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Artist: Phenomena

Title: Dream Runner

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Phenomena Dream Runner Album Cover


Category: AOR

Year: 1987

Label: BMG/RCA Records

Catalog Number: 8420-2-R


Ray Gillen vocals
Glenn Hughes vocals
John Wetton vocals
Max Bacon vocals
Kyoji Yamamoto guitar
Mel Galley guitar
Scott Gorham guitar
Joohn Thomas guitar
Neil Murray bass
Michael Sturgis drums
Toshihiro Niimi drums
Leif Johansen keyboards, sampling


1.  Stop  4:43
2.  Surrender  3:27
3.  Did It All for Love  5:02
4.  Hearts on Fire  5:01
5.  JukeBox  3:50
6.  Double 6, 55, 44...  4:12
7.  No Retreat, No Surrender  4:23
8.  Move - You lose  3:42
9.  Emotion Mama  3:49
10.  It Must Be Love  3:59
Total Running Time:  42:08

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Shoemaker Date: June 24, 2002 at 4:10
Melodic masterpice. One look at the vocals and you know this is quality for fans of ASIA, GTR, BRONZ..

From: koogles Date: July 2, 2002 at 13:37
This is the only CD I own that has a 'director' credit. With a name like W.F. Rimensberger, I envision some rich, (possibly overweight), middle-aged guy who wanted to assemble his 'dream band', scribbled some names on a cocktail napkin and then proceeded to whip out his cheque book. 'Did It All For Love' (featuring John Wetton) is as good as anything he did with Asia. 'Stop', 'Hearts on Fire' and 'Surrender' are musically powerful, but lyrically cliched. The Max Bacon songs are poor man's GTR.

From: Shoenmaker Date: July 3, 2002 at 12:30
Sorry koogles the Max Bacon Song 'It must be love' is one of the finest on this album.

From: THE ROCKER Date: July 11, 2002 at 15:20

From: B. CASARIN (MEX Date: July 26, 2002 at 23:44

From: Andre Tekken Date: August 5, 2002 at 13:56
This album really worth because of outstanding,beautiful,unique melodies of the'Did it all for love'song!And also because of the best by far vocals delivered on this effort by Ray'voice of God'Gillen,on some of the best tracks!This,then is one rare audio document of his more than perfect singing!Recorded right after he left Sabbath!Overall straight foward,melodic,sometimes hard-driving,Night Ranger-like tunes!I give it a 70 thanks to Gillen!

From: Andre Tekken Date: August 5, 2002 at 13:57
This album really worth because of outstanding,beautiful,unique melodies of the'Did it all for love'song!And also because of the best by far vocals delivered on this effort by Ray'voice of God'Gillen,on some of the best tracks!This,then is one rare audio document of his more than perfect singing!Recorded right after he left Sabbath!Overall straight foward,melodic,sometimes hard-driving,Night Ranger-like tunes!I give it a 70 thanks to Gillen!

From: Andre Tekken Date: August 5, 2002 at 14:05
Also a curiosity about this effort is that song I mentioned before'Did it All..'Was used on South America,more properly in Brazil as a soundtrack for a cigarrete(called Hollywood)propaganda!Circa 1987!

From: Gar Date: September 4, 2002 at 18:39
Not as good as it should have been, considering the talent involved. 'Did it All for Love' w/ John Wetton is a must have for ASIA fans, though.

From: 9 CHAMPIONS A 1 Date: October 22, 2002 at 3:53
Sigue teniendo mucha influencia del 1º pero este es mas contundente,pero sin perder un ápice de melodia,como ejemplo sirvan temas tan guapos como Stop!,No Retreat,No Surrender o Hearts On Fire.RECOMENDADO.

From: Ray Date: November 19, 2002 at 16:37
What happened to the singer from GTR? This reminded me of how good he is...A must for Asia fans. Excellent!!

From: javi-valencia Date: February 13, 2003 at 23:02
uno de mis discos favoritos de todos los tiempos,super cojonudo desde principio hasta el final.

From: Carlomagno Date: June 11, 2003 at 18:27
Simply incredible, Gillen, Hughes, Bacon & Wetton at it´s best!!

