Monday, August 21, 2017

Jesse Colin Young


Origin: Queens, New York (USA)

JESSE COLIN YOUNG
Jesse Colin Young
Jesse Colin Young
Discography:

Jesse Colin Young [The perfect stranger - 1982] aor melodic rock music blogspot full albums bands lyricsThe perfect stranger - 1982

Notes:

- For a period in the mid-70s (until punk/new wave took its cull), the name of singer-songwriter JESSE COLIN YOUNG was on the lips of Americans: from his East Coast roots to his adopted West Coast residence. Almost horizontally cool, this dude was his nation’s answer to VAN MORRISON or GRAHAM NASH, and an artist that was painfully easy-listening on occasion, despite having a CV that was entrenched in 60s psychedelia and folk-rock courtesy of his leadership of “Get Together” outfit, The YOUNGBLOODS.
Born Perry Miller, November 22, 1941, Queens, NY, “Jesse” was a prodigy of-sorts, a teenager subsequently expelled from the prestigious Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, when honing-in a Greenwich Village coffeehouse-to-bars lifestyle. Not particularly inspirational by any stretch of the imagination, YOUNG’s THE SOUL OF A CITY BOY (1964) {*5} debut was highlighted by `Rye Whiskey’ and Robin Remaily’s `Four In The Morning’, two nice’n’easy country-folk smoothies. Switching from Capitol to Mercury Records for his sophomore YOUNG BLOOD (1965) {*5} disc, YOUNG delivered original songs, alongside MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT’s `Nobody’s Dirty Business’, the traditional `Cotton Eyed Joe’ and jazz-blues staple `Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?’.
Formed in and around the Boston area, although they duly relocated to the sunnier climes of California, The YOUNGBLOODS were a typical 60s flower-power unit; Jesse taking elements from The LOVIN’ SPOONFUL and The BYRDS, with his likeminded compadres, Joe Bauer, Lowell “Banana” Levinger and Jerry Corbitt, complementing gracefully on a handful of compulsive single and LPs.
As The YOUNGBLOODS were about to sign off for good on 1972’s “High On A Ridge Top”, JESSE COLIN YOUNG was already into his third solo release, TOGETHER (also 1972) {*6}, a record taking in a hotch-potch of styles ranging from country-blues to 50s rock’n’roll. Dipping at least one foot in the past, the singer displayed versatility on cuts once the property of CHUCK BERRY (`Sweet Little Sixteen’), WOODY GUTHRIE (`Pastures Of Plenty’), The BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND (`Born In Chicago’), MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT (`Creole Belle’), et al.
Marking his first fully-fledged solo outing, SONG FOR JULI (1973) {*7} brought about a change in YOUNG’s fortunes, its soft-rock philosophy matching his sentimentality (Juli’s his daughter), becoming, in the process, a deserved near-Top 50 breaker. Recorded from his “Ridgetop” hideaway in Marin County, California, the album’s graceful grooves reminded one of summer days listening to VAN MORRISON, albeit with a celebratory twist, via renditions of the bluesy `T-Bone Shuffle’, the Cajun `Lafayette Waltz’ and the country-infused `Jambalaya (On The Bayou)’.
Delivered only a matter of months after his “comeback” fourth set, the Top 40 LIGHT SHINE (1974) {*8} was a tightly-knit record, displaying the jazzy backing-band talents of Scott Lawrence (keyboards), Jeffrey Myer (drums) and, as always, reed-player extraordinaire, Jim Rothermel. Conveying mood swings as changeable as the weather, the 3-minute sunshine song, `Barbados’, was almost eaten up by the prog-ish twist and turns of the 2-part/11-minute, `Grey Day’ – part of the opening `California Suite’. One can almost imagine Old Grey Whistle Test presenter Bob Harris getting all misty-eyed at this piece of beauty, while one’ll never hear another re-imagining of trad-folkie, `The Cuckoo’, as funky as Jesse’s re-vamp.
Finding an audience through his support on CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG’s summer 1974 reunion tour, this YOUNG man peaked commercially (Top 30) with the deliciously romantic SONGBIRD (1975) {*7}. Taking the plight of Native Americans in `Before You Came’, and re-treading old footsteps (`Sugar Babe’ and `Josiane’) from his Youngbloods halcyon days, Jesse maintained a mainstream sound equivalent to that of SEALS & CROFT.
Armed with usual suspects, including wife Suzi (on harmonies) and bassist David Hayes, ON THE ROAD (1976) {*6} cherry-picked some of his best tunes, although self-indulgence was the keyword as much of the live grooves were taken up by a 13-minute rendition of `Ridgetop’, and covers of MARVIN GAYE’s `What’s Going On – Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)’ and RANDY NEWMAN’s `Have You Seen My Baby?’.
Working again with Youngbloods producer Felix Pappalardi, YOUNG was the antithesis of the emerging punk movement in Britain, but that mattered not to his disciples who bought the countri-fied LOVE ON THE WING (1977) {*5}. From his searching reading of Blue Hazelhurst’s title track to his ill-advised cover of another HANK WILLIAMS dirge, `Hey, Good Lookin’’, decreasing sales meant that YOUNG was transferred to Elektra Records.
Singing from the safe and heavenly Hawaiian State (Maui, one imagines), AMERICAN DREAMS (1978) {*4} was Jesse’s slide into sophisti-disco, although political history was at the heart and soul of his autobiographical 17-minute/side-long title track suite; one should avoid embarrassing covers of BUDDY HOLLY’s `Rave On’ and EDDIE FLOYD’s `Knock On Wood’.
When folk dinosaurs had been hit by the big bang that was new wave, YOUNG found it hard to deliver the needed oomph and character needed to separate him from the ageing pack of singer-songwriters; 1982’s THE PERFECT STRANGER {*3} was a run-of-the-mill, session-friendly work, while AOR collaborations with Wendy Waldman and others (plus a weak cover of The BAND’s `Ophelia’), had little to say in an ever-evolving modern market.
Returning from a brief YOUNGBLOODS reunion tour, 1987’s THE HIGHWAY IS FOR HEROES {*5} (for the short-lived Cypress imprint) showed signs of an improvement, albeit one that reprised patchwork oldies such as `When You Dance’, `T-Bone Shuffle’ and `Before You Came’. Almost cast out from former backers and the likes, Jesse founded his own record company, Ridgetop; the 50-something artist clawing back some respect on subsequent sets, MAKIN’ IT REAL (1993) {*5} and SWEPT AWAY (1994) {*6}. His live SWEET WATER (1996) {*6} revisited some of his finest tunes in an “unplugged” style, turning back time and upping the amps for a gospel-grunge take of `Get Together’ (“Nevermind” that NIRVANA had ripped lines for their “Territorial Pissings” in ‘91). Post-millennium, YOUNG pleased his loyal fanbase with the release of a couple of nice-and-easy sets: WALK THE TALK (2003) {*5}, LIVING IN PARADISE (2004) {*4} and the live STANDING ROOM ONLY (2007) {*5}; the latter featuring his backing band Celtic Mambo. -

