Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#120 in the Series) is Tim Finn’s self titled 1989 release.
In that extensive box of goodies that have been created by Neil and Tim Finn, ‘Split Enz, Tim Finn, Crowded House, Neil Finn, Finn Brothers, etc etc, the ‘Tim Finn’ album just might be my favorite.
Did you ever grab something from the store, played it here and there for a few days and then it grows on you and then you just play it extensively for a long time with out it tiring.
That’s how the Tim Finn album was for me back in 1989.
Every song was on the mark here, as was the band he put together. I’ve stated this before but why Neil and Tim Finn are not superstars is beyond me!
For this album Tim basically enlisted Peter Gabriel’s band. Tony Levin on Chapman Stick and bass, Jerry Marotta on drums, David Rhodes on guitar. The only real addition was Mitchell Froom on keys. Mitchell also produced the effort.
Tim of course handled all the lead vocals. I think that’s what always amazed me about him. His vocals could just soar!
Even thou every song is a keeper, a few hit higher than others. My favorites included ‘Young Mountain, Not Even Close. How’m I Gonna Sleep, Crescendo’ and ‘Been There, Done That.’
Tim brought this tour to the Park West Theater in Chicago. I had tix and could not find a soul that wanted to go. But that didn’t stop me from going. I was NOT going to miss this show. So I make my way to the general admission little club and being solo that night, I find an empty seat right in front of the stage!!! Thanks everyone for not wanting to go with along.
I’m sitting there and he takes the stage and he’s got Peter Gabriel’s band with him on tour as well!! This was before the internet and you really didn’t know those things in advance. Heck, now you can know the band, the set list etc. all before you get to a show. But you didn’t back then. So I was really pleasantly surprised.
He started the show and performed the album in it’s entirety. You see that now with well-known albums but for something still new, well that’s another thing that wasn’t/isn’t done that often.
He also did a few Split Enz classics that night. It truly was one of my favorite concert nights I ever had.
Here’s the promo video for ‘How’m I Gonna Sleep’ followed by an unplugged version of ‘Not Even Close’ of Tim playing with Crowded House. He, of course would join Crowded House for two album shortly after this recording. One thing J.C. Hartsfield taught me years ago. He said ‘ The most perfect vocal harmony you could ever have is with yourself. The second best, is with your brother.’
Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#116 in the Series) is The Call, “Reconciled.”
I’m beginning to see a pattern here. I’m starting to notice that a good number of my entries are acts that I feel never got their just due. Today’s a perfect example as I feature, The Call, “Reconciled.”
Despite some great songs, a decent label push and some nice guest stars, “Reconciled” got some airplay but didn’t click like it should have.
Two tracks received most of the play. ‘They were the first two tracks on the disc, ‘Everywhere I Go’ and’ I Still Believe.’ Funny, I once heard an old saying around record stores. “If you’re thinking of buying a album and don’t know much about it. Don’t buy it if the only song you know is the first track.“ Well this disc, maybe people stayed clear since the first two tracks were the only ones they’ve heard.
But The Call was a pretty good band. They have a number of good records. This just being one of them.
The guest stars that I referred too? Peter Gabriel and Jim Kerr provide backing vocals on ‘Everywhere I Go.’ Robbie Robertson played guitar on ‘The Morning,’
Most of the music here was written by front man, bassist, Michael Been.
The Call, “Reconciled” was released in 1986 and peaked at #82 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts. ‘I Still Believe’ reached # 17 on the Mainstream Rocks Chart while ‘Everywhere I Go’ hit to #38.
This is one of the main reasons that I’ve decided to do this blog, column whatever. To point out ditties like this. I have a feeling that many people did not know this gem existed.
It’s the first solo release by Daryl Hall of ‘Hall and Oates’ fame. I don’t know if DH is the best rock vocalist of all time, but he’s in the team picture.
This was recorded in 1977 but not released until 1980. The wonderful RCA records held the album because is was ‘not commercial enough.’ I guess ‘very good’ just isn’t a good enough reason for a label to release something. I think it was just too different for their brain trust and they didn’t know what to do with it.
Here’s what this album was all about. It was part of a music trilogy that included two other releases. The first was Peter Gabriel’s 2nd album (The one with the scratching on the cover), Daryl Hall was part two. The final piece of the trilogy was Robert Fripp’s Exposure. Fripp played and produced all three. Hall sang on Fripp’s. Hall co-wrote a song on Gabriel’s etc etc. It was quite the interesting project.
It’s pretty hard to find. I believe it’s been out of print for years. Recommended track. “Gotta Have Something in 4/4 Time.
OK, now that we’ve established that, the next question is…..which one?
After Peter departed Genesis, his first four solo releases were all titles simply, Peter Gabriel. Why, he wanted them to be looked at as renewed releases of a magazine. Why did he stop this tradition with his fifth album, “So?” Well, you’ll have to ask David Geffen that question. He pulled rank. (Note: Even thou the fourth edition of the Peter Gabriel magazine collection was labeled as just ‘Peter Gabriel,’ it was widely known as ‘Security.’
So again you ask, Larry? Which one? Well here it’s going to be the third solo album. Sometimes even called, ‘Melt’
This was PG’s first solo album to go #1 in the UK. We in the States took it up to #22.
The opening track is ‘Intruder.’ Some guy named Phil Collins plays drums. This is were Phillip introduced his Big Boom drum sound that we, (and Mike Tyson) liked and mimicked so much on ‘In The Air Tonight.’ But yes, we heard it here first. (Collins was able to produce that sound by placing his drums at the bottom of a long tubular tower with mics at the top.)
Many more highlights on this piece of plastic. ‘No Self Contol, I Don’t Remember, Family Snapshot’,and’ Not One of Us.’
But two other tracks really stand out. ‘Games Without Frontiers’ and the chilling, ‘Biko.’
‘Biko,’ long a concert ender, was a narrative about the brutal slaying of jailed apartheid leader, Stephen Biko.
Musicians here included Tony Levin on bass and stick bass. Jerry Marotta also on drums, David Rhodes on guitar. Kate Bush on vocal and the great, ‘Mr. Synergy,’ Larry Fast on synthesizer and bass synthesizer.
Your 1973 recording of “Selling England by the Pound” is Today’s Cool Album of the Day.
Genesis is one of my favorite bands. Genesis IS my favorite live band. My seeing them at an “Invitation Only: Full Dress Rehearsal Show” for a hand full of people in 2007 will most likely never be topped as a music experience!
‘Selling England By The Pound’ was the penultimate album with Peter Gabriel as their costume wearing front man. He left the machinery two years later after recording and touring for ‘The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.’
“Selling” contains two of my favorite pieces. ‘The Cinema Show’ and ‘Firth of Fifth.’ Both contributing to their live shows for years. Other highlights include ‘Dancing with the Moonlit Knight’ and ‘I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe)”
Viva Genesis! Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 2010.
I’ve always liked musicians that try and do something differently. But I loved musicians that do something differently and actually come up with good music! There IS a difference!!
Laurie Anderson can really be ‘out there’ sometimes. But she has a vision and can bring it to life. Some would refer to her as a ‘minimalist.’ Feel free if pigeonholing is your thing.
Big Science was her first release and I believe, still her most popular.
It was released in 1982 and featured the eight minute haunting track, ‘O Superman (For Massenet).’
She later went on to do some more interesting works with the likes of Peter Gabriel and Adrian Belew.
She has just released a new album on Nonesuch called “Homeland.” Feel free to pick up a copy at your local Ma + Pa record store today!