THIS IS MICHAELs SECOND RELEASE AND SHOWCASES MORE HOOK-LADEN SONGWRITING AND PURE MELODIC ROCK TRACKS IN THE CLASSIC 80s AOR STYLE. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO FANS OF: Benny Mardones, Robert Tepper, Bryan Adams, Steve Perry, Gary Moore, Tim Feehan
Michael Furlong – Breakaway
Label: Music For Nations
Catalog#: MFN 79
Format: Vinyl, LP
Style: Classic Rock / A.O.R
A1 Savin’ The Best For You Check audio or Check audio
A2 Steal The Night Away
A3 Walkin’ The Streets Again
A4 Turn The World Around
B1 Breakaway Check: Check audio or Check audio
B2 You Better Watch Your Step
B3 Thru’ My Eyes
B4 San Francisco Check audio or Check audio
B5 When Will I See You Again
Michael Furlong lead vocals, guitars, acoustic guitars, drums & percussion, bass, backing vocals, synthesizers
Rich Haines piano, Synths, Additional backing vocals
Rick Keefer Additional keyboards
Kit Ebersbach Additional keyboards
Dan Haines Additional backing vocals
Neil Delaforce Additional backing vocals
Angelo Jensen Additional backing vocals
Chuck Ruff Additional drums
Terry Petersen Additional bass
Mr. MICHAEL FURLONG released his debut on a major record company (Atlantic) in 1985 but soon was dropped by the label. The now legendary Music For Nations pick up Michael for a second offering, almost entirely recorded by himself.
“Breakaway” is pure Melodic Rock with the classic American AOR sound & style from the second half of the eighties plenty of hook laden songs, ear-catchy melodies and keyboards galore.
To my ears Furlong brings to mind Steve Perry solo works, just check the soaring “Steal The Night Away”. Also traces of Benny Mardones – both in song writing and vocal color – can be clearly appreciated on the wonderful semi-ballad “Savin’ The Best For You”, the radio-rocker “Walkin’ The Streets Again” and the Michel Bolton-like “You Better Watch Your Step”.
Another favorite is the pumping and more guitar oriented “Turn The World Around”, always retaining the melody and keyboard layers.
“Breakaway” was the last album from Michael Furlong as since the beginning of the nineties he is dedicated to tribute Tom Petty coast to coast across the US in Festivals and Casinos.
Really enjoyable American Melodic Rock / AOR stuff.
Michael Furlong: vocals, guitars, bass, drums & percussion
Lener Gousetis: synthesizers
Rich Haines: electric piano, synths
Rick Keefer, Kit Ebersbach: additional keyboards
Chuck Ruff: additional drums
Terry Petersen: additional bass
Rich & Dan Haines, Neil Delaforce, Angelo Jensen: backing vocals
I’ve always been a fan of this album!!!..since i bought back in the 80s when it came out (vinyl format)…excellent tracks such as “Savin’ The Best For You” (this is my fave one off the release),”Breakaway”, “You Better Watch Your Step” & “Steal The Night Away” just to mention some but honestly the whole album kills!!!..this is AOR with slightly hints of Westcoast here and there…a must have!
Brilliant AOR 4 sure. There is no denying this is a very good slice of AOR. Good, solid songs throughout. Very fine and very underrated, worthy of your attention.
This album is very melodic, often rather pop than rock. Similar to Rick Springfield. Good song writing and production.
Apologies for the ultra stupid video below, but it has the music of the first song playing in the background, so here we go:
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