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Barnes, Jimmy - 1987 Freight Train Heart

ARTIST: Barnes, Jimmy
ALBUM: Freight Train Heart
LABEL: Mushroom
SERIAL: CD 53238
YEAR: 1987
CD REISSUE: 2003, Liberation Blue, BLUE010.2


LINEUP: Jimmy Barnes - all vocals * Neal Schon, Rick Brewster, Johnny Diesel, David Lindley, John McCurry - guitars * Jonathan Cain, Chuck Kentis, Peter Kekell, Gregg Mangiafico - keyboards * Randy Jackson, Jim Hilburn, Seth Glassman - bass * Tony Brock, Jerry Marotta, Jon Farris - drums * Huey Lewis - harmonica * Dave Amato, David Glen Eisley, Vanetta Fields, Wendy Matthews, Lynette Stephens, Shawn Murphy, Walter Hankins, Huey Lewis, Jonathan Cain, Jim Hilburn - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Driving Wheels * 02 Seven Days * 03 Too Much Ain't Enough Love * 04 Do Or Die * 05 Waitin' For The Heartache * 06 Last Frontier * 07 I Wanna Get Started With You * 08 I'm Still On Your Side * 09 Lessons In Love * 10 Walk On


'Freight Train Heart' was Jimmy Barnes third solo album. He left to go it alone in 1983, when his band Cold Chisel packed it in. Not one to muck about, he set up a new band, and put out his debut 'Bodyswerve' during 1984. Barnes is an institution in his homeland of Australia, and through sheer hard work and tenacity, has become one of Aussie's premier rock vocalists. Through the mid-eighties period, Jimmy spent a bit of time up in the USA. There he formed an association with many top musos, including the guys from Journey, recently moved on from their 'Raised On Radio' gig.. namely Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain and Randy Jackson. Musically, Jimmy was continuing his 'working class' ethic last seen with Cold Chisel and on his first two solo albums. It features lots of barroom piano rolls on top of an energetic rhythm section. The album was recorded across three locations: New York with Desmond Child behind the window; San Fransisco where Jonathan Cain and Mike Stone twiddled the dials, and also back home in Sydney for one track 'Seven Days'.

The Songs
That honky-tonk piano can be heard on tracks like 'Driving Wheels' and 'Do Or Die'.. high stepping and high tapping. The latter in particular sounds like Journey's 'Dead or Alive' off 'Escape'.. for obvious reasons. US radio rock is accentuated by the hit 'Too Much Ain't Enough Love', featuring Neal Schon playing all over it. The other feature is the smooth ballad 'Waitin' For The Heartache To Come', which was primed for radio. 'Last Frontier' demonstrates Jonathan Cain's mellow keyboard motifs on the intro, followed soon after by an excitable rhythm section. The happy rock 'n' roll returns on 'I Wanna Get Started With You', an upbeat boogie flavoured offering, allowing Schon to blow off the guitar string cobwebs. The poignant 'I'm Still On Your Side' has an organic flavour, but moves fluidly along similar to the commercial moments of John Cougar Mellancamp for instance. 'Lessons In Love' is an attempt to 'rock' out while the album closer 'Walk On' does just that, tailing off with melodic intent, some superb guitar lines from John McCurry helping it on its way.

In Summary
More success followed on from here, including 1990's 'Two Fires', a change in direction with the album 'Soul Deep', which showed his love of soul music, and also 1998's 'Love And Fear', seeing Jimmy acknowledge all the modern influences around him, and with them being incorporated into his music. He is still active today, though not the rock-meister he once was. To hear him get as close to AOR/melodic rock as he could possibly get, then 'Freight Train Heart' is probably the one to listen to.

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#1 | sabace on December 29 2007 15:33:28
great lp
#2 | englandashes on May 26 2012 11:50:12
Jimmy Barnes appears on a new version of 'Too Much Ain't Enough Love' on the latest Joe Bonamassa cd, Driving Towards The Daylight, which also has a Bernie Marsden cover.
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