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Hughes Thrall - 1982 Hughes Thrall

ARTIST: Hughes And Thrall
ALBUM: Hughes And Thrall
LABEL: Epic/Boulevard
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: 1991, Epic, ZK 38116 * 2007, Rock Candy Records, CANDY018


LINEUP: Glenn Hughes - vocals, bass * Pat Thrall - guitars

Guests:Gary Ferguson, Frankie Banali, Gary Mallaber - drums * Peter Schless - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Got Your Number * 02 The Look In Your Eye * 03 Beg Borrow And Steal * 04 Where Did The Time Go * 05 Muscle And Blood * 06 Hold Out Your Life * 07 Who Will You Run To * 08 Coast To Coast * 09 First Step Of Love

An unusual pairing, and coming from different backgrounds leading up to this point, but the teaming up of singer/bassist Glenn Hughes and ace axeman Pat Thrall certainly presents some interesting options musically. Sick of being treated like an outcast by fellow guitar strangler Pat Travers in his band, Thrall set off for greener pastures. A very technically accomplished guitarist, even as far back as his days playing with Automatic Man, he was been given some latitude on this album, combining with a singer who could sing the socks off Santa Claus coming down the chimney! Hughes of course had spent time with Deep Purple and Trapeze, and his hard hitting style was a great foil for Thrall's aerodynamics.

The Songs
What a great introduction we get with the awe inspiring 'I Got Your Number', big crunching guitar riffs and Hughes' trademark vocal howl. The solo is also one for the G.I.T grads to check out. 'The Look In Your Eye' has been one of my personal favourites for many years, containing subtle keyboards and a killer chorus. 'Beg Borrow Or Steal' has a pompy feel to it while 'Muscle And Blood' is pure hard rock, with some of the steamiest rhythm guitar work this side of a strip joint! Also on the hot rockin' menu are the clean grooves of 'Hold Out Your Life' and the melodic gallop of 'Who Will You Run To'. I just love those guitar tones of Thrall, and the way he uses analog delay effects. Or how about the heavy Led Zeppelin like smash of 'First Step Of Love'? I think Frankie Banali plays drums on this one. He's the only one of the drummers named above that could smash that hard.

In Summary
Was a pity then that Hughes/Thrall was a short-lived union, but it gives you an idea what happens when you get two talented dudes together to cause mayhem in the studio. I am wondering if there were more than the nine songs which ended up on the album. Now those would be worth tracking down. Thrall went on to work with a number of other artists, even putting in a short stint with Asia, while Glenn has played with.. well.. mores the point, who hasn't he played with since then? Anyhow, the good news is that both of them are reuniting in 2003 for some more melodic mayhem, and that the album saw a re-release on Rock Candy Records (with bonus tracks) during 2006. Awesome..

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#1 | The Clone Ranger on August 30 2006 12:50:36
yeah! That's a real gem.
Whenever I feel like diving into the vinyl collection again it doesn't take long and I've got my hands on the Hugher/Thrall album. It's still like a magnet after all those years. I can't even count all the mix tapes I've recorded that contain either 'The Look In Your Eye' or 'Where Did The Time Go'.
There's too much music i like to name a favorite album, but this one certainly will always be among my top 20something...
#2 | Jez on February 01 2007 18:06:01
An absolute classic from the first note 'til the last. Every song is in a class of it's own, with musical performances to match. A must have of the genre. The new Remaster + 2 bonus tracks sounds terrific as well.
#3 | sabace on June 02 2007 18:29:06
brilliant lp probably one of the best of all time!
#4 | vinyldinosaurus on February 08 2008 17:30:49
One of the best albums ever made that no one has ever heard.
#5 | sabace on March 26 2009 13:36:05
the rock candy re issue is brilliant, and includes two amazing bonus tracks!
#6 | george_the_jack on May 12 2009 01:20:15
This is a great album.Sounds ahead of its time due to the amazing production! Pure AORish stuff from mr Hughes.
#7 | gdazegod on January 28 2010 01:03:31
Just linked a couple of videos to this review of Hughes/Thrall.
#8 | gdazegod on November 09 2013 01:36:48
Hughes Thrall - 1982 I Got Your Number
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#9 | super80boy on February 16 2014 21:47:03
Big album in all aspects - guitars, production, singing, etc... Really enjoyed this one.
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