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Ian Thomas – The Runner [1981]

Ian Thomas - The RunnerCountry Canada          

Style Melodic Rock/AOR

Rating 84/100

Band Members Ian Thomas – Lead Vocals, Ian Thomas,John Zaslow – Guitars, Peter Cardinali,Steve Hogg – Bass, Hugh Syme,Ian Thomas – Keyboards, Jorn Andersen – Keyboards, Dick Smith,Ian Thomas – Percussion, John Johnson – Saxophone, Hugh Syme -Background vocals

Tracks 01. Hold On, 02. Stringin’ A Line, 03. Chains, 04. Embers From The Fire, 05. When I Need Someone, 06. Borrowed Time, 07. I Am The One, 08. Goner, 09. Freefall In Stardust, 10. The Runner

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Profile Canadian musician and composer, Thomas has recorded several albums in the 70’s and 80’s. This one, ‘The Runner’, is the first of his 80’s style albums, and it’s great too. Adult Contemporary Music, with AOR hints, Thomas has a unique style, lush & melodic. Just check in example the track “Freefall In Stardust”; that is Ian style. Distinctive… Call me nuts, but his work reminds me a laidback Van Stephenson…

Certified gold, 3 singles had lengthy stays on radio’s playlists. All 3 were covered by other groups as well: Mannfred Mann re-did the title track, while Santana gained critical success with “Hold On”, as did Chicago with their cover of “Chains”. This is a serious album, solid and organic, after a repeated listens you’ll love it. Never released on CD so far and worth the buy!!!!


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