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Shyster - 1984 Shyster (Mini LP)

ARTIST: Shyster
ALBUM: Shyster (Mini LP)
LABEL: Focus Records
YEAR: 1984


LINEUP: Wilbur Strut (Bill Hoyle) - vocals * Jimi Goare - guitars * Kevin Nevius - keyboards * Bob Brug - bass * Denny Gorsuch - drums

Additional Musicians: Bruce Huffman - guitars, vocals * Ken Savage - keyboards * Rick Bell - sax * Paul Fayreweather - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Bernadeane * 02 Tonight * 03 Suspicious * 04 Rock This Way * 05 Bernadeane (extended version)

I see this nifty little 5 track EP getting a bit of love on DEMONAOR's Facebook Group page, just recently. I did have this as a fileshare, but it sat quietly on one of my hard drives for years without me taking too much notice. Looking through the history books, Shyster were from Toledo Ohio; home to two other famous residents from the northwest of the state: the late Ruby Starr and Tom Scholz, the Boston founder and figure-head. Shyster played all around the region, and even popped over the state border of Michigan, playing up in Detroit, which is actually closer to Toledo than Cleveland! Shyster featured the band's founder Bill Hoyle (stage name Wilbur Strut), also featured Jimi Goare on guitars, who would ned up being a solo artist after his stint here, while the Mini LP (that's what they called it back then), was produced by Carl Maduri III, who was previously involved with Mark Avsec and the band Wild Cherry. Released on the small-time label Focus Records, this effort came out in 1984 and fits in nicely with another AOR outfit from the same era and same state: Beau Coup.

The Songs
Shyster were made popular by their single 'Bernadeane', which you can find easy enough on You Tube. The sax solo is provided by then Michael Stanley Band member Rick Bell. For mine, 'Tonight' is probably the pick of the bunch. Its' a heavier affair, lots of swinging electric guitar and sounding bonafide midwest hard rock from the 80's. 'Suspicious' is a bouncy slightly jangly number, maybe a hint of Eddie And The Tide mixed in with a little Hall And Oates. The fourth track is 'Rock This Way' is played in a purists syle of AOR. The keyboards give it a bit of 80' tradition. Not quite sounding like the big bucks afforded to major label productions, but still pretty damn good. The fifth track is an extended version of track one 'Bernadeane'. This one is extended by about two and half minutes!

In Summary
You may come across this LP on Ebay, and if you do, it probably commands a hefty price nowadays. It will never see the light of day on CD, so a vinyl rip /fileshare is all you will ever see unfortunately. As mentioned, Jimi Goare went onto a solo career, while it was sad to read that Bill Hoyle passed away during October 2012.

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#1 | gdazegod on April 04 2016 11:02:08
Shyster - 1984 Bernadeane
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#2 | super80boy on April 10 2016 15:30:43
I remember finding this on a dealer list many years ago on the cheap, it had a description of just 'AOR' and with the name Shyster - I was all in. Classy AOR all the way. I'd agree, 'Tonight' is a standout, especially with those keyboard stabs throughout.
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