Dragon – Rain (1983)

Dragon is a popular New Zealand – Australian rock band, they were formed in Auckland, New Zealand in January 1972 and relocated to Sydney, Australia in May 1975.  They were previously led by singer Marc Hunter and after Marc’s death in 1998 by his brother bass player Todd Hunter.They performed and released material under the name Hunter in Europe and the United States during 1987.

Keyboard player Paul Hewson wrote or co-wrote most of the group’s hits: “April Sun in Cuba”peaked at #2 on the 1977 Australian singles chart;  “Are You Old Enough?” reached #1 in 1978;  and “Still in Love with You”reached #15 also in 1978. The name, Dragon, came from a consultation of I Ching cards by early band vocalist Graeme Collins.

After a run of hits in the 70’s, Dragon split up in December 1979 due to internal conflicts and drug problems.

Dragon reformed in August 1982 to pay off outstanding debts, not long after drummer Kevin Jacobson left the band for health reasons and was replaced by British drummer Terry Chambers (ex-XTC). American keyboard player and Dragon’s producer Alan Mansfield also joined. Mansfield had worked for Robert Palmer (including guitar for the “Johnny and Mary” single from Palmer’s album Clues) and Bette Midler in the late 1970s,by 1982 Mansfield was living in Sydney and produced tracks for Marc Hunter. Marc Hunter convinced Mansfield to also produce Dragon’s single “Rain”. After “Rain” became a #2 hit in Australia, the band continued to perform and record new material until 1997 when Marc was diagnosed with cancer.

Rain (Dance Mix)                  6:45

Rain (Dub Mix)                      6:52

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