Year : 1991 (Japan Edition)
Style : Melodic Hard Rock , AOR
Country : United Kingdom
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans + Video
Size : 129 mb
Fronted by lead vocalist Chris Ousey, between 1991 and 2011 British AOR / Melodic Rockers HEARTLAND released a total of eleven albums, but for the fans as well as for the critics, the best of the bunch is still their self-titled debut, originally released by A&M Records in 1991. HEARTLAND is a AOR band formed by former VIRGINIA WOLF vocalist Chris Ousey.HEARTLAND's debut was released in March of 1991 on A&M however by this time the popularity of the AOR / Melodic Rock scene was on the wane. A second album was released in 1995 through German label Long Island, which was ostensibly a collection of demo recordings.Escape Music, signed HEARTLAND up for a third album, 'III', issued in 1996. This album saw former EXPORT and IAN GILLAN guitarist Steve Morris joining Chris Ousey as the core of the band, with a fourth album, 'Bridge Of Fools', quickly emerging soon after the third.Following Steve Morris working with 'Dream Catcher' with IAN GILLAN & Chis Ousey working on side project THE DISTANCE with guitarist/song writer/producer Kenny "Kaos" Loney, the band release 1998 album 'Miracles By Design'.In 1999, the band released the album 'When Angels Call' as a thank you to their many fans old and new alike. The album was a collection of HEARTLAND classic's, new material and tracks from pre-HEARTLAND Project VIRGINIA WOLF, all delivered in an intimate acoustic style. In addition the 'Wide Open' album was re-issued during this year, as the original CD was no longer availble due to the demise of German label Long Island.The 2001 release 'As It Comes' saw a HEARTLAND line up of Ousey, Morris, bass player Tim Hewitts, keyboard player Steve Millington and drummer Steve Gibson.HEARTLAND completed the next album in late 2004 for an early 2005 release 'Move On' through Escape Music. Contributing guests included bassist Mathias Gregersen, the GRAND ILLUSION pairing of Peter Sundell and Per Svensson on backing vocals with the MERCYFUL FATE and FORCE OF EVIL credited Bjarne T. Holm on drums.HEARTLAND announced a fresh album for Escape Music in September 2007 entitled 'Mind Your Head' which is the bands tenth album.
Chris Ousey (ex VIRGINIA WOLF) and company crashed on the scene with this amazing perfection of combustion Melodic Rock and AOR energy in the self titled debut from Heartland.Released in 1991 on A&M Records, HEARTLAND’s self-titled debut album is regarded as one of the finest releases in British Melodic Rock history.I love re-issues and certain labels that do it the right way and the German label Yesterrock brings forward a very hard to find collectors album from Heartland. For many long time fans of melodic rock you will no doubt hold this album as one of the best that has ever come out of the Melodic Rock circles and it has really stood the test of time. For newer fans of the band the original line up consisted of the very soulful and charismatic vocals of Chris Ousey, guitarist Gary Sharpe (ex MONROE).Is hard to believe the band now with a new line up still around and still lead by Ousey they have released 10 albums . Chris’s voice has always reminded of a young Eric Martin from Mr Big, that perfect blend of soul edge that meshes each song so well together. And to this day his vocals still sound amazing, but on this album you hear that early 90’s melodic rock bravado that you correlate with such bands as Bad English, FM, Strangeways, etc.The record is a true staple of the genre and here you’ll be please to find a ton of heavy hitters, if melody is your thing you will find a bunch of great tunes like the infectious bridge chorus of “Carrie Anne”, alongside another awesome track with the powerhouse vocals of Ousey on the high riser “Don’t Cast Your Shadow”. Another great slower ballad tune comes crawling towards you with the amazing chorus in “Fight Fire with Fire”, which displays in exemplary fashion the capabilities of these bands in their prime.What a terrific record from top to bottom, from every bass line to each inducing melody that gripes the core of the musical structure into heavenly groove. Chris Ousey is a great vocalist I don’t have enough great things to say about the man, from past to future he still demand respect in every sense of the word. The crisp guitars of Gary Sharpe are quintessential in every breath of life sparked into each of these classic melodic rock staples. The remastered production is crystal clear, I can hear those keys man and who they bring a tingle of AOR to my senses, old school too. What a great period that was for the British Melodic Rock scene in general, so many bands are now reappearing and resurrecting their career. Luckily for Heartland they are still around and still plan on trucking and Ousey has a new solo album coming out in November as well, so even more exciting news. This debut is a great collectors item that any fan of the genre should not live without. Highly Recommended.!!!!
Chris Ousey - vocals (Ex-Monroe, Ex-VIRGINIA WOLF, Snakecharmer)
Gary Sharpe guitars
Rik Carter keyboards
Phil Brown bass
Steve Gibson drums
Steve Ferrara - Drums
George Deangelis, David Hinson, Don Snow - Keyboards
Carol Kenyon, Don Snow, Sylvia Mason James, Paul Moggledon, Omar Dupree, Steven P. Clisby, Julia Loko, Jody Pijper - Backing Vocals
01. Teach You To Dream
02. Carrie Ann
03. Don't Cast Your Shadow
04. Real World
05. Fight Fire With Fire
06. That Thing
07. Walking On Ice
08. Paper Heart
+ Video "Real World" (Official Video)
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