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Logan, Johnny - 1989 Mention My Name

ARTIST: Logan, Johnny
ALBUM: Mention My Name
SERIAL: 465-194 1
YEAR: 1989


LINEUP: Johnny Logan - all vocals * Alan Murphy, Reeves Gabrels - guitars * Paul Wiggins - bass, keyboards * Peter Van Hooke - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Just To Be With You * 02 One By One * 03 All I Ever Wanted * 04 Union Of The Heart * 05 Never Believe It's Over * 06 Red Lips * 07 How Can It Be Love * 08 Now That It's Not Over * 09 Shot Down * 10 Lay Down Your Heart * 11 Angels Don't Hide * 12 Only A Matter Of Time


If you've ever wanted to get a history of the Eurovision song contest, then having a chat to Irishman Johnny Logan might be the quickest way to bring you up to speed. He'll probably tell you (if you didn't know already) that Celine Dion won the contest in 1988 representing Switzerland! I guess that would be the equivalent of Usain Bolt representing Mongolia in the 10,000 metres right? Well, whatever the case, I'm sure that Johnny won't tell you is how successful he has been in the Eurovision pageant himself (yes, I call it a pageant, not a music contest). He's won the thing three times (1980, 1987 and 1992) both as a songwriter and as a singer, and in between he's had a career that has seen more up's and down's than the Portsmouth Football Club. Interestingly, the man's real name is Sean Sherrard, and he was born in Victoria Australia, though the family moved back to Ireland when he was three. Sean adopted the stage name Johnny Logan in 1978, and commenced a Cliff Richard like career from that point onward. Away from his Eurovision feats, Logan has released a handful of albums, mostly during the 80's on the Epic Records label. His earlier works are geared toward MOR pop, but by the end of the decade, in yet another attempt to rebrand himself, he took to the West Coast/AOR sub-genre with astounding results. With a voice guaranteed to succeed, his 1989 album 'Mention My Name' is a brash hi-tech pop rock album, with loads of instrumentation that would appeal to the regulars of this website.

The Songs
'Just To Be With You' is a real hi-tech stomper, landing squarely in the front garden of the likes of Go West and Chris Irvine. 'One By One' has a smooth soul/West Coast flavour, very British, while the chorus is superb. 'All I Ever Wanted' is the album's first single, and as a mid tempo ballad geared at radio, you can be sure that Johnny can sing all round this song with ease. 'Union Of The Heart' has a big anthemic sound, reminding me of the stuff that John Farnham used to belt out in his heyday. 'Never Believe It's Over' is the best ballad on the album, the chorus is a winner. 'Red Lips' is a return to that high-stepping tech feel of the opening track, with funky overtones, percussive elements and OTT studio effects. Again, Go West is the reference point here. Things heat up in the middle of the album. Check out the high intensity pop rockers 'How Can It Be Love', the AOR oriented 'Shot Down', and a cover of the Bob Halligan Jnr song 'Now That It's Not Over'. All compulsory listening. The last three tracks 'Lay Down Your Heart', 'Angels Don't Hide' and 'Only A Matter Of Time' are all mid-tempo numbers, all highly melodic with lush production, big vocal harmonies and the necessary level of keys and guitars.

In Summary
Johnny has employed an interesting group of musicians for 'Mention My Name'. Level 42's Alan Murphy and future X World 5 member Reeves Gabrels handle the guitars, Van Morrison's long time drummer Peter Van Hooke is there, along with studio hound Paul Wiggins, who handles bass and keys. Logan's albums around this era are more interesting to hard rockers and AORsters. His earlier ones perhaps less so, but don't let that stop you investigating. Just ignore the Eurovision stuff, and see what treasures you can unearth.

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