(Australian 1981 - 1987)
"Polished Pop By Edwards"
With Land Of The Living, his debut solo album, former Runner's front man Mark Edwards lays himself a solid foundation for an enduring career as a songwriter and performer.
Edwards, now a resident of Newport Beach, spent two years writing, performing, and producing Land Of The Living with collaborator Michael Hegerty.
Land Of The Living is a collection of fine pop songs showcased well by production that is clean and polished.
The songs, while impressive from the first spin, insinuate themselves with each successive hearing. But they really come to life live where their most positive aspects are given a chance to shine. Paul Berton's guitar is prominent throughout and often gives a distinctly surfy feel. [Review taken from Morning Sydney Herald, Entertainment Section, Dec 4, 1986]
In my opinion, this album is OK but lacks the magic and dynamics that Hitting The Wall captured when Edwards was singing upfront for the Runners.
01. Land of the Living
02. World's Away
03. So Listen
04. Something New
05. Candy Baby
06. Wedding Ring
07. Only a Love
08. Life and Times
09. Time Goes By
10. Somebody Like You
11. Back in the Land of the Living (Bonus Track)
12. Moonbeam (Bonus Track)
Band members were:
Peter Bondy - keyboards
Mathew Sloggett - keyboards
James Morrison - trumpet
Tony Buchanan - saxophone
Paul Berton - guitars
Michael Hegerty - bass, keyboards, piano, drum programming, backing vocals
John Pryor - drums
Ricky Fataar - drums
Mark Kennedy - drums, percussion
Rick Chadwick - programming, keyboards
Vanetta Fields - backing vocals
Sharon O'Neill - backing vocals
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