CD Hughes/Thrall [Bonus Tracks] (CD 1302779), Audio Other
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Hughes/Thrall [Bonus Tracks]

  • 1. I Got Your Number
    2. Look in Your Eye, The
    3. Beg, Borrow or Steal
    4. Where Did the Time Go
    5. Muscle and Blood
    6. Hold out Your Life
    7. Who Will You Run To
    8. Coast to Coast
    9. First Step of Love
    10. Love Don't Come Easy
    11. Still the Night
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 018

  • Credits
    EngineerAndy Johns; Tim Kramer

    Glenn Hughes is the former bassist of Deep Purple and Pat Thrall was voted Best New Talent of 1980 by Guitar Player Magazine.
    Producers: Andy Johns, Glenn Hughes, Pat Thrall, Rob Fraboni.
    Includes 2 bonus tracks.
    Personnel: Pat Thrall (guitar, guitar synthesizer); Peter Schless (keyboards); Frankie Banali, Gary Mallaber, Gary Ferguson (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Andy Johns.
    Audio Remasterer: Jon Astley.
    Liner Note Author: Geoff Barton.
    Recording information: Shangri-la Studios, Malibu, CA; United Western Studios, Hollywood, CA.
    Illustrators: Steve Carver; Nick Taggart; John Lykes; Earl Keleny; Matt Mahurin; Andy Zito.
    Photographers: Glen Christensen; Chris Walter.
    The fruit of a one-off collaboration between ex-Deep Purple bassist/singer Glenn Hughes and journeyman guitarist Pat Thrall, Hughes/Thrall is full of the energy of early-'80s rock. With lyrics like "You got the power/Turn on the light" sung in best Ian Gillan fashion and buoyed by relentless grooves and Thrall's virtuosic guitar, this album is an overlooked gem. Thrall's use of the guitar synthesizer is very interesting. Throughout the album, he combines the muscle of hard rock with the textures of post-punk and new wave, as if Andy Summers were sitting around jamming with Eddie Van Halen. Take, for example, "Beg, Borrow or Steal." The verse is pure new wave, with its straight-eighth synth chords, but it soon gives way to the sleazy rock of the chorus. Much of this sound may in fact trace its origin to Queen and Rush, but listening to Hughes/Thrall in its historical context places it firmly in the same territory in which Billy Idol was to have so much success. The performances by the two leaders are fantastic. Hughes' voice and bass playing are in fine form, and Thrall exhibits a healthy dose of Allan Holdsworth in his playing. The mix, handled by none other than Andy Johns, tends to bury Thrall's guitar a bit, but the drums and bass sound great for an album from this period. This is aggressive and vital hard rock, with a healthy dose of texture and subtlety that prevents it from descending to the depths of self-parody that so much rock from the late '70s and early '80s was unable to save itself from. Worth searching out. ~ Daniel Gioffre

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