John Lawton's Gun Hill - 'One Over The Eight'
John Lawton - lead vocals
Mike Raxworthy - keyboards, vocals
Rik Robyns - guitars, keyboards
Neil Kavanagh - bass, vocals (ex The Enid)
Lloyd Coates - drums
1.) "Walking In the Shadow of The Blues" (Coverdale/Marsden) - Is taken off the 'Lovehunter' release and is the second studio album by British band Whitesnake, released in 1979. It charted at No. 29 on the UK Albums Chart. "Long Way from Home", the leading track on the album reached No. 55 on the UK charts.[2
2.) "Elenor Rigby" (Lennon/McCartney) -Is a song by the Beatles, released on the 1966 album Revolver and as a 45 rpm single. It was written by Paul McCartney, and credited to Lennon–McCartney. The song continued the transformation of the Beatles from a mainly rock and roll / pop-oriented act to a more experimental, studio-based band. With a double string quartet arrangement by George Martin and striking lyrics about loneliness, "Eleanor Rigby" broke sharply with popular music conventions, both musically and lyrically. Richie Unterberger of Allmusic cites the band's "singing about the neglected concerns and fates of the elderly" on the song as "just one example of why the Beatles' appeal reached so far beyond the traditional rock audience".
3.) "Ain't No Sunshine" (Withers) - Was taken off the release 'Just As I Am' it is the debut studio album of American soul musician Bill Withers, released in 1971 on Sussex Records. The album features the hit single "Ain't No Sunshine", which was ranked at number 280 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Booker T. Jones produced, arranged, and played keyboards on Just As I Am. The album was later reissued as a dual disc with a second disc featuring all the tracks in 5.1 Surround Sound.
4.) "Can't Get Enough" (Robyns/Lawton/Coates) - The rhythm guitar of this intro consisted of a very odd tuning to it. Over the top of the intro there was a couple vocal accents. The bass line that licked in had an amazing sound to it. There was a rhythm guitar change connecting the musical intro with the musical verse. Underneath the pre-chorus there was a minor lead guitar solo. The chorus consisted of a huge seventies feel. After the third chorus there was a musical change that lead to a short lead guitar solo.
5. "Better By You Better than Me" (Wright) - is a 1969 song by the English rock band Spooky Tooth. The song was covered in 1978 by heavy metal band Judas Priest. In 1990, Judas Priest's version of the song was the subject of a much-publicized "subliminal message trial". The band were the subject of a civil lawsuit alleging their recording was responsible for the suicide attempts of two young men in Reno, Nevada in 1985. The case was eventually dismissed.
6.) "Stone Cold" (Blackmore/Glover/Turner) - Taken off Rainbow's 'Straight Between the Eyes' is the sixth studio album by the British hard rock band Rainbow, released in 1982. A remastered CD reissue, with packaging duplicating the original vinyl release, was released in May 1999.
7.) "Every Little Bit Hurts" (Cobb) - "Every Little Bit Hurts" was originally a 1964 hit single for Motown soul singer Brenda Holloway, written by Ed Cobb. Though she was against recording the song again (she recorded it a couple of years before signing with Motown), she reluctantly recorded the song and the label released it in the summer of the year. Becoming a big hit peaking at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100, the song would become one of Holloway's trademark singles and would spark remakes by acts like Small Faces and the Spencer Davis Group (with lead vocals by Steve Winwood).
8.) "Angel" (Robyns/Lawton/Coates) - Though this was an amazing song. I have to say it was Neil's bass line that made the song for me!
9.) "Harlem Shuffle" (Nelson/Relf) - is an R&B song written and originally recorded by the duo Bob & Earl in 1963. In 1986 it was covered by The Rolling Stones on their album Dirty Work. House of Pain sampled the song's opening horn line in their breakthrough single "Jump Around" in 1992.
10.) "Soldier of Love" (Robyns/Lawton/Coates) - Heavy influenced by early eighties heavy metal. This track completely blew me away!
11.) "River Of Dreams" -'River of Dreams' is the twelfth studio album and last rock album by American singer-songwriter Billy Joel, released on August 10, 1993. He stopped recording new music as a performer after this album although he has subsequently released live albums, and composed the music for an instrumental album performed by Richard Joo. River of Dreams presented a much more serious tone from Joel than found in his previous albums, dealing with issues such as trust and long-lasting love. It was rumored that the themes of trust and betrayal, particularly certain lyrics from the songs "A Minor Variation" and "The Great Wall of China", stem from Joel's legal disputes with his former manager and ex-brother-in-law, Frank Weber, who reportedly embezzled millions of dollars from Joel and used dubious accounting practices to cover it up.
“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.” - John Lawton
Many of you know the name John Lawton for his work in the seventies band Uriah Heep. In January 1994 John formed the band Gun Hill. Performing three times a month the band quickly accelerated in popularity building up a huge following in Europe. In 1995, Gun Hill released 'One Over The Eight'. The original edition released on cassette only was a collection of songs for fan club members only.
'One Over The Eight' consists of eleven tracks, eight cover songs along with three original compositions. 'One Over The Eight' was a fan club only release and was never anticipated to have world-wide distribution. This to me was a good thing because basically it is like sitting in on a Gun Hill rehearsal session. I like an occasional cover song, very seldom do I enjoy or listen to a CD that is just loaded with them. However, I must admit I have rotated this release quite a bit. John chose some of the greatest rock songs of the sixties and seventies to cover and his interpretation of them are amazing. This is a amazing CD that all rock 'n' roll fans will enjoy.