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Paul, Henry (Band) - 1980 Feel The Heat



ARTIST: Paul, Henry (Band)
ALBUM: Feel The Heat
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: SD 19273
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 2003, Wounded Bird (USA), WOU-9273

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Henry Paul - guitars, vocals * Billy Crain - lead guitars * Dave Fiester - lead guitars, vocals * Barry Rapp - keyboards, vocals * Wally Dentz - harmonica, bass guitar, vocals * Monte Yoho, Bill Hoffman - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Feel The Heat * 02 Whiskey Talkin' * 03 Running Away * 04 Turn It Up * 05 Go Down Rockin' * 06 Longshot * 07 Night City * 08 I Can See It * 09 Shot To Hell

WEBLINKS: www.henrypaul.com


Background
During the course of the early eighties, many 'southern rock' bands felt the need to move their music toward a more commercial stream. This was witnessed with the rise and popularity of many bands at the time, backed up by a solid course of supportive radio stations, all doing their bit to get it heard. Ironic that now (in 2004) these stations would be considered part of the classic rock format, and many of them still playing music that was popular nearly 25 years ago. One of those bands who moved over into the mainstream were the Henry Paul Band. Previously with that other well-known southern identity The Outlaws, Henry Paul went solo in 1977 believing he could make it on his own.. and he was right. His first effort 'Grey Ghost' came out in 1979, followed by this one. A seven-piece band with two drummers astoundingly enough. Gosh, how the hell do you keep that many on the payroll? Oh well, with a big label like Atlantic, money shouldn't have been a problem. As you can see from the album credits, a certain Jim Peterik provides lyrical assistance on six of the nine tracks.


The Songs
The album has a very rollicking sound, less AOR than most, it has more in common with the first two Molly Hatchet albums, the three pronged guitar attack (not forgetting the two drummers of course) ensuring a wall of sound. Check out the roller-coaster ride that is 'Whiskey Train' for instance, keeping the tradition of over-extended songs (a la Skynyrd, Blackfoot, Hatchet et al) on track. 'Running Away' is an era-piece of radio rock which would go down well among the AORsters here. 'Turn It Up' is an uptempo slog, the guitar solos keeping true to the song-title. Their commercialized brand of southern rock is probably best exemplified on the crossover 'Longshot', a tune that is distinctly southern, but subtle synthesizers cutting through the mix gives it that radio/AOR feel.


In Summary
Even some twenty plus years onward as I'm listening to this, I am transported back to another time and place, appreciating the music and it's time and place in history. Not many others would do so in this day and age, preferring to see this album confined to the backroom basements of second-hand record stores across the USA. Of course, the band then went on a year later to release the cracking AOR tinged 'Anytime', a superior release reviewed elsewhere at GLORY-DAZE. A good band to investigate if you like southern fried hard rock mixed with a smattering of AOR. Check out Wounded Bird Records to obtain the Henry Paul Band albums on CD.


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#1 | rkbluez on November 23 2009 03:15:46
One of my favorite Southern Rock CD's of all time...this CD is smokin' and has some of the hottest Southern guitarwork and songs ever recorded...a real classic thankfully reissued by Terry and the good people at Wounded Bird.
 
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