From: Allan Jones Date: June 26, 2003 at 11:10
Este disco é simp-lesmente uma das coisas mais agradáveis que eu já ouvi. um time de primeira tinha que fazer um trabalho de primeira... The best track in this album is ' Move You Lose' , Ray Gillen vocals are incredible! Phenomena is a Hard Phenomenon!

From: RR-Finland Date: August 29, 2003 at 15:09
Amazing record! So good tunes on it, smooth vocals, great keyboards and screaming guitars! No Retreat No Surrender is the best!! Only tracks I really don´t like is Jukebox and It Must Be Love. There´s coincidentally Max Bacon on both of these on vocals. He must be related with Kevin Bacon, becouse I don´t notice that guy so high neither.

From: panda Date: January 9, 2004 at 23:28
Where the heck has all of the rock and roll disappeared to? I think it surfaced on this album with a vengeance to anyone who dislikes volume, melody, and impressive musicianship. With the addition of Max Bacon, John Wetton, Glenn Hughes, and oh yes, the golden voice of Ray Gillen, you cannot go wrong here. Listen to No Retreat, No Surrender very LOUD..I guarantee it will get your blood pumping which is what I was brought to believe great music was intended to do..

From: W. F. Rimensber Date: January 14, 2004 at 14:29
I refer to the comments of koogles (---.proxy.aol.com) Date: July 2, 2002. I got involved in Phenomena after starting MetalHammer magazine in the UK and looking for exciting projects which I could associate my magazine. I secured Phenomena the world-wide recording and publishing deal with BMG, got musicians like John Wetton, Ray Gillan, Glen Hughes, Scott Gorham, Brian May etc involved and spent night after night in the studio guiding the production after working during the day on MetalHammer ma

From: XXXXX Date: January 23, 2004 at 18:09

From: ZZZZZ Date: August 26, 2004 at 13:16

From: Wotty Date: August 29, 2004 at 9:40
Great 80s album,cool AOR and includes the much missed Ray Gillen....

From: F. Renner Date: August 29, 2004 at 10:26
Phenomena I and II are brilliant albums. Specifically II! Thereafter this exciting project never brought back anything like it. And I wonder whether it ever will do again? Phenomena II has an exciting mix of people (production, background of musicians), voices (those voices of Wetton, Gillen, Hughes) and is still the showcase for the potential of the project. At that time they must have had some sort of guidance that has been missing ever since. The lyrics have not improved and we are all still

From: ChrisSlade Date: December 9, 2004 at 21:02
The album simply blew me away, just like the first one! All my favourite vocalists, and SO POWERFUL!!! Cant say I was as big a fan of the third Phenomena release, though....

From: gaz Date: February 18, 2005 at 13:33
Awesome guitar,awesome vocals pure quality.

From: perry.k Date: February 26, 2005 at 12:53
"STOP".WHAT A BRILLIANT SONG!!!!JUST TIMELESS!Get this album and enjoy superb music!

From: Sean Date: March 5, 2005 at 13:21
Awesome vocals with an awesome production!!!!! Hughes, Wetton, Gillian best vocalists in the world!!!

From: masmusic Date: April 1, 2005 at 10:09
Nothing but talent on this CD, a must for any collector, great songs, production & vocals 10/10

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: April 10, 2005 at 10:17
Los clasicos que todavia faltan comentar hay tantos, y ahora tengo que preparar una buena comida con sus respectivos bocaditos y aperitivos para ver el clasico de clubes del futbol mundial jejeje. bueno por esta termino comentando este Clasico

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: April 10, 2005 at 10:29
Yeahhh Boys Classic and Awesome AOR album, toda una Joya del estilo que llena nuestras almas y corazones si no que seria de nuestras vidas no?, Auuuuuu como me destrozan temazos brutales como No Retreat, No Surrender(mi favorita la mas brutal de todas ese es el tipo de temas que te dan una energia total para seguir luchando), Hearts on Fire(de cerca nomas mi segunda), JukeBox, Stop, Move-You lose, Surrender ... me diria todo el album. un SUPERCLASICO ABSOLUTO COMPRA O MUERE.

