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A very celebrated jazz-rock combo back in the early 90s, THE LONELY BEARS brought new airs of power and color to the genre. It was actually a super-group of renowned veterans - Terry BOZZIO on drums/percussion, Tony HYMAS on keyboards, Tony COE on saxes/clarinet and Hugh BURNS on guitars. The band's inception took place after the completion of JEFF BECK's "Guitar Shop" (recorded in 1989, eventually awarded with a 1990's Grammy for Best instrumental Rock Performance), where HYMAS and BOZZIO had served as support musicians. The two teamed up in early 1990 to create some music of their own. Soon after, they recruited their two fellow musicians, and so the ball got rolling. The result from this fruition of creative minds and accomplished performers turned into an eclectic approach to jazz-rock, combining fusion, ethnic, world beat and progressive undertones, with a high degree of improvisational expansions and a strong sense of originality.

The band released three albums, the namesake debut plus "Injustice" and "The Bears Are Running": the former is based on the first few sessions, while the latter two combine recordings from various sessions in different years. All three albums have been re-released between 1999 and 2000: there is also a "Best of", not too bad for a band that didn't become a real celebrity but was really celebrated.

Why this artist must be listed in :
THE LONELY BEARS is a must for every true fusion and jazz-rock lover, and mostly, a point of reference for any lover of good music that doesn't settle with a preordained standard.

The Lonely Bears, studio album (1990)
Injustice, studio album (1992)
The Bears Are Running, studio album (1994)
The Best of The Lonely Bears, compilation (1998)

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3.80 | 10 ratings
The Lonely Bears
4.08 | 12 ratings
3.89 | 9 ratings
The Bears Are Running

THE LONELY BEARS Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

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THE LONELY BEARS Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 1 ratings
The Best of the Lonely Bears

THE LONELY BEARS Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)


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 The Best of the Lonely Bears by LONELY BEARS, THE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1998
4.00 | 1 ratings

The Best of the Lonely Bears
The Lonely Bears Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Squire Jaco

— First review of this album —
4 stars Hugh Burns does some killer guitar soloing on the DiMeola-esque "Kill King Rat" which starts off the cd. He has another midway through the cd on "March Past..." And the last 40 seconds of the cd fade out with a nice acoustic guitar outro from him. Other than that, there's nary a trace of this bear?

This is mostly a drums and saxophone album, which is great if that's what you're into; and Terry Bozzio and Tony Coe can certainly carry the load. Tony Hymas' keyboards are pretty noticeable too, though they serve more in the background and for "atmosphere" than with true soloing, which is fine too. I just don't get why they make such sparing use of Burns' guitar skills here. If nothing else, let him play the bass, because those duties are carried out by Hymas on the keyboards. Doesn't sound bad, but I LOVE bass guitar, and this music is just SCREAMING for some low-end fretless bass; let's perpetuate the image of a big fat growling bear here!

The music itself is unique. There are a lot of rhythmically-derived songs that have a "world jazz" feel to them - sort of an Andalusian or South American feel. I like this music, and I like the album fairly well overall. I just think they could have done better. And a note to other bands that are contemplating a "best of" album: fill the dang thing up! Why only give me 60 minutes of music here - was the other stuff not worthy?

Prepare yourself for some great drumming and sax playing, and you'll be happy with this. Personally, I wanted a little bit more...

3-1/2 stars

Thanks to Cesar Inca for the artist addition.

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