Ironhorse was a Canadian rock band from Vancouver, formed by Randy Bachman, the former The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive guitarist and singer. The initial incarnation of the band also included Tom Sparks (vocals, guitars), John Pierce (bass) and Mike Baird (drums).
This line-up of Ironhorse released 1979’s Ironhorse album on the Scotti Brothers label, and had a minor U.S. hit single in April 1979 with “Sweet Lui-Louise”, which peaked at #36 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In Canada, the song peaked slightly higher at #26. The same track reached #60 in the UK Singles Chart.
Ironhorse then had an almost complete line-up change, retaining only Bachman. The second incarnation of Ironhorse consisted of Frank Ludwig (lead vocals, guitars); Bachman (guitars, vocals); Ron Foos (bass) and Chris Leighton (drums). This line-up issued 1980’s Everything is Grey, also on Scotti Brothers Records. One of its singles, “What’s Your Hurry Darlin’,” peaked at #84 in Canada. In the U.S., the song peaked at #89 in May 1980.
Foos then left the group to rejoin Paul Revere and the Raiders. In 1980, Ironhorse disbanded, with the remaining members (Bachman/Leighton/Ludwig) forming Union with Bachman’s former Bachman-Turner Overdrive band-mate Fred Turner. Union put out one album On Strike on the CBS subsidiary Portrait Records, and had a minor hit with the track “Mainstreet U.S.A.”
As of May 2013, Randy Bachman has been able to secure the rights to the two Ironhorse albums.
And here´s their second and last album:
This second and final release had Frank Ludwig come in from previous band Trooper and take over for lead vocals. There are snappy choruses and swirling keyboards with the latter having a crunchy blues tinged approaches that change things up nicely. (press release)
Single from Japan (“Symphony” bw “What’s Your Hurry Darlin'”):
But, to be honest … this album is a rather superfluous album … the songs are meaningless AOR, sorry.
The best thing about this album is the cover.
Randy Bachman (guitar, vocals)
Ron Foos (bass)
Chris Leighton (drums)
Frank Ludwig (vocals, keyboards)
Tom Sparks (guitar, background vocals)
US promo frontcover:
01. What’s Your Hurry Darlin’ (Bachman/Wilson) 4.03
02. Everything Is Grey (Bachman) 4.24
03. Symphony (Bachman/Sparks) 3.17
04. Only Way To Fly (Ludwig) 3.51
05. Try A Little Harder (Bachman/Ludwig) 3.28
06. I’m Hurtin’ Inside (Bachman) 3.55
07. Playin’ That Same Old Song (Bachman/Ludwig) 3.48
08. Railroad Love (Bachman) 3.38
09. Somewhere, Sometime (Bachman/Ludwig) 3.48
10. Keep Your Motor Running (Bachman) 3.43