Friday, August 26, 2016

Vince Ebo-Love Is The Better Way (1992)


ORIGINAL POSTING DATE: August 26, 2016

What better way is there to spend the last few minutes of leisure time on my Friday evening than to tune into some uplifting music.....and make a blog post about it while I'm at it? It's been a while since I selected something to share from the Christian Contemporary Music catalog, but a recent request motivated me to shine the spotlight on a name that much of the popular music world may not be too familiar with: Vince Ebo. The late gospel singer managed to release only one solo album—"Love Is The Better Way"—before his untimely passing ended singing career; I thought it would be a nice gesture to keep both his spirit and his music alive more than two decades later. And wonderful music it is, combining a terrific upbeat r&b sound with meaningful lyrics that speak to your mind and to your heart. "Forgiven" kicks off this praise party in a dynamite way! It's a song off rejoicing and liberation, reminding you that the best in life is yet to come. The vocals are outstanding—from Vince leading the way to the soulful collective voices of the backing choir. Advice for everyone is given on the title track right after, which is the first place where Vince shows off his remarkable talent for reaching the high soaring stratosphere of his singing range. It's a funky jazz party amidst the praises on "Make It Work (Vincenzo's Groove)". Confidence and optimism about bringing people together and making good things happen—I miss hearing songs like this that combine good fun with a good motivational message. Here's something that might rock you world: "I Will Not Be Shaken". You'll know as soon as you take in the intense, dark intro before the main beat even steps in that this will be one mighty powerful song. Amidst the booming beat and the edginess provided by the rock guitar accompaniment adds to the edginess are Vince's words of being changed and rearranged and standing firm for what he is and what he believes in. My favorite part of this jam: the collective background vocalists who are large and in charge when they chant 'I will not be shaken'. He pauses for a few tender minutes on the touching piano piece, "These Are The Questions", to cry out to anyone who will listen to his concerns; it's an excellent place to enjoy hearing him solo, loud and crystal clear. Though the absolute best place to take in Vince's strong vocal prowess is on "It's Over". At first glance, it might seem like the song will be about something dismal and bleak—the stillness of the orchestral overture in the prelude beforehand even suggests that—but the words tell the triumphant story of how he''s been liberated and set free&; it's a truly majestic performance with a colossal finish! Reinforcing that triumph is "Real Love" and a favorite of mine, " Long Time Comin' " (being cut loose from the ball and chain that has you bound is well enough reason to celebrate in victory) before he reiterates that love is a better way on the simply titled concluding track, where he shows off that high soaring voice of his (it's so beautiful how he sings 'sweet, sweet love') one last time:

1. Forgiven
2. Love Is The Better Way
3. Make It Work (Vincenzo's Groove)
4. I Will Not Be Shaken
5. These Are The Questions
6. Why?
7. It's Over (Prelude)
8. It's Over
9. Real Love
10. Long Time Comin'
11. Love

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Pebbles-Always (1990)


