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Precious Ones

"Precious Ones"

(Now & Then Productions / Frontiers Records FR CD 004)
1998

  1. In Your Eyes
  2. Don't Ever Say Goodbye
  3. The Colours Of My Life
  4. Give My Love A Try
  5. Divided We Fall
  6. The Night The Love Died
  7. First Light (instrumental)
  8. Wrecking Machine
  9. Perfect Ten
  10. This Time
  11. Heart Of A Woman
  12. Precious Ones
Produced by Gary Hughes



Gary Hughes

Mid Price Album

"Gary Hughes"

(NTHEN40)
1997

  1. This Thing Of Beauty
  2. Seducer
  3. I Won't Break Your Heart
  4. Blonde Angel '93
  5. Suspendered Animation
  6. It Must Be Love
  7. Till The River Runs Dry
  8. Criminal
  9. We Walk With Angels
  10. Now Or Never
  11. Renegade
  12. Look At The Rain *
Produced by Gary Hughes

Additional Info:
5th anniversary remastered re-issue.
* = Bonus track



Gary Hughes

"Gary Hughes"

(NTHEN1)
(DELETED)
1992

  1. This Thing Of Beauty
  2. Seducer
  3. I Won't Break Your Heart
  4. Blonde Angel
  5. Suspendered Animation
  6. It Must Be Love
  7. Till The River Runs Dry
  8. Criminal
  9. We Walk With Angels
  10. Now Or Never
  11. Renegade
Produced by Gary Hughes

Burrn! Award
Winner: Songwriter Of The Year 96
Gary Hughes

Biography

Gary Hughes pictureThe album that started it all! Being big fans of Gary's previous album "Strength Of Heart" and the subsequent demo tapes it was decided to put them out as a proper album. Its blending of AOR with more "British" sounding hard rock elements won the album some very good reviews and Gary toured throughout the UK and into Europe. Following a great show at The Gods Of AOR Gary set to work on his next album. Only the album became two albums, then three albums and then turned into Ten with the arrival of Vinny Burns ex of Dare.

In March 97 Gary won the Best Songwriter Of 1996 Award in the readers poll of Japanese magazine Burrn! for his work in Ten. Full result details are on the Ten page.

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the release of "Gary Hughes" the album has been re-issued. The new version is completely remastered and features the '93 mix of "Blonde Angel" and a previously unreleased bonus track "Look At The Rain" originally recorded in 1993.

Gary's new solo album "Precious Ones" was released in June 1998 and features guest appearences from Ralph Santolla (Millenium / Eyewitness / Monarch), Todd Plant (Millenium / Eyewitness), Aziz Ibrahim (Asia / Stone Roses / Simply Red) as well as Gary's fellow Ten mates Vinny Burns and Greg Morgan.

"Precious Ones" is a full on AOR masterpiece! The material has a much less epic feel than Ten and is generally lighter both musically and lyrically,.combining elements of the first Ten album, Gary`s previous solo album and generous helpings of Bad English, Whitesnake, Damn Yankees and Def Leppard. The songs vary from full on rockers through mid paced AOR to glorious ballads.

Young Guitar called "Precious Ones" "The masterpiece of European AOR".

Hard Roxx gave it 8.5/10 saying: "Self assured and silky smooth, the production is extremely bright and clear" "passionate... emotive... punchy...". Of Gary's "velvety smooth vocals" they said "this is probably his most consistent performance yet. Along with Danny Bowes (Thunder) and Steve Overland (FM), to my mind, Gary ranks as one of the best vocalists this country has produced for the best part of two decades". Of "In Your Eyes" they said "(it) has all the hallmarks of "1987" era Whitesnake... gloriously hook laden... given the right exposure could well be the "Is It Love" for the nineties"

Atomic Chasers gave 'Precious Ones' 87% and said "'Precious Ones' is a melodic gem that will mesmerize you.", "Hughes displays his brilliant song writing abilities in grand fashion.", "Without a doubt Gary Hughes has established himself as one the finest songwriters in rock music today.", "his lyrics touch ones heart strings" and "A solid release by an artist that writes songs and knows how to make the words he writes come alive. 'Precious Ones', is definitely a precious find."

Sound Barrier said: "one of the greatest AOR/Melodic Rock CD's I have ever had the privilege to hear. "Precious Ones" is the Dog's Bollocks!!", "a perfect blend of hard melodic rock with the soothing, gentle, tear jerking ballads of sorts he can only produce.", "a delight to be heard and one of the finest pieces of work ever to emit from a musician. Songwriters take note of one of the greatest talents ever to have picked up an instrument.", "I cannot give it a marking as I feel it goes beyond any mark." and "Well done Gary Hughes. You have given the world what could only be described as one of the best AOR/Melodic Rock compositions of all time. KEEP IT UP!!"

AOR Hot Spot gave "Precious Ones" 81% and said "for the most part Gary has purposely side stepped into a slightly mellower field. The majority of the songs are somewhat more stripped back and straight forward arrangements than the gi-normous production of the Ten records.", "I like this record as good as any of the Ten records." and "Another solid release that may find a broader appeal than the already established base of Ten fans".

SFK gave "Precious Ones" 93% and said "(Gary) has crafted a near perfect AOR album.", "Songs like "In Your Eyes", "Don't Ever Say Goodbye", "The Colours Of My Life" and "This Time" are just so huge in their execution that they alone may define the best work he's ever done (and some of the best AOR of the 90s)." and "Gary sounds the best he's ever been and with guitar help from Vinny Burns and Ralph Santolla, I can't help but thinking that if any one album can put AOR back in the limelight, this could be the one"

Powerplay called the album Highly Recommended and said "a vastly more mature vocalist, but more importantly his writing and production skills have blossomed ten fold", "one of the best singer / song writer / producers this country possesses at the moment" and "quite simply the best solo album you'll hear this year, with the possible exception being Bob Catley's "The Tower" which has been written and produced by guess who? You just can't keep a good man down".

AOR Land gave "Precious Ones" 80% saying it: "sees Gary walking along more Whitesnakish pathes than the Ten albums.", ""Heart Of A Woman" is a bluesy tune that could have been written and performed by Mr. Coverdale himself.", "this album is a lot more AOR than Ten", "for me the highlights are the ballads ... specially "The Colours Of My Life" and ""The Night That Love Died", both of them are sung quietly, soulful and with the feeling that this vocalist gives to all his compositions." and "Definetly one further step in the "golden boy's" career. Who is gonna stop him now?".

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