CD Simple Mind Condition [878667000196] (CD 4676566),
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Simple Mind Condition [878667000196]

  • 1. Goin' Home
    2. Mindbender
    3. Seven
    4. Pictures of Life
    5. After the Rain
    6. Trouble Maker
    7. Arthur Brown's Whiskey Bar
    8. Simple Mind Condition
    9. Ride the Sky
    10. If I Only Had a Reason
    11. Beginning of Sorrows, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 700019

  • Credits
    ProducerTrouble; Vincent Wojno
    EngineerDoug Agee; Vincent Wojno; Bill Korecky

    Personnel: Eric Wagner (vocals); Bruce Franklin, Rick Wartell, Rick Wartell, Bruce Franklin (guitar); Jeff Olson (piano, drums).
    Recording information: Alfa Sound Services, Geneva, IL; Mars Recording, Cleveland, OH.
    Photographer: Chuck Robinson .
    Trouble's much anticipated comeback following nearly a decade of inactivity, Simple Mind Condition was unfortunately commercially stillborn upon release because of their new label, Escapi Music's, inability to get it into record stores in most territories, including the U.S. -- nice going, geniuses! For those who actually managed to secure an import copy, however, Trouble's seventh album does not disappoint -- but then it doesn't always shock and awe, either. Rather, the band's reunited core lineup of vocalist Eric Wagner, guitarists Bruce Franklin and Rick Wartell, drummer Jeff Olson, plus new bassist Chuck Robinson, turns in a solid, sometimes stellar, sometimes flawed new set of songs, bearing very few surprises (like the abnormally rockin' "Pictures of Life," the piano-enhanced "The Beginning of Sorrows," and a first ever cover version: Lucifer's Friend's "Ride the Sky"), yet, more importantly, remaining commendably faithful to Trouble's signature sound. This, as loyal followers can attest, lives and dies with Franklin and Wartell's unmistakable tones of doom, which, as expected (and hoped for), take center stage throughout Simple Mind Condition. In fact, the pair's elephantine riffs, telepathic dual harmonies, and tag-team soloing, both dominate and define standout tracks like "Seven," "Trouble Maker," "If I Only Had a Reason," and the heart-rending ballad "After the Rain," but none of these would be Trouble without Wagner's, distinctive growls and mournful wails weaving in their midst. Longtime fans will notice that the group's parallel penchant for psychedelic explorations (taken to extremes on arguably their best-known album, Manic Frustration) are at an all time low on this occasion, and Trouble unwittingly bootleg both their past work on portions of the title cut and "Pictures of Life," and on first single "Mindbender," '70s hard rockers Nazareth's "Hair of the Dog." In conjunction with their label's distribution doldrums, the above mixed qualities are unlikely to push Trouble to superstardom after all these years; but considering how long they'd been away, Simple Mind Condition still represents an overwhelmingly positive return to action, and will easily satisfy the band's devoted fans. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia

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