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Paul, Henry (Band) - 1982 Henry Paul



ARTIST: Paul, Henry (Band)
ALBUM: Henry Paul
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: 7 80032-1
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: 2003, Wounded Bird (USA), WOU-8032

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Henry Paul - vocals * Billy Crain - guitars * David Fiester - guitars * Wally Dentz - bass * Tom Capek - keyboards * Bill Hoffmann - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Nightline * 02 Hold On * 03 Don't Leave Me This Way * 04 Kamikaze Rock * 05 Tragedy * 06 Desiree * 07 Heat Of The Night * 08 Circle Of Silence * 09 Cold War

WEBLINKS: www.henrypaul.com


Background
A figure much admired and featured here at Glory Daze is one time perennial AOR figure Henry Paul. It would be amiss to leave this album unmentioned, as it is undoubtedly Paul's most consistent AOR effort of a solo career that began with the Southern sounds of his Outlaws days mixed with a melodic rock direction that eventually moved into full tilt AOR by this albums release. An attempt was made to rework Paul's image into that of a serious, undercover solo artist along classic John O Banion ground, a statement borne out by the cover, with Paul's brooding charm outside the motel room doing the trick. The backing band featured the addition of Capek on keyboards, the only newcomer following 'Anytime', the remainder of the band looking cheerful on the back cover all wearing colourful polo shirts and looking more like my dad circa 1982 than a rock band! Vintage stuff and a pertinent reminder that image wasn't as important as the music in that era. Sometimes!


The Songs
A sterling effort we have here with Paul reaching the AOR heights that previous albums hinted at and delivered, but not to this level of execution. Granted there were still major excursions into rock and roll areas, witnessed by the foot stomping 'Kamikaze Rock' which leans towards Freddie Salem, a dead ringer in fact, both ex Outlaws men perfecting the blend of AOR meeting Texas boogie. Mainly it's simmering AOR throughout, with the same sound as the 'Anytime' classic, taken a notch further with more keyboards, melody and layered guitars and solos. 'Nightline' provides as up tempo opening, rock solid riffing combined with sophisticated synth lines, very much an anthem. 'Hold On' is an AOR statement of breathtaking gravity, Paul very much the lover to the rescue with a chorus for the ages. You'll come back to this time and again, assured. Made for radio was 'Don't Leave Me This Way', an excellent commercial near ballad, much like 'Tragedy', indicating Paul was truly on a roll with the AOR honed to staggering levels. 'Desiree' is the requisite 'female named track' that SPYS used a year earlier. Only 'Carrie' was used more surely, this an abundant rocker heavy on fluent keyboard runs. High tension ensues during 'Circle Of Silence', Paul playing the solo star in credible style with his heroic vocals. Paul certainly wasn't the only artist to explore the 'Cold War' and Russian cossack synth lines are apparent suitably as Henry warns of imminent communism and nuclear war, which doesn't mask an intense track, benefiting an equally intense period in our history itself. Outlaws guitarist Hughie Thomasson adds a guitar solo here for those taking notes of such matters!


In Summary
Nothing sours 'Henry Paul', not a single note or track is wasted and it boggles the mind that this was Paul's swansong as an AOR artist. Surely he was just getting started, a 1983 or 84 release could have taken it further, something that sadly never eventuated. This proved Paul could deliver the goods without Jim Peterik assisting him as co writer, the writing handled by himself and various band members, mostly Crain and Dentz. This is the pick of Paul's solo endeavours for me, others may prefer his earlier sets with the Southern influences, but this is where Paul let his AOR side hang out and do the talking. One listen and you'll see why some of us are content to live in the past..?


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#1 | swazi on February 09 2012 13:41:33
About 12 years later Henry Paul would get together with Van Stephenson (RIP) and Dave Robbins to form BlackHawk, another awesome band, but more along the line of Country AOR. If there is such a genre ....
Highly recommended, though!
#2 | Eric on February 09 2012 17:17:32
Alabama, Restless Heart, Southern Pacific= Country AOR.
#3 | jeffrey343 on February 09 2012 18:25:13
I was listening to a lot of country in the 90s, and the 'country AOR' bands were my favorites. Blackhawk was my favorite. I was very familiar with Van Stephenson, who sang lead vocals on only one song on their four albums before he passed away. Henry Paul was the primary vocalist, but all three guys (Dave Robbins was the third member) harmonized exceptionally well. I think many of y'all would like Blackhawk. It's more like lite rock than country.

As far as his solo work... I haven't heard it, but it sounds like it's right up my alley. It's not on my favorite streaming audio site Rhapsody, but it does appear to be on Spotify, as well as available as an MP3 album on Amazon. I'll be checking it out today.
#4 | dangerzone on November 21 2013 18:42:58
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