ORIGINAL POSTING DATE: August 25, 2016

It's always a pleasure whenever me and my ears are in attendance back at the old school, and for my latest music-listening session, I got re-schooled by the familiar but never-forgotten voice who made "Mercedes Boy" a memorable hit in 1988. And now a new collection of hits to deposit into my musical memory bank; I can't say that I recall having ever tuned in to anything here on this pop-tastic Pebbles sophomore effort. Spent over ten minutes indulging in the sizzilingly sassy opener that is "Giving You The Benefit". Benefit of the doubt, that is, as the song turns out to be about the games of love and all the tricks that often go along with it. Love the attitude she boasts throughout—'don't give me no lip', she warns at one point—and hearing the guys on backup barking 'work! work!' add a powerful punch to push her point across. Praises to the production crew for crafting the cool beats here, especially for serving up the extended closeout sequence so that the listener can enjoy jammin' along for an extra minute or two. Which is surely why they included a special club mix at the very end; of course, I had to jump down to play that right after the non-mixed original had finished. Pebbles has some sound advice for all the ladies on "Backyard": if you see somebody standing in your backyard, they're out to get your man. Be on your best game and don't let them in the house, because she has a plan and she'll take your man. Then she reminds us about the mystery of love and that love just has a way of developing beyond all control on the follow-up, "Love Makes Things Happen". Praises to the production for the second time on "Say A Prayer For Me", which is all the total dance-pop jam that both "Giving You The Benefit" and "Backyard" definitely are! And as with the opener, the flurry of extended beats in the final movements makes for additional ear candy. Here's something sweet to savor: the "Why Do I Believe?" prelude, a starry and twinkly instrumental that indicated the actual full-length vocal version a couple of tracks later would be the most beautiful listen. And it is—"Why Do I Believe?" is one of those dreamy ballad pieces that Pebbles performs so well these ballads well; had me thinking about a similar tune from her self-titled debut: "Give me Your Love". Even more satisfying sweetness to be enjoyed on this album's title track, a comforting, sunny five-and-a-half minutes of sincere eternal dedication whose fabulous hook of a chorus grows an grows until it bubbles over with heart-stirring emotion. You get the sugar with a touch of spice on "Stay With Me"—the sweet being the twinkly melody and chords with the zing coming from the touch of funky r&b mixed into the groove. It instantly brought back fond memories of those magical 80's love songs while causing me to feel something enchanting about her delivery of the words of sincerity that throw a blanket of unity and togetherness over the music. Time to jam again on "Give It To Me", where her bold and direct message of wanting some of that good lovin' is made crystal clear, and "Good Thang", where that same big and bold attitude boasted on "Giving You The Benefit" is demonstrated here as she tells her lover not to mess up the good that they have going on by doing everything bad. Through good times and bad times, you'll have a blast of a time with this album just as I did.....and I believe that will always be the case:

1. Giving You The Benefit
2. Backyard
3. Love Makes Things Happen
4. Say A Prayer For Me
5. Why Do I Believe? (Prelude)
6. Give It To Me
7. Why Do I Believe?
8. Always
9. Stay With Me
10. Good Thang
11. Giving You The Benefit (Extended Club Mix)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

MYSTIQUE-Love, Mystique (1990)


ORIGINAL POSTING DATE: August 23, 2016

Soul music fans are gonna love this one! Showing off some more of my music magic tonight with the alluring sounds of the trio that called itself MYSTIQUE, not to be confused with the British girl group whose name sounds the same but is spelled differently—MIS-TEEQ. With this whole 'mystic' theme going on, I must say that I am quite 'mystified' that this latest listen of mine had not yet graced my ears until this particular date and time of my life-long soul music journeys. Nevertheless, this small gathering of tunes here took me back once again to my childhood years when soul music was so captivating to me. It's the best of two worlds—the throw-down jams and the slow-down jams; something with a funky swing to get you up, and something with a chilled groove to make you relax. "Bust A Move" sees the trio busting out with the bold message that you can't make a move on someone unless you show what you got first, all backed by a big-time beat that just might make you bust a few moves of your own! And while I'm talking about busting moves, I will go ahead and highlight the other one whose beats are tailor made to get you movin' to the music: "Ready Or Not", the big and bold message here that you gotta get that good lovin' while it's still hot. Though the biggest draw here that will make you "Love, Mystique" is their excellence in delivering the slow jams, demonstrated to perfection first on "Anything For You" (this wonderful groove totally captures the 80's quiet storm spirit; I miss these simple soul songs), followed by "Falling In Love", the most beautiful of love songs that is "I Love You So" (you can feel the blanket of romantic warmth in their collectively heavenly, soaring vocals; they could not have expressed those words with any more tenderness and passion) and, my personal favorite, "We Made It Happen", which instills feelings of happiness with their words of romantic triumph. There's a special treat awaiting your ears at the very end: "Salute To Delfonics" medley. Was already looking forward to listening as soon as my eyes scanned the title. As those closest to me in my music circles already know, I am like the ultimate cover songs lover. So that, coupled with the late-80's sound I recognized in the production of this album, can only equate to music bliss for me! Recognized the first DELFONICS hit of the medley,: "La La Means I Love You". Then I recognized the last one: "Didn't I Blow Your Mind?" The others I'm not too familiar with, but in hearing the trio's delivery and the arrangement, I can hear echoes of THE DELFONICS singing along with them in the background. So fitting that they concluded the medley with "Didn't I Blow Your Kind?", because this whole "Love, Mystique" album will blow the soul music lover's mind indeed:

1. Bust A Move
2. Anything For You
3. Ready Or Not
4. Falling In Love
5. I Love You So
6. We Made It Happen
7. Salute To Delfonics (Medley)

Monday, August 22, 2016

Audrey Landers-Love Me Tender (1990)


