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Coney Hatch - 1983 Outa Hand

ARTIST: Coney Hatch
ALBUM: Outa Hand
LABEL: Mercury, Anthem (Canada)
SERIAL: 812869-1, ANR-1-1041
YEAR: 1983
CD REISSUE: 2006, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY010


LINEUP: Carl Dixon - vocals, guitars * Andy Curran - vocals, bass * Steve Shelski - guitars, backing vocals * Dave Ketchum - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Don't Say Make Me * 02 Shake It * 03 First Time For Everything * 04 Some Like It Hot * 05 To Feel The Feeling Again * 06 Too Far Gone * 07 Love Games * 08 Fallen Angel * 09 Music Of The Night

Canada welcomed in 1983 with a couple of Canadian acts sitting pretty in the pecking order. Aldo Nova would occupy one of those spots, while Coney Hatch - the Toronto based hard rocking quartet would occupy the other. Their debut album from 1982 was one of the brightest sparks during that year, and their follow-up 'Outa Hand' was given priority treatment by the Mercury/Anthem group, by bringing in noted producer Max Norman, who had recently worked with Ozzy Osbourne. It seemed the band were more popular abroad, with the LP being picked up in Europe/UK, plus the press from those markets appeared to be more interested in them as well. They toured with Iron Maiden during their 'Piece Of Mind' tour, allowing the band to be exposed to audiences with a preference for HM. Coney Hatch had a reputation for being a good live band so I'm sure they would've been able to sound convincing among hardcore Maiden fans.

The Songs
The recipe from the debut album is continued on 'Outa Hand', but with Norman's involvement, the sound is refined without losing the raw elements that Kim Mitchell emphasised the previous year. Razor sharp guitars introduce 'Don't Say Make Me', similar in attitude to 'Devils Deck', a good opener, but the second track 'Shake It' could be considered lost momentum as Andy Curran's vocal just doesn't cut it. 'First Time For Everything' is much better, the band sounding like mid 80's era 38 Special. In fact the southern boys are a good comparison for most of this album. 'Some Like It Hot' is a reasonable rocker, even by Curran's standards, but the album's highpoint is the acoustic ballad 'To Feel The Feeling Again'. The last three songs are mostly rockers with varying degrees of wellbeing, the best of them is the closer 'Fallen Angel'.

In Summary
The album didn't fare that well sales wise, but despite that, Coney Hatch still drew plenty of admirers. For this writer in particular, it is the least popular of their three albums. The band would soften their approach for the third and final album 'Friction', a favourite among AOR collectors. This album, and the debut have both been reissued by AOR's favourite reissue label Rock Candy Records during 2005 and 2006. Both are easy to pick up on CD.

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#1 | rkbluez on November 01 2009 00:53:39
Good Canadian Hard Rock...love the tune First Time For Everything...should of been a bigger hit...but the 1st s/t Coney Hatch is still their best album...a hard rocking masterpiece...still Outta Hand rocks just not as hard or as good as the s/t.
#2 | Jez on November 01 2009 19:26:51
Love it love it love it. Still prefer the debut (just), but this has some amazing tracks on it. So glad that Rock Candy gave this it's first official release on CD and a damned fine job they did with it too.
#3 | jefflynnefan on November 02 2009 02:18:57
This is a good album but my favorite is 'Friction'.
#4 | jeffrey343 on November 02 2009 16:12:44
Definitely some great ones here - "Don't Say Make Me" and "First Time For Everything". And "Love Games" is IMO the best tune sung by Andy Curran on any of their albums.
#5 | sabace on October 28 2010 13:48:57
this is my fave coney hatch lp full of great tunes!
#6 | tompa on February 06 2017 18:30:43
My favourite of theirs. Love the soft beauty of TO FEEL THE FEELING AGAIN and the far Møre rockier TOO FAR GONE.
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