Island, Brian (Brian Cowieson) - ST

Format: CD
Label: private CDDK 8855
Year: 1989
Origin: West Lothian, Scotland - Winnipeg, Manitoba
Genre: rock, aor, pop
Value of Original Title: $200.00
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Release Type: Albums
Playlist: Rock Room, Manitoba, 1980's, MOCM Top 1000 Canadian Albums


Track Name
In Spite Of What You Do
Treat Me Like a Lover
No Surrender
Walk On Water
I'm Your Hero
Night After Night
Major Motion
When You Lose Your Love
Draw the Line





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Brian Island (aka Brian Cowieson) is a Canadian singer and bass player with his first solo album being this self titled and now available again work which originally dates back to the very late ’80s.

It seems that Island performed in a rather clever and often well regarded AOR band, Prototype, which was renowned for the use of cutting edge techniques in stereo music recording. The album was only made in a limited run back in the days and so, apparently, has developed something of a cult status but it seems that this re-release is also only available in a relatively short run so it truly must only be going to go to those who originally bought it and are looking for a cleaned up and more modern version.

Island also brought in his fellow Prototype colleague Dan Lowe on guitar and production duties and, together, they produced a very catchy and hook laden AOR album that is refined, glossy and truly slick as only the ’80s could be. In truth, it sounds very Mr. Mister crossed with Phillip Bailey and ideal as some sort of Miami Vice background music while some crazy car chase or bar fight unfolds. For sure, it is a well produced, delicious and precise melodic rock.

Brian Island: vocals, bass, backing vocals
Brad Steckel: guitar, backing vocals
Brent Saks: guitar
Amin Bhatia: keyboards
Ted Alexander: keyboards
Jerry Adolphe: drums
Dan Lowe: guitar

Backup Vocals:
Martha Cobb
Debbie Hughes
Georgina Skebo
Deanna Dubbin


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