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Halligan, Bob (Jnr) - 1991 Window In The Wall



ARTIST: Halligan, Bob (Jnr)
ALBUM: Window In The Wall
LABEL: Atco
SERIAL: 7 91678-2
YEAR: 1991
CD REISSUE:
SPONSOR: -

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Bob Halligan Jnr - vocals, guitars, keyboards, drum programming

Guests: Philip Ashley, Gerald O'Brien, Arnie Roman, Peter Wood, Doug Hall, Graham Shaw, Phil Galdston - keyboards * Rob Friedman, Eddie Martinez, Michael Ciro, Ira Siegel - guitars * Will Lee, Rick Cua, Seth Glassman - bass * Pat Mastelotto, Michael Clarke, Sammy Merendino, Emedin Rivera - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Could've Been You * 02 Now That It's Not Over * 03 Still Feels Like Love * 04 I Will Remember You * 05 Who's Lovin' You Now * 06 Window In The Wall * 07 Midnite Mirage * 08 The Way It's S'pozed To Be * 09 Hard Rain * 10 Standing On The Edge Of Goodbye


Background
One of melodic rock's prominent songwriters decides to come in from the outside, and literally climbs in through the window in the wall to release a selection of his own songs. Bob Halligan Jnr, a name you'll see scattered high wide and mighty, from Michael Bolton, Cher, Icon, Duke Jupiter, Signal, Kiss, and many more. Utilising a selection of musicians (as listed above), plus some co-writes with individuals such as Alfie Zappacosta, 'Window In The Wall' represents an opportunity for Bob to play the songs he wanted them to be played and heard, not necessarily the way they ended up in the hands of others. I can imagine it's not fun to hear some of your songs butchered from pillar to post. Bob's approach is very AOR, in fact, he's musically similar to some of the stuff that Bob Marlette might achieve, and he looks a deadringer for David Pack on the album cover. Released on the Atco label, this could be one of the first signings for Derek Oliver in his then role of A&R boss at the label.


The Songs
For those of you into pure AOR which has that hi-tech/West Coast crossover, then this is for you. You can tell that there's been no expense spared on this album. Bob opens up with 'Could've Been You', the same number used on Cher's 'Love Hurts' album. The next two are superb efforts 'Now That It's Not Over' and 'Still Feels Like Love', in the same neighbourhood as artists like Kurt Howell or Marc Jordan. Other highlights include the juicy title track 'Window In The Wall', 'Midnite Mirage (again much like Kurt Howell), the urgent drive of 'Hard Rain', and the softer moments of 'The Way It's S'posed To Be' and the impasssioned 'Standing On The Edge Of Goodbye'. All great stuff!


In Summary
Typically, this album didn't raise too many eyebrows at the time of it's release, though people in the know snapped it up based on Bob's reputation within the melodic rock genre. Now, looking back at it retrospectively, it still stands as a respectable piece of work, and some of those songs are on repeat play years later. Great lineup, loads of keyboards, melodic as anything, and comes highly recommended.


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#1 | jeffduran on March 12 2008 17:13:25
Agree! Am amazing piece of melodic AOR bliss imho. clap
#2 | Jez on June 13 2008 23:50:47
This surprised me somewhat on it's release, as it was a lot liter/Westcoast than I was expecting, seeing as some of the stuff he has written for Priest,Icon and numerous others in the past. Not complaining one jot though - Ultra fluffy it may be, but this sort of stuff is right up my street, so another one with the Jez seal of approval.
#3 | trillion1999 on October 22 2011 23:50:16
I bought this album for zilch still sealed.I never opened it and practically gave it away for free.I would have loved it had I ever given it a chance for sure.Too bad.
#4 | swazi on October 23 2011 10:05:35
Yes, Trillion, that certainly was a serious mistake. Great disc with not only Jez's seal of approval, but also mine. Wink
#5 | gdazegod on October 23 2011 12:30:14
Trillion, I am disturbed by your bad habit of offloading albums before giving them a chance. Are you sure you are a lifelong fan? Why haven't we seen you years ago? GD (and before that HOTR (Heart Of The Rock) has been in existence since 1999. What gives?
#6 | trillion1999 on October 24 2011 13:14:43
I bought a computer 2008.I have loved too much music since 1973.I have never had a stereo.Wished I had back when stereos was still relevant.Wish I had been online in 1991.Sad to say at that time since 1973 other peoples record-collections in so called real life and thru radio or tv is all I listened to.A sponge yes but no spam-bot and no troll I assure you.I sold this CD to someone who loved West Coast and got some sort of credit since then I have lost contact with this infamous legend.Sorry if my comments are seen as bad.I will try to behave.My smiley-function does not function anymore.
#7 | gdazegod on October 24 2011 14:19:21
All good my friend. Thumbs Up
#8 | jefflynnefan on May 21 2013 02:51:26
I've been listening to this cd all week. Such a great cd!
#9 | Carlos Ramirez on September 06 2014 00:48:44
Halligan, Jr. and Icon were a DEADLY match-up on the 'Night of the Crime' album!
#10 | khw7 on April 19 2016 16:32:26
Once I heard the first song I knew I had to have the CD! The songs definitely grow on you. and#128522; Great to be back at GloryDaze!Thumbs Up
 
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