December 5, 2004

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Artist: Glass Tiger




Alan Frew (lead vocals)
Sam Reid (keyboards, vocals)
Al Connelly (guitar)
Wayne Parker (bass)
Michael Hanson (drums, vocals)
Randall Coryell (drums; replaced Hanson)
Chris McNeill (drums; replaced Coryell, 2005-present)

Formed in 1980 under the name Tokyo in Newmarket, Ontario, the band that eventually became known as Glass Tiger spent four years on the Toronto area bar circuit before attracting the attention of US manager Derek Sutton (Styx). He was impressed by what he saw and took the band's demo to Manhattan Records in the States. Manhattan was a young new label being distributed south of the border by Capitol Records, so when Capitol Canada heard about the label's interest they rushed to take a look themselves, and the results ended up being a worldwide deal with Capitol and a variety of its labels.

A name and style change saw the end of Tokyo and the beginning of Glass Tiger. In early 1986 Capitol sent the band into the studio with Bryan Adams's then songwriting partner Jim Vallance, and the result was their debut album, 'The Thin Red Line'. The first single, "Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)", featured Adams on backing vocals, and went to #1 in Canada. The album eventually went four times platinum in Canada, and sold 600,000 copies in the US. Its success border was due in part to the band's constant touring, opening for the likes of the Moody Blues and Journey in the US, and Tina Turner in Europe.

The band received three consecutive Juno Awards in 1986, and two in 1987 plus a Grammy Award nomination.

By the time it came to recording again, however, Glass Tiger were getting tired of being labelled a teenybopper band, and so the sessions with Vallance producing again resulted in 'Diamond Sun', a much tougher, harder album.

The album entered the North American charts immediately in the Spring of 1988 and opening slots for some major acts followed. The album produced 5 singles including "I'm Still Searching" and "My Song". Hanson quit the band to pursue a solo career (which never got off the ground).

In the interim the band landed a new US record deal with Manhattan Records and new management. 1991's 'Simple Mission', produced by Tom Werman (Motley Crue, Poison, Stryper) re-defined the band's sound once again with a more guitar oriented record and the world-wide exposure from the hit "My Town" which featured a duet between lead vocalist Alan Frew and Rod Stewart. To replace Hanson on the drums the band brought in rock heavy weight Tony Thompson (Chic, Power Station).

Despite a thorough trashing by critics, another tour followed with Randall Coryell on drums, but the band began feeling the effects of the change in the music biz as more aggressive and grungier acts began cutting a path through the audiences of pop bands like Glass Tiger. Crowds began to become abusive and unappreciative during their tour and the band took the hint.

Following the tour the band split up. Alan Frew continued on with EMI Music Canada and released two solo albums produced by John Jones (Duran Duran, Celine Dion); Al Connolly joined Norge Union and did session work for many Canadian acts; Sam Reid continued as a songwriter and frequent columnist for Canadian Musician magazine and has been most recently involved in a company called Sanctuary who release New Age styled easy listening CDs featuring the sounds of nature; Drummer Michael Hanson released a solo album under the name Earthboy.


Singles
1986 Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)/Ancient Evenings (Capitol-EMI) B-72992
1986 Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone) [Extended Version]/Do You Wanna Dance (With Me) [12"] (Capitol-EMI) S-75142
1986 The Thin Red Line/Ecstasy (Capitol-EMI) B-72996
1986 Someday/Vanishing Tribe (Capitol-EMI) B-73004
1987 You're What I Look For/Do You Wanna Dance (With Me) (Capitol-EMI) B-73014
1987 I Will Be There/Closer To You (Capitol-EMI) B-73021
1988 I'm Still Searching/Suffer In Silence (Capitol-EMI) B-73052
1988 Diamond Sun/Diamond Sun (French Version) (Capitol-EMI) B-73059
1988 My Song/Far Away From Here (Capitol-EMI) B-73065
1988 Far Away From Here/This Island Earth (Manhattan-EMI - US) PB-50144
1989 Send Your Love/This Island Earth (Capitol-EMI) B-73071
1989 (Watching) Worlds Crumble/It's Love You Feel (Capitol-EMI) B-73081
1991 Animal Heart/My Town [7"] (EMI - UK) EM-220
1991 Animal Heart [4 song CD-EP](Capitol-EMI) CDEM-220
1991 Rhythm Of Your Love (Capitol-EMI)
1991 My Town [duet with Rod Stewart]/The Tragedy (of Love) [7"] (Capitol-EMI) 204489
1991 Rescued (By The Arms Of Love) (Capitol-EMI) 204682
1993 Touch Of Your Hand (EMI Canada) EMI-807


Albums
1986 The Thin Red Line (Capitol-EMI) ST-6527
1988 Diamond Sun (Capitol-EMI) 48684
1991 Simple Mission (Capitol-EMI) 92922
1993 Air Time: The Best Of The Best (EMI Canada) 906283
2001 The Premium Collection (EMI Canada)
2004 No Turning Back: 1985-2005 (EMI Canada) 64202
2006 Extended Versions (EMI Canada) 703233

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