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Steve_Orchard
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From: Iron Mountain-Kingsford, in Michigan's U.P.!

Gerry's new solo album
Posted on: 01/21/2021 10:33 AM

For those of you that might have missed this news due to all of the political talk, according to Jeff Larson, Gerry's new album is due in March. Two CD's and a vinyl set on the way with new mixes and 5 new songs. Packaging is done up very well via Elan. "Norman" is indeed one of the new songs. Some of you will remember that Jeff recorded "Norman" back in 2002 for his "Fragile Sunrise" album. Gerry did backing vocals on that one. Otherwise, the only other recorded version of the song was via a July 1978 show in Los Angeles that was recorded by the radio program "The King Biscuit Flower Hour." That full show was available about 10-12 years ago and is certainly a keeper of a concert if you can get your hands on it.

SteveO
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expresssunrise
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Re: Gerry's new solo album
Posted on: 01/23/2021 06:18 AM

I got an E Mail with a link to a clip of the song Self Image. Sounds like it cold have come straight from the Perspective era.

There's are some lines in it which could almost have been from or to Look At Me Now


Edited by expresssunrise on 01/23/2021 07:28 AM
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Moser
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Re: Gerry's new solo album
Posted on: 01/23/2021 10:57 AM

expresssunrise I got an E Mail with a link to a clip of the song Self Image. Sounds like it cold have come straight from the Perspective era.

There's are some lines in it which could almost have been from or to Look At Me Now


Agreed on both counts.
Not great.
Mo


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expresssunrise
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Re: Gerry's new solo album
Posted on: 01/24/2021 07:14 PM

I downloaded the whole song from Amazon and I'm liking it more. The bridge in the middle sort of knocks the tempo out of place.

I know Perspective wasn't liked like by a lot of fans because of it's clinical electronic feel but I quite liked it. I won't say it's my favourite America album but I play it quite often.
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Steve_Orchard
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Re: Gerry's new solo album
Posted on: 01/24/2021 07:54 PM

I was probably one of the few who liked "Perspective." The song "Can't Fall Asleep To a Lullaby" is the albums best song in my opinion. Too bad it didn't become a bigger hit considering Steve Perry was a part of that one. I also like the opener "We Got All Night." I'll pick up the new collection. I'm glad he's adding some new material including "Norman."

SteveO
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expresssunrise
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Re: Gerry's new solo album
Posted on: 01/27/2021 02:45 PM

The new CD is up for pre-order on the Blue Elan website.

Also has the 10% discount. Useful if you're buying the most expensive package.
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Grahame
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Re: Gerry's new solo album
Posted on: 01/28/2021 04:44 AM

Keeping the Light On, the new Best of Solo Gerry Beckley, is a little disappointing for the fans who already have all of his solo albums. As it contains five previously unreleased songs, it's not really a Best Of, and do we have to buy all these songs again just for the five new songs?
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expresssunrise
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Re: Gerry's new solo album
Posted on: 01/28/2021 05:09 AM

If you want a physical CD you will need to buy a CD pacakge with all the songs.

You could just buy the new individual digtial versions of the songs from itunes or Amazon etc. but that would probably add up to almost buying the CD
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Americafan
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Re: Gerry's new solo album
Posted on: 01/29/2021 11:30 AM

I just ordered mine!
Mark
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expresssunrise
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Re: Gerry's new solo album
Posted on: 02/26/2021 09:34 AM

I got a download link today with the whole of Keeping The Light On in mp3 format from Blue Elan.

Sounds pretty good except I'm not keen on the song Calling You!

I do like the song How Can I Turn You Away. I wonder if this is from the BLW era?

(I'm Your) Heart Slave has a nice Celtic feel to it with Jeff Larson singing in the middle. Probably my favourite of the new songs.
Edited by expresssunrise on 03/02/2021 03:16 PM
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Robyn
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Re: Gerry's new solo album
Posted on: 03/03/2021 10:14 AM

I ordered it, but have not had the chance to REALLY listen to it- work gets in the way most days and I am too tired at the end of a 9+ hour day on the computer to give it a real honest listening. I AM looking forward to having the collection. I do love the song "Norman" I remember hearing it at a show in 1978 in Los Angeles, which may or may not be the recorded on SteveO mentions, it was certainly that "run" - remember when bands did two or three nights at a venue? I was so curious about Norman bel Geddes I did some research. I read his autobiography "Miracle in the Evening" which was a wonderful look into that era, I do recommend it as a "should read" if you get a chance ( did you know his daughter, Barbara was Miss Ellie on Dallas? I'm SO dating myself here) I love the fact that Blue Elan ALWAYS had a t-shirt in the package. I am a sucker for "concert t-shirts and this fills the bill!

