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Orion The Hunter - 1984 Orion The Hunter



ARTIST: Orion The Hunter
ALBUM: Orion The Hunter
LABEL: Portrait
SERIAL: BFR 39239
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: 1995, Razor & Tie, RE 2073 * 2011, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY119
SPONSOR: Rock Candy Records

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Fran Cosmo (Migliaccio) - vocals * Barry Goudreau - guitars * Bruce Smith - bass * Michael De Rosier - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 All Those Years * 02 So You Ran * 03 Dreamin' * 04 Dark And Stormy * 05 Stand Up * 06 Fast Talk * 07 Too Much In Love * 08 Joanne * 09 I Call It Love


Background
Yep, 1984 was a pretty good year for AOR in my books. So many great releases. This one, Billy Satellite, and the debut Bon Jovi album top the list I reckon. Orion The Hunter are superb in every shape and form. Formed around a nucleus of Boston based musicians, with notable guitarist Barry Goudreau from the band Boston leading the way, plus drummer Michael De Rosier from the Pacific Northwest band Heart joining in.


The Songs
This album comes a long way from the rather dismal solo outing by Goudreau back in 1980, and is one of the most stylish and atmospheric melodic rock releases ever. Listen to songs like the immense 'Dreamin' or the poignant heartbreak tale of 'Dark And Stormy (Night)' and you'll hear what I mean. Most of the album is upbeat, and rocks along in true 1984 fashion. There are some elements on the album which reflect the trends of that time/era, namely the percussion has some dare I say it modern influences but none so much as to overpower what is essentially an agreed AOR classic by AOR experts worldwide. The rest of the songs are all memorable .. the single 'So You Ran', 'Fast Talk', the sheer melodic balladry of 'Joanne' and the rollicking album closer 'I Call It Love' which harks back to the glory days of Boston.


In Summary
Ah the memories are flooding back. But, not surprisingly, Orion The Hunter went nowhere fast, not even up. However, several of their names reappeared in other successful ventures into the nineties. Cosmo sang on Boston's 'Walk On' album (1994), Goudreau went on to RTZ, hooking up with Brad Delp, while De Rosier joined up with ex Heart members in the supergroup Alias. This received a CD re-issue back in 1994 via the Razor And Tie label, though I suspect these are as hard to find as trophies in the Boston Red Sox trophy cabinet!


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#1 | jeffrey343 on January 01 1970 01:00:00
I wonder how I missed this back in 1984? If it came out in the fall, I was starting college and hadn't found a good rock radio station and didn't have MTV in the dorms. So its moment in the sun might have been when I was stuck in the shade...

I did get this two years ago, and it comes close to living up to the hype. To me, it's one that, even though the whole album is good, is frontloaded with the best songs. The first two are great, the third is very good, then they gradually lose something to me. Not a huge dropoff, but enough that if I don't listen to the whole album straight through (like while in the car running errands), I'll frequently either start over or move on. 'So Much In Love' has a bit of a different sound that doesn't really work for me. It does end with a bang with 'I Call It Love'.

One other item that kinda bugs me... On my CD, the very beginning of 'So You Ran' is actually at the very end of 'All Those Years'. Its not a problem when listening to those songs sequentially, but it is odd when I play my library in shuffle mode and ATY ends with 'So you ran, took the heart of a lonely man' then skips to some other song. I know I could edit my MP3 files, and I'll do that sometime, but I wish they hadn't done that...
#2 | rostoned on April 08 2008 17:10:47
Wrong suspect George: I just looked on a few (usual) online merchants and surprisingly enuff the CD reissue of this on Razor & Tie is NOT rare and xpensive, at all! Probably 'cause it's still in print. I was thinking the opposite too.hmm!
#3 | gdazegod on April 08 2008 19:07:28
Yeah I have the video as an mpeg file, should convert it to an FLV file and slap it up here. I loved this band when they came out. Shame they never kicked on.
#4 | Jez on June 13 2008 10:16:09
Another one of those Classic mid 80's discs (Balance, Arcangel, Aldo Nova, Bon-Jovi's debut etc). This really is the perfect AOR disc and one that stands proudly next to the ones named above. I would go as far as to say i prefer this over most of Boston's stuff (except the debut of course).
#5 | rostoned on August 08 2008 18:13:08
The album did OK in the USA, reaching #57 during a 14 week run. I thought this had barely reached the top 100.... helpless
#6 | Eric on August 10 2008 15:37:34
I remember hearing a commercial for an Aerosmith concert in St Paul with these guys mentioned as special guest. 'Who?' 'Orion The Hunter?' I had no clue. The album came out a couple weeks later.
#7 | rostoned on October 12 2008 22:42:58
This is gonna be reissued again soon (?) by Rock Candy along with Goudreau solo album from 1980, which is average at best due to lack of good songs and way inferior than OTH.
#8 | trillion1999 on October 18 2011 16:53:20
Before I read the title Fast Talk I always thought Fran was singing Blast Off.My favorite-track from this album since I think on this track he sounds so much like Fergie the way he used to sing in Trillion.In some ways it is like an updated May As Well Go.At least some parts of the song are IMHO.Glad to have the Razor And Tie-CD.rolleyes
#9 | AOR Lee on January 25 2013 05:31:18
Compulsory AOR for mine. Enough of the Boston ingredients here with three Boston members appearing. Great update to an 80's sound with memorable songs and soaring harmonies. File between Don't Look Back and Third Stage music
#10 | jeffrey343 on December 12 2014 16:41:50
I just re-read this article while playing the album, and George obviously wrote it long before the Red Sox won three World Series titles the last decade. The album itself seems easy to track down these days, although not in digital format.
#11 | gdazegod on December 12 2014 23:56:34
True Jeff, I wrote it originally back in 1999 if I recall.
 
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