RANDY MEISNER – Randy Meisner [Digitally Remastered] (2016)
Considered cult classics among smooth AOR aficionados, British label BGO has just released a 2-in-1 CD of both RANDY MEISNER most successful albums remastered with pristine quality. Founding member of Poco and The Eagles alongside Glenn Frey & Don Henley, Meisner formally quit the band in September 1977 for a solo career.
Released in 1982, “Randy Meisner” is the third solo studio album (and the second self-titled) by Randy Meisner, his final solo album to-date.
According to the era, “Randy Meisner” is the more AOR album from this talented musician, with a sound & style typically first half of the ’80s.
Just check opener ‘Never Been In Love’, a true AOR track from the verses to the catchy chorus, including top session musicians providing a solid musical back-up plus a glossy production.
‘Jealousy’ is plenty of synth / keyboard flourishes, and Meisner does his version of Bryan Adams ‘Tonight’ with a midtempo pump vibe ready for the radio.
Among the skilled musicians involved into this recording – including super drummer Denny Carmassi and Heart’s guitarist Howard Leese – both Ann and Nancy Wilson provide harmony vocals, as heard on ‘Darkness Of The Heart’.
Ann Wilson even does a lead vocal duet with Meissner on the smooth ‘Strangers’ (an obscure tune penned by Elton John btw).
‘Playin’ In The Deep End’ is a very cool rocker, ‘Still Runnin’ is again true ’82 AOR mixing strong (but very clean) guitar riffs with clever keyboards.
“Randy Meisner” is a faithful representation of the American music & sound – including AOR – done in 1982 by solo artists. Think David Roberts, Ambrosia, Toto, King Of Hearts, etc, with Meisner adding his special, own touch.
This is a great remaster very well balanced avoiding brickwall, taken from the original tapes as source.
You’ve seen it first here, at 0dayrox
01 – Never Been In Love
02 – Darkness Of The Heart
03 – Jealousy
04 – Tonight
05 – Playin’ In The Deep End
06 – Strangers (feat. Ann Wilson)
07 – Still Runnin’
08 – Nothing Is Said
09 – Doin’ It For Delilah
Randy Meisner – lead & background vocals, bass, guitar
Denny Carmassi – drums
John Corey – guitar, piano, background vocals
Brian Smith – guitar
Tom Erak – bass
Mitchell Froom – synthesizer
Dixon House – organ, piano, background vocals
Howard Leese – synthesizer, guitar, background vocals
Sterling Smith – organ, synthesizer, piano
Paul Buckmaster – string conductor
Phil Kenzie – saxophone
Tower of Power – horn section
Ann Wilson – vocals
Nancy Wilson, Marcy Levy – background vocals
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