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Goodwyn, Myles - 1988 Myles Goodwyn

ARTIST: Goodwyn, Myles
ALBUM: Myles Goodwyn
LABEL: Atlantic
YEAR: 1988


LINEUP: Myles Goodwyn - vocals, guitars, keyboards * Lance Quinn - guitars, producer, keyboards & synth programming * Jon Carin, Gerry Cohen, David Shaw, Dave Rosenthal, Kitten & The Cat, Rob Rizzo - keyboards & synth programming * Joe (Snake) Henchcliff, Doug Gordon - guitars * Jay Davidson - saxophone * Rick Valente - harmonica * Andy Newmark - drums (on Caviar) * Lee Aaron, Ritchie Rubini, Rudy Rubini, Carol Brooks, Jeannie Brooks - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Veil Of Tears * 02 Do You Know What I Mean * 03 Caviar * 04 Sonya * 05 Head On * 06 Face The Storm * 07 Frank Sinatra Can't Sing * 08 Givin' It Up For Your Love * 09 Are You Still Loving Me * 10 Mama Won't Say (It's Good)


1988 saw the release of two solo albums from two members of Canadian band April Wine. Guitarist Brian Greenway released his 'Serious Business' LP under the name of Greenway, while lead singer/lead guitarist Myles Goodwyn released his under normal circumstances. Judging by the album cover, you'll be wondering who the heck is Myles clothing coordinator. What the hey? It looks as if he is auditioning for the role of Leisure Suit Larry (remember the arcade game from the 80's?). I guess it's designed to place Myles away from the April Wine backdrop, and for his solo material to stand aside in its own right. With the vast line-up of players in attendance on these sessions, plus a multitude of synth and programming musos guesting, I doubt there is too much chance of this solo effort ever sounding like an earthy April Wine album. Some big names that make an appearance here include David Rosenthal (Rainbow, Red Dawn), the lovely Lee Aaron, and topline producer Lance Quinn.

The Songs
Opening cut 'Veil Of Tears' shakes and shuffles in the same vein as Louisiana outfit C'Vello.. very funky but hi-tech in the same breath. Myles also covers the 1971 hit for Lee Michaels 'Do You Know What I Mean', giving it a 1988 makeover though I'm not sure Lee would've appreciated it. Still, an ok version, but as always, the originals always seem to stand out the best. I didn't care for the likes of 'Caviar' (and it's insistent harmonica parts.. yuck). Apparently this song also made it onto the soundtrack for the 1988 movie 'Johhny Be Good' featuring Robert Downey Jnr. Also given the thumbs down is the awful 'Frank Sinatra Can't Sing' which is a Goodwyn/Quinn co-write. Not sure what these two were thinking.. perhaps they had one too many beers in the studio?

In Summary
The album came and went during 1988 without threatening the Billboard charts at all, though the track 'Caviar' did have a video released for it, plus of course the aforementioned inclusion on the 'Johnny Be Good' soundtrack. Atlantic also saw fit to release the album in the USA - I believe it was also during 1988, as Aquarius already had it covered in Canada. There has been ample opportunity for Myles to record a follow-up solo record, but nothing has been forthcoming, and it's been 20 years since..

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#1 | Eric on June 15 2009 02:09:00
Not an April Wine expert by any means, but I've heard the 1977 album 'Forever For Now' was originally supposed to be a Goodwyn solo album.
#2 | reyno-roxx on June 16 2009 18:29:22
I reviewed this for 'Kerrang!' when it was released. Must say I thought it was patchy at best.
#3 | AOR Lee on March 04 2015 05:05:21
A little hit and miss maybe, but there's some pretty strong late 80's AOR on here all the same. A more hi tech version of the April Wine sound, it neatly fills the gap between Walk Through Fire and Attitude in the April Wine catalogue. Veil Of Tears, Face The Storm and Givin It Up are cool rockers while My Girl is a great AOR ballad in the April Wine tradition. Caviar, yes a bit of a novelty but one of those fun soundtrack AOR type songs typical of the era, would've been better without the harmonica. Still, slots neatly into my April Wine collection.

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