ORIGINAL POSTING DATE: August 22, 2016

I had so many music-listening options available for me and my ears to indulge in tonight—music I've heard a gazillion times, music I've heard a few times, music I've just listened to within the past few days, and music completely new to me. I went for the fourth category this time, and for that, I picked out something delivered to me personally that I was sure would satisfy and quench my recent 80's music thirst. Returning to "The Music Spectrum" for her second feature presentation in over five years is Audrey Landers, the former star of the long-time-running television series, "Dallas", with her 1990 album, "Love Me Tender", which was also released under the German title, "Meine Träume Für Dich". Love and tenderness—that is the theme that reigns supreme on this lovely forty-five minutes of musical delight, which begins and concludes with the bookend instrumental piano snippets that do indeed get me into a tender, peaceful mood. When the music officially starts with the cheerful glee of "Sun Of Jamaica", I was all smiles, the festive, ethnic rhythm warming my senses and every part of my soul. It's always nice to hear these kinds of colorful tunes that escape from the confines of the normal mainstream sound for a spell. And it was even nicer just to be back in tune with Audrey's sweet, sunshiny voice, which I hadn't heard since enjoying her 1988 album, "Secrets". I was enamored with the follow-up ballad, "Angelo"; I just like hearing her singing the name of her Spanish lover—Angelo—over and over throughout, which is an alluring moment by itself. "For The Rest Of My Life" represents the album's first perfectly-80's-sounding pop pleasure, with the very Italo-disco-sounding "Shadows Of Love" coning right afterwards to provide even more pop punch for your ears. It was when I got to the moving ballad, "Coming Thru The Storm", that my senses were wide awakened: the starry arrangement, coupled with Audrey's earnest words of being the calming arms within her lover's dark, raging tempest—romantically perfect! Then I found every song thereafter to be magical and seemed to touch me in a special way. "Listen To Your Heart" is a simple song, but has such a catchy hook—'love is the rhythm, we are the rhyme', as she sings in the chorus—that it instantly had me missing the good ole 80's! The heart is still listening with "Hand On My Heart", which is one that whisks me off to a special, dreamy place deep within the corners of my peaceful mind with Audrey's lofty vocals and the children in the background delivering the inspirational words in unison against the majestic music; it was a song I really need to hear. She dreamed about a Spanish lover named Angelo on the third track, but there's another Spanish man who she has a heart for on Track #9's "Fernando". Now THIS is the most beautiful song that I've heard within the past week! I knew I'd love it the very moment I took in the glittery, majestic opening instrumentals accented by the marching drum beat, but would love it even more as the song progressed, even finding some familiarity with the way her voice purrs over 'Fernando' so romantically. The music makes me so happy that I could listen on and on forever! Of course, I'm already planning to treat my ears to many more replays of this gem in the days ahead..... Although my heart was still with Fernando, there was enough room moments later to invite inside the next offering, "Shine A Light", another pleasantly sunny listen whose simple lyrics and simple theme of love being the light that shines down on her make it so easy to like. Really, my heart's gonna stay with this whole entire "Love Me Tender" album for a long while, and I know that my heart is in the right place when I make that statement:

1. Love Me Tender (Intro)
2. Sun Of Jamaica
3. Angelo
4. For The Rest of My Life
5. Shadows Of Love
6. Coming Thru The Storm
7. Listen To Your Heart
8. Hand On My Heart
9. Fernando
10. Shine A Light
11. Pieces Of My Heart
12. Still Dreams To Dream
13. Love Me Tender (Reprise)

Friday, August 19, 2016

GROUP 87-A Career In Dada Processing (1984)


