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Van Stephenson: Suspicious Heart LP VG++/NM USA MCA 5608


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Tracklist:
  • A1 We're Doing Alright 3:50
  • A2 (We Should Be) Together Tonight 3:42
  • A3 Suspicious Heart 5:06
  • A4 Never Enough Night 4:46
  • A5 Confidentially Yours 3:58
  • B1 Desperate Hours 4:20
  • B2 Dancing With Danger 3:50
  • B3 Fist Full Of Heat 4:40
  • B4 Make It Glamorous 3:42
  • B5 No Secrets 3:42
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    Amazon.com: 9 reviews
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    Baby, I've Been There... March 9 1999
    By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
    Format: Audio CD
    I find it truly amazing that all the emotional places he visits on this CD - baby, I've been there! The music and lyrics take you to the same place he is and you share his desperation. We all long for a little "covert action" such as referred to in "Confidentially Yours" and we've all had a night we wanted to never end as in "Never Enough Night". God knows I've also had my "Desperate Hours". Van's voice lends itself perfectly to strong emotions and he has the musical ability to showcase that voice to its greatest advantage. This CD is not for the starry-eyed sweethearts, it's for the star-crossed lovers. AOR at its best!!!
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    First time I heard of Van Stephenson May 14 2006
    By Just another Fan - Published on Amazon.com
    Format: Audio CD
    I was working in a music store in Houston Texas and I was the assitant manager. My manager pulled this cassette from the dropped bin, which we marked down to it's lowest price. I got it for 2.99. That was the best $3dollars I've ever spent. I loved every song on the tape. I listened to this so much I made a copy to keep just in case something happened to the original. But to my dismay the cassette didn't last and someone had recorded over my copy. Though I remember every song. I thought this was a thing of the past, since I've looked for it everywhere and came up empty handed in each search, until now. From "Were doing all right", and "(We should be)Together" and " Desprate hours", and the title track, "Suspicious hearts". Every song on this tape at the time seemed to be talking to me and held something for me, for what my life was going through at the time. I couldn't believe I'd never heard of Van Stephenson before. I see that ebay and amazon have the cd's for sell. Though I think on ebay the price is much lower. I'd love to get this on cd and know it wouldn't ware out. If you like Don Henley, The Eagles, Boston, Styx, Journey, Foreigner, Surviour,etc, you would love this cd. It takes you to a time when music seemed to mean something and took you on a journey. Wheter it be personal or fantasy. I don't know if it was just me or if the music seemed to just fit my life at the time, but all the above seemed to be talking to me and some how knew what was going on in my life. To Van Stephenson where ever you are today, thanks for the music and the great songs. I don't think the critics ever gave you the credit you deserve. Your music is timeless and your songs hit straight to the heart. Your music always runs through my mind. If it didn't I never would of searched for it on the net. I'm glad I found some cd's. It's one I'll have to get and keep for a life time. Thanks again and may your songwriting and journey through life be blessed.
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    A Giant in the making Sept. 26 2000
    By Troy - Published on Amazon.com
    Format: Audio CD
    Released on CD by High Vaultage in 1996 along with forerunner "Righteous anger" (1984), "Suspicous heart" (1986) is every bit as electrifying as the name of the label would suggest. Originally one of the finest acts on MCA Records, i never quite figured out whether Van Stephenson should be filed under V (like Van Halen or Van Zant) or S for Stephenson, the band's lead vocalist. This is their third offering, their debut being the much sought after and hard to find "China girl" (1981), which i've never had the pleasure of hearing. Besides Van Stephenson, the core of this group consisted of two world renowned session musicians, guitarist Dan (or Dann, if you will) Huff and keyboardist Alan Pasqua, who were to go on to form an aptly named melodic rock outfit called Giant (together with bassist Mike Brignardello and Dan's brother David Huff on drums.) They too released two great albums, the 1989 "Last of the runaways" and 1992 "Time to burn", on which Dan Huff proved himself to be a more than adequate lead singer.) Van Stephenson's rhythm section was made up of bass player Dennis Belfield and drummer Mike Baird (ex-Airborne). They were not nearly such a hard rocking band as Giant, notwithstanding a few precious moments when they really let rip. (On for instance the title track of the "Righteous anger" album.) Their keyboard dominated, poprock flavored type of Adult Oriented Rock had sufficient power to satisfy the most ardent heavy rock fans, but was catchy and lightweight enough to appeal to a larger audience than just the regular AOR crowd. "Suspicious heart" was to be their last feat before they (or at least most of them) went their separate ways.
