Orion the Hunter is the first (and, thus far, only) recording from the band Orion the Hunter, which was an offshoot of the band Boston (guitarist Barry Goudreau and vocalist Brad Delp -who sang backing vocals here- were also in Boston, and guitarist/vocalist Fran Cosmo would be in a later incarnation of that band). The group also included Michael DeRosier (from the group Heart on drums & percussion).
The album was released in 1984 and charted at number 57. It featured the single "So You Ran", which was a rock radio top 10 hit; it also charted on the Billboard Hot 100.
allmusic's Doug Stone gave the album two stars. He called songs like "Fast Talk", "Dreamin'" and "I Call It Love" "good, professional rock tunes. Maybe too professional, as they come off a bit cold". He went on to say that "even though Orion the Hunter holds some personal nostalgia, too many albums deserve more attention".