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Hughes, Glenn - 1994 From Now On..



ARTIST: Hughes, Glenn
ALBUM: From Now On..
LABEL: Empire
SERIAL: ERCD 1001
YEAR: 1994

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Glenn Hughes - vocals, bass * Thomas Larsson, Eric Bojfeldt - guitars * Mic Michaeli - keyboards * John Leven - bass * Hempo Hillden, Ian Haughland - drums * Meja - additional vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Picking Up The Pieces * 02 Lay My Body Down * 03 The Only One * 04 Why Don't You Stay * 05 Walkin' On Water * 06 The Liar * 07 Into The Void * 08 You Were Always There * 09 IF You Don't Want Me To (Alyson's Song) * 10 Devil In You * 11 Homeland * 12 From Now On * 13 Burn * 14 You Keep Me Moving

WEBLINKS: www.glennhughes.com


Background
The late 80's were a troubled time for Glenn Hughes. After botching the tour in support of Black Sabbath's 'Seventh Star' in 1986 just a few dates in, Hughes was barely heard from in the interim. Hughes' drug and booze problem crippled him and were the source of his sacking from Sabbath. In the late 80's Hughes appeared on the second Phenomena album 'Dream Runner' and played with John Norum and Pat Thrall, but little else. In the early 90's Hughes finally overcame his addictions and set about restablishing himself as a solo performer. His first attempt at a comeback was providing vocals for John Norum's 'Face The Truth', before his own album, 1993's 'Blues'. That was little more than a star studded jam session, and 1994's 'From Now On' was the real turning point of Hughes' comeback. With Europe's Michaeli, Haughland and Leven in tow, Hughes delievered his classiest AOR effort to date.


The Songs
The start is immediate, 'Pickin' Up The Pieces' a nice piece of fast hard rock, with a return to the sounds Hughes experienced with Deep Purple way back in the 70's. The first trace of flawless AOR appears with 'The Only One', delivering a host of exciting twists and turns and a mammoth hook. 'Why Don't You Stay' crosses into heavy ballad mode, and could have been a hit in 1988, shaming the majority of US acts who bludgeoned that genre. 'The Liar' is almost metal, thanks to some spitfire riffing, but with an abundance of organ and synths, falls short invariably. The opening synths of 'You Were Always There' remind one of 1983, and the whole track is a definitive excursion into vintage AOR territories. Pat Thrall co-wrote the track, which explains the superior melody. 'Homeland' is the other cut which harkens back to 80's overtones, Hughes really nailing a perfect combination of quieter, more reflective moments mixed with harder rock sections. Hughes' old Trapeze bandmate, guitarist Mel Galley chimes in as co-writer here. There isn't a bad selection, but the title track is the best of the rest, half pop and AOR, very accessible. In a classy move Hughes adds a new version of the old Deep Purple favourite 'Burn' which he first played on back in late 1973. It's a fiery update, much in keeping with the original and a pleasing nod to Hughes past. Fellow Europe man Ian Haughland adds drums and Hughes finally gets credited on a song he was left out of on the original credits in 1974 due to contract disputes.


In Summary
This set the tone for the next few years which saw Hughes cranking the albums out at nearly one a year, something he consistently achieves to the present day. Hughes' next album 'Songs In The Rock Of Life' came out during 2003, continuing his creative hot streak. While Hughes has shifted styles among his work during the last decade, he turns back to straight rock much of the time, that being his strongest area. I prefer the Hughes heard on 'From Now On', playing it down the middle, using his great voice to its potential in AOR circles, while not abandoning his heavier side.


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#1 | sabace on August 03 2008 15:42:30
I'm a big fan of hughes but prefer the funkier side of his music . this is a very good lp but not one of his best!
#2 | rostoned on August 03 2008 15:45:39
Opposite to Sabace I prefer his hard rock side and I enjoyed this album A LOT, IMHO it was a great return to form.
 
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