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Thomson, Steve - 1989 Steve Thomson

ARTIST: Thomson, Steve
ALBUM: Steve Thomson
LABEL: Phonag Records
SERIAL:P 81044 (1989)
YEAR: 1989
CD REISSUE: 1992, Vertigo/Phonogram, 512 678-2


LINEUP: Steve Thomson - lead and backing vocals, guitars * Bob Marlette - guitars, keyboards, bass, arrangements, engineering, production * Denny Fongheiser - drums * Stevie Salas, Tim Pierce - guitar solos * Chris Egger - keyboards * John X. Volaitis, Kevin Smith, Fred Kelly Jr. - engineering * David Kershenbaum - production * Billy Trudel, Richard Parico, Sheryl Crow - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Intro * 02 Don't Turn Me Away * 03 You've Got A Hold On My Heart * 04 Forever My Love * 05 Walk On * 06 The Children Hold The Answer * 07 I Want You * 08 Everybody Is Crazy * 09 Love Of Money * 10 Driving In America * 11 I'm On My Way

A couple of releases that I've looked at lately come out of the late 80's European scene. Here's another one, this time from Swiss artist Steve Thomson (real name Rene Felix Zenklusen). Now ordinarily, I wouldn't get too involved with an album like this, but since the name Bob Marlette popped up as a significant contributor, that really got my interest up and running. Bob had been involved with Neal Schon and the Burns Sisters. He also did demo work with Mark Free. And from what I remember of those albums his contribution was sensational. Now, before we go any further, Steve Thomson released this as his debut in 1989 on the small Swiss Phonag label (also home to Krokus at one point). This album was rebadged in 1992 and reissued on the big Polygram label. This is the version I am reviewing.

The Songs
If you look at the songwriting credits, six of them have been written by Marlette, Marie Burns and sister Sheila (of the aforementioned Burns Sisters). There's a couple of Michael Bolton co-writes, one with Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain (maybe some material left on the cutting room floor from Bolton's 'The Hunger' sessions). There's a cover of Bolton's classic 'Everybody's Crazy', good, but not great. 'Don't Turn Me Away' is an out-an-out rocker, it's one of Marlette/Burns contributions, and is definitely not something you'd find on their classic 'Endangered Species' CD. I much preferred 'Forever My Love' and the deeper power-ballad 'The Children Hold The Answer', so too the other ballad onboard: 'I'm On My Way'. 'Driving In America' was obviously the labels attempt to break Thomson into the USA, but I think was unsuccessful and contrived.

In Summary
Overall, these songs are reasonably good. The familiar Bob Marlette touches come to the fore on several tunes, but not overly so. I don't have this album on CD, and I notice one additional song on my fileshare called 'Forever Your Man'. This is Steve definitely singing, and it definitely has Marlette's signature all over it (as in Burns Sisters style), but there is zero information on the Net about it. For mine, it's the best song on the fileshare, but it's not officially on the album. Go figure.

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#1 | englandashes on February 15 2018 14:48:02
I have the cd version, and guess what, no mention of the song forever your man, although it does have an additional track at the end called All Through The Night, which per the sticker on the front cover as included as his Hit Single!, no mention who wrote the track. Totally forget about Everybody’s Crazy though....
#2 | englandashes on February 15 2018 14:56:50
Seems that hit single came from a previous album called everyone loves a winner, which includes a cover of hot cherie
#3 | gdazegod on February 15 2018 21:05:40
Chris, I have put a video of 'Forever Your Man' up on our Daily Motion playlist. Check the GDM Videos in the top menu (above).
#4 | englandashes on February 15 2018 21:51:34
Hi George, many thanks, yep good track, after couple of searches the song seems to be called Europe (I Need You); last used to zero effect by those voting to stay In Europe.......probably a video with Boris Johnson singing along, while a bit worst for wear, after a couple of sherbets.......sorry beers
#5 | gdazegod on February 16 2018 00:12:52
Aah OK, I'll check that one out. I have two versions of the Thomson album, with varying bonus tracks. The second one, which has 'Europe' on it, needs a listen.. hmm!
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