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Hotel – Half Moon Silver


Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
5.0 (1 review)

Marc Phillips (vocals, keyboards, guitar)
Tommy Calton (guitar, vocals)
Michael Reid (guitar, vocals)
Lee Bargeron (keyboards, guitars, vocals)
George Creasman (bass, vocals)
Michael Cadenhead (drums, vocals)

Produced by: Dain Eric

Engineered by: Todd Cerney

Mixed by: Todd and Lee

Remastered by: Jon Astley

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Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition – Fully Remastered Audio – 12 page full colour booklet – 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork with unpublished photos and new interview

“IT’S ALWAYS VERY uplifting when a band originally tipped for better things actually fulfils their inherent musical potential. In the case of Hotel, a little known outfit from Birmingham Alabama, their self-titled debut album hinted at a somewhat suppressed melodic AOR talent that was itching to fully blossom. Fortunately that embryonic promise was perfectly realised with this, their second album, a record that has almost become a touchstone for fans of the AOR obscure.
‘Half Moon Silver’ is quite rightly regarded as a minor classic amongst AOR aficionados. Issued in 1980 and produced, once again, by their mentor Dain Eric, the album lunges purposely towards a harder rock edge. The vibe is very much one of waking up the neighbours, but not in a chest thumping sense, more in a measured and intense way. The guitars are far more prominent and the rhythm section is out to impress, but they leave room for vocalist Marc Phillips to inject passion and excitement into songs that have been meticulously constructed.
There’s plenty to highlight, but it’s the double whammy of ‘A Place In Time (Refugee)’ and ‘Now That She Loves You’ that really sets the pace. Elsewhere, there are some particularly delightful ballads, including ‘Talk To Me’ and the sublime title track. Once again, their label failed to maximise the potential of the record and, despite the band touring with Hall & Oates, the record sadly fell through the gaps, leaving them deserted in a world that, sadly, failed to recognise a seriously talented outfit.”

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1 review for Hotel – Half Moon Silver

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Phil Baker

    Both HOTEL albums are classics!!!! Super excited that these 2 lost gems have finally been released on CD. The first album is a little more laid back than HALF MOON SILVER, but both are Awesome!!!! Highly Recommended if you enjoy the music of LEROUX, LITTLE RIVER BAND, and TOTO….. This band should have made it BIG!!!! Lead singer Marc Phillips is still playing clubs and performing songs from both of these incredible albums…. Thank you Rock Candy for the CD release of these wonderful recordings!!!

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