Rock On(Bonus Tracks) CD (2007)

Artist: Del Shannon

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Product Overview


Label Msi Music
SKU 205505803
UPC 805772814721
UPC 14 00805772814721
Format CD
Release Date 9/3/2007
Author Del Shannon
Associated Artist/Work Nelson, Rick
Technical Info
Producer Ian Ringrose (Compilation); Phil Alfrey (Compilation)
CatalogID 8147
Lable Name Acadia
Released 10/30/2007
Original Release 1991
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 55m : 1s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00805772814721
Musical Guests
Mike Campbell
Jeff Lynne
Tom Petty
Phil Jones
Album Notes and Credits
Del Shannon's final album, 1991's Rock On!, is a fitting testament to a great artist who never lost what it was that made him great. The album is passionate, dramatic, emotional, and full of great songs. Most of all it has that amazing voice, and yes, Shannon's majestic voice is as strong as ever here. Check out his growling vocals on "Walk Away," his soaring croon on "I Go to Pieces," or his aching falsetto on "Callin' Out My Name." This is a singer who was still in his prime, maybe not as nimble as he was when he began recording nearly 30 years earlier but he made up for it with more gravity and vulnerability. His songwriting was still strong too. Tunes like "Who Left Who" and "Lost in a Memory" are rooted in the past but not merely recreations of glory days long gone. Country rocker "Let's Dance" even points Shannon toward Dwight Yoakam territory with startlingly good results. The only problem with the record is the somewhat overly scrubbed and processed production by Jeff Lynne and Heartbreaker Mike Campbell that leaves the record sounding exactly like every other record Lynne produced around that time, like Tom Petty's Into the Great Wide Open or the Traveling Wilburys' first. Shannon's voice keeps the record from sounding too sterile; however, he never sounds anything less than 100 percent committed and involved. This isn't some hack playing out the string; this is an important American artist who never really got his due spilling his guts yet again. Word was that Shannon was going to take Roy Orbison's spot in the Wilburys. It is a tragedy that he didn't give himself the chance to be rediscovered like Roy was. He certainly still had it and had it in spades. Anyone who doubts it only needs to listen to any song on this record. Heck, check out "Let's Dance," a bopping country tune that could have been a hit on the country charts. In fact, if you ever dug Shannon at all, you should do yourself a favor and find a copy of Rock On!. You won't regret it; chances are, you'll enjoy it. ~ Tim Sendra
Disc 1
1 Walk Away
2 Who Left Who
3 Are You Lovin' Me Too
4 Callin' Out My Name
5 I Go To Pieces
6 Lost In A Memory
7 I Got You
8 What Kind Of a Fool Do You Think I Am?
9 When I Had You
10 Let's Dance
11 Hot Love - (previously unreleased)
12 One Woman Man
13 Nobody's Business
14 You Don't Know What You've Got (Until You Lose It) - (previously unreleased)
15 Songwriter - (Writer's Demo Recording)
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