(http://thegreatrockbible.com/portfolio-item/jesse-colin-young-biography/)



- Jesse Colin Young is an American singer and songwriter. He was a founding member and lead singer of the 1960s group the Youngbloods.

Young was born Perry Miller and raised in Queens. He attended the fourth grade with Art Garfunkel. His mother was a violinist, and his father was an accountant with a strong interest in classical music. When he was 15 years old, Young received a scholarship to Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. He was later expelled from the school.

During the 1960s, while living in the Greenwich Village section of Manhattan, Young released two solo albums, The Soul of a City Boy and Young Blood. He then formed the group the Youngbloods with guitarist Jerry Corbitt, keyboardist and guitarist Lowell "Banana" Levinger, and drummer Joe Bauer. The group's first album contained the song "Get Together", written by Chet Powers, which was re-released as a single in 1969. Young and his band founded Raccoon Records and released four additional albums on that label.

Young left the group in 1972 and released a solo album, Together. His fourth solo album, Song for Juli, released in 1973, produced four singles and remained on the Billboard Top 200 chart for several months. He recorded the albums American Dreams in 1978, The Perfect Stranger in 1982, and The Highway Is for Heroes in 1987.

He continued touring and re-formed the Youngbloods before returning to a solo recording career in 1987. In 1993 he started a recording company, Ridgetop Music.

In September 1979 Young performed in the "No Nukes" concert.

