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Eddie & The Tide - 2003 Stand Tall/Dig Down Deeper


EDDIE AND THE TIDE - STAND TALL/DIG DOWN DEEP (2003, TARGET RECORDS)
Steve 'Eddie' Rice - vocals, rhythm guitars
Johnny Perri - guitars, vocals
Chris Rieger - keyboards, vocals
George Diebold - bass
Scott Mason - drums, vocals


Background
As mentioned elsewhere on this site, Eddie And The Tide started out as The Suburbs, and released two pieces of work independently during 1983 and 1984, before being signed to Atco/Atlantic for the release of their 'Go Out And Get It' and 'Looking For Adventure' albums. After events had run their course with that label, the band still had some zing/energy left in them, enough to release two more albums on the indepedent Spin Records label. These were 'Dig Down Deep' during 1988, and 'Stand Tall' from 1989. As with any 'run-in' with a major label, the band felt twisted and pulled, getting a lot of advice from industry types telling them how their music should sound. Upon their departure from Atco, the band returned to their roots, playing music the way they wanted to play it. These albums must have been hard to find in their heyday, though 'Stand Tall' has occassionally been sighted on Ebay. To put us all out of misery, Robert Pancur from Target Records has secured the rights to release both of them onto CD, and what a treasure this particular disc is, because it is a 2 on 1 disc of indie albums. Though both of these were initially released on CD, they are now long out of print. Let's look at these two in chronological order..

DIG DOWN DEEP (1988)

The Songs
From 1988, this was the band's first foray onto CD and was a mix of radio oriented styles. Still retaining that happy-go-lucky streak, we see incursions into territory around Bruce Hornsby And The Range, John Mellancamp, plus of course their core sound, a la Huey Lewis And The News and Michael Stanley Band styled rockers. The stand-out features of the album for me (well the whole band actually) are Steve's vocals, Johnny's clean guitar lines and the strong backbone laid down by bassist George Diebold.. an excellent player indeed! The structure of the songs are not complicated, and that in itself is half the attraction to this band. Simple but effective. You can understand then, why this band were so popular live, their music was tailor-made for it. For instance, 'Loving You From A Distance' is a smooth radio-rocker, love the simple riff and pulsing bass lines. 'Days Go By' has a high-stepping beat while 'Light Up The Night' and 'Nothing But A Dream' are AOR tunes to a tee. Elsewhere, the opener 'Just Gotta Rock' has the same infectious and anthemic quality you'll find on Huey Lewis' 'Sports' or 'Fore' album. 'Never Stop Believin' has an organ rich flavour, like an AOR version of Bruce Springsteen, and in keeping with the organ backdrop provided by Chris Rieger, 'Romeo And Juliet' is yet another supremely catchy and simple tune. Great stuff.

STAND TALL (1989)

The Songs
For this album, the band and producer Bobby Corona moved down the road to record this effort at Prarie Sun Studios, where Steve Fontano recorded many of Tony MacAlpine's works. Steve helped engineer 'Stand Tall' alongside Corona. The title track 'Stand Tall' is a strong punchy opener, followed by 'She Lives For The Summer' an ideal dry-season anthem, with a spatial keyboard sound. Turn this up on the stereo out on the open highway.. a tune straight from the eighties! The brass parps and caribbean feel of 'Nothing Like Love' permeates through on this danceable ditty. The upbeat piano-laced 'If You Were Mine' is an archetypal AOR ballad, check out the fat vocal harmonies on the chorus! 'Pray For A Miracle' is a tune screaming to be heard 'live', while the pairing of 'In Her Dream' and 'It's About Time' are gorgeous AOR tracks. 'In Her Dream' brings back reminders of Michael Stanley's classic 'You Can't Fight Fashion' era, while 'It's About Time' has a pulsing bass line that just has to be heard to be believed! A classy track, again the vocal harmonies are killer.

In Summary
As an epitaph, the band were nominated for independent record for 1990, but by then, they finally high-tailed it out of the scene altogether after a ten year run. These days I think all of the members are out of the biz, Steve Rice in particular having returned to his hometown Nashville (go the mighty Tennessee Titans!!). GLORY-DAZE hopes to talk with the man behind the name Eddie And Tide for a Flashback Interview very very soon. We're in Superbowl season and the Titans are one game away from the final. Lets hope we focus on the music and past, and not digress on to the footy!

Produced by: Both albums produced by Bobby Corona

Track Time: 65.57

Track Listing:
01 Stand Tall
02 She Lives For The Summer
03 Nothing Like Love
04 If You Were Mine
05 Pray For A Miracle
06 In Her Dream*
07 It's About Time*
08 Driven By Love

09 Just Gotta Rock
10 Never Stop Believin'
11 Loving You From A Distance
12 Don't Let It Take You Over
13 Days Go By
14 Light Up The Night
15 Nothing But A Dream*
16 Color Me Gone
17 Romeo And Juliet
18 It's My Job

Tracks 01-08 from 'Stand Tall'; Tracks 09-18 from 'Dig Down Deep'.

Related Articles:

Eddie & The Tide - 2003 I Do It For You (Reissue)


Eddie & The Tide - 2003 Stand Tall/Dig Down Deeper


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