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Burtnick, Glen - 1987 Heroes And Zeros

ARTIST: Burtnick, Glen
ALBUM: Heroes And Zeros
SERIAL: SP-5166 (LP), CD 5166/DX 1673 (CD)
YEAR: 1987


LINEUP: Glen Burtnick - lead vocals, guitar, keyboards * Doug Worthington, Neal Schon - guitars * Buddy Allen - bass * Mick Gormaley - percussion * Anton Fig, Chuck Burgi, David Prater - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Follow You * 02 Spinnin' My Wheels * 03 Walls Come Down * 04 Stupid Boys * 05 Love Goes On * 06 Heard It On The Radio * 07 Abalene * 08 Here Comes Sally * 09 Sacttered * 10 The Day Your Ship Gets Through


Here's a Jersey boy who can't quite decide how his name should be spelt. You think we're confused? I wonder how he's feeling. Do we have a case of multiple personalities going on? No we don't, because when you listen to Glen's music, you'll know exactly who we're talking about and why. First coming to attention with his excellent debut album 'Talking In Code' released the year before this, Burtnick's reputation as a songwriter, lyricist, and all round pop/rock god in the making would eventually open up a world of possibilities. Not before the release of his second album. Here on 'Heroes And Zeros' he combines the artistry of Jude Cole and commerciality of Bryan Adams to come up with something that is uniquely Burtnick. Not exactly AOR, many have considered H&Z to be a cult classic pop/rock record - one that can be played from start to finish and hold your attention all the way through.

The Songs
Whether it's the opening lines of minor hit 'Follow You' - with its fast-paced delivery, to the superb 'Love Goes On', Burtnick is the equivalent of a musical chameleon within the confines of the pop/rock genre. Able to deliver a variety of interesting tunes in the 3-4 minute bracket. 'Spinnin' My Wheels' is an intense but melodic tune with an abundance of vocal harmonies to fatten out the sound. The sound of the mid-west is recounted with 'Walls Come Down'. Here you can hear where the Jude Cole similarity kicks in. 'Heard It On The Radio' features a chorus of Def Leppard proportions, in fact, if Joe and the boys wanted to do pop/rock at some stage, they should recruit Glen to assist. 'Abalene' wouldn't sound out of place on that one-off Stealin' Horses - give or take the male vocal/female vocal difference. For something totally different is the foot-stomping near-jig like qualities of 'Here Comes Sally', and the token ballad on the album 'The Day Your Ship Gets Through'.

In Summary
Apart from Glen's timeless lyrical and musical genius, the other highlight for me is the stinging lead guitar work of Neal Schon, who lends his six-string abilities on a few of the tracks. His solos on 'Love Goes On' are very noticeable. Despite two very good solo albums for A&M (both of which are held in high regard), nothing came of them. By late 1989, Glen got the call-up to join a reformed Styx, and featured on their comeback album in 1990 'Edge Of The Century'. Glen is still involved with Styx to this day in an off/on situation, plus he churned out a number of solo albums during the 90's such as 'Palookaville', 'Retrospectacle' and 'Welcome To Hollywood'. So, when you see the names Glenn Burtnick, Glen Burtnick, or Glen Burtnik, know that we are talking about one and the same guy!

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#1 | rostoned on August 09 2008 16:13:10
Very good album. The Hot 100 action of the single 'Follow You' (#65) 'propelled' the album into the chart where it peaked at #147 during a 6 week run. The previous platter 'Talking In Code' didn't chart at all although it is considered by many his best ever.
#2 | Jez on November 20 2008 02:35:42
Nice little disc this one. As stated above, Schon is excellent on here and it is a very consistent disc all the way through. My fave cut is the excellent 'Spinnin' My Wheels' although to be honest, they are all pretty good.

I just snagged a copy of the NL Re-issue (finally at a price the average man can afford) of 'Talking In Code' which is also excellent and worth checking out if you are a fan of 'HandZ'
#3 | rostoned on December 11 2008 12:30:08
Believe it or not but this was released in Germany with a completely different front and back cover! Tracklist is the same tho'. check here http://cgi.ebay.d...otohosting
What's even odder is that on the LP there's a catalog # for a german CD version of that. Never seen a copy of this ever but apparently a buddy is selling a copy of that on ebay rite now.
#4 | richardb on February 15 2014 14:49:33
I'm probably in a minority but I never really warmed to this album.

There's some terrific songs on 'Talking in code' and the sound is much slicker and perhaps less 'organic' than 'HandZ' hence the reason I favour the debut..
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