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Shy - 1985 Brave The Storm

ALBUM: Brave The Storm
SERIAL: PL 70605
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: 1996, BMG Japan, BVCP-7452 * 2001, Zoom Club (UK), ZCRCD66


LINEUP: Tony Mills - vocals * Steve Harris - guitars * Paddy McKenna - keyboards * Roy Stephen Davis - bass * Alan Kelly - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Hold On (To Your Love) * 02 My Apollo * 03 Reflections * 04 Keep The Fire's Burnin' * 05 The Hunter * 06 Brave The Storm * 07 Wild Wild Woman * 08 Caught In The Act * 09 Was I Wrong?


Here is another album that formed part of my formative AOR years. The quite amazing 'Brave The Storm' album courtesy of British AORsters Shy. The album review from Sounds back in the day made reference to the model on the front-cover who could've graced the pages of that erstwhile female fashion magazine 'Jackie' (remember that mag blokes?). The Shy boys had certainly come a long way within the space of two years, as their Ebony Records debut 'Once Bitten Twice Shy' (though an admirable outing for a first-up record) is overshadowed by this Tony Platt produced masterpiece. I can't remember how often I thrashed this LP to death in 1985, that is until I scored the 1996 Japanese CD with bonus tracks a few years later. Not even Tony Mills brylcreem laden hair could put me off this record, one of the finest for 1985 in my books.

The Songs
Leading the attack, Paddy McKenna's synths are set to arpeggiator mode for 'Hold On To Your Love', a chorus-laden special with big vocals both lead and backing from all concerned. There's more synth goodness in the offing as 'My Apollo' is an absolute drama scene-stealer. Not even a Oscar Award can outdo these boys on this album. There are some wondrous ballads on BTS and the first of these is the effortless 'Reflections', a gorgeous well-worked piece that builds up slowly to a crescendo. Returning to harder melodic territory, 'Keep The Fires Burning' is the obvious anthem here, and a good one it is too. 'The Hunter' has a whole load of UFO contained within though you can guess Phil Mogg never quite sounded like this! Next up is the title track. Again, those keyboards from Paddy McKenna give this song a huge boost. A mammoth song for me personally over the years, and as anthemic as it gets. 'Wild Wild Woman' borrows an early Europe styled neo-classical riff though the song is not as rabid as the songtitle would suggest. Another keeper is the wondrous 'Caught In The Act (Of Love)', topped by some OTT vocals by the helium powered Tony Mills. The acoustic guitar fills from Steve Harris are another feature. Finishing up the set, 'Was I Wrong' is another top-notch effort. Fiery and energetic and a glorious end to a superb record.

In Summary
The album received a batch of great reviews, while the band itself travelled on the back of support gigs with UFO, Gary Moore, Bon Jovi and Twisted Sister. Two years down the track and Shy would reveal perhaps their coup de grace.. 'Excess All Areas'. Another fine AOR release!

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#1 | Eric on February 16 2013 04:09:39
I love this band too- classic.
#2 | gdazegod on February 16 2013 04:22:07
YouTube Video:
#3 | Jez on February 16 2013 12:45:58
Much Improved after the slightly dodgy (make that very dodgy) debut. 'Reflections' is a great ballad and 'Was I Wrong' an excellent Rocker. Dips a bit in the middle, but overall a good solid release- The best was to come next!
#4 | gdazegod on February 16 2013 15:10:37
The debut wasn't that dodgy. It was due to a small budget and a band trying to find their feet. The Bowie influences could've have been done away with admittedly.. lol
#5 | Eric on February 16 2013 20:43:38
I like the debut as well, and Bowie. Lol!
#6 | super80boy on January 05 2014 19:55:28
Recently found a sealed copy of this LP at a local used record store and knew immediately I had seen positive reviews about it in years past, so I snatched it right up. Laced with big pop inspired metal harmonies and a Jeff Tate (in some areas) sounding vocalist, these guys really made a positive statement for their major label debut. Liked the album single, 'Hold On To Your Love', the sweeping chorus of 'Keep The Fires Burning', 'Caught In The Act' and the title track single. And thank you for including the music video! Always a nice touch.

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