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Thomas, Ian – The Runner


Ian Thomas (vocals, guitar, keyboards)
Steve Hogg (bass)
Hugh Syme (keyboards, backing vocals)
Peter Cardinali (bass)
Jorn Anderson (drums)

Dick Smith (percussion)
John Johnson (saxophone)
John Zazlow (guitar)

Produced by: Ian Thomas, John Lombardo
Engineered by: Ian Thomas, Greg Roberts
Mixed by : tbd
Mastered by : tbd
Digitally Remastered by: Andy Pearce

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Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition. Fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology. 12 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork, photos and new Interview with Ian. When the rest of the world is praising the talents of solo artists such as Billy Joel, Elton John and Randy Newman some of us are sitting comfortable in the knowledge that Ian Thomas, despite his relative obscurity, is a talent of equal stature. Life for this Canadian born singer songwriter has never been easy. Feted in his native country but cold shouldered elsewhere, Thomas has flown under the radar for far too long, but, in many respects, perhaps this is what drives his loyal band of supporters to such fanatical devotion. ‘The Runner’ was Thomas’s seventh studio album and found him emphasising the very thing that captured his audience’s imagination in the first instance, with a brace of great melodies and sublimely connective lyrics which speak not just to love and loss but also a variety of offbeat topics and social commentary. These were songs that would eventually go on to be recorded by a variety of admiring artists including Chicago, Manfred Man and Santana.
With a pronounced West Coast sound comparable to that of Steely Dan, Christopher Cross and Hall & Oates, the music is fluid and consistent with a meticulous approach to song construction. It is this combination of factors that highlights ‘The Runner’ as one of Thomas’s greatest achievements, a record full of challenges and triumphs.”

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