Chris Hess – Heart of Gold [1995]

chrishessCountry Switzerland

Style WestCoast AOR

Rating 83/100

Band Members Chris Hess – Vocals, Dann Huff,Zlatko Perica – Guitars, Terry McMillan – Harp, Helmut and Frieder Jost – Guitars,bass,Keyboards, David Pluss – Grandpiano, Rick Cua – Bass, Terry McMillan – Drums,harmonica,percussion

Tracks 01. Heaven Cries (4:05), 02. Reach for the Sky (4:41), 03. Looking for me (4:40), 04. Written in the Sand (3:47), 05. Out of the Ashes (5:01), 06. Cant Wait Another Day (3:42), 07. Heart of Gold (4:27), 08. Open up my Eyes (4:31), 09. Dancing Through the Night (4:240, 10. Coming Home (4:08)

Profile Chris Hess is a singer and songwriter from Switzerland who released his debut “Heart Of Gold” back in 1995. First surprise about this is, that he received help from some of the best session musicians out there, like Dann Huff on guitars, Rick Cua on bass or Helmut and Frieder Jost (both of Damaris oy) on bass and keyboards. Second surprise is that this debut album is a true killer! Hess is a great singer sounds somewhere between Peter Beckett and Rick Cua and he composes some excellent songs that could be described as a mix of Michael Thompson Band, Think Out Loud, Bridge 2 Far, Toto and even some influences from the mighty David Foster

Just listen to the smooth opener “Heaven Cries” that could have been taken from the Michael Thompson Band, or the super catchy “Reach For The Sky” that shows up with an infectious refrain in the vein of Bridge 2 Far. Some Think Out Loud meets Player can be found on the great westcoastish “Written In The Sand” where Dann Huff throws in some cool guitar licks. While “Out Of The Ashes” is a bombastic David Foster-like ballad, the great uptempo song “Can’t Wait Another Day” could easily compare to Toto’s mighty “Only The Children” from their “The Seventh One” album – great guitars, a huge chorus and cool keys all over. The production is excellent, the songs really awesome from the first to the last track and the musicianship… well read the guest list above and make up your own mind. Highly recommended indie album that is really worth your attention.
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