ORIGINAL POSTING DATE: August 19, 2016

Here's even more proof that I'm forever the ultimate salt for all things 80's music. It was a day of celebration earlier this summer when a friend from India acquired the album which contained a memorable ambient instrumental song that he'd heard years and years ago while visiting a museum in his native country. A long journey it was for him, and I had accompanied him on that long journey for the past six years, trying my best to assist in helping him track down that elusive instrumental. As I awaited word from him on the complete details to how his life-long music mystery finally got solved, I'd taken some time over the past few days to treat my ears to that said album: "A Career In Dada Processing" (note the spelling of 'Dada' with a 'D' instead of a 'T' there), a collection of ambient electronic tunes crafted by a trio of producers who collectively called themselves GROUP 87. I was already in love with their work the moment the opening track, "Postcard From The Volcano", played through my headphone speakers. Fond memories of those nature videos I always had to watch in elementary school and middle school science class immediately came rushing into my mind, as the music does indeed remind me of those tracks often heard on such educational television programs as "Nova", which aired on America's PBS network back in the day. There's a distinctively 80's synthpop pop kick beneath the layers of instrumental soundscapes that I find especially appealing here. It would be the follow-up track, "Pleasure In Progress", that I would recognize as the elusive instrumental piece to the puzzle that my Indian friend had been trying to solve. The soothing electronic ambiance on this one is the best, and brought back even more of those fond sixth-grade science class videos! How coincidental that the track would be entitled as such, because as I plan to have continued listens to it, it really is a 'pleasure in progress'! Though some of the nicest output to enjoy in this data processing center is the slower-tempo arrangements of "Angel And Obelisks", "Lough Erim's Mist" (a very short, tranquil peace to whisk the mind away) and my favorite, "The Death Of Captain Nemo", which is quite the suspenseful, epic adventure that makes me think about "The Phantom Of The Opera", those levels from the classic "Castlevania" video game series, or just any number of Gothic vampire movies. Then there's one that simply makes me happy: "The Mask Maker". Playing in sync with the electronically synthesized rhythm is the merriest of trumpet melodies that sweetens my senses for a full four minutes. Haven't ever considered a career in 'dada processing'? Well now may be a good time to change your career path and make new connections in your professional music-listening endeavors:

1. Postcard From The Volcano
2. Pleasure In Progress
3. The Mask Maker
4. The Apple Bites Back
5. Lough Erin's Mist
6. A Career In Dada Processing
7. Angels And Obelisks
8. The Death Of Captain Nemo

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Lena Philipsson-Talking In Your Sleep (1988)


ORIGINAL POSTING DATE: August 18, 2016

Sleep is overrated; once I've had just about enough of it, I consider myself well-rested and get right back up and get busy doing something.....like enjoying some good music, perhaps? A short nap after a revitalizing walk in the park was all I needed to be re-energized and re-focused this evening, and I chose to focus that energy on this latest guilty pop pleasure that comes courtesy of a fellow 80's music lover's request. "Talking In Your Sleep" in the first English studio album by Swedish singer Lena Philipsson; more precisely, it's her first album that features English language tracks, as songs on this album are also recorded in her native Scandinavian tongue. So a bit of a cultural exposition for me in addition to the 80's throwback party I enjoyed the moment the opening title track graced my ears. Of course, me being the ultimate covers song lover, I had assumed initially—in the days before I claimed my copy of this copy—that her recording of "Talking In Your Sleep" would be a pop remake of the memorable hit crafted by THE ROMANTICS back in 1984. Wrong this time, however, but the music is oh so right, as I immediately found the lofty, dreamy air of the music, coupled with Lena's sweet vocals, to be pleasing nonetheless. Interestingly, the lyrics to Lena's version share the same theme as that ROMANTICS favorite: somebody's talking in their sleep and revealing all of the secrets that they keep. Only the alternate arrangement of the beat and the song's cuddly, wrapped-up-in-a-blanket sound make it different. "Ain't It Just The Way" is one of those soft ballads that grows on me and gets nicer and nicer as it moves along.....and one of those that surely would have been 80's soft rock radio perfect. Pop perfect is the follow-up: "The Key". It's jams like these that always make me all giddy and excited about the 80's all over again! The delightful jump in the rhythm is an instant allure, with parts of the arrangement to the chorus reminding me of Madonna's "Where's The Party?". Another interesting coincidence with me bringing Madonna into the discussion, as the lyrics to this song—Lena singing about a man who's got the key to open her heart and unlock her love—are strikingly similar to those heard on Madonna's hit, "Open Your Heart", where the Material Girl sings about herself holding the lock while the man turns the key. Taking a more low-key approach is Lena on the next English offering, "Never Is A Long Time". Despite the peaceful air about this particularly soothing listen, her words of 'no mercy for the aching' offer up a somewhat melancholy message that hints at subtle loneliness. "What Do You Know?": now here's a real 80's pop party nicely wrapped up into a catchy three-and-a-half-minute package! I was caught right off the bat with the backup vocalists delivering the title lyrics in the chorus, then the bouncy, slightly funky beat. "The Key" had been my #1 favorite going into this jam, but by the time those three-and-a-half-minutes were over, "What Do You Know?" slid into first place! Lena' confesses that she's a fool for love on "I'm A Fool", which too becomes irresistibly catchy before long with the way her sweet, almost girly voice rises up on her delivery of 'fool' in the chorus. While she decides that it's time for her to leave and stop being the sucker of the love game on that one, she decides to give that man the ultimate love ultimatum on the concluding cut, "Take It Or Leave It". A perfectly pop-tastic way to end a pop-tastic album, despite the choice she gives of the man staying with her through the night or saying good-bye forever leaving an air of negativity adrift. As for the Swedish language tracks, they're all a fun listen as well, especially "Säg, Säg, Säg", with its perky bounce and sweetly jazzed up backing instrumentals, "I Varje Spegel" and "Sommarnatt"—the latter two whose excellent hooks made me wish that I was at least somewhat fluent in the Swedish language. But not being able to understand the words to these Swedish tracks is not gonna cause me to lose any sleep.....just as I know that the other 80's music lovers out there who had been wanting this "Talking In Your Sleep" album won't be losing any more sleep about it either:

1. Talking In Your Sleep
2. Säg, Säg, Säg
3. Ain't It Just The Way
4. The Key
5. I Varje Spegel
6. Never Is A Long Time
7. Om Igen
8. Sommarnatt
9. Jag Kan, Jag Vill
10. What Do You Know?
11. I'm A Fool
12. Vem Skall Sova Över
13. Take It Or Leave It

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

René Froger-You're My Everything (1989)


ORIGINAL POSTING DATE: August 17, 2016

Returning my focus back to the 'R' entries in my music collection sees me getting reacquainted with one of the four voices of the Dutch pop group called TOPPERS. Ever since my eyes and ears got treated to a live TOPPERS concert where the group performed a wonderful medley that included their cover of the Bruce Channel classic, "Hey Baby", I've found myself getting attached to each of the individual members. Gerard Joling currently reigns supreme as the TOPPERS member whom I've followed the most, but I have a feeling that fellow member René Froger will offer some heavy competition in the days ahead. An old playlist of mine somehow contained a song that I didn't remember from René's second solo album until I enjoyed it again today: "Are You Ready For Loving Me?". Enjoyed, I truly did, as the instantly-recognizable PWL dance beat—at least it sounds like a PWL production—had me all smiles and remembering why I still love 80's pop music so much. That PWL connection—it had to be the reason why I saved it to that old playlist in the first place. Besides the beat, the song just makes me feel good, the catchy chorus full of such charming questions as 'do you want to spend the night with me?' and 'do you wanna have a good time?'. Had to play this one first to satisfy my curiosity, and then it was back to the proper beginning with "Back On My Feet Again", which has a warming, feel-good air about it itself. As I began listening to the title track, I'd concluded that René has the distinctively gentlemanly voice of a true romantic crooner that is especially well-suited for the starry love songs; "To Make My Life Beautiful" (he certainly has a dazzling flair for the poetics here) led me to draw the same conclusion. I may not have noticed that with him singing alongside Gerard Joling and company in that live TOPPERS concert I watched, but I surely hear it now! Though it's when that voice of his becomes a powerful force, rising and soaring into the high heavens with the utmost passion, that I became completely sold. It was first on "How Do I Stop Loving You?", which starts off as a light piano ballad before it emerges into an awesome, grand performance; you can't help but to be touched and affected by his earnest yet saddening words all throughout. "The Water Is Wide" was the next selling point, which also begins as a soft piano ballad and features some of the most beautiful orchestra overtures you'll hear. His voice is no beautiful against the starry instrumentals, and that extra special touch is added at the end with the unified whispering voices singing the title lyrics at the very end. Then that third major selling point was represented by "Until Tomorrow", which is THE most epic of ballads that will have your ears and your heart hanging on every word, just as he earnestly promises to hang on to the woman he loves for a little while longer before he has to depart from her forever—a truly breathtaking masterpiece! The simplicity of "Ordinary People" makes this album's sixth track a pleasing place to rest your ears; the simple story about simple people with simple desires, put to a simply warming, fuzzy sound, is simple enough for me. Simply lovely is my #1 favorite, "Memories Don't Leave Like People Do". Besides the song's colorful musical arrangement, which features a slight touch of reggae in the hop to the rhythm, there are some excellent, meaningful words of wisdom being preached. Memories are permanent while friends come and go as they please&mash;that is the primary message of the songwriter. Simply short and sweet is another one that takes brings back more of those warm PWL pop memories: "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon". Then simply appropriate for concluding this album is the sunny walk in the park that is "Daydreamer", where his constant thoughts about being with a perfect lover make for a perfect three minutes of listening pleasure:

