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Refugee - 1987 Burning From The Inside Out



ARTIST: Refugee
ALBUM: Burning From The Inside Out
LABEL: Polydor
SERIAL: 833 084-1 (vinyl), 833 084-2 Y-1 (CD)
YEAR: 1987
CD REISSUE: 2008, Polydor, 8330842 * 2008, Yesterrock

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Myles Hunter - vocals * Rob Kennedy - guitars * Howard Helm - keyboards * Martyn Jones - bass * Brian Doerner - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Survival In The Western World * 02 The Beauty Of Pain * 03 Love Survives * 04 Lay Me Down * 05 Burning From The Inside Out * 06 Power * 07 American Dream * 08 Keep The Lion In The Cage * 09 Violence


Background
A prime contender for this page are the near legendary Toronto band Refugee. I've heard so many stories about these guys over the years. They have achieved near cult status long after their demise, but in their heyday they were virtually ignored. I mean, playing to audiences of 30-50 people in Toronto clubs for instance. What an insult. I'm sure 100% of people that come to this site and read these pages will have gladly donated body parts to have seen them live and in the flesh (no pun intended).


The Songs
Anyway, enough ranting. They started life as the band Michael Fury, before changing their handle to Refugee. Following on from their superb 'Affairs In Babylon' (yes I can still hear echoes of 'Dream On Anastasia' rattling around in my head as I write this), this album could be considered a theme for the subject of love and the fragility of human relationships. You get this impression when you listen to magic moments like 'Love Survives', 'Lay Me Down', the title track 'Burning From The Inside Out' and the magnificent anthemic 'Power'. All of the songs are listenable, and I for one have put this album on over and over again.


In Summary
Musically, the band are tight, the drum mix balanced superbly, Kennedy's guitar work is subtly understated, while Helm's keyboards act more as embellishment for the songs, rather than his over the top moments when he was with pomp wonders Zon. As bassist Martyn Jones eluded to in some earlier dialogue with me, Refugee as a band, were 'scary'.. talent wise. He was certain there was nothing these guys couldn't do. If you can track down a copy of this on CD, good luck to ya. It did get an initial release at the time, but was limited, and is now a rare and much sought after item.


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#1 | aoraor on November 19 2008 11:04:30
What an album! Pure AOR heaven...From the start to the end not a single note is wasted..Choruses, hooks, bridges, passion and talent..Surely in my Top 10 ever alongside with Escape, White Sister, Isolation, Russ Ballard, Dare Out.., Survivor Vital Signs, Foreigner 4, Pieces of Eight and Asia...Rostoned keep ready to deliver!
#2 | dangerzone on November 19 2008 14:11:53
Looks like Jim Peterik on keyboards in the video there!keyboards
#3 | rostoned on November 19 2008 16:07:20
At long last it is officially reissued on CD in Germany in late 2008 (some 20 years after its initial release!) on the NL Distribution label (ex MTM), in a limited edition run of 1000 copies.

A lousy bootleg/pirate edition, which I suspect was made in Las Vegas and NOT in Italy as stated on the label, was sold on ebay during the last few years.
#4 | roadrunner158 on January 08 2009 17:06:28
I sold my vinyl copy a couple of years ago - what a mistake. I'm so glad it's released on CD after all. Great songs, great musicianship and great production (for the mid-80s).
#5 | rkbluez on March 09 2012 21:49:11
One of my favorite albums from back then and believe it or not at one time there where copies of the original CD in the cutout bins for $1.99 band new along with Jeff Paris 'Wired'...those were the days when record stores ruled and you could just go in and buy what you wanted and listen to it that day.
 
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