John Parr - 1986 Running The Endless Mile

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edited August 2 in year-1986


ARTIST: John Parr
ALBUM: Running The Endless Mile
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: 830 401-1
YEAR: 1986


LINEUP: John Parr - vocals, guitars, keyboards, drum programming * Chris Marra - guitars * Brad Lang - bass * Peter Vitesse - keyboards * Richard Cottle - keyboards * Graham Broad - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Two Hearts * 02 Don't Worry 'Bout Me * 03 King Of Lies * 04 Running The Endless Mile * 05 Don't Leave Your Mark On Me * 06 Scratch * 07 Do It Again * 08 Blame It On The Radio * 09 The Story Still Remains The Same * 10 Steal You Away


John Parr was another case of an Englishman doing extremely well in the US, perhaps more so than in his homeland.

If we consider at the time, the US was riding a wave of British acts doing well in the pop/rock mainstream, with Dire Straits, The Police, Genesis/Phil Collins, The Outfield and John Waite all to the fore.

Parr had the hit single 'St Elmo's Fire' from the movie of the same name released the year earlier, which catapulted him to success.

His style is unique, an unquestionable vocal flavour played over some hi-tech musicianship provided by some of Europe/UK's best players.

The Songs

With this album (his second following on from his self titled debut), we get a well produced package of songs which are geared for radio, FM stations in particular.

Album opener 'Two Hearts (American Anthem)' is technically superb, and you've gotta dig those brass parps from keyboardist Richard Cottle.

The next track 'Don't Worry 'Bout Me' could have easily slotted in on the debut Go West album, such is the similarity.. melodic nonetheless!

The title track 'Running The Endless Mile' is glorious AOR and a potential hit single.

Brass parps reconvene on 'Don't Leave Your Mark On Me' a serious and dramatic piece, which has a resemblance to 'St Elmo's Theme'.

'Do It Again' has some Mark Knopfler flavoured guitarwork but ends up being a keyboard laced workout.

'Blame It On The Radio' is a song where the verses are more urgent than the choruses strangely enough!

Parr takes a change in direction with 'The Story Still Remains The Same' whereby he entertains visions of trying to outdo Harold Faltermeyer ('Axel F' fame) at his own game!

The last track 'Steal You Away' is a 'typical boy meets girl and lets get out of town' scenario. I could see Henry Lee Summer playing this with ease.

In Summary

As you can see, a variety of sounds and influences throughout the album, but what it all boils down to is that John Parr is one talented individual and well worthy of a mention on this site.

All his albums are worth getting!

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