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Williamson, Mark - 1994 Time Slipping By



ARTIST: Williamson, Mark
ALBUM: Time Slipping By
LABEL: GRP Records
SERIAL: GRF 35002
YEAR: 1994

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Mark Williamson - vocals, keyboards * Michael Thompson - guitars * Russ Freeman - keyboards, guitars * Dave Cook - piano, organ * Eric Marienthal - saxophone * Leland Sklar, Pino Palladino - bass * Mike Baird - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Got To Be A Better Way * 02 Prayer For The Children * 03 Over And Over * 04 Tears Like Rain * 05 Look At Us Now * 06 Can't Let Go * 07 Time Slipping By * 08 A Little Loving * 09 Sweet Love * 10 More Than Alone * 11 Closing In * 12 We'd Be Together


Background
Here's a severe talent, the former member of the two-piece band Bridge 2 Far (with John Robinson). Those guys released their self titled album in 1989, and it was a wonderful slice of light pop oriented material, with an emphasis on keyboards, and a west coast oriented sound. Having recently picked up that particular opus myself, I can say that Mark's solo effort 'Time Slipping By' is very much in the same vein. Upon first listen, I am impressed. He looks the part too. Sort of part David Coverdale meets Michael Bolton at the Hairdressers! Funnily enough, as far as the sound is concerned, this is coming on like Michael Bolton (circa 'Time Love And Tenderness') with some Kenny G style saxophone work in there courtesy of Eric Marienthal. Some of the rhythmic and percussive elements also remind me a lot of someone like Rosco Martinez. If you think this sounds suspect, believe me it's not. Just high quality songs, a big roomy production, and an all star stellar cast of musicians assembled to have a good time.


The Songs
Some of the songs are incredible slices of soft rock, like the brilliant opener 'Got To Be A Better Way', the subdued 'Look At Us Now', the melody induced balladry of 'A Little Loving' or the emotion soaked 'More Than Alone'. Judging by this material, it's not hard to see Williamson moving in the same songwriting territory as AOR demi-god Mark Spiro. It's that good.


In Summary
I picked my copy up on Ebay. I suspect that if you're interested in this album, you might very well do the same.


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