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E Wade - 1986 Foreign Shores
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on March 18 2017, In 1986 Articles , 8 Comments , 274 Reads , Print

ALBUM: Foreign Shores
LABEL: Casablanca
SERIAL: 826 885-1 M-1
YEAR: 1986


LINEUP: E. Wade - vocals, keyboards, programming, arrangements * Curtis Bosworth - guitars * Brad Buxer - keyboard programming * Charles Esposito - drums, percussion * Julia Waters, Luther Waters, Maxine Waters, Orin Waters - backing vocals * Paul Sabu - additional guitars, production

TRACK LISTING: 01 Foreign Shores * 02 Try To Remember * 03 In The Magic Hour * 04 All Of My Love * 05 Something In The Way * 06 Stay With Me * 07 Somebody Love You * 08 Playin' With My Heart * 09 You Shouldn't Have Told Me * 10 Over An Ocean Of You

Anyone remember hearing about this guy back in the day? I didn't, and I'll assume many other GDM'ers didn't either. Even a Google search provides next to nothing about this mysterious figure. I'm sure he's not that mysterious really.. just saying. Anyone who has the backing of Paul Sabu on his production team deserves a mention on this website, and so it is that we have 'Foreign Shores' finally gracing our pages.

The Songs
Don't be fooled though. This is not a Sabu sounding album that we might all be familiar with, considering Paul's 1984 LP Kidd Glove, which was very much a pop rock record. 'Foreign Shores' doesn't go near that style, it is more of high-tech AOR, piano driven album. I put together a YouTube video for the title track, which you can hear below. 'Try To Remember' is a pumping affair, though the next track 'In The Magic Hour' is quite laid back and melodic. 'Stay With Me' features big dance-club sounding drums and percussion, the next track 'Someone Loves You' is equally uptempo keeping the club theme intact. The music stays fixed to this dance-club/hi-tech style, but there is nothing that really shouts out loud at you, unlike some other acts from around the same timeframe.

In Summary
Reading up on all some old Billboard magazines during 1986, 'Foreign Shores' was definitely getting some publicity, and was also getting radio play right across the country, but it wouldn't amount to much as the album went incognito and disappeared off the radar. Even at the time of this review (early 2017), I am still none the wiser as to who E Wade is. Maybe someone with any information can drop us a line, refer FB comments below or Disqus Comments. Thanks.

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#1 | gdazegod on March 19 2017 19:25:13
E Wade - 1986 Foreign Shores
YouTube Video
#2 | gerard on March 19 2017 21:16:39
If I'm not mistaken E Wade is the same artist as Wade Hubbard who released an album called 'Insanity Lane'. Not completely sure though...
#3 | super80boy on March 20 2017 02:25:56
This obscurity was a pleasant surprise for me in the High Tech AOR arena – for which I have a collecting soft spot for. From the first looks at the album however, I thought there could be a bunch of sappy songs on board. I was thankfully wrong - it’s catchy swift paced tunes with the full compliments of the high tech AOR formula. The album starts with the bright title song/album single and continues the pace with driving guitars in ‘Something In The Way’ and the melancholic ‘Try To Remember’. Side 2 starts with the energetic and highly infectious ‘Stay with Me’. ‘You Shouldn’t Have Told Me’ is also a winner!
#4 | gdazegod on March 20 2017 07:04:38
Thanks gerard. Yeah, he could be the same guy, I had a look on Ebay at that 'Insanity Lane' release (from 1994),there is a picture of him on the back cover, he's wearing a beret (a la Dave Bickler, Survivor). Doing a few web searches draws up inconclusive results however.
#5 | gerard on March 20 2017 07:43:40
Yeah, I have the 'Insanity Lane' album. I like it quite a bit. Soulful pop, I would say. Checked an old issue of Belgian magazine Rock Report and in 1997 it had a brief interview with Wade Hubbard in which he mentions his 'Foreign Shores' album which he released as E. Wade. So E. Wade is indeed Wade Hubbard. David Hasselhoff apparently recorded a bunch of songs by W.H. Unfortunately Wade Hubbard has passed away.
#6 | gdazegod on March 20 2017 09:03:02
Thanks for the info gerard. At least we have cleared this up.
#7 | swazi on March 21 2017 04:58:16
Ha! I knew this cover looked familiar! I actually own the LP for nearly 30 years and played it often in my DJ days way back then. Great memories! Thumbs Up
#8 | englandashes on March 21 2017 06:54:37
Yes excellent detective work Gerard, I have also got the Wade Hubbard album, no way in the world would I have made the connection.
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