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Dan Hill- Love In The Shadows [1984]

Country Canada          Style AOR

Rating 84/100

Band Members
Dan Hill – Vocals, John Lewis Parker – Guitar,synthesizer, Neil Chapman,Mike Francis – Guitar, Tom Sczcesniak – Bass, John Anderson,Dick Smith – Drums, Johnny Johnson – Saxophone, John Sheard – Piano,synthesizer

01. Love In The Shadows, 02. Helpless, 03. In Your Eyes, 04. Just In Time, 05. You Pulled Me Through, 06. Where You Gonna Run To, 07. Something Ain’t Right, 08. Don’t Know Where It Comes From, 09. Thru To You, 10. Old Lady Song


Renowned singer-songwriter Daniel Hill born in Ontario, Canada, of US parents. He studied guitar in his teens, leaving high school at 17 to work as a songwriter for RCA. Through his career has won five Canadian Junos, one Grammy, five SOCAN Awards for outstanding radio airplay in Canada, and six ASCAP Awards and one BMI Award for airplay in the USA.

As solo artist is mostly known by pop / westcoast hits, but around 1983 he couldn’t resist the sound that was ruling the airwaves. “Love In The Shadows” is his more AOR, ‘hip’ album to date.  The title track is a nifty, radiable poppish AOR tune with clean guitars and compressed drums. “Helpless” is another aorish tune adorned with quirky keyboards, a ‘soundtrack – type’ song. You can’t deny the quality of the syruped ballad “In Your Eyes”. Cheesy, yes, but awesome. Next, “Just In Time” is an infectious pop in the Alan Gorrie or Adrian Gurvitz mood. The westcoast ballad “You Pulled Me Through” contains the greatest Hill’s vocal performance on this album. Deep and emotional.

The AC (Adult Contemporary) AOR “Where You Gonna Run To” is pure class, followed by “Something Ain’t Right” were Dan sounds like AOR masters Maxus. “Don’t Know Where It Comes From” is wonderful and inspired. “Thru To You” ups the tempo again, a great AOR keyboard sustained track, simple but effective. The session personnel of this album is unlisted, but I’m pretty sure that the guitars are in charge of the great Michael Landau. Just listen the solo and the overwhelming last minute of pure soloing. Great. Last track, the slow “Old Lady Song” features another inspired performance by Hill.

“Love In The Shadows” obviously, it’s on the lightweight side of the AOR genre. Production as usual on Dan Hill albums is top notch, and the musicians involved done their job perfectly. This album it’s really hard to find, as never has been released in the USA. Also the CD version is megarare.

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