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Treat - 1987 Dreamhunter

ALBUM: Dreamhunter
LABEL: Polygram
SERIAL: 832 960-1
YEAR: 1987
CD REISSUE: 2001, Mercury, 832 960-2


LINEUP: Robert Ernlund - vocals * Anders Wikstrom - guitar, keyboards * Lillen Liljegren - guitars * Ken Siewertson - bass * Jamie Borger - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Sole Survivor * 02 You're The One I Want * 03 Take Me On Your Wings * 04 Best Of Me * 05 Dancing On The Edge * 06 Outlaw * 07 World Of Promises * 08 One Way To Glory * 09 Save Yourself * 10 The Winner


Following hot on the heels of Joey Tempest and Europe are another great Swedish combo Treat. Having heard them on their debut 'Scratch And Bite' my initial thoughts were 'yeah yeah .. heard it all before'. However before I had a chance to dismiss them well and truly as 'one hack wonders', they literally bounce back with a superb second effort 'The Pleasure Principle' before completely dumbfounding and flooring me with this special moment of Swedish AOR called 'Dreamhunter'. I won't bore you with the detail of the band, which has been adequately covered in many a euro magazine over the years, but 'Dreamhunter' as an album on CD (especially the 1988 Japanese version) is a highly sought after acquisition. And one listen to it and it's easy to see why. Gone are the hackneyed and laboured rhythm section of early Swedish efforts to one of sensational guitar and keyboard interplay. Produced by dutchman Albert Boekholt at Wisseloord Studios, I have always had a sneaking suspicion that Robby Valentine (a Wisseloord regular) might have had a hand in some of the keyboard work on this album, but there's nothing to suggest that is the case within the liner notes.

The Songs
Keyboard flurries open up on 'Sole Survivor' before the guitar crunch and a fairly chanty sort of chorus kick in. The chant along chorus is also noticeable on 'You're The One I Want', which is full of melodic hooks through the entire song: verses, bridges and choruses. 'Take Me On Your Wings' though a touch less aggressive, has some wonderful guitar passages through the verses. Then we come to the piece de resistance in 'Best Of Me'. Perhaps rated as one of the best rock ballads in the whole of AOR! This is an incredible piece of melodic balladry, where the keyboards and vocal harmonies just make you melt. It's in my Top 5. What about you? Other impressive moments include the anthemic and very catchy 'One Way To Glory', the Gary Moore flavoured 'World Of Promises' and the fast edged 'Outlaw' sounding like Swedish contemporaries Alien. Then there's the all out hard rock attack of 'Dancing On The Edge' and 'The Winner', confirming that there is ample guitar muscle on what is predominately a keyboard laden album..

In Summary
The band did go on to release a few more albums - 1989's 'Organised Crime' a harder affair but still a great set (check out the track 'Conspiracy' for evidence). Into the 21st century, the band still in some shape or form, but I haven't touched base with them for awhile. As an epitaph though and paraphrasing one of their songs, 'Dreamhunter' is indeed a winner!

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#1 | george_the_jack on July 05 2008 00:03:50
This is one of the albums that entered me into PURE AOR MUSIC! Great memories...Highlights for me are 'Best of me', 'Take me on your wings' and of course.. a hymn of melodic rock, the 'World of promises'! Highly recommended for all melodic listeners.score 10
#2 | LALOROCK on December 25 2010 17:03:50
I'm totally agree with george_the_jack, TREAT rules forever...
#3 | rkbluez on July 12 2012 17:24:48
Love Treat and Organized Crime is my favorite...never heard Scratch And Bite...the only album by them I don't have on disc.
#4 | jeffrey343 on June 24 2013 15:46:30
Like "The Pleasure Principal", I got this only after hearing (and loving) 2010's "Coup de Grace". Another great one that I wish I'd had back in my college days. "Organized Crime" is not yet reviewed here, but it too is a winner.
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