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Bentall, Barney (And The Legendary Hearts) - 1990 Lonely Avenue

ARTIST: Bentall, Barney (And The Legendary Hearts)
ALBUM: Lonely Avenue
SERIAL: EK 80148
YEAR: 1990


LINEUP: Barney Bentall - vocals, guitars * Colin Nairne - guitars, vocals * Cam Bowman - keyboards * Barry Muir - bass * Jack Guppy - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Crime Against Love * 02 It's Over * 03 Don't Talk About Yesterday * 04 Goin' Places * 05 Nothing Hurts (Like The Words Of The One U Love) * 06 Life Could Be Worse * 07 Dark Nights/Dark Road * 08 When She Was Mine * 09 I Gotta Go * 10 Lost Weekend

WEBLINKS: www.barneybentall.com

Canadian Barney Bentall is as much a part of the Canadian musical landscape as all our other Canuck heroes. Bentall's career took flight toward the late 80's, and his reputation as a Canadian version of John Cougar Mellancamp and Tom Petty followed him around like a homeless cat. I don't think the comparison is truly warranted. there are other reference points too, like Tom Cochrane, but his earthy but melodic form of rock n roll is easy to digest and easy on the ear. Starting out life between British Columbia and Alberta, Bentall came to the attention of many punters under his pseudonym Brandon Wolf during the 70's. By 1984, his band - The Legendary Hearts (named after a Lou Reed song), was formed. But it wasn't until 1988 that the self titled debut hit the shelves. The single 'Something To Live For' was released ahead of the album, and ensured the debut went gold. Some beaut songs on that platter including 'Come Back To Me' and 'The House Of Love'. By 1990, more refinement was to come. With their Canadian cross-continent tour out of the way, preparation began for their follow up 'Lonely Avenue'.

The Songs
After using David Tickle as producer on the first record, Danny Kortchmar was hired to oversee production for 'Lonely Avenue', the band heading down to Los Angeles for a month or so during March/April of 1990. I'm sure the record company weren't very happy with Barney's choices. Execs were pushing him to use Bob Rock or Bruce Fairbairn - but that may have changed the musical mix appreciably (or is that depreciably?) according to Bentall. He much preferred his sound to be closer to his down-home roots, rather than some slick over-produced album that wasn't representative of him at all. Certainly after hearing tunes like 'Don't Talk About Yesterday', 'Nothing Hurts (Like The Words Of The One U Love)' and the introspective 'Dark Nights/Dark Road', you get a sense of Bentall's direction - taking a trip down the old coach road. He doesn't completely dodge his responsibilities to radio and the singles charts. Opener 'Crime Against Love' is a choice cut, radio friendly and all that, as is 'I Gotta Go' and (less so) 'Life Could Be Worse'.

In Summary
After the honeymoon period of the album subsided, CBS/Epic wanted a divorce. Undeterred, Bentall moved house from CBS/Epic's Lonely Avenue to Sony's Welcoming Boulevard, for the release of 1992's 'Aint Life Strange', and by now, you'd be wondering just how Barney came up with the album-title! lol! Three years later he returned with 1995's 'Gin Palace'.. he probably needed a drink by then! Still working to this day, at the time of writing, Bentall had just released his latest effort 'Gift Horse' out into the public market. There are many albums to choose from. Not strictly AOR, Bentall gives a good account of his style.

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