JON BUTCHER AXIS - Stare At The Sun
Release Date: 25th May 2018
Track listing: 1- Wind it up 3:20 / 2- Victims 4:15 / 3-Dreams Fade Away 4:07 / 4- Stay Low 3:56/ 5- Can’t tell the dancer from the dance 3:44 / 6- Don’t say Goodnight 3:22 / 7- Walk on the moon 5:24 / 8- Call to Arms 3:43 / 9-Eros Arriving 3:37 / 10- Breakout 3:11
Produced and engineered by Pat Moran
For a time in the early 1980’s it looked like as if Jon Butcher’s career would know no bounds. As anyone who picked up a copy of the self-titled Jon Butcher Axis album upon its original release in 1983 would concur, here was a star on the rise. Such an upwards trajectory was well deserved given his undeniable talent, the quality of that debut and the ensuing sophomore affair “Stare at the Sun”. Indeed both albums should have resulted in greater rewards than they ultimately did at the time.
Although Jon would enjoy a good deal of recognition for later recorded work, such as “Wishes” (released under his own name rather than the band handle), perhaps the answer to any questions that are asked over Butcher’s lack of bigger and more sustained success may be allied to the one that asks “why has it taken well over thirty years for his first two records to be officially released on CD? Sure, several of the best tracks from both albums have surfaced on compilations of Jon’s work but never before has either album been issued on its entirety on a silver shiny disc. That is about to change…
Jon had an obsession with the guitar from age 5 and his first real band was called Johanna Wild, a band that certainly caught the attention of many people…. his influences including BB King, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy.
Many people believe that “Stare at the Sun” was Jon’s finest work and claim it to be the best album he ever released under any moniker. Songs like “Wind it up” and “Don’t say Goodnight” are certainly songs that deserve your attention.
The result of his success afforded further growing popularity for the band, which added the opportunity to tour with Rush ('Signals' tour '83),Def Leppard ('Pyromania' tour '83) and Scorpions ('Hurricane' tour '84). amongst others.
Jon Butcher has an undeniable talent and this 10 track album from the classic early eighties era shows just what this man had to offer.