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Jidhed, Jim - 2003 Full Circle


JIM JIDHED - FULL CIRCLE (2003, ATENZIA RECORDS)
Jim Jidhed - vocals; extensive musician list below

Background
Many of you have voiced concerns about the deluge of releases lately, and the perceived lack of quality on most of them. Picky lot aren't you? Well two labels in particular are listening and doing something about it. Escape Music has cut back its output but the quality is right up there. And as for new boys Atenzia? - they are doing likewise, and going about it the right way too. As a Swedish label, the focus is first and foremost on the local market - just like the good old days.. build up the buzz in a deliberate fashion, and time everything to perfection. So it is with this wonderful slab of pure AOR from Jim Jidhed entitled 'Full Circle'. The Gothenburg resident has kept a low profile since his last recognised release from 1990 'Jim'. Coerced into action by guitarist/producer Tommy Denander, Jim has dusted the cobwebs off his Shure microphones and softened the old vocal chords with a good dousing of liquid honey. For those of you who missed those dulcet tones singing tracks like 'Heart To Heart', 'These Are The Good Times' and 'Two Cold Hearts', rest assured, Jim returns melodically enhanced, a sure sign we're now in the 21st century. Having lived with this material for a few months now, the final product for me is the icing on the cake, with many of the songs taking shape towards the end of 2002. The guest-list of players is incredible, Denander having called upon many of his musical partners-in-crime to add the 'hundreds and thousands' to this already rich slab. It would come as no surprise to you that Jim comes close to the Steve Perry side of the boulevard without actually hitting the curb, and you hear his vocal interpretation throughout. Even faint reminders of Terry Brock's 'Back To Eden' come wafting over the neighborhood like Mom's homebaked cooking - in this case it's eighties flavoured AOR rather than freshly baked cookies! The songs have mostly been written by Jim, and in a few cases, co-written with Denander and pal Ricky Delin.

The Songs
Well then.. what better way to open the album than the smooth pulse of 'I Will Never Leave You Now'. Fans of 'Raised On Radio' era Journey - get your wallets out now! Next up, the title track 'Full Circle' is an introspective look at Jim's music career from past to present. It's also the next single due for release in Sweden. One of the many highlights include 'Silence Of Your Heart' - the lead-in bridge and chorus sections are oh so memorable. 'Someday' balances itself on a Toto-like thread of AOR and a swaggering bluesy counterpoint. Listening to 'I Can't Go On' is akin to an aural release, such is its delicate nature - and yes despite what the songtitle says.. you can go on! 'Now We Cry' on initial listening has Terry Brock's indelible feel on it, though some may hear it differently. The Steve Perry/Clif Magness written 'Lost Angels' is a pearler, and what better person to do it justice. The Perry-isms are staggering, though not intentional of course! The song rocks mostly, though the chorus is very smooth vocally. The track 'I'll Be Ready Then' was the initial pre-release single, and you can tell immediately as a ballad, it has 'grandiose' written all over it - a prime target for radio for sure. Picking up the pace is the upbeat 'Falling In Love', again Perry era Journey is the key. Two other highlights are the supremely melodic 'Wish You Were Here' which has hints of a John Waite/Mark Spiro conspiracy, plus the tender melodic moments of 'Marie' which rounds out the album. Guys - this is the track to play to your lady.. even if her name isn't Marie! Two of the rockier tracks 'Anyway You Want It' and 'Don't close Your Eyes' are good in their own right, but when compared to the overall flow of the album, probably feel a little out of place - only my opinion though.

In Summary
The upshot of it all people - pure AOR for 2003 probably doesn't get any better than this, and it's only Jan/Feb! I understand that Denander was given a decent budget to play with, and as with all quality output, the results show. I probably would have given this a 10 out of 10, but it's marked down slightly for the reasons listed below. For the AOR and melodic rock purists out there, you need no second invitation, hopefully an endorsement from G-DAZE is enough to get your orders in now!

Produced by: Tommy Denander
Track Time: 55.39

Track Listing:
01 I Will Never Leave You Now
02 Full Circle
03 Silence Of Your Heart
04 Someday
05 I Can't Go On
06 Anyway You Want It
07 Now We Cry
08 Lost Angels
09 I'll Be Ready Then
10 Falling In Love
11 Wish You Were Here
12 Don't Close Your Eyes
13 Marie

Thanks to Tommy Denander for providing the necessary discographic detail! As you can see, there are many contributors, too many to list in the actual review.

