King Of Hearts - 2011 - 1989
1. Working Man
2. In So Many Words
3. Don't Call My Name
4. Smack Dab
5. Remember When
6. Hold On To Love
7. Under the Gun
8. No Matter What
9. Lovin' Arms
10. Was It Good 4U
12. King of Hearts
King Of Hearts 1989 album is a prime example of great songwriting and amazing musicianship, in addtion to the great talents in the band 1989 includes songs co-written by Amy Sky and Chris Farren and it also features Jeffrey “CJ” Vanston (Richard Marx, Steve Lukather, Peter Cetera), Bill Champlin (Chicago) and the two (former) Eagles members Randy Meisner and Timothy B. Schmit.
After being shelved for almost a decade, 1989 was first released in 1999 in Japan only.
The Japanese edition is long out of print and has become a sought after item.
Marketed as a West Coast album (although it contains some tracks in this style and vibe), this is pure AOR guys, not the swirling-keyboard type, just pure American AOR. And it rocks.
I can't highlight one track, because they are really good. But "Remember Me" is a first class AOR tune.
I've always been a fan of Tommy Funderburk but here he really shines everywhere and Gaitsch guitar work is just perfect.
Attention Night Ranger fans, many of you do not know the fact that Kelly Keagy did lead vocals here on "Smack Dab", "Under The Gun" and "Was It Good For You", and in "Everyday" with Funderburk.
No fillers in sight, great song after great song, superb musicianship, terrific songwriting and top notch production.
With this current release through Avenue Of Allies, all AOR and West Coast fans will have the great chance to add the King Of Hearts debut album to their collections.
The first pressing comes as a limited Special Edition in a jewel case with an individually numbered additional slipcase and an extensive booklet including lyrics, new liner notes by Bruce Gaitsch and previously unpublished pictures from the recording sessions.
Tommy Funderburk: Vocals
Kelly Keag : Vocals and drums
George Hawkins Jr.: Vocals and bass
Bruce Gaitsch: Guitars
CJ Vanston: Wurlitzer and synths
Bill Champlin: Hammond B-3
Timothy B. Schmit and Randy Meisner: Backing vocals on “Working Man” and “In So Many Words”
Last Updated (Monday, 16 May 2011 12:17)