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Caufield, Tom - 1987 Long Distance Calling

ARTIST: Caufield, Tom
ALBUM: Long Distance Calling
LABEL: Paradox/Passport
SERIAL: 172 002-1 (LP), 172 002-2 (CD)
YEAR: 1987


LINEUP: Tom Caufield - vocals, guitars, keyboards * Chad Smith - organ, piano * Cliff Hugo - bass * Rick Schlosser - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Recovery Room * 02 My Discovery * 03 Long Distance Calling * 04 Long After Summer * 05 Candlelight * 06 Precious Town * 07 I Should Work For This * 08 We See As One * 09 Turn The Lights Down Low * 10 Another Time Another Place * 11 For Her Intimate Self

Not a great deal is known about Tom Caufield, but he definitely finds a pigeon hole here at G-DAZE. Tom is supplying us with a traditional mid-west version of heartland rock, mixed in with some eighties style mainstream pop. It's similar to the likes of Jimmy Ryser, John Kilzer or early Tom Petty, while the pop elements could throw up names like Elvis Costello, especially the vocal similarity. The added bonus is that there is a subtle underpinning of piano's, keyboards and organs which fills out the tracks nicely. It's certainly not 'in your face' music, but it's very catchy nonetheless, with the pre-requisite vocal harmonies and hooky choruses. And, enough interest to teaze all the melodic venturers to GDM.

The Songs
The cranky blues styled guitar of 'Recovery Room' leads us into the brimming melodic pop of 'My Discovery', where the lyrics take us on a journey to exotic destinations all around the world. We stop off in the midwest for grits and coffee with 'Long Distance Calling', which is another excursion into uptempo melodic pop. The closest attempt Tom gets to AOR without even trying is the happy go lucky 'Long After Summer'. All sorts of instruments come out of the woodwork on 'Precious Town', coming at you like Huey Lewis And The News, while 'We See As One' accelerates the tempo to near frantic pace. Strange but true! Of the other tracks, they wash over you in a pleasant if unspectacular fashion. 'Another Time Another Place' is very pop bound, invoking memories of the aforementioned Elvis Costello.

In Summary
What he's done since is anybody's guess. Perhaps if you're reading this Tom, give us a shout, and/or an update of your career since then.

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