JIM JIDHED - FULL CIRCLE

I Will Never Leave You Now
(Jim Jidhed)

Lead vocals - Jim
Guitars, keyboards & programming - Tommy
Drums - Marcus Liliequist
Bass - Henrik Thomsen
Backing vocals - Kristoffer Lagerstrom, Pierre Wensberg, Chris Demming
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Full Circle
(Jim Jidhed)

Lead vocals - Jim
Guitars, keyboards & programming - Tommy
Acoustic guitars - Sayit
Drums - Marcus Liliequist
Bass - Henrik Thomsen
Strings - Sweden Rock Orchestra
Backing vocals - Magnus Tornquist, Elinor Andersson, Stefan Andersson, Jim
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Silence Of Your Heart
(Billy Trudell - Bruce Watson - David Young)

Lead vocals - Jim
Guitars, keyboards & programming - Tommy
Drums - Marcus Liliequist
Bass - Henrik Thomsen
Backing vocals - Chris Demming, Kimmo Blom, Erkka Korhonen
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Someday
(Jim Jidhed - Tommy Denander)

Lead vocals - Jim
Guitars, keyboards & programming - Tommy
Drums - Marcus Liliequist
Bass - Henrik Thomsen
Backing vocals - Magnus Tornquist, Elinor Andersson, Peter Wiik, Lennart Carlberg, Jim
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I Can't Go On
(Tommy Denander - Ricky Delin)

Lead vocals - Jim
Guitars, keyboards, bass & programming - Tommy
Strings - Sweden Rock Orchestra
Backing vocals - Jim
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Anyway You Want It
(Tommy Denander - Jim Jidhed - Ricky Delin)

Lead vocals - Jim
Guitars, keyboards & programming - Tommy
Drums - Marcus Liliequist
Bass - Marcel Jacob
Backing vocals - Peter Wiik, Lennart Carlberg, Jim
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Now We Cry
(Jim Jidhed)

Lead vocals - Jim
Guitars, keyboards & programming - Tommy
Acoustic guitars - Bruce Gaitsch
Drums - Marcus Liliequist
Bass - Henrik Thomsen
Backing vocals - Elinor Andersson, Jim
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Lost Angels
(Steve Perry - Cliff Magness)

Lead vocals - Jim
Guitars, keyboards & programming - Tommy
Drums - Marcus Liliequist
Bass - Henrik Thomsen
Backing vocals - Kimmo Blom, Erkka Korhonen
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I'll Be Ready Then
(Jim Jidhed)

Lead vocals - Jim
Guitars, keyboards & programming - Tommy
Intro melody & acoustic guitars - Sayit
Drums - Marcus Liliequist
Bass - Henrik Thomsen
Backing vocals - Magnus Tornquist, Elinor Andersson, Peter Wiik, Lennart Carlberg, Jim
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Falling In Love
(Tommy Denander - Jim Jidhed - Ricky Delin)

Lead vocals - Jim
Guitars, keyboards & programming - Tommy
Drums - Marcus Liliequist
Bass - Henrik Thomsen
Strings - Sweden Rock Orchestra
Backing vocals - Magnus Tornquist, Elinor Andersson, Chris Demming, Jim
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Wish You Were Here
(Jim Jidhed)

Lead vocals - Jim
Guitars, keyboards, bass & programming - Tommy
Acoustic guitars - Bruce Gaitsch
Drums - Marcus Liliequist
Backing vocals - Magnus Tornquist, Elinor Andersson, Peter Wiik, Lennart Carlberg, Jim
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Don't Close Your Eyes
(Jim Jidhed)

Lead vocals - Jim
Guitars, keyboards, bass & programming - Tommy
Drums - Marcus Liliequist
Backing vocals - Peter Wiik, Lennart Carlberg, Jim
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Marie
(Jim Jidhed)

Lead vocals - Jim
Guitars, keyboards & programming - Tommy
Drum loop - Chris Demming & Tommy
Bass - Henrik Thomsen
Strings - Sweden Rock Orchestra
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Produced by - Tommy Denander (for THE HIT MEN Productions)

All songs arranged by Jim & Tommy

Recorded at -
The Hit Men, Stockholm by Tommy
Stable Studios, Gothenburg by John Ekedahl
Roasting House, Malmo by Anders 'Theo' Theander
Henkan Studio, Gothenburg by Henrik Thomsen
Connectunes Studio A, Stockholm by Chris Demming
Hypersonic, Gothenburg by Robert Olausson
Frantic, Nashville TN by Ray Gaitsch
Rapsodia Studio, Finland by Erkka Korhonen

The strings from Sweden Rock Orchestra
Recorded at - Frolunda Kyrka. Conducted by - Ulf Wadenbrandt
Engineered by - Pierre Eriksson, Cl's Olsson

Orchestra:
Gabriella Blomstervall
Martin Sedvallson
Cecilia Cromnow
Amanda Lindqvist
Kristina Eriksson
Magnus Pehrsson
Charlotta Englesson
Anna Larson
Lisa Martinsson
Rebecca Fransson
Max David Wulfson

Mixed at - Roadting House by Anders 'Theo' Theander. 'Full Circle' & 'I'll Be Ready Then' mixed by Ronny Lahti
Mastered at - Studio Bohus by Dragan Tanascovic
Photos - Sven Gomer

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#1 | Jez on June 16 2008 02:30:20
This here JJ cd is superb from beginning to end, and if you're a big Tommy Denander fan (which i am) you won't go wrong.
 
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