Regatta and Myles Hunter info
Date: December 05, 2000 07:40PM
Hey, Don, you thought our debates raged on about music- I'd hate to think of the pandora's box that would open if I ever found out you weren't a Leafs fan! (You ARE a Leafs fan, right???) :) Anyway, back to the music- Regatta was a three piece band out of Toronto (Chris Smith- vocals/guitar, Matthew Gerrard- bass, Greg Critchley- drums) who released one and only one self-titled CD in 1990 on the BMG label. It can be best described as the best Eddie Money CD Eddie Money NEVER recorded. It could also be likened to a slightly heavier Zappacosta or Paul Janz. It has a few standout moments, like "Whenever You Run", "Matter of Time" and "This is Love" but a fairly generic 11-track ride. When they stray from the pure Eddie Money-esque AOR, that's when things start to lose it for me. Tracks like "Confidential Information" and "Moonlight" are a bit too pop-funk for my palette. Overall, enough decent moments to make this worth investigating.
Myles Hunter's "Northern Union" featured the big ballad "Always Twenty-One" which, alone, almost justifies getting this CD. It's a great ode to youth. Released in 1990 on Island, this CD opens with the confident rockers "Dream Big" and "Celebrate Love" which should EASILY bring to mind the group Magnum! Myles sounds a lot like Bob Catley. Then comes "Always Twenty-One". After that, the CD starts to wander into mid-tempo, bluesy, sometimes even countryish territory. Probably Blue Rodeo cross-pollinated with Steve Earle with a stamen or two of Bruce Cockburn. The final track, "St. Mary's Road" reminds me a little of Magnum's "The Tall Ships". All in all, a worthwhile purchase for fans of Tom Cochrane and more roots-based melodic hard rock. Those who want Avalon "Voice of Life" part 2 need not apply!!!
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