December 1, 2004

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Artist: Hunt, The



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Gerry Mosby (bass, keyboards, vocals; 1st album)
Paul Kersey (drums, percussion)
Paul Cockburn (guitars, vocals; 1st album)
Brian Gagnon (bass, guitars, lead vocals)
Jacques Harrison (keyboards, lead vocals; 1st album)
Paul Dickinson (guitars, lead vocals; replaced Cockburn)
Carl Calvert (bass, lead vocals; replaced Gagnon)

During the early '70's, Daffodil recording act Dillinger released two obscure progressive rock albums to some critical note, but poor sales. Drummer Robert Harrison was homesick for Quebec and with his departure - to join Offenbach - and bassist Terry Bramhall, Dillinger's long and sprawling progressive leanings subsided leaving room for fresh ideas and so new bassist Brian Gagnon (Bullrush), Jacques Harrison and Paul Cockburn brought in drummer Paul Kersey (Max Webster) and Gerry Mosby (Bond) who was added to the line-up to do double duty on bass and keyboards. The new, tougher, hard rock line-up was christened by manager Cliff Hunt as The Hunt during a late night session for the 3rd Dillinger record at Phase One Studio in Toronto with producer George Semkiw.

Their eponymous 1977 debut on GRT Records was well receive - especially in San Antonio, Texas. The album's cover graphics featured an embossed hand with blood streaked fingers which gave the act a moment's notoriety, but after GRT caved to pressure from complaints by retailers, they issued a jacket with just the red-streaks minus the hand. Still, the album fell on deaf ears in Canada.

And despite some notable FM airplay, the band was sent to the Northern Ontario bar circuit playing North Bay, Cochrane, Timmins, and Sudbury, Ontario. Some of the members lost confidence immediately and before long, Mosby had left to join Larry Gowan's Rhinegold as their bassist. By 1978 Harrison and Cockburn had also bailed leaving Gagnon and Kersey to regroup.

Ownership of The Hunt's recording contract had shifted back to Daffodil due to GRT's impending collapse, and president Frank Davies offered Gagnon a chance to record another album. During 1979 Gagnon and Kersey toiled over new recordings.

Kersey and Gagnon finished the album and then buried it until a new live act could be created. With the addition of guitarist Paul Dickinson (J.R. Flood, Bullrush), The Hunt hit the clubs once more and refined the new material already in the can.

1980's 'Back On The Hunt' album, produced by Steve Vaughan (Dillinger, Klaatu), was the result and it featured their Canadian charting remake of the obscure Beatle classic "It's All Too Much". But even this version of The Hunt failed to garner interest from the world at large and Gagnon left to join Frank Soda & The Imps.

Kersey was left with nothing but the band's name, a guitarist and a record contract. Carl Calvert was brought in as bassist and helped augment lead vocal duties. And two years later a third album, also produced by Steve Vaughan, was released called 'The Thrill Of The Kill'. Nevertheless, the world had grown tired of anthemic rock in the face of the burgeoning post-Punk era and The Hunt split up in 1984.

A repackaging of the best of the band's three albums was issued by Pacemaker in 1995 and it contains three previously unavailable bonus tracks: "Fantasy Mansion" and "She Opens Her Eyes" from the 'Back On The Hunt' sessions and "I Want To Be Set Free", a rare 7" single release from Gagnon's pre-Dillinger days with Bullrush.

Gagnon co-founded a successful John Mellencamp tribute band called Rumbleseat. He is now a successful engineer and studio producer for independent artists in Rexdale, Ontario and occasionally plays guitar with The Carpet Frogs; Kersey currently plays and records in St. Catherines, Ontario in The Wheelers; Mosby does production work in the radio/TV jingle business.

with notes from Brian Gagnon and Gerry Mosby.


Singles
1980 It's All Too Much/She Flew Freely (Daffodil/Capitol) DFS-1082
1980 Standing In The Road/What Good Is Love (Daffodil/Capitol) DFS-1084
1982 You In The Night/Seeing It Through (Daffodil/Capitol) DFS-1086

Albums
1977 The Hunt ['bleeding hand' embossed cover] (Daffodil/GRT) 9216-10056
1977 The Hunt [altered graphics re-issue] (Daffodil/GRT) 9216-10056
1980 Back On The Hunt (Daffodil/Capitol) SBA-16058
1982 The Thrill Of The Kill (Daffodil/Capitol) SBA-16061
1995 Tracked Down (The Best Of) (Pacemaker)

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