Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Digitized from the original Vinyl LP, released in 1981 on Anthem Records.
Format: Mp3
Bit Rate: 320 kbps
Produced By: Ian Thomas & John Lombardo
Engineered By: Ian Thomas, Greg Roberts & Mick Walsh
Recorded & Mixed At: Grant Avenue Studios, Hamilton, Ontario
Cover Art: Deborah Samuel
Hold On
Stringin' A Line
Embers From The Fire
When I Need Someone
Borrowed Time
I Am The One
Freefall In Stardust
The Runner
Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion & Vocals: Ian Thomas
Bass: Steve Hogg
Bass (Hold On, Stringin' a Line, Chains & Embers From the Fire): Peter Cardinali
Drums: Jorn Andersen
Keyboards & Background Vocals: Hugh Syme
Percussion: Dick Smith
Saxophone: John Johnson
Guitar: John Zaslow
By Yours Truly
The fact that this man has been largely ignored south of the border, that border being Canada, should be a federal crime. I fail to understand how it is that his name is not a household item. Since the early 70's he's been producing at the very least excellent pop / rock music but except for one or maybe two hits he's never even been close to being on the radar in the states.
While this LP is not his best work it's still stands head and shoulders above most everything else that came out in 1981. He released 4 albums during the 80's decade, the last one being Levity, a personal favorite of mine, but this one is still a very enjoyable album and one you should hear if you're an appreciator of the man's talent.
Ian is also responsible for the Boomers who recorded 4 albums between 1991 and 2003. Those 4 albums are simply amazing and after hearing those you can't help but come back to Ian's earlier stuff with a greater appreciation for all his work. My recommendation would be to snatch up anything you can find with Ian's name on it because at the very least it's going to be high quality, whether it's his solo stuff or the Boomers CD's. He's also recently released his second book and is now talking about a new album. I'd say it's about time to that and will be looking forward to what he's got to say if and when that CD hits the stores.
READ THIS for more information on this album.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Tom.

Thank you very very much!! This Album.
I promise your demand to be defended.
Please introduce good music from now on!

Thank you.

Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 10:58:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This guy actually had a minor hit ("Painted Ladies") in the US. I used to have one of his albums...can't remember the title...but I remember it being pretty good.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 12:10:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Darrell Spears said...

I would love to have this album on CD. I played this so much (the LP) that the sound is a bit scratchy now. It's definitely an album worth having on a nice and clear CD. May favorite song on the whole album is "When I Need Someone". This song never really got much credit, but to me it was the best song Ian ever put together. I was disappointed that it was missing from his hits CD. I'll definitely purchase the Runner CD if it's ever released. I hope those master tapes are safe and secure.

Sunday, March 29, 2009 at 8:00:00 PM EDT  

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