From: pompeius Date: November 30, 2005 at 21:11
I like this. I shouldn't comment after only one spin, but it reminded me of some thoughts I was already having on why I tend to prefer what I would loosely call 70's pomp over 80's AOR. This cd sounds great, but didn't really grab me. I think that is because by this era the hooks were often more in anthemic choruses, rather than in guitar or key riffs, instrumentation by the 80's was used more for atmosphere and rythym. Older pomp was more proggy and complex, but often comparitively awkward too.

From: pompeius Date: November 30, 2005 at 21:21
to continue the thoughts above,I think ones preference might be somewhat generational. Pomp served as a compromise between me and my girlfriends back then (between Sabbath and Manilow), and was therefore by default the soundtrack for many good times. This is one of it's appeals now, nostalgia. True, it was cheesy at times, bombastic at others, but both sexes could enjoy it. AOR might have served a similar function in the 80's. Just a theory. This is a good, well produced cd, symphonic & smooth.

From: Carlos A. Date: April 7, 2006 at 13:56

From: SangreAzulForever Date: September 1, 2006 at 17:29
Their best made. The album is brilliant from the start to the end. I specially would like to hightlight the songs "stop", "surrender", "no retreat no surrender" and the incredible "move-you lose" in which Badland´s ex-frontman prints magic though all the song. A must. 9.5/10.

From: Lovedrive Date: June 28, 2007 at 11:24
Para mi su mejor disco con temazos como Stop, Did it all for love y sobretodo HEARTS ONF FIRE. Recomendadísimo!

From: YIRO SEVENTH Date: June 29, 2007 at 20:33
FANTASTIC!!! Uno de los mejores discos del AOR. Los teclados suenan magistrales y las composiciones son IMPECABLES. El reparto de vocalistas es de LUJO y el comienzo es TREPIDANTE, como lo es todo el disco: "Stop" cantada por Ray Gillen es brillante e intensa; "Surrender" cantada por Glenn Hughes es impresionante por su melodía y ni que decir de "Did it All For Love" donde comparten voces el maestro John Wetton y Max Bacon en un tema LEGENDARIO, por esa atmosfera envolvente. DISCO IMPRESCINDIBLE

From: YNGWIEVIKING Date: October 9, 2007 at 3:04
HUGE CD 95/100 One of the best true AOR album of the 80's RAY GILLEN & GLENN HUGHES are so good they can sing the phonebook and make something great with it ! but here is not the case as each song it's a jewel ! If you don't have this masterpiece then you don't have a real MELODIC ROCK/HARD ROCK collection buy it now !

From: iridion666 Date: November 4, 2007 at 17:14
esse é o disco! uma obra prima ,talvez uns dos 10 melhores discos de todos os tempos!!!!,Ray Gillen,e Glenn Hughes estão perfeitos , esse disco tem musicas como emotion mama e did all for love que são parte da minha trilha sonora!!!!!!!!!!!

From: 123charpenay Date: September 17, 2012 at 13:27
the best phenomena record.no fillers only killers.all songs are top class hard fm,well played and well produced.a classic for fans of melodic rock with super choruses.irresistible!!!!unfortunatelly no bonuus tracks on the japan import.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: September 23, 2012 at 19:01
A good follower 2nd disc by this project/band Phenomena...some killer songs in the shape of "Surrender","Hearts Of Fire","Jukebox" & "No Retreat,No Surrender"...in general lines the whole album can be described as pleasant...plenty of talented and experienced musicians in here and that makes you at least want to listen to good music,that's what you get actually ...87/100

From: petermexico13 Date: November 10, 2016 at 13:45
Mi disco favorito de la trilogía inicial, buenas canciones con interpretaciones de primer nivel, todo un clásico de los 80´s, Ray Gillen con esa voz poderosa en "Stop" y " No Retreat No Surrender" mis favoritas, " Move You Lose" otra joya y Glenn Hughes siempre queda bien con esa voz tan especial "Hearts on Fire" y "Surrender", John Wetton con "Did it All for Love" resultó la estrella del disco. Para todo aquel que quiera disfrutar de las grandes producciones de los 80 y de un proyecto de grandes músicos que ahora son tan comunes no así en esos tiempos. Calidad indudable y para disfrutar horas y horas. Gracias al Rock por discos como éste!!

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