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Steve_Orchard
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Re: Gerry's new solo album
Posted on: 03/03/2021 11:01 PM

Robyn I ordered it, but have not had the chance to REALLY listen to it- work gets in the way most days and I am too tired at the end of a 9+ hour day on the computer to give it a real honest listening. I AM looking forward to having the collection. I do love the song "Norman" I remember hearing it at a show in 1978 in Los Angeles, which may or may not be the recorded on SteveO mentions, it was certainly that "run" - remember when bands did two or three nights at a venue? I was so curious about Norman bel Geddes I did some research. I read his autobiography "Miracle in the Evening" which was a wonderful look into that era, I do recommend it as a "should read" if you get a chance ( did you know his daughter, Barbara was Miss Ellie on Dallas? I'm SO dating myself here) I love the fact that Blue Elan ALWAYS had a t-shirt in the package. I am a sucker for "concert t-shirts and this fills the bill!


I did not pre-order the disc yet either, but I will. I'm not sure how often "Norman" was performed; the only recorded version I'm aware of came from 1978, and recieved airplay via the syndicated radio show "The King Biscuit Flower Hour." Years later that full show was offered to fans and I remember getting a copy of it. To those that follow Jeff Larson, you'll recall that he recorded it for his 2002 album "Fragile Sunrise." Gerry did backing vocals on it and I believe he played an instrument or two(I'd have to look at the albums liner notes again). I'm looking forward to hearing his version, which never made any of their studio albums...

SteveO
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Robyn
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Re: Gerry's new solo album
Posted on: 03/22/2021 08:11 PM

My cds- all three of them, including a "tribute" album where members of
the Blue Elan label cover their favorite tunes. So far, I rally like Roan Yellowthorn's Daisy Jane, Mary Scholz' Only in your Heart and Cindy ALexander's Carousel. the rest probably need a more intensive listening until I talk about them at length. I will crack open Gerry's two CDs in a while and try to listen while I am working. Anyone else get them? I got a cool t-shirt as part of the package. I am a t-shirt nerd!
"I can't unread the pages I've already read"
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Americafan
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Re: Gerry's new solo album
Posted on: 03/27/2021 10:10 AM

Got mine this week and am enjoying it. While it needs a few more listens so far Emma and Goodbye Highway are still my favorite Gerry solo songs, but there is a lot of good material on the CDs. While his other solo releases are good, IMHO his best solo work is still his first Van Go Gan. It shudda been a hit and it is a shame that it did not receive widespread commercial release in the US when it was first released back in 1995!
Mark
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Robyn
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Re: Gerry's new solo album
Posted on: 03/27/2021 10:15 AM

I love Norman. One of my favorite Beckley tunes. I plan on giving it a real listen this week as I am on vacation and don't have to pay attention to anything this week!
"I can't unread the pages I've already read"
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expresssunrise
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Re: Gerry's new solo album
Posted on: 03/29/2021 11:47 AM

Robyn

Which version of Norman do you like best.

Gerry's or Jeff Larson's?

I think Jeff's just shades it.

I still love (I'm Your) Heart Slave and think it's the best new song on the album.
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Robyn
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Re: Gerry's new solo album
Posted on: 03/29/2021 12:32 PM

Good question. I will have to listen to both again to see which- right now I am away from my music collection!
"I can't unread the pages I've already read"
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Robyn
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Re: Gerry's new solo album
Posted on: 04/06/2021 07:56 PM

I listened to both and it's hard to say which I like more. I love Jeff's voice and he truly nuances some of the more delicate phrasing in the song. Gerry's version takes me back to hearing it here in LA around 1979 (?) I loved it so much I looked up everything I could on Norman Bel Geddes. I think I need to re-read "Miracle in the Evening" his autobiography, published after his death. A fascinating look at his life among the most storied people of the first half of the century
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