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Dan Hill – Partial Surrender [1981]

Canadian singer-songwriter DAN HILL released “Partial Surrender” in 1981 and be one of Hill’s hardest to find albums.
Never released on CD, it’s on this LP where Hill started to flirt with AOR melodies according to the era.

Although it should be filed under ‘soft Rock’, “Partial Surrender” includes some ‘rockier’ songs, such as ‘Pray That It’s Love’ with Hill’s vocals turning more muscular and featuring a cool guitar solo. Between my favorites there’s ‘Class Of ’69’, the power ballad ‘I’m Just A Man’ with some Chicago on it, and the almost melodic rock, delicious ‘All I Want Is You’ (ready for FM radio). Among the ‘big’ ballads, the best should be ‘Somewhere in the Distance’ with its nice acoustic guitars and Hill’s impressive vocal dexterity. According to Hill’s wife, it was the song that caused her to fall in love with him.

“Partial Surrender” is one of those ‘one hell of an album to be restored from a worn vinyl LP’, as it has many quieter moments followed by in-crescendo uptempo passages.

Band Members
Dan Hill – Lead & Background Vocals, Guitars
Dave Wipper – Guitars
Pail Daiter – Bass
John Sheard – Keyboards, Background Vocals
Michael Botts – Drums
Paul Grupp – Percussion, Background Vocals
Tom Kelly, Patti G. Smith – Background Vocals (8)
Gary Foster – Alto Sax on “Just A Pice Of Your Heart”

Tracks
01. I’m Just A Man
02. All I Want Is You
03. Don’t Give Up On Love
04. Somewhere In The Distance
05. Just A Piece Of Your Heart
06. Pray That It’s Love
07. Pandora’s Song
08. Something’s Wrong
09. Fumiko
10. Class Of ’69

Jeff from playitloudforever.wordpress.com

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