Gowan – Lost Brotherhood [1990]

PhotobucketCOUNTRY: Canada          STYLE: AOR

RATING: 86/100

BAND MEMBERS
Alex Lifeson – Guitar, Jerry Marotta – Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Ken Greer – Guitar, Pedal Steel, Lawrence Gowan – Vocals, Piano, Keyboards, Tony Levin – Bass, Stick

Additional Musicians
John Webster – Keyboards, Mladen Zarron, Steve Shelski, Alex Lifeson – Guitars, Greg Critchley, Steve Kendry – Drums, Eddie Schwartz, Lawrence Gowan, Jerry Marotta, Terry Gowan – Backing vocals

TRACKS
01. All The Lovers In The World (4:16), 02. Lost Brotherhood (4:13), 03. Call It A Mission (5:14), 04. The Dragon (5:31), 05. Love Makes You Believe (3:37), 06. Fire It Up (3:56), 07. Out Of A Deeper Hunger (3:44), 08. Tender Young Hero (4:29), 09. Message From Heaven (4:47), 10. Holding This Rage (5:21)

PROFILE
At the age of 19, he earned an ARCT in classical piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, in Toronto, Ontario. Upon graduation, he enjoyed modest local success with the band Rhinegold in 1976.

After the band broke up five years later, Gowan began what was to become a successful solo career under the stage name Gowan, releasing his first album under that name in 1982, which was produced by Rob Freeman and featured Kim Mitchell of Max Webster on guitar. This album contained the singles “Victory”, “Give In” and “Keep Up the Fight”. His 1985 album Strange Animal was his commercial breakthrough in Canada, produced by British producer David Tickle and featuring a more ‘theatrical’ Gowan, backed by Peter Gabriel’s rhythm section players Tony Levin and Jerry Marotta. The album spawned the hit singles “A Criminal Mind”, “(You’re a) Strange Animal”, “Guerilla Soldier” and “Cosmetics”. His 1987 follow up Great Dirty World gave him another hit single with “Moonlight Desires,” featuring Jon Anderson (from Yes) on backing vocals as well as the fan favourite “Dedication”. Lawrence Gowan in 2006 at a Styx show.

1990’s Lost Brotherhood had a harder rock sound, and featured such players as Red Rider member Ken Greer, ex Coney Hatch guitarist Steve Shelski and Rush’s Alex Lifeson. It produced the singles “Lost Brotherhood”, “All the Lovers in the World”, and “Out of a Deeper Hunger”. This was Gowan’s first album for Anthem Records and his first US release. The material ranges from hard and gritty grooves to mellow and sedate, and covers most territory in between. The disc is most effective, however, on the powerfully melodic numbers.

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