His recording studio and house in Inverness, California, were destroyed in the Mount Vision fire in 1995. Young, his wife and their two children maintained a coffee plantation in Hawaii. -

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesse_Colin_Young)




- Jesse Colin Young got his start as a folksinger in Greenwich Village coffeehouses in the early '60s, releasing two major-label albums, The Soul of a City Boy (April 1964) and Young Blood (March 1965). He met guitarist Jerry Corbitt in Cambridge, MA, and with keyboardist/guitarist Lowell "Banana" Levinger and drummer Joe Bauer, they formed the Youngbloods, initially playing in the jug band, good-time style of the Lovin' Spoonful. Signed to RCA, they released their debut single, Corbitt's "Grizzly Bear," a chart entry, in November 1966, followed by their self-titled debut album in February 1967. The album featured the group's version of Dino Valenti and Bob Cullen's idealistic folk anthem "Get Together," which was released as a single in July and also made the charts. Earth Music (November 1967) followed. By the time of Elephant Mountain (April 1969), they had moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and Corbitt had dropped out. RCA re-released "Get Together" as a single after it was used as in a public-service commercial for the National Council of Christians and Jews, and it became a gold Top Ten hit. The Youngbloods also made the singles charts with Young's songs "Sunlight" (November 1969) and "Darkness, Darkness" (May 1970). Forming their own Raccoon Records label with distribution by Warner Brothers, they released the live albums Rock Festival (October 1970) and Ride the Wind (July 1971), followed by the studio album Good and Dusty (November 1971). Young recorded a solo album, Together (March 1972), and due to its success he disbanded the Youngbloods after their final album, High on a Ridge Top (November 1972). He then made Song for Juli (September 1973), Light Shine (March 1974), Songbird (February 1975), On the Road (April 1976), and Love on the Wing (March 1977), all of which charted in the Top 100. He moved to Elektra Records for the less successful American Dreams (November 1978) and The Perfect Stranger (July 1982). Like most folk-rock singer/songwriters, he was abandoned by the major labels in the '80s, but he continued to tour in an acoustic format, also appearing with a re-formed Youngbloods lineup featuring Corbitt and Banana (Bauer had died) in 1984 and 1985. He returned to recording in 1987 with The Highway Is for Heroes on the short-lived Cypress Records label. He launched his own Ridgetop Music label, releasing Makin' It Real (October 1993), and followed with Swept Away (September 1994), Crazy Boy (1995), a compilation, and Sweetwater (June 1996), a live album. Meanwhile, he had acquired the rights to his Mercury, Warner Brothers, and Elektra albums and began to reissue them. This effort was interrupted by a fire at his home in October 1995 that destroyed some of his album masters. But he pacted with Bean Bag Entertainment, and the reissue program has resumed. -

(http://www.allmusic.com/artist/jesse-colin-young-mn0000331846/biography)

Jesse Colin Young [The perfect stranger - 1982]


Jesse Colin Young [The perfect stranger - 1982]

Origin: Queens, New York (USA)

Jesse Colin Young [The perfect stranger - 1982] aor melodic rock music blogspot full albums bands lyrics

Take a listen on youtube

Line-up:

Jesse Colin Young - Vocals, backing Vocals

Carly Simon - Vocals
Fred Tackett - Guitar
Josh Leo - Guitar
Robben Ford - Guitar
Chris Mickie - Guitar
Dean Parks - Guitar
Steve Lukather - Guitar
Buzzy Feiten - Guitar
Dennis Herring - Guitar
Rick Vito - Guitar
Bob Glaub - Bass
Michael Porcaro - Bass
Art Wood - Drums
Carlos Vega - Drums
Russ Kunkel - Drums
Mark Goldenberg - Synthesizers, guitar
Bill Cuomo - Keyboards, synthesizers, piano
Bill Payne - Piano
Ozzie Ahlers - Synthesizers
Caz Macino - Saxophone
Phil Kenzie - Saxophone
Sheila Escovedo - Tambourine
David Jenkins - Backing Vocals
Timothy B. Schmit - Backing Vocals


Tracks:

1. The Perfect Stranger
2. Fight for It
3. Ophelia
4. Fire on the Water
5. Long Nights Coming
6. Jamie
7. Night School
8. On the Edge
9. The Cross and the Gun
10. The Hawk

Monday, August 14, 2017

Giant: Stay [lyrics]


Giant: Stay [lyrics]

Giant

Stay


Hey little girl, it's not that bad
I said some things I know I shouldn't have
But they're just the careless words of a jealous man
Hey little girl, can't you see
Through the tears in your eyes, what you're doin' to me
I won't share your love, oh don't you understand
But you've still got time to change your mind

So won't you stay till the end, don't walk away tonight
I won't give you up, I'm gonna stand here and fight
Won't you stay till the end, forget about the past
'Cause I know our love will last

Hey little girl, can you still recall
When it was just you and me with our backs to the wall
We could take on the world because our hearts were strong
Hey little girl, you say things have changed
But I say they're just part of love's growing pains
You gotta fight for who you want, fight for who you love, oh yeah
'Cause it's a long way home when you're all alone

