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Artist: Gary Hughes

Title: Strength of Heart

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Gary Hughes Strength of Heart Album Cover


Category: AOR

Year: 1990

Label: Mercury/Polygram (Norway)

Catalog Number: 838 991-2


Gary Hughes all lead and backing vocals, all electric and acoustic guitars, fretless bass, producer
Simon Humphrey fretted bass, drum and bass programming
David Hewson keyboards, synthesizers
Ian Kirkham saxophone
This is a reissue of Big Bad Wolf, with three tracks not found on the original release.


1.  Some Kind of Evil  4:49
2.  Only True Love Lasts Forever  3:39
3.  Strength of Heart  4:38
4.  Bringin' All of Your Love to Me  5:07
5.  Big Bad Wolf  3:37
6.  Helen's Eyes  4:53
7.  Man Behind the Mask  3:32
8.  Christine  4:23
9.  Hammer Your Heart  3:02
10.  Can't Get You Out of My Head  4:47
11.  Photograph  5:31
12.  Stay  4:22
13.  Vigilante  4:57
14.  Helen's Eyes reprise  3:28
Total Running Time:  60:45

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Existing comments about this CD

From: ANTOÑIN Date: November 28, 2001 at 10:59
COMPRALO YA,....................................................................................... A Q ESPERAS?Q LO COMPRES¡¡¡¡ 10/10

From: ROB GARCIA Date: January 18, 2003 at 17:04
this was the first sign of who was going to become one true rock star.a guy who can write songs like nobody else!.gary thanks for keeping the aor flame alive.

From: cruise Date: September 18, 2003 at 12:56
This is an incredibly charming album to listen to now when you consider the accomplishments this man has achieved musically in recent years. Although it sounds dated and has real pop overtones it is still a hook laden AOR album that shows the immense promise he would obviously go on to fulfil. 7.5/10

From: robert Date: December 17, 2003 at 21:29
aqui esta!!! pero es del 89'!!!!!

From: AOR freaky Date: December 18, 2003 at 5:37
This is the best Gary Hughes ever did. Fantastic AOR record, much better that the Ten releases, and they aren't too bad neither. Check this out pronto !!!!

From: Chessboarder Date: March 26, 2004 at 14:11
Das definitiv BESTE Gary Hughes-Album. Das ganze Album, von vorn bis hinten, ein WAHRES MEISTERWERK !!! Buy or Die !

From: George Angel Date: May 6, 2004 at 15:39
AWESOME CD...that rare album is a MUST-HAVE album and its much much better than other AOR album that sold for $100 and more...If you find it get it without questions asked!!!If you are interested to buy e-mail at wildangelfree69@hotmail.com

From: K.K. Poland Date: January 28, 2005 at 4:16
yeah, fantastic cd, Only True Love Lasts Forever!! amazing song, great!!!!

From: AOR freaky Date: January 28, 2005 at 4:24
Right,K.K.Poland : this is a clear winner ! SUPERB AOR record !!!!

From: perillan Date: January 30, 2005 at 8:24
Que gozada de disco. Esta joya gustará incluso a los que no son precisamente fans de GH. Gary canta tan bien como siempre, creando unas armonias vocales que, junto a unos coros increibles, hacen que cada tema se meta en tu cabeza para siempre. En este cd no hay casi nada de la parte más "epica" de Ten y hay mucho más de AOR, incluso hay coros que me suena al AOR de la primera mitad de los 80 (T.11), un tema con saxo (T.3), instrumental rimbombante (T.14), medios tiempos increibles (T10).Y hay +

From: perillan Date: January 30, 2005 at 8:31
Lo de que gustará a los que no son seguidores de TEN, no solo va por que el disco tenga mucho del AOR que Ten perdieron con los años sino por que la producción es bastante buena (no produce Gary). Mis temas favoritos: 2, 5, 7, 10...bueno realmente todos por que es un disco para oir del tirón. Sesenta minutazos de placer. THIS IS A MUST HAVE CD FOR ALL MELODIC ROCK/AOR FAN.

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: February 18, 2005 at 0:56
This album have 3 songs more Hammer Your Heart and Can't Get You Out of My Head Strength of Heart is a good ballad too. 3 buenas canciones que se agregan al original Big bad wolf(89). Si consigues un album que sea este aparte de los temas agregados. un colosal album de AOR.

From: 9 CHAMPIONS A 1 Date: June 6, 2005 at 12:07
La verdad es que los 3 primeros temas se mueven en unos niveles de calidad realmente enormes,los 2 primeros sin lugar a dudas de lo mejor q he escuchado jamás,luego ya hay que dar un buen salto hasta casi el final del disco para encontrarnos con temas como "Can't Get You Out of My Head" o "Vigilante" que tb son realmente buenos,en cuanto al resto de canciones para mi gusto personal se mueven entre el aprobado raspaillo y el aprobado holgado.Para aficionados al AOR un disco bastante APROVECHABLE.

