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Feehan, Tim - 1990 Full Contact

ARTIST: Feehan, Tim
ALBUM: Full Contact
YEAR: 1990


LINEUP: Tim Feehan - vocals, guitars, keyboards, drum programming

Guests: Guitars - Bruce Gaitsch, Michael Landau, Gene Black, Brian MacLeod, Steve Lukather * Bass - Randy Jackson, Brian MacLeod, Rene Worst * Keyboards - C.J Vanston, Brian MacLeod * Drums and Percussion- Prairie Prince, Brian MacLeod, Gary Mallaber, Mike Baird * Additional Vocals - Marc LaFrance, Marc Jordan, Tommy Funderburk, David Steele, James Christian, Rick Livingstone, Brian MacLeod, Richard Marx, Timothy B Schmit

TRACK LISTING: 01 Heart In Pieces * 02 It Ain't Easy * 03 Somebody Elses Moment * 04 Something To Hide * 05 Stand * 06 Dive! * 07 Can't Let Go * 08 Feel It Believe It * 09 Just Like You And Me * 10 Look Before You Leap

Up till this point in his career, Tim Feehan had achieved a small amount of attention among AOR fans. His 1987 self titled album was a great start, despite having two prior albums to that which started the ball rolling. Though 1987's achievement was geared towards West Coast listeners, 'Full Contact' took his music to another level - near perfect hi-tech AOR, with a cast of super-players to compliment the sound. The end-result is there for all to hear - from start to finish. Nearly every song can stand on its own merits, guitar driven, beefed up sound, and magical vocals from this Alberta raised musician.

The Songs
'Full Contact' shakes a leg at the likes of Chris Eaton, Robert Tepper, Robbie Nevil and Joe Pasquale, but inevitably with the David Cole production, things get a tad heavier than any of those guys. Take a listen to opener 'Heart In Pieces' for instance. Aggression and melody embroiled in a tango which takes Michael Landau's wicked guitar solo to untangle it all. The jangly guitars from Bruce Gaitsch kick in on the infectious 'It Ain't Easy', followed soon after by the smooth aural vista that is 'Somebody Else's Moment' - keyboard layers to sooth, guitar plucks and phrases to offset it. The next three tracks: 'Something To Hide', 'Stand' and 'Dive!' are all similar attempts at that hi-tech style Feehan is renowned for, and he doesn't disappoint. 'Stand' is so hi-tech you'd swear it was C'vello! The other major talking point is the fantastic rock-out of 'Can't Let Go', again Bruce Gaitsch doing the honors here. Also worth checking out is the Steve Lukather fuelled 'Look Before You Leap', a great way to finish the album, reminiscent of Chris Eaton and Toto (obviously).

In Summary
Despite being on the big name label MCA, the album failed to raise interest out there in 'listener land'. One can only suggest that MCA were trying to cash in on the singer-songwriter phenomenon being led by the likes of Sir Michael Bolton and Richard Marx who were huge at the time. It would have been great if Feehan had found success, but as it was, the market was oversubscribed, and grunge was on the way in. Feehan went into hiding for a wee while, resurfacing again in 1996 with 'Pray For Rain'.

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#1 | ROBERT on February 17 2006 01:01:12
Absolutament Impresionante!
temas como: Can't Let Go, Look Before You Leap, dejan sin palabras!
9 d 10!
#2 | richardb on June 15 2008 14:52:56
A superb album and easily his best. Not a filler in sight.

Richard B
#3 | dangerzone on July 06 2013 18:49:38
'Heart in Pieces' is an absolute classic. You'd have to say that 1990 was probably the death knell for high-tech AOR though.
#4 | dangerzone on July 20 2013 23:50:35
'Just Like You and Me' has to be the greatest Michael Bolton impersonation of all time. Brilliant stuff.
#5 | super80boy on June 17 2017 15:33:42
Feehan really hits his stride on this powerful album. Lots of big names are enlisted for the proceedings, Marx, Lukather, Funderburk and Landau to just name a few. Agreed, this should have been the album that pushed him into higher success levels.
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