Walk On FireALBUM:
Mind Over MatterLABEL: Escape MusicSERIAL:
Connecting Music PortalCOUNTRY OF ORIGIN: LINEUP:
Alan King - vocals * Dave Cairns - keyboards, guitars * Mike Casswell - guitars * Trevor Thornton - drums * Phil Williams - bass * Richard Cottle - keyboard programmingTRACK LISTING:
01 Mind Over Matter * 02 Spinning Wheel * 03 Pleasure Of Pain * 04 Reign Down * 05 Long Live Love * 06 Save Your Lies (We've had Enough) * 07 Wicked * 08 Bad Attitude * 09 Madhouse * 10 Big Gun * 11 Price Of Love * 12 Drag me Down * 13 Colour Of Blood (bonus track with first pressing)RATING:
Winding the clock back to 1989, I'm sure there were many fans of the debut Walk On Fire CD, called 'Blind Faith'. That album (less so the band) was a vehicle for singer Alan King and keyboardist Dave Cairns. Apparently, there were a bunch of tunes written after 1989, that were shelved until now (2017) that is. Step up Escape Music. These tracks form the basis on 'Mind Over Matter', the 13 track CD which features ex Asia
drummer Trevor Thornton, the late Mike Casswell on guitars (ex Brian May Band
), Phil Williams (ex Spandau Ballet
) and David Bowie/Seal
keyboards and programming legend, Richard Cottle. The album was written and produced by Dave Cairns (of Secret Affair
fame). These newly discovered buried treasures of 24 track analogue recordings were put to tape following the 1989 debut, so will be of anticipated interest to those that enjoyed the album back then.
It's incredulous to think that an album's worth of material which is this good was left on the shelf for quarter of a century. But those are the facts, and as I'm listening to this, I'm left scratching my head as to how record executives operate. The quality of this material is just wonderful. It's certainly not bogged down and tarred with the same brush that saturates today's production methods. If there is one apparent thing, Dave Cairns obviously knew what he was doing in the studio, and I kinda miss that late 80's early 90's production standard. Coupled with Alan King's killer voice, this is the style of AOR that is missing in today's market. Comparison wise I'm thinking the debut Heartland
from 1991 combined with Brian Howe
era Bad Company
. I'm sure that will make some of you sit up and take notice. With songs like the pumping title-track 'Mind Over Matter' and the regal sounding 'Reign Down', the album is already off to a flyer. 'Long Live Love' continues the majestic sounding AOR on display, the guitar work from Mike Caswell takes on Dann Huff
like comparisons. 'Wicked' is hugely entertaining. Funky rhythm guitar work, while Caswell also throws in lots of dive-bombing flurries for good measure. Probably the heaviest effort is the last track 'Drag Me Down', with Caswell ramping up the distortion to 10.
As with last years Seven
album 'Shattered', Escape Music are onto another winner with Walk On Fire. If punters are looking for a current day album but without the 2017 cookie-cutter production, then 'Mind Over Matter' should be your calling card. I can see this album spending a lot of time on the Deth-Deck over the coming months. The album is officially released in the third week of April. Thanks to Connecting Music/Escape for the advance promo.
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