From: Geoff Date: December 5, 2005 at 18:06
The first 2 tracks are both killer melodic rockers, track 3 is a nice ballad and track 4 is a 100% Def Leppard b-side. After the nice start, the album seems to get lost in 80's synth-pop undertones and for me it really ruins the mood of the album. I wanted to hear melodic hard rock, not this sort of stuff. Not all the songs are write-offs, but I think I'd have been happier with a 4 track EP of the first 4 songs, though 'Stay' and a few others are OK, shame about the synth though.

From: Axe-Machine Date: December 10, 2005 at 14:07
Absolutely love this album to bits. All except the ballad 'Stay', which IMO is the worst track Gary ever wrote. Took me a while to track down, as this was criminally only released in Norway. I always assumed that 'back in the day' Now and Then would have cashed in on a reissue of this lost gem, but as it goes they never did. Wonderful keyboard laden AOR, and is like no other Gary Hughes album. Tracks like Some Kind Of Evil and Christine are immense - Highly Reccomended album. 9/10.

From: georgeangel Date: November 12, 2006 at 22:22
THATS AN ALBUM KILLER...From the song no1 to the last one. If you dont have that album go and burn the rest of your albums unless you have Dan Lucas-Canada cd and HERO everytime EP...but that album is a GEM that needs to be in every respective and serious colection. Excleent AOR album. If you need more please contact me at wildangelfree69@hotmail.com

From: SangreAzulForever Date: February 19, 2007 at 18:19
The whole album is excellent! I do especially like to remark "Man Behind the Mask", which is outstanding and an AOR gem. 8.5/10.

From: lalorock Date: August 2, 2007 at 23:44
Grandes temas con esa voz gruesa e incomparable de Gary Hughes, la primera es una joya total Some kind of evil con un aire algo místico por esos teclados,Strengh of Heart es una excelente balada lleno de sentimiento que solo el gran Gary Hughes sabe imprimir en la canción,los temas en este album son más personales que con su banda TEN, son más directos, algunas llevan las armonías hasta el orgasmo auditivo,excelente album para disfrutar,9/10.

From: juan carlos Date: September 13, 2007 at 1:58
Ajá veo comentarios diversos, para mí no un clásico pero sí un gran disco de AOR con sus toques Poperos, Gary Hughes de las mejores voces aparecidas a finales de los 80s y cierto, "Some Kind of Evil" y "Only True Love Lasts Forever"(Vaya que temazooo!!) los mejores y "Man Behind the Mask" no se queda atras o la PopAOR "Hammer Your Heart" muy buenas. De ahi todo aceptable, la balada muy fina con ese solo de trompeta en "Strength of Heart" y la otra balada a lo TEN en "Christine". 8.7/10

From: hernanHRM/AOR Date: October 31, 2007 at 22:12
Some Kind Of Evil dios mio que buen arranque que stylo la de este tipo es realmente brillante que buen albun carambas que sonido que temas tan pulidos vaya vaya que sorpresota con Gary es un buen albun me ah gustado y vaya que mucho, otro muy buen album me encanta el tremendo stylo que tiene, esto es musica para extraterrestres sin mas que decir aplausos para este buen trabajo..

From: mannas Date: November 13, 2007 at 18:46
very good AOR!!)95/100!! schon sehr rar und gesucht!die musik ,kann mann schön nebenher laufen lassen!!tolle melodien! wer an einen trade interesse hat einfach mailen! coolmohr@web.de

From: YNGWIEVIKING Date: January 29, 2008 at 2:43
good CD 80/100 HI-TECH BRIT AOR between OUTSIDE EDGE/STRANGEWAYS/DEF LEPPARD/HEARTLAND/RIO or late HEAVY PETTIN'or early TEN You can find easily some good reissue on the web ! GARY HUGHES was then a big hope , but now !!! BUY IT !

From: Swazi Date: March 21, 2008 at 8:13
Awesome, awesome, fookin' awesome ! Enough has been said on top and I have nothing more to add. Spend some bucks and BUY it !! Highly recommended !!

From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 25, 2011 at 13:33
Brilliant album by Gary Hughes..undoubtebly his best solo effort so far..."Some Kind Of Evil" is a blast!,"Only True Love Last Forever" by far his most outstanding song of all times IMHO,"Strenght Of Heart" a beauty,"Big Bad Wolf" catchy,"Stay" a nice touchy ballad & "Vigilante" ends this album in such a great way...AOR fans at heart will love this album...like me!!! .93/100..get it!!!

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