Ray Lyell And The Storm
Oh man, I have always loved this eponymous, debut CD… there’s so much greatness here! I’d wager you know a lot of these songs.
There’s something about the sound, here. It’s pure Canadian rock, classic. It’s also a bit of Tom Cochrane, Steve Earle and John Mellencamp, and still uniquely its own. Whatever it is, it feels like it’s defining important things, as it plays. These are solid songs, built for radio, each and every one.
Songs you’d know? Another Man’s Gun. Colour Of Money. Every Little Thing (Takes A Little Time). Carry Me. Cruel Life. This album is huge. But it’s also chock full of other tracks that maybe didn’t get exposure but that damn well ought to have. It’s acoustic/electric rock, soulfully and tastefully done, a revival (or, more accurately, a reminder) of all the best parts of the music. 1989 was a weird musical landscape, but Ray Lyell And The Storm held steady and gave us a true gem.
Two thumbs way up.
PS For Mike (from Wiki): “Later that year (1987), he co-wrote with Paul Hackman of the band Helix the title track to their album, Wild In The Streets. The success of Wild In The Streets earned Ray Lyell a gold album. He also co-wrote tracks on half-ALIVE and It’s a Business Doing Pleasure with Hackman.”