracks are floating around, a great keyboard oriented melodic rock / AOR stuff. 

As said, ADRIAN'S WALL was his own project, not strictly AOR, mixing many genres, but encompassing all the styles we like. My favourite song here is "Finally Deciding", a good resume of the overall sound. Featuring the great BRETT GARSED [NELSON, SOLO] on guitars (before his international stardom in the USA), this CD is a delightful listen, something different from the usual on this site. 

  A recommended addition to your collection, good music and very, very rare, hard to find album. 

01 - Night People 
02 - Afraid To Be Afraid 
03 - Finally Deciding 
04 - Reach Out I'll Be There 
05 - This Waiting (Is Killing Me) 
06 - Soul Breaker 
07 - Time Stands Still 
08 - The Dancer 
09 - I Doubt It (Will Ever Come True) 

Adrian Campbell - vocals, backing vocals, keyboards 
Brett Garsed (Nelson) - guitars 
Michael Den Elzen - guitars 
Larry Groves - keyboards 
Brian Hamilton (Air Supply) - bass, backing vocals 
Joe Imbroll - bass 
Robert Dillon (Colin Hay Band) - drums, percussion Steve Donald - drums