May 14, 2011

Ironhorse - Ironhorse (1979)

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Following the disappointing lack of success of FREEWAYS and growing musical differences, Randy Bachman left Bachman Turner Overdrive in the spring of 1977. He retreated to his west coast home to ponder his future. After serving as producer for other acts including Trooper, he began writing new material while searching out the supporting cast for his new group. He began writing with Washington State native Chris Sparks. Drummer Mike Baird and John Pierce on bass were recruited to round out the group.

A deal was struck in '78 with Scotti Brothers Records and the band travelled to Hollywood's Studio 55 to record the demos, with Bachman serving as executive producer. They released their self-titled debut the next spring. It was described as Bachman's outlet to let loose all his penned up musical frustrations, the album ran the gamut of rock's spectrum, from the gritty "Watch Me Fly" and "Old Fashioned" to the almost-eclectic "Stateline Blues". The first single "Sweet Lui-Luise" showed great promise, cracking the Top 100. By that summer their second single "He's A Joker" hit the airwaves and also gained moderate success. "She's Got It", penned by Sparks was quick to follow, while the band was on the road finishing up their first North American tour.

Pressure from the label to come up with a more main-stream album led to Sparks being replaced with vocalist / keyboardist Frank Ludwig, who'd recently left Trooper. Released in the summer of 1980, EVERYTHING IS GREY featured new bassist Ron Foos as well, and was a fitting epitaphe for the band, with nothing seemingly going right. Problems with management and the label's financial woes were affecting the band - on the air and onstage. Though tracks like "Try A Little Harder", "Only Way To Fly" and the title track all held their own, all the problems going on, plus the changing musical landscape in general spelled the end of Ironhorse. Now released from their contract with Scotti Brothers, they replaced Foos with Bachman's fellow Brave Belt and BTO'er C.F. Turner on bass, and carried on - now under the monikor of Union in 1981.
1. One and Only
2. Sweet Lui-Louise
3. Jump Back in the Light
4. You Gotta Let Go
5. Tumbleweed
6. Stateline Blues
7. Watch Me Fly
8. Old Fashioned
9. She's Got It
10. There Ain't No Cure

Randy Bachman - vocals, guitars, Roland synthesizer guitar
Tom Sparks - vocals, guitars
John Pierce - bass
Mike Baird - drums



fern01 said...

I have the cassette of this album. Bachman was surrounded by good musicians. It is a shame that only released two albums, because they had great songs.
Thank you for this present.

adamus67 said...

I am familiar with this album, not overwhelming, but good! Anyway thanks

[gnOp] said...

please upload to another hosting!!!
not only this one :D

hanalex said...


Anonymous said...

The link is expired, could someone please re-upload

MickeyOne said...

Please re-upload. I just came across this album. And I just love Sweet Louise and you can't get it anywhere. Many thanks in advance

hanalex said...

New link:

MickeyOne said...

Thank you for posting the re-upload. Love The Album! Randy Bachman rules!