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Hunter Greer - 1995 Tales From Stoney's Bar And Grill



ARTIST: Hunter Greer
ALBUM: Tales From Stoney's Bar And Grill
LABEL: FRE
SERIAL: L2 00108
YEAR: 1995

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Myles Hunter - vocals * Ken Greer - guitars * Randy Cooke - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Aduren * 02 Memphis Rain * 03 Absolutely Yours * 04 Highwire * 05 Dream Baby Dream * 06 Dying Of Love * 07 Love Ain't Worth Nothin' * 08 20th Century New Salvation * 09 Psalm 94 * 10 Take Me As I Am * 11 Songs About Peace * 12 Shelter Valley Road


Background
I can imagine this becoming a bit of a collectors item in years to come. First bought to my attention via Par Winberg (Karlsson)'s assocation with Frontline Magazine, I managed to find this gem lying around in a bargain bin. What a find. Typically Canadian, with traditional AOR influences mixed in with the contemporary 1990's style. The result: something different but something very compelling too. Any AOR fan will know the history of the two major lights of this collaboration: Hunter having previously been in Canadian bands Avalon and the rather impressive Refugee while Greers history is embedded with the band Red Rider, famous for spinning off that other Canadian rock icon Tom Cochrane.


The Songs
An instrumental called 'Aduren' opens up, reminding me of the atmospheric opener on Red Rider's 'Neruda' opus. This leads into the wonderfully melodic 'Memphis Rain', an AOR anthem of sorts. 'Absolutely Yours' is very different, sort of a traditional blues workout with a countrified rhythm/beat. Strange but true but it is completely at home on a CD like this. The upbeat 'Love Ain't Worth Nothin' has a similar beat, and is quite unique. Hard to pin down a similarity but listenable nonetheless. 'Highwire' gets back onto the AOR path again, quite hi-tech in approach and another superb song. 'Dream Baby Dream' is quite ambient and meanders along nicely. Other interesting moments include 'Psalm 94' and another anthem called 'Songs About Peace'. Ken Greer has this uncanny ability to add so much atmospherics to songs, as evidenced by the last track on the album 'Shelter Valley Road'. Honestly, if it didn't have it, there's no doubt it would sound completely flat. If you listen to some of his work with Red Rider you'll hear some of those influences coming through on this album.


In Summary
A great bit of rock music from 1995, and certainly a worthy item in your collection if only for the diversity and unique material on offer.




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#1 | swazi on March 18 2011 17:10:47
No comments yet ?! Why ?? Great stuff, indeed! Reminds me of another Canadian, Robert Burton.
#2 | gdazegod on November 16 2014 06:27:18
Hunter Greer.. just thrown up a couple of songs onto a playlist for people to listen to.. pretty cool album, featuring our favourite singer from REFUGEE.. Myles Hunter.
#3 | gdazegod on September 14 2016 00:00:08
Hunter Greer - 1995 Memphis Rain
YouTube Video:

[url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOCkhFJoGo8]Direct to YouTube[/youtube]
 
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