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Love Hunter - 1997 Love Hunter



ARTIST: Love Hunter
ALBUM: Love Hunter
LABEL: Sportin' Sammys
SERIAL: -
YEAR: 1997

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Kelvin Fischer - guitars, vocals, drum, keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Love Hunter * 02 In My Heart You'll Stay * 03 All I Want Is You * 04 Lonely Night * 05 You Gotta Love It * 06 You Took A Piece Of My Heart * 07 Hold On To Yesterday * 08 Waiting For Me

RATING:

WEBLINKS: www.myspace.com/lovehuntertheband


Background
'I'm a Love Hunter baby, creeping up on you', actually you would be very wrong if you thought that this was a Whitesnake tribute act. In fact this is a very fine melodic rock album from the U.S, with the odd sounding comparison to some classic British Rock, but not from those earlier mentioned slippery reptiles. Even though we have a band name, this is very much the result of one man, being Kelvin Fischer, who writes the song, and performs all the instruments and vocals. Released on Sportin Sammy's during 1997, which sounds more like a theme pub rather than a record label. I understand he is currently based in Florida and followed this release in 2005 by issuing 'What's Left', although I have not traced this one yet, by the cover and the track I have heard being 'Lucy's Alright' this seems to be more of an acoustic led album, but I would love to be brought up to date if anyone has got this.


The Songs
The opening pair really starts proceedings at quite a sedate pace; let's take the title track first. This is quite a steady melodic tune taking aspects from the popular Uriah Heep to the more obscure, Manito Park. Whilst 'In My Heart You'll Stay' not being a typical power ballad is more of a gentle stroll, which may be a strange choice such early on in the album, but I have grown to really enjoy the song. It has a genuinely nice chorus, with a scandi rock influence about the tune. This style is also picked up later with 'Hold On To Yesterday'. Slight change in styles for 'All I Want Is You' which include some early Dokken riffs mixed with some Maple Leaf mayhem of Coney Hatch. Some pretty nice inoffensive keyboards and the composition seems to pre-date the release date, more 80's to provide a context. Also the pre-chorus has a definite Aldo Nova feel to it, which is rubber stamped by 'Lonely Night' which could have been found on any of Jon Bon Jovi's chum earlier recordings. This edges towards a more pomp aspect although still quite leisurely but nevertheless a quality tune. 'You Gotta Love It' begins with pounding drums followed by some lovely keyboards; with this rattling of the ivories you would expect a pomp classic. Actually it's contains more of a groove, last seen in the 'Eliminator' days of ZZ Top. More basic but still lots to get excited about with more urgency displayed here. It's here where the album gets better and better. This is obvious with the opening hints of 'You Took A Piece Of My Heart', a mature statement and is the most AOR tune on the album to date. Melodies simply rage across the whole song and could well be at home on any Van Stephenson recording. The same could be said ,although to a lesser extent about closer 'Waiting For Me' which has a more melodic rock style as Kelvin raises the excitement with a guitar driven tune with some colourful solos, great stuff, failure is not of the cards with such lyrics as, 'Lost and lonely, hearts keep pounding'. As with as a couple of the earlier tracks, we find 'Hold On To Yesterday' concentrating on creating a rock atmosphere which is quite an achievement for essentially a one man band. Of course this may have benefited a little with the odd crack of thunder or some more lightning melodic sparks, which the great Tour De Force could be relied upon to do. However this doesn't really effect the listener's enjoyment and actually is quite reminiscent of a British band, Kiss Of The Gypsy when they would take their foot off the accelerator.


In Summary
So there you have it, a very professionally recorded album whose arrangements are pretty special. I certainly find it difficult to find any holes in this album and one I play regularly. What's good about this is that unlike those obscure vinyl gems which you rarely find, this one is still available. Even after 13 years after its release and on a small label, this CD can be obtained via CDBaby or Kelvin's MySpace page, can't make it any easier for you, can I.


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