So won't you stay till the end, don't walk away tonight
I won't give you up, no, I'm gonna stand here and fight
So won't you stay till the end, forget about the past
I'll never let you down, I'll always be around baby
I'll never leave you lonely, cryin' for love

Oh you still got time, still got time to change your mind
Don't let it fall, fall apart, baby, search your heart

So won't you stay till the end, don't walk away tonight
I won't give you up, I'm gonna stand here and fight
Won't you stay till the end, forget about the past
'Cause I know our love will last
And won't you stay till the end, I need you here tonight
Oh baby, make it right

Giant


Origin: Nashville, Tennessee (USA)

GIANT
Giant Dann Huff - David Huff - Alan Pasqua - Mike Brignardello
Dann Huff - David Huff - Alan Pasqua - Mike Brignardello
Discography:

Giant [Last of the runaways - 1989] aor melodic rock music blogspot full albums bands lyricsLast of the runaways - 1989 (with lyrics)
Giant [Time to burn - 1992] aor melodic rock music blogspot full albums bands lyricsTime to burn - 1992 (with lyrics)

Notes:

- Giant is an American melodic hard rock band that was formed in 1987. The band consisted of founding members Dann Huff (lead vocals & guitar) and Alan Pasqua (keyboard), and had Dann's brother David Huff on drums and Mike Brignardello on bass. The Huff brothers were part of the founding members of the Christian rock band White Heart.

The band scored one hit, the 1990 power ballad "I'll See You In My Dreams", written by Alan Pasqua and Mark Spiro.

Giant disbanded in the early 90s after recording two albums, but resurfaced in 2000 minus Alan Pasqua and released the album III in late 2001.

In December 2009, it was announced by Frontiers Records that they will be releasing Giant's latest album Promise Land in 2010. Writing for the album started in April 2009 and will include Terry Brock (Strangeways, Seventh Key) on lead vocals and John Roth (Winger) on guitars. Dann Huff will not be a part of the band due to his busy schedule but has co-written seven songs and guested on guitar on two. The release dates were February 26, 2010 for Europe and March 9, 2010 for the US. -

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_(band))



- After recording two unsuccessful albums with the Christian rock group White Heart during the early '80s, guitarist/vocalist Dann Huff found refuge in session work, eventually becoming one of the most requested, reliable, and versatile players in the business. But after years backing everyone from Michael Jackson to Amy Grant, Huff decided to give it one more go fronting his own band, forming Giant with his brother David on drums, Alan Pasqua on keyboards, and Mike Brignardello on bass. They eventually signed with A&M Records and released 1989's Last of the Runaways, which featured a melodic hard rock sound and yielded a Top 20 hit with "I'll See You in My Dreams." Record sales were sluggish however, and the band found themselves on a new label, Epic, for 1991's Time to Burn. Slightly more aggressive than its predecessor, the album still failed to advance their career, and the band soon dissolved. Dan Huff eventually returned to session work, appearing on albums by Shania Twain and Michael W. Smith while also producing several records for metal giants Megadeth. -




- Originating from Nashville, USA, Giant developed in the mid-80s when seasoned session guitarist Dann Huff (15 November 1960, Nashville, Tennessee, USA) met with keyboard player Alan Pasqua on various projects, notably Whitesnake’s 1987 album. However, it was not until 1988 that Giant evolved into a fully fledged unit, with Huff’s younger brother, David, joining as drummer and Mike Brignardello on bass (the Huff brothers had formerly been in partnership as part of Christian rockers White Heart). By this time, Dann Huff had taken on lead vocal duties after an unsuccessful search for a suitable singer. Candidates for the job had included the highly successful songwriter and backing vocalist, Tom Kelly. Giant signed to A&M Records in 1988 and released their debut album, Last Of The Runaways, in the USA in 1989, a potent brew of hard rock, strong on melody and presentation. It included the Top 10 hit single, ‘I’ll See You In My Dreams’. The success of the album and single in the USA and impressive sales on import in the UK prompted A&M to give Last Of The Runaways a European release in 1990, to a moderate degree of success. This was followed by a series of highly acclaimed club dates around the UK. In 1991, Huff, Pasque and Brignardello played together on Amy Grant’s Heart In Motion, and prepared material for a new album. However, Time To Burn did not feature Pasqua, and though it was again critically lauded, soon after its release Epic, to whom Giant had transferred, dropped the band. -




- GIANT was one of the few really good bands that emerged from the music scene of the late 80s and early 90s that seemed to know how to write and to perform, and in my opinion, should have received more notoriety than they did. “Session supergroup” Giant was formed in 1987, consisted by singer/guitarist Dann Huff (White Heart, Peter Cetera, Lou Gramm, etc.), his brother David (White Heart, Ron Collins, David and the Giants, etc.) on drums, bassist Mike Brignardello (Van Zant, Mitch Malloy) and Alan Pasqua (Eddie Money, Van Stephenson, Rick Springfield, Stan Bush, etc.) on keyboards.

