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Hugh, Grayson - 1988 Blind To Reason



ARTIST: Hugh, Grayson
ALBUM: Blind To Reason
LABEL: RCA
SERIAL: 7661-2-R
YEAR: 1988


COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Grayson Hugh - vocals, keyboards, organ, piano * Ira Siegel, Rick Derringer, Tom Majesky - guitars * Fernando Saunders - bass * Joey Cardello - percussion * Audrey Wheeler, Cindy Mizelle, Craig Derry, Don Richardson, Gina Puzzo, Joe Adams, John Skyes, Will Downing, Nathaniel Burgess - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Romantic Heart * 02 Tears Of Love * 03 Talk It Over * 04 Bring It All Back * 05 Two Hearts * 06 Blind To Reason * 07 Finally Found A Friend * 08 Hard Life * 09 That's Cool * 10 Empty As The Wind * 11 Blind Return

WEBLINKS: http://graysonhugh.net


Background
Grayson Hugh, an American singer is steeped in the tradition of soul and R&B. On some of his material, you would be hard-pressed to find a difference between him and Steve Perry (particularly his solo stuff). Hugh appeared at the same time as Michael Bolton's renewed career started taking off in 1987 with his album 'The Hunger'. Both Perry and Bolton (and possibly Aussie Jimmy Barnes)are the benchmarks for that soul/rock crossover sub-genre, but on the strength of Grayson Hugh's 'Blind To Reason' album, we have another contender joining the queue. Originally from Connecticut, Hugh moved to New York in search of a deal, and got one via producer Michael Baker, who helped him land the big fish at RCA.


The Songs
Sure, 'Blind To Reason' has a gospel feel too. Don't let that put you off. Instead, focus on the hi-tech sound and production values, as well as that Perry flavoured voice. It can be heard as early as the first track 'Romantic Heart'. He follows this up with the bouncy and effervescent 'Tears Of Love', guaranteed to get the feet tapping. The big hit on the album is the soul flavoured 'Talk It Over', which invaded the charts during 1988. 'Bring It Back' is a smooth ballad in the vein of Steve Perry's solo albums. 'Two Hearts' on the other hand punches out with hi-tech abandon. 'Hard Life' is extremely hi-tech, think Roscoe Martinez, Robbie Nevil for a comparison. 'Thats Cool' reconfirms Hugh's talent for writing a decent pop tune, while 'Empty As The Wind' is a pleasant (excuse the pun) breezy affair with more keyboards here than what could be found in Geoff Downes living room!


In Summary
He sang a few tunes which appeared on soundtracks such as 'Fried Green Tomatoes' and 'Thelma And Louise', but since then, Grayson has disappeared off the major music scene altogether. I understand he is back in Boston and can be seen playing around a venues. You'll see this on Ebay quite often, and for those of you looking for a bit of cruisy music to wile away your time, you can't go past this underrated album. Check out his second album 'Road To Freedom'.. another worth adding to the collection too.


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#1 | imprimateur on December 04 2015 21:44:53
I did see an old 1980 LP from Grayson Hugh on the Net somewhere. So he has been around a lot longer than we originally thought.
#2 | gdazegod on April 08 2016 22:45:40
Grayson Hugh - 1988 Talk It Over
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