Heartland - 2011 - Travelling Through Time
1. Search Goes On (New Track 2011)
2. Too Sad To Cry
3. What Ever Gets You Through The Night
4. A Leap In The Dark
5. City Of Lights
6. Voodoo Eyes
7. Wide Open
8. Castles In The Sand
9. The Fall (Previously Unreleased)
10. These Are The Days (Previously Unreleased)
11. When Angels Call
13. A Man I'll Never Be (Previously Unreleased)
1. Best Is Yet To come
2. Where Ever You Want Me
4. Stranger In This City (Previously Unreleased)
5. Eyes Wide Open
6. Where The Pieces Fall
7. I Believe (Previously Unreleased)
8. Way Of The Buffalo
9. One Love
10. The Man In The Iron Mask
11. Staring Down The Gun
12. I Count The Days
13. Long Long Way From Home (Previously Unreleased)
Chris Ousey’s career goes from strength to strength. His first main achievement was the lead vocalist role in Jason Bonham's band Virginia Wolf. The group notched up 250,000 album sales between two records wich remain melodic rock/AOR classics 'til today.
After that, Ousey formed a new project with guitarist Gary Sharpe: Heartland.
Their self-titled debut in the early nineties was produced by James Jimbo Barton (Trixter, Steve Perry, Queensryche). Chris and Gary later got together and put out Wide Open in 1994. Both albums were warmly received by the audience and critics.
Later that year, guitar virtuoso Steve Morris joins the band. Morris is an experienced musician having recorded two albums on a major label with his group Export (Living In Fear Of The Private Eye and Export), 3 discs with Ian Gillan and shared songwriting credits with the likes of Bob Halligan Jr. and Michael Bolton.
Heartland III has done extremely well since its release in November, 1995 and 15 years later is still very much a popular album. This third outing was considered more commercial than the previous two albums, but nevertheless kept the rock fan's respect as well as gaining a wider audience.
In early 1997 the album Bridge Of Fools was unleashed, with a return to rock roots and more of a 'band' feel.
By this time, while Morris was tied up recording with Ian Gillan, Ousey with Pokerface's guitarist/producer Kenny Kaos Loney started to work on a collaboration known as The Distance, culminating in the release of two albums; The Distance and Live And Learn.
Soon after, the self-production started for Miracles By Design, the fifth Heartland album. Chris and Steve have both expanded their already vast sound experience by working in recent years with artists as Change of Heart, Message, Radio Silence and Newman. The album was mixed by Loverboy's Paul Dean in his own Vancouver studios and released in May, 1998.
Their sixth (acoustic) album When Angels Call, features songs old and new as the Heartland wagon train rolled ahead into a new millennium.
As It Comes, the seventh album, was a major leap forward by the band in the way that it combined all of their best elements and brought them out in a beautiful manner. A rockin' disc.
Heartland recorded album number eight, Communication Down in 2002 and this saw the band going for the throat. This disc was a real ripper and the band was now pushing towards a more hard rock sound. Keyboards were supplied by the great Dave Chapman (Change Of Heart).
Move On was the ninth studio album by this great British melodic rock band. It was over two years in the making and was well worth the wait. Steve Morris has also been a very busy man, as well with Gillan, he has also been working on the Shadowman albums with Steve Overland (FM, The Ladder).
Mind Your Head was their 10th studio album no less. The core of the band Ousey and Morris are at their best, like a fine red wine they have matured into the much-loved band we hear and love today.
Just recently, Ousey is recording a solo album produced by Mike Slamer and is also working with Steve Overland on a new project called Ozone.
In the meantime, Heartland span their entire career with the release of the double CD Travelling Through Time.
This great collection contains 6 previously unreleased tracks ("The Fall", "I Believe", "A Man I'll Never Be", "These Are The Days", "Long Long Way From Home", "Stranger In This City") and one brand new song, "Search Goes On".
In addition to this, there are many remastered versions of the classics such as "Eyes Wide Open", "Elena", "When Angels Call", "Whatever Gets You Through The Night", etc.
Travelling Through Time is an enjoyable way to be reminded of how great Heartland are, one of the best and consistent melodic rock bands of the last 20 years, with all their classics plus many songs that you just never have heard before.
Chris Ousey : Vocals
Steve Morris : Guitar, Bass, Keyboards
Steve Millington : Keyboards
Steve Gibson : Drums
Last Updated (Sunday, 27 February 2011 14:00)