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Harnen, Jimmy - 1989 Can't Fight The Midnight

ARTIST: Harnen, Jimmy
ALBUM: Can't Fight Midnight
LABEL: Polygram
SERIAL: PK 45243
YEAR: 1989


LINEUP: Jimmy Harnen - vocals * Michael Thompson, Steve Lukather, Tim Pierce - guitars * Randy Jackson - bass * Phil Shenale - keyboards * Mike Baird - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Hello * 02 When The Midnight Comes * 03 If She Cries * 04 All Those Tears * 05 Little Nikki * 06 I Don't Mind * 07 No Reason In The World * 08 Southern Lady * 09 For All The Wrong Reasons * 10 Boy In Love * 11 Where Are You Now

Jimmy Harnen, a Pennsylvania native, first came to the attention of underground rock fans with his band Synch. They released an album in 1986 entitled 'Get The Feeling' which was produced by the Dakota pairing of Jerry Hludzik and Bill Kelly. From that point, Harnen moved towards a solo career, firstly as the leader of Synch, then ultmately on his own. His debut album 'Can't Fight The Midnight' is a pretty good effort, definitely AOR, and with all the hottest players money can buy. The WTG label though relatively small was the vehicle for the trio of Walter Yetnikoff (Columbia Records), Tommy Mottola (Sony, and former Mr Mariah Carey) and Jerry Greenberg former head of Atlantic Records. So, there's some 'oomph' behind the scenes for Mr Harnen.

The Songs
The album contained a selection of great mid paced melodic moments, with stellar performances by the musos listed above, particularly Michael Thompson, who's distinctive guitar lines stand out a mile. The brace of songs 'When The Midnight Comes', 'If She Cries' and All Those Tears' are strong efforts. Elsewhere, 'For All The Wrong Reasons' and 'Southern Lady' are great too, the former containing a sax solo whilst the latter hints at a slight southern rock direction. The album culminates with the hit single 'Where Are You Now', which came out a few years prior, and which by all accounts did very well on the Billboard 100. It's overly soppy and not really a true reflection of the material on the album, which is mainly upbeat.

In Summary
Also during 1989, Jimmy again hooked up with his band Synch, and released the single 'Where Are You Now' on the same WTG label, but under the moniker 'Synch - featuring Jimmy Harnen. Yeah right, we get the picture. We know who's band it is ok? Jimmy still collaborates with the guys from Dakota, namely Rick Mainwiller, and reputedly finished an album called 'All About Time' in 1996. At last report, he was based in Nashville working in the business side of the music industry, as a VP for Capitol Records I understand.

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#1 | roadrunner158 on April 19 2012 08:59:14
Close to being a masterpiece. Fantastic songs and great performances. Will have to check out the Sync stuff.
#2 | Ralfster on August 24 2013 18:19:04
Just listened to this the other day. When this came out, it was on constant rotation in my then brand new CD player. Absolute masterpiece if you ask me! It's a pity the SYNCH album from 1986 still hasn't been reissued on CD properly. However I've never ever heard of another SYNCH album having been released in or after 1989 on WTG! WTF, this must be a joke right? eek George, where did you get that info from and has anybody on here ever heard that album? On the other hand while searching ebay I just found a rare promo only single CD with two unknown (two me) Jimmy Harnen tracks. Funnily enough that CD also is from 1989 but not on WTG. I hope to receive it in a week or so... Anybody interested in hearing it just gimme a shout Smile
#3 | gdazegod on August 25 2013 00:12:09
There sure was another Harnen solo album. It was called 'All About Time', and was recorded in 1996, but was never released. You can read about it on Rick Manwiller's page, because there are three co-writes of Rick's songs on the album.
#4 | Ralfster on August 25 2013 10:41:15
Thanks for the quick reply mate! Yeah, I have a CD-R of Jimmy's 'All About Time' album (like it a lot!) and I'm familiar with Rick's page as well. Nice bloke (we exchanged some e-mails back in 1996 when I ordered his fantastic first solo CD 'Another Fine Mesozoic' directly through him)
Have never heard of that 1989 'Synch - featuring Jimmy Harnen' album on WTG however. Where did you hear / read that?
By the way, both songs from that promo CD I just bought off ebay aren't included on any material I have from Jimmy (SYNCH 1986, Can't Fight..., All About Time). Looking forwad to hear them yummy

#5 | gdazegod on August 25 2013 11:38:16
Due to re-popularity of Synch's material in 1989, WTG signed Harnen, and prior to the release of his solo album, the single 'Where Are You Now' was reissued as 'Jimmy Harnen and Synch'. I think this is where the confusion is. It wasn't the Synch album re-released, just the single, which did quite well apparently.

#6 | Ralfster on August 25 2013 12:28:38
Ah, okay... Thanks for clearing that up.
#7 | gdazegod on August 25 2013 12:47:02
Thanks too Ralfster. I had to make some adjustments to the original article as a result.
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