Hard Rock - Great Britain
Steve Overland is a legend in his own lifetime. Is there anyone out there who is not familiar with his name?
He has a musical history that goes way back into the late seventies and his first major recording was with the band “Wildlife” in 1980.
Their first album “Burning” was a fine introduction to his vocal prowess while the second album “Wildlife” in 1983 extended his popularity.
This album also featured Simon Kirke (Bad Company) on drums.
After the demise of “Wildlife” Steve went on to form the cult British melodic rock band “FM”, a band that released many great albums throughout the eighties and nineties.
Their popularity has always been at the forefront of British Hard Rock as their recent performance at the Firefest in Nottingham in 2007 showed with an enthusiastic crowd bursting at the seams.
Steve originally teamed up with Escape Music to provide lead vocals for the Boston Tribute album (ESM 081), singing 'Amanda', one of the album highlights. With Steve working alongside Escape Music, the 'FM' radio came out of the closet once more, a fine triple album “Long Time No See” (ESM 086) featuring the three albums “Paraphernalia”, “Aphrodisiac” and “Live at the Astoria” and the double disc “Long Lost Friends” ESM121 (Dead Man’s Shoes and Takin’ it to the Streets). More recently Steve teamed up with Steve Morris of “Heartland” fame to record the much acclaimed “Shadowman” albums “Land of the Living” (ESM 099), “Different Angles” (ESM127) and the simply stunning "Ghost In The Mirror" (ESM179).
In recent years we have seen two releases by another Steve Overland project “The Ladder”, which is a dream come true for all fans of FM as the band is an extension of the great FM. “Future Miracles” (ESM109) was welcome by fans old and new and it was hailed by many as the best album of 2004. The second album “Sacred” (ESM149) is an album that hones the identity of “The Ladder”. What we have here is melodic rock that reflects the times, with the classic Overland vocals.
So here with " Break Away " (ESM 170) we now finally have a Steve Overland solo outing which is beautifully different in many ways. Steve has worked with some top ranking musicians and producers on his solo CD including Swedish multi-instrumentalist and Producer Anders Rydholm, top drummer Tony Morra, brothers Gregg and Matt Bissonette and Steve Newman amongst others, a team which truly shows in the quality of the final result.
That quality is assured though because this is Steve Overland we are talking about. His popularity is enormous and this Solo CD is the best he has ever done...