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Often cited by musos as a favourite album, 'Hughes/Thrall' was released in 1982. By all accounts Glenn Hughes (bass and vocals in MK III and IV Deep Purple) 'stole' guitarist Pat Thrall after seeing him play with Pat Travers when that band opened for Def Leppard.
Pat Thrall's jazz rock approach had been honed when playing in 'Go' an experimental fusion outfit featuring Stomu Yamahsa and Steve Winwood, and Michael Shrieve whom he subsequently joined in Automatic Man. Thrall featured on five Travers albums including the live 'Go For What You Know' in 1979.
With Hughes suffering from addiction and alcohol abuse, this album was never really going to happen and the duo never toured to promote it.
The album is a mixture of the hard rock and funk styles so beloved of Hughes and a fusion texture from Thrall. The standouts include 'Hold Out Your Life' and 'Coast To Coast'.
In spite of a reunion of sorts in 1987 when they recorded a track for the 'Dragnet' movie, Hughes and Thrall went their separate ways, with Thrall pursuing session work and appearing with Meat Loaf.
The album was released on CD in 1995. A further long overdue reissue came out in 2007 featuring two bonus tracks that Hughes and Thrall recorded in 2001. Better still, a second album from the duo is in the can and slated for spring 2007 release.