1. Back On My Feet Again
2. You're My Everything
3. To Make My Life Beautiful
4. Memories Don't Leave Like People Do
5. How Do I Stop Loving You
6. Ordinary People
7. Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon
8. The Water Is Wide
9. Back Where We Started From
10. If I Never Sing Another Song
11. Until Tomorrow
12. Are You Ready For Loving Me
13. Daydreamer

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Glen Burtnick-Heroes & Zeroes (1987)


ORIGINAL POSTING DATE: August 16, 2016

With my mind having wandered back into the awesome 80's again, I felt it was a perfect time to dig up something else from my favorite decade that was influenced by a recent new music recommendation, among many. Despite my love for 80's hair-band rock and my fairly widespread knowledge of a pretty big chunk of artists from that category, Glen Burtnick's "Heroes & Zeroes" served as one more good reminder that there's still an even bigger chunk of 80's rock that I've yet to make an impact on with my music listenings, No recollection whatsoever of exactly how and when I got acquainted this rocker, although I realized I had already featured his "Talking In Code" album here at "The Music Spectrum" a couple of years ago. Then I'd completely forgotten Glen was a long-time member of the legendary rockin' bunch called STYX, another hair-band that I've largely missed out on over the years. Somewhere down the road—perhaps in the immediate foreseeable future, even—I'll have to break out a STYX album or two; in the meantime, I broke more new ground in the bottomless cavern of 80's rock with this second Glen Burtnick effort. Those gritty-voiced rockers—they're always the best, and that's why my ears and I had been immediately impressed listening to his first album, "Talking In Code", just as I was immediately impressed upon taking in this album's energetic opener, "Follow You". The absolute perfect classic 80's rock jam to get the juices flowing—that's what "Follow You" is. Everything's gonna be alright if he follows the one he loves, as he states throughout, and everything I love about 80's rock was right on point with the big hook and Glen's loud, soaring vocals leading the way. "Spinning My Wheels" keeps those rockin' engines running; it's one where I found Glen's wild and roaring vocals to be an exceptional highlight! There are always those rock jams that are totally fun and totally capture the spirit of the carefree 80's. "Stupid Boys" is one of them, whose words of 'stupid boys and stupid girls are all around the world' being suckers for love speak the absolute truth about the whole game of love that's still being played by millions all across the globe today. "Heard It On The Radio" is a second one; it is indeed like the perfect classic 80's rock jam to hear through the radio speakers while driving around in your car, thanks largely due to the extremely catchy hook featuring the collective background voices singing title lyrics over and over. Then there's "Abalene", a very delightful song about a special woman that is beautifully arranged with its more softer, easy-listening approach. It had occurred to me while listening that songs about women was a recurring theme back in my favorite decade amongst rock bands. And why not? They were often a huge success. Keeping me and my ears hooked to this album further were the respectively catchy hooks of "Walls Came Down" and "Love Goes On", but nothing dug its hooks any deeper inside of me than the terrific gem that is "Here Comes Sally". Shades of that 60's punk era can be heard amidst the high-tempo, energetic beat, which has a skippy, happy-go-lucky vibe about it that makes me happy while taking in the tale of a potentially troublesome woman who has suddenly popped up back into the songwriter's life. And that glitzy sound of the jingly keyboard accompaniment, plus the instrumental break midway through featuring the harmonica and the banging drums? Very, very nice! A surprise for my ears stepped in with the concluding cut, "The Day Your Ship Gets Thru". Was immediately impressed with Glen's mellow, soothing acapella in what beings as a tender, piano ballad (I found the lush harmony of the backup vocalists added even more sweetness to the song's already sweet story) before the music suddenly shifts with the loud rock guitars screaming throughout the closeout sequence. Glen Burtnick: he's all the 80's rock hero and a whole lot more than zero:

1. Follow You
2. Spinning My Wheels
3. Walls Came Down
4. Stupid Boys
5. Love Goes On
6. Heard It On The Radio
7. Abalene
8. Here Comes Sally
9. Scattered
10. The Day Your Ship Gets Thru