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Dan Reed Network [Bonus Tracks]

  • 1. World Has a Heart Too
    2. Get to You
    3. Ritual
    4. Forgot to Make Her Mine
    5. Tamin' the Wild Nights
    6. I'm So Sorry
    7. Resurrect
    8. Baby Don't Fade
    9. Human
    10. Halfway Around the World
    11. Rock All You Night Long
    12. Tatiana
    13. Get to You
    14. Get to You
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5

  • Credits
    ProducerMichael N-Pocket Mavrolas; Marlon McClain; Bruce Fairbairn
    EngineerMike Fraser

    Dan Reed Network: Dan Reed, Blake Sakamoto, Brion James, Melvin Brannon II and Daniel Pred.
    Recorded and mixed at Little Mountain Sound, Vancouver B.C.
    This self-titled album by the Dan Reed Network features 14 tracks like "Get To You" and "Ritual," and includes two bonus recordings.
    Personnel: Dan Reed (vocals); Brion James (guitar); Blake Sakamoto (keyboards).
    Audio Mixer: Mike Fraser.
    Audio Remasterer: Alan Wilson .
    Recording information: Little Mountain Sound, Vancouver, British Columbia, Can (1987).
    Photographers: Karen Moskowitz; Phillip Dixon.
    Although Living Color's debut, released the same year, got much more attention, the first album from this Pacific Northwest quintet also made a strong effort at breaking down pop music's racial barriers. The multi-ethnic group had its roots deep in traditional AOR, but the songs on Dan Reed Network get their freshness from the swinging R&B grooves underneath the big guitars and Bic-flicking anthems. It's an approach that worked well a decade earlier for Mothers Finest; Reed and Co. go a step further, dressing their funk-rock up for chart consumption with help from producer Bruce Fairbairn. Although Fairbairn's touch was golden on Aerosmith's brilliant 1987 comeback album, Permanent Vacation, it's occasionally too heavy-handed here; chattering synths mar "I'm So Sorry," and he unwisely indulges the band in an old-fashioned, overblown (though admittedly catchy) power ballad, "Tamin' the Wild Nights." Still, producer and band mesh with exciting results on the tribal-flavored single "Ritual" and the locomotive rock-disco of "Human." And on "Forgot to Make Her Mine" and "Baby Don't Fade," the shuffling beats, gritty guitars, and Reed's charismatic vocals get even closer to wiping out musical color lines. Dan Reed Network never quite obliterates those lines completely, but listening to the group try is entertaining, at least. ~ Dan LeRoy

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone - 3.5 Stars - Very Good
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