It’s not even on Spotify. I guess when the hard core fans classed this album as the weakest album of the April Wine catalogue, the band took notice. Then again there was no band when this album was recorded. Read on.
“Walking Through Fire” is album number 12. It is listed as being released in 1985 and in 1986. Remember those days when albums would have staggered releases based on geography.
As the Wikipedia page for the album states, it was essentially a contractual obligation to the band’s record label, to whom they still owed one album. And the label made sure that they would never recoup this album, getting songs from outside songwriters and booking expensive studio time.
By this time, the band had broken up, and the album features only Myles Goodwyn and Brian Greenway from April Wine’s “classic line-up” with some session musicians. For those wondering, Myles Goodwyn is on lead vocals and guitar, Brian Greenway is on guitar, Daniel Barbe is on the keys, Jean Pellerin is on bass and Marty Simon is on drums.
Rock Myself to Sleep
A lifeless opener and the first single released from the album, a tune written by two members of Katrina and the Waves in Kimberley Rew and Vince De la Cruz. It failed to make the charts.
Wanted Dead or Alive
This is a great Melodic AOR Rock. Press play to hear the Chorus.
Written by Jeff Cannata and Michael Soldan when they were in band Arc Angel together.
The song was actually released on their self-titled first and only album in 1983 on CBS Records. For those interested, a number of session musicians performed on the album, like, James Christian, Jeff Bova and Hugh McDonald. If you follow hard rock music, those names would be familiar to you. Of course, their brand of AOR Melodic Rock proved very popular in Europe but did nothing in the US as their brand of rock was dismissed by music writers as a Boston/Kansas clone.
Beg For Your Love
Clichéd song written by Canadian songwriter Eddie Schwartz.
You probably heard his song “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” getting a lot of air time courtesy of Pat Benatar recording it.
Half of the songs he recorded for his solo album, “No Refuge”, released in 1981 have been covered by other artists like “Hearts On Fire” by Honeymoon Suite on their self-titled 1984 debut and “All Our Tomorrows” by Joe Cocker on his “Unchain My Heart” album from 1987 to name a few.
Love Has Remembered Me
A ballad written by Myles Goodwyn. It was a minor hit and time has been kind to it.
Written by Myles Goodwyn, it’s a skip for me.
Open Soul Surgery
Written by Jim Vallance, who has got a certain hard rock and roll sound and it’s the best track on the album.
You Don’t Have to Act That Way
Written by Myles Goodwyn, this track is a skip for me and I had an uneasy feeling that the rest of the album would follow this vibe. But I was wrong.
Written by Myles Goodwyn this song is a hit, however it wasn’t promoted at all. Press play to hear the AOR Chorus.
All It Will Ever Be
Written by Myles Goodwyn rocks hard in the verses while it goes all major key “Life Is A Highway” like in the Chorus. It’s an underrated cut in my book.
Wait Any More
Written by Myles Goodwyn it’s got this summertime major key vibe which I like.
I grew up in the 80’s and this album can compete with a lot of albums that came out during this time. It’s basically a few good songs surrounded by filler, like most of the albums.
If you are interested, start with “Open Soul Surgery”, then go to “Wanted Dead Or Alive” and finish off with “Hold On”.
7 thoughts on “1986 – Part 5.4: April Wine – Walking Through Fire”
You know Pete I bought this back when it came out in 1986 on cassette tape and quickly discarded it as a waste of time and money. I will never go back to this album ever and both Myles and the record company hosed me out $12 Canadian on this waste of tape!
Thanks, I feel better! lol
Lol. Too funny Deke. We all have those stories of being hosed by bands and labels.
I can’t believe these guys actually have a song called “Wanted Dead or Alive”!
Well it was a cover song from a song released in 83. But yeah, that title is now forever linked to a certain band from Jersey.
Oh it was a cover song! Who was the original artist?
Never knew of this one, all I’ve ever had was a greatest hits that covered their 70’s stuff. They cranked out a lot of albums in a relatively short time.
Contractual obligation albums were available very cheaply in the 90s used vinyl market.