Saturday, May 25, 2013

Schon & Hammer: Here to Stay

"Schon & Hammer was an American rock duo composed of composer/drummer/keyboardist Jan Hammer and guitarist Neal Schon.  They released two studio albums, Untold Passion in 1981 and Here to Stay in 1982 and a collection entitled No More Lies in 1998.  Hammer is best known for his soundtrack work on the Miami Vice TV series, and Schon as the guitarist from the band Journey.  The duo's second album featured backing vocals by Journey's Steve Perry as well as contributions from former Journey drummer Steve Smith and bassist Ross Valory, and former Styx bassist Glen Burtnik.  Each album received 3.5 out of 5 stars from Allmusic.

    This record is Here to Stay is the second album by the duo of composer Jan Hammer and guitarist Neal Schon. This album also featured contributions from Schon's bandmates in Journey including songwriting and background vocals from Steve Perry.  The lead single "No More Lies" featured Schon on vocals and had a music video that was played on MTV.  The album cover is a play on the well known Arm & Hammer brand baking soda.  "Self Defense" would later be re-recorded for Journey's 2005 album Generations (under the title "In Self Defense"), with Schon taking lead vocal duties once again."

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