Title - 'Nightheat / One Over the Eight'
Artist - Gunhill
For those not in the know, Gunhill is a band from the 90's which featured John Lawton, the former lead singer of Uriah Heep. This brand new, remastered 2CD set brings together the cassette/fan club only release One Over The Eight (1995) and the now out of print, and virtually impossible to find second album Nightheat.
Even better news for all Lawton fans is that both discs now also feature bonus tracks with the intention of making this set the comprehensive collection of all the Gunhill studio recordings. Mission: Accomplished, my friends at Cherry Red Records (UK). Mission: Accomplished. [It should also be known that this 2016 remastered re-release has been prepared with the full input of John Lawton personally; unlike a lot of other releases through the ages, where original artists had no say in newly remastered albums].
Disc: 1 - Nightbeat
1. Don't Stop Believing
2. Ready for Love
3. Wall of Silence
4. Nobody Loves You the Way I Do
5. Far from Home
6. Eleanor Rigby
7. Don't Look Back
8. Waiting for the Heartache
9. When a Man Loves a Woman
10. Any Day Now
11. Clearwater Highway Bonus Tracks
13. Come Back to Me
Disc: 2 - One Over The Eight
1. Walking in the Shadow of the Blues
2. Eleanor Rigby
3. Ain't No Sunshine
4. Can't Get Enough
5. Better By You Better Than Me
6. Stone Cold
7. Every Little Bit Hurts
9. Harlem Shuffle
10. Soldier of Love
11. River of Dreams
Founded by English singer John Lawton (Lucifer's Friend, Uriah Heep, Zar) in January of 1994, Gunhill was a project initially put together to tour Europe playing covers - including classic songs from Whitesnake and Paul Rogers to Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow - but progressively they also introduced some of their own original material to the live set.
Including into the original line-up keyboardist Mike Raxworthy, great guitarist Riki Robyns, drummer Lloyd Coates, and bassist Neil Kavanagh (who also contributed with strong backing / lead vocals), after extensive rehearsals the group performed their first Gig in April '94.
Only manufactured on cassette tape and entitled One Over The Eight, the tracks were recorded, produced, and mixed by Kavanagh in his own home studio and sold through the Uriah Heep Appreciation Society fanclub, and at the band's gigs.
In 1997 GunHill issued their first (and only) official CD Nightheat, featuring new songs from the band and other covers as well. But fans - at gigs and over the web - still requested the original One Over The Eight tape to be reissued on CD. The tracks were remastered by Lawton's long time friend Dave White, and the album put on sale in 1999 on CDr via Heepster Records, the fansclub 'label'.
And so, what can you expect from these two albums of, for the most part, cover songs? Well, first and foremost, anyone who's a fan of classic, blues-orientated rock will really enjoy the crap out of these albums, trust me. John Lawton is in fine form here and the guitar work of Riki Robyns is out of control.
In a press release for the reissues, Lawton himself has gone on record and said that, "These two CDs are part of my musical history when I played together with some fine musicians, some quite young and some a bit more experienced. It was an opportunity to cover some tracks that I look back on as really great songs and a few original tracks that have stood the test of time.”
Oh, and for the record (no pun intended!), for the aforementioned CDr reissue, and loving included on this new remaster also, the band recorded "River Of Dreams", a song composed by Dave White in appreciation for his work behind the remastering desk.
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