“Last Of the Runaways” was the debut that captured the intensity of Dann Huff’s tremendous voice and his impressive songwriting. This debut album brought back the polished arena rock of the late 70s early 80s, and was a nice alternative when at the time the rock scene was dominated mostly by glam metal. Every song on this album is totally listenable, if that’s even a word. The music is so well balanced between vocals and instruments that you can actually enjoy the singing without being bowled over by overly dramatic instrumentation. These session guys combining elements of the wildly popular hair metal sound with a more accessible pop edge while the album is amongst the best produced of the 80s hard rock.

Dann Huff’s guitar playing is superb and Alan Pasqua’s keyboards are subtle and melodic, while the rhythm section is tight and powerful. “I’ll See You in my Dreams” was the biggest hit, simply sensational and full of true and strong emotions, written by Alan Pasqua and Mark Spiro, but there are many gems here like the upbeat opener “I’m a Believer”, that made me fall in love with this album. Just listen to the opening guitar solo and you’ll understand what I mean. A surefire opener, along with the catchy anthem “Shake Me Up”, the Huff’s brothers blows a sweeping rhythm like an incoming hurricane ready to wreck everything. The mid tempo “It Takes Two” and the power ballad “Love Welcome Home” are a huge contender to the hit, a slow tempo predictable ballads but contained a heartfelt humming that’s hard to resist. “Innocent Days” is a killer track that is the best on the album and when you think you’re already listening to the main hook, the song unexpectedly reaches yet another level. Things really get going again with the brilliant moody rocker “Stranger to Me” having a brooding solo that absolutely smokes while on “Hold Back the Night” the guitar playing is fabulous, a massive stadium rocker with a hook laden chorus that should have scored a high chart position. Things slow down a little with the moody “I Can’t Get Close Enough”, while on “No Way Out” there’s a bluesy and funky style having great groove. The last track “The Big Pitch” is another party rocker featuring a catchy chorus and bumpy solos and a great way to end the album.

Songs like these never die and as music changes through the years, songs like these only get better and better when we look back on them. Last of the Runaways is one of the all time great melodic rock albums and anyone interested in AOR/melodic rock must add this album to their collection. -

Giant [Last of the runaways - 1989]


Giant [Last of the runaways - 1989]

Origin: Nashville, Tennessee (USA)

Giant [Last of the runaways - 1989] aor melodic rock music blogspot full albums bands lyrics

Take a listen on youtube

Line-up:

Dann Huff - Vocals, guitar
Mike Brignardello - Bass, backing vocals
David Huff - Drums, backing vocals
Alan Pasqua - Keyboards, backing vocals

Additional musicians:

Lea Hart - Backing vocals
Peter Howarth - Backing vocals
Terry Thomas - Backing vocals


Tracks:

1. I'm a Believer lyrics
2. Innocent Days lyrics
3. I Can't Get Close Enough lyrics
4. I'll See You in my Dreams lyrics
5. No Way Out lyrics
6. Shake Me Up lyrics
7. It Takes Two lyrics
8. Stranger to Me lyrics
9. Hold Back the Night lyrics
10. Love Welcome Home lyrics
11. The Big Pitch lyrics

Giant [Time to burn - 1992]


Giant [Time to burn - 1992]

Origin: Nashville, Tennessee (USA)

Giant [Time to burn - 1992] aor melodic rock music blogspot full albums bands lyrics

Take a listen on youtube

Line-up:

Dann Huff - Vocals, guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
Mike Brignardello - Bass, backing vocals
David Huff - Drums, percussion, backing vocals
Alan Pasqua - Keyboards, backing vocals

Additional musicians:

Robert Johnson - Backing vocals
Van Stephenson - Backing vocals
Terry Thomas - Backing vocals


Tracks:

1. Thunder and Lightning lyrics
2. Chained lyrics
3. Lay it on the Line lyrics
4. Stay lyrics
5. Lost in Paradise lyrics
6. Smoulder (instrumental)
7. Time to Burn lyrics
8. I'll be There (When It's Over) lyrics
9. Save Me Tonight lyrics
10. Without You lyrics
11. Now Until Forever lyrics
12. Get Used to It lyrics

 
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