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Paul, Henry (Band) - 1981 Anytime

ARTIST: Paul, Henry (Band)
ALBUM: Anytime
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: SD 19325
YEAR: 1981
CD REISSUE: 2003, Wounded Bird (USA), WOU-9325


LINEUP: Henry Paul - vocals, guitars * Bill Crain - guitars * Dave Fiester - guitars * Wally Dentz - bass * Barry Rapp - keyboards * Bill Hoffmann - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Living Without Your Love * 02 Hollywood Paradise * 03 Keeping Our Love Alive * 04 Anytime * 05 Outta My Mind * 06 Crazy Eyes * 07 766-2623 (ROM-ANCE) * 08 Brown Eyed Girl * 09 Rising Star (The Southern Sky) * 10 Distant Riders


Perhaps the best known of Henry Paul's four solo album from 1979 to 1982, this was the culmination of Paul's flirtation with AOR which he had been gradually shifting to after he left The Outlaws in 1977. Paul had been part of the original Outlaws lineup and left as the band were enjoying their greatest success. This may have seemed like an odd choice, but Paul felt he had untapped potential solo. This was the band's third album, following 1979's 'Grey Ghost' and 1980's 'Feel The Heat' and saw AOR supremo producer of-the-day; Kevin Beamish, brought in to add the commercial touch. As with their previous albums, Survivor's Jim Peterik was on hand as co writer to all but two tracks, giving an added sense of AOR sheen, as you might expect from one of the greatest AOR songwriters. The end result saw Paul more than realising his AOR ambitions, while never totally throwing in the towel on his Southern rock past.

The Songs
'Living Without Your Love' kicks things off in upbeat melodic rock fashion, the only original composition which didn't feature Peterik as co-writer. This is close to what Firefall were doing at the time, a well crafted blend of southern type AOR. 'Hollywood Paradise's opening riff could pass for Molly Hatchet, a heavy piece of AOR with a touch more aggression in the guitar work than your ordinary AOR act circa 1981. Having said that 'Keeping Our Love Alive' is the most accomplished AOR piece on offer, consistently thrilling from start to finish with rousing chord changes that earn this classic status, especially the section at the three minute point which takes melody to new levels! The title track could pass for the direction Thunder took on their 'Headphones For Cows' beauty, the sound of a Southern man turned AOR god, making use of glorious synthesizers. The magnificence continues through 'Outa My Mind' and 'Crazy Eyes', before 766-2623 (ROM-ANCE)' surges through in true Outlaws fashion. The world probably could have lived without a cover of Van Morrison's 'Brown Eyed Girl', but the keyboard touches are listenable at least. The last two tracks see Paul turning firmly to his past, 'Rising Star' rivaling anything from Blackfoot's 'Marauder' that same year. 'Distant Rider' was written by the all star ensemble of Paul, Peterik and .38 Special's Don Barnes and Jeff Carlisi. Unforgettable Southern rock, this displays what a talent Paul was, to be able to mix ace AOR and Southern rock so effortlessly on one album, although he was ably supported. I don't recall .38 Special recording anything this good for themselves, the track evoking memories of the Old West in no uncertain terms.

In Summary
This stunning album has thankfully been reissued by the reliable Wounded Bird crew, letting all and sundry hear its melodic charms. A definite masterpiece. Paul managed one more solo effort, 1982's self titled album, before rejoining his Outlaws partners for 1986's 'Soldiers Of Fortune'. Many of you are probably aware of Paul's stint with country rockers Blackhawk, which featured other talents like Dan Huff and the late Van Stephenson, who achieved considerable success in the 1990's. Word has it Paul recently played with an all star southern act called The Southern Rock Renegades, featuring Carlisi and Lynyrd Skynyrd's Ed King among others. For me 'Anytime' is where it's at. I'm off to listen to 'Keeping Our Love Alive' again. How can a man ever get enough?

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#1 | gdazegod on March 09 2017 04:08:02
Maybe a contender for a Rock Candy reissue, considering 'Grey Ghost' made the cut.
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