10-03-2013 06:24 AM
Altered Beast was one of the best albums of the '90's.
10-03-2013 10:23 AM
I'm really glad that someone out there still liistens to Kevin Salem - Glimmer and Soma City are two of my favorite records - great stuff for driving. They've aged really well, too.
(Matthew Ryan posted something somewhere about KS producing his next record - That'd be perfect. Cool to see he's a fan, too.)
I was doing a lot of cross-coutry driving when those two records came out, and you're right- they're really great road albums. I can't listen to them now without thinking of driving through the southwest. And yeah, they're timeless sounding. No flavor-of-the-month stunt production, just teriffic songwriting, solid playing and great sound courtesy of Niko Bolas behind the board. Salem's third album Ecstatic isn't as strong as the other two but still has its moments.
I've never heard of Matthew Ryan, but I'll have to check him out now!
10-06-2013 06:48 AM - edited 10-06-2013 06:50 AM
Yes, you will like the record. Around this time my good friend worked with MS at Volcano (their other 'big' artist at the time was Tool ... quite a divided staff in the office, in terms of musical taste). Matthew was part of a group of respected musician/songwriters who mostly lived in SoHo, slept with an awful lot of gorgeous and well known women, and were rarely seen during daylight hours.
The musicianship was fantastic, and the shout out to Kevin Salem is good to see. Richard Lloyd and Robert Quine and Ivan Julian were the guitar heroes then.
If you really want to have an album absolutely turn your head inside out, find the first Lloyd Cole solo LP (simply entitled "Lloyd Cole" - the one with the silver painted X over his face). Here's the band lineup on the album:
Matthew Sweet (on bass)
The live version around then added Richard Lloyd; those were some amazing shows. Fred Maher and Cole produced it - literally every single song on that is amazing, and probably some of the best guitar sounds I've ever heard. (edit: should note the production credits include the very talented Paul Hardiman).
I was working at a record label and contemplated putting out a split single where one side was to be a duet Matthew Sweet did with the host of Good Morning America (sue me, forgot her name - was it Katie Couric in 1993?), I recall being surprised at how well he sang on a live show with only a touch of reverb on the mic. Didn't do it because of GMA's endless legal requirements ...
There was an awful lot of drinking, and in the case of Quine, harder things. Cole and Sweet were both total ladies' men, and there was a permeating vibe of decadence, lust, easy music biz money (these were still the days of big advances, LOLOLOLOLOL) and post-Nevermind optimism about an expanded role in culture for what was then 'alternative' music.
At one point I remember seeing Jeff Buckley at the Mercury Lounge (?) and the crowd was probably more famous and 'successful' then he was. If you were a rock star in NY in the early 90's, you went and saw Jeff Buckley sing, headed over to one of a few tiny bars with impossible door policies where you did coke on velvet banquettes and tossed back $20 drinks, and went home with some 20 year old from the Ford Agency who had been plucked off an Iowa farm two months earlier.
10-07-2013 08:01 PM
I like Lloyd Coles first record ..Downtown was great...didnt realize there was so much rock royalty on it.
With a lineup like...
Matthew Sweet (on bass)
I really need to check that record out!
10-08-2013 01:49 AM
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