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San Francisco Days [698268302303]

  • 1. San Francisco Days
    2. Beautiful Homes
    3. Round 'n' Round
    4. Two Hearts
    5. Can't Do a Thing (To Stop Me)
    6. Except the New Girl
    7. Waiting
    8. Move Along
    9. I Want Your Love
    10. 5:15
    11. Lonely with a Broken Heart
    12. Solitary Man
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 3023

  • Credits
    ProducerErik Jacobsen
    EngineerMark Needham

    Personnel: Chris Isaak (vocals, guitar); James Calvin Wilsey, Danny Gatton (guitar); Tom Brumley (steel guitar); Jimmy Pugh (Hammond B-3 organ); Rowland Salley (bass, vocals); Kenney Dale Johnson (drums, vocals); Jim Keltner (drums); Johnny Reno, Prairie Prince, Frank Martin, Jeff Watson, Christine Wall, Cynthia Lloyd, Joni Haastrup, Ron Thompson, Kenny Aronoff, Rick Knoch, Mia Rose Antonelli, Poplar Haines.
    Personnel: Chris Isaak (vocals, guitar); Kenney Dale Johnson (vocals, drums); Rowland Salley (vocals); James Calvin Wilsey (guitar); Jimmy Pugh (Hammond b-3 organ).
    Recording information: Dave Wellhausen; Fantasy Studios.
    Photographers: Pamela Gentile; Michael Miller ; Michael Tighe.
    On the follow-up to his breakthrough album HEART SHAPED WORLD, Chris Isaak continued with his dusky, Sun Records-influenced sound, while expanding his horizons just a bit. Despite the self-consciously retro album cover (everything down to the typeface suggests that it might have been released in the 1960s), Isaak doesn't merely replicate the feel of romantic ballads from bygone rock & roll eras; rather, he updates them for the '90s with very subtle touches of jazz, funk, and blues boogie.
    But none of this is to say Isaak is experimenting wildly. SAN FRANCISCO DAYS still channels Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison, updating the smoke-filled sound of twangy country ballads and laid-back, electric guitar-driven tunes from the '60s with pristine, high-end production. The combination is a winner, thanks in large part to Isaak's rich, knee-weakening croon, which is well showcased throughout. With its strong batch of songs, SAN FRANCISCO DAYS is in some ways an even better listen than HEART SHAPED WORLD.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (5/13/93, p.104) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Features Isaak's loveliest singing--from a low whisper to a full-throated cry, like Roy Orbison strolling down Market Street...a stunning record...These songs are swollen with real characters and real stories..."
    Entertainment Weekly (4/16/93, p.52) - "...The music is as well crafted as rich Corinthian leather..." - Rating: B-
    Q (5/93, p.96) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...full of irresistable pop songs laced with a curious, almost ironic, melancholy..."
    Musician (5/93, p.90) - "...Isaak's ascent may have been fueled by a combination of retro-cool and sleepy-eyed sensuality, but what carries this album is the music, pure and simple..."
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