Thinking Out Loud

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Urgent gelled when Michael and Steve Kehr, formerly of Sterling, pulled other brother Don along for Cast the First Stone, a great debut produced by the storied Ian Hunter (The collaborative "Love Can Make You Cry" even holds the dubious distinction of prominent inclusion on the infamous Iron Eagle soundtrack.). Hunter hauls old bro Mick Ronson, the guitarist from Hull, 'round again for Urgent's sophomore effort, Thinking Out Loud. Already jaded by the '80s, Hunter found the first album sessions to be a soulless experience, feeling records and radio were closed books. As a result, the royal duo's workload lightens to only co-authoring three tracks: "If This Is Love," "Inch by Inch," and "Pain (Love Is a Victim)," the last intended for a future Hunter/Ronson project. Judas Priest helmsman Tom Allon handles production. Ensnaring no fanfare or air time, and lacking the snap of the first record, Thinking Out Loud disappeared instantly, along with Urgent, though the band maintains status in esoteric AOR circles.

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