    My first encounter with their music was hearing them perform "No secrets" while watching "Secret admirer" (a romantic comedy starring C. Thomas Howell and Lori Loughlin), a song which - like the movie - i loved right away. This is one of their more pop influenced cuts and the closing track on "Suspicious heart". For this song alone i would have bought the CD, never having owned a copy of the vinyl album. But there's plenty more to savor when listening to this underground classic. All songs are easy to get into and hard to let go. Overall this is a more constant, evenly balanced album than "Righteous anger". Its highs are not quite as high, i grant you (here there are no perfect 10s, like "Modern day Delilah" or "Others only dream" on their previous album), but its lows are not as low - actually, they're virtually non-existent. Van Stephenson's voice is like a smoother version of Bryan Adams (i heard it describe best by one of my fellow reviewers who used the phrase "razor wrapped in velvet"). In conjunction with Pasqua's pumping keyboards, Huff's superbly melodic guitar exploits, a strong beat and exquisite harmony vocals, "Suspicious heart" makes for a hugely addictive musical cocktail. There's the usual throng of guest musicians pitching in, among them some very familiar names. A crystal clear production by one Richard Landis provides the icing on the cake. "Fist full of heat" hits hardest of all. It is the most explosive rocker on offer and a personal favorite, along with the suspenseful title track (a prime cover version of which can be found on the debut album by Canadian brothers Worrall), "Dancing with danger", "Never enough night" and "Desperate hours". But i don't think an in-depth analysis of each song is called for at this point. Just order your copy while supplies last and find out for yourself why these guys have been rocking my world for as long as they have. Lyrics R included.
    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    Music For The Recently Ditched June 7 2002
    By andy previte - Published on Amazon.com
    Format: Audio CD
    It must have been 86 or 87 when Suspicious Heart came into my life. I was already a huge fan of American AOR from the obvious - Boston, Journey, Syx - to more off-the-beaten-track acts such as Wrabit and Paul Sabu. Van Stephenson seemed like the sort of cult act that would appeal to me. The songs are superb, the production pristine, if a little sparing at time. But, again, it's those tunes - the yearning, heartache melodies that impress. The opener, We're Doing Alright, had some real poignancy for me. I was getting over yet another broken heart (Lordy, but there's been so many) and this song got me through with its quiet optimism and surging hook. Suspicious Heart, the title cut, is especially dark and beautiful, because, yes, I too had a suspicious heart, and it was proved right. If you've experienced enormous romantic disappointment and psychological damage because of an ice-cold ex-girlfriend who decided to screw with your mind for three years and is now unhappily married in a suburb of North London with a moronic husband and sporting a bad 80s haircut that looks absurd in 2002 on a 38-year-old woman then Van Stephenson's Suspicious Heart is the album for you. Enjoy.
    AOR Heaven... Feb. 24 2000
    By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
    Format: Audio CD
    If Adult Oriented Rock is what you want - then put the kids to bed and welcome to AOR Heaven! "Suspicious Heart" has an overall edgy, restless desperation made evident by strong lyrics and plaintive guitars but mainly by Van Stephenson's razor-wrapped-in-velvet vocal delivery very much reminiscent of Don Henley. "Holding on to you for dear life tryin' to keep the light away" says it all in "Never Enough Night" and then he's off "Dancing with Danger". Look out! Sometimes love hurts! Ladies and Gentlemen, Van Stephenson has left the building - with a wink and a nod and a SCOWL!

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