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by redtunictroll@hotmail.com on 3/15/2008

Vaughn has always been more widely heard for his songs than his own records. Fans of Marshall Crenshaw's "Downtown" LP will know Vaughn as the writer of "I'm Sorry (But So Is Brenda Lee)," and those hip to The Morells' debut find Vaughn's "The Man Who Has Everything" as a centerpiece. His behind-the-scenes production work with Charlie Feathers and on Arthur Alexander's last-ever sessions won him additional critical kudos if not widespread popular fame. Vaughn's showed himself to be a man in love with music every step of the way, and his own releases have been no different. ¶ This 1987 LP was Vaughn's second, combining his love of British Invasion rock 'n' roll, Brill Building pop, Memphis soul, and above all else, an arch sense of humor. Opening with "Jerry Lewis in France," Vaughn turns the Gaul's love of America's clown into a touching love song that equates his top-of-the-world emotions with Lewis, JFK and Phil Spector at their individual peaks. He evokes Stax and Muscle Shoals with the horn chart on "Clothes Don't Make the Man," and his signature "Shingaling With Me" is as good an early-60s New York pop-soul tune as has been written since, well, New York in the early '60s. ¶ Vaughn's vocals are often half-spoken in the manner of Lou Reed, but with a smile, tear or a helping of tongue-in-cheek sarcasm. His low-key delivery is effective whether pining over lost love ("Big House With a Yard"), providing sage advice ("On the Rebound") or confessing his sins ("The Apology Line"), buoyed by the craft of his lyrics and his deftly arranged echoes of musical influences. He steps upbeat for the punchy rock 'n' blues "Gimme Gimme Gimme," swings into side two with the beat-heavy sing-along "She's a Real Scream" and twangs a surf guitar for the instrumental "Desert Boots." ¶ Vaughn re-recorded several of this album's songs for 1992's "Mood Swings," and while some of the later versions actually improve upon the originals (and the entirety of "Mood Swings" is a must-have), it's great to have these originals back in print! [©2008 redtunictroll at hotmail dot com]

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Manufacturer Allegro Corporation
Mfg Part# 5013
SKU 206607383
UPC 617742501322
UPC 14 00617742501322
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