The 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
"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
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?".