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Kortchmar, Danny - 1980 Innuendo

ARTIST: Kortchmar, Danny
ALBUM: Innuendo
LABEL: Asylum
SERIAL: 6E-250
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 2008, Wounded Bird, WOU-250


LINEUP: Danny Kortchmar - vocals, guitar * Waddy Wachtel - guitars, backing vocals * Michael Boddicker - synthesizers * Paul Stallworth, Kenny Edwards, Bob Glau, Leland Sklar - bass * Rick Marotta - percussion * David Kempner, Jim Keltner - drums * David Lasley, Arnold McCuller, Jules Shear, Linda Ronstadt, Louise Goffin - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 You And What Army * 02 Lost In The Shuffle * 03 Killers Kiss * 04 The Ghost Of Errol Flynn * 05 Endless Sleep * 06 Betty And Her Friend * 07 Innuendo * 08 Ego Tripper * 09 I Starred In That Movie * 10 Hair Of The Dog * 11 Where The Eagle Flies


Armed with a impressive resume is Kortchmar, who over the last 40 years has performed with and produced a veritable host of artists ranging from Carole King to Hanson. Kortchmar made his name with James Taylor, performing in several bands with him as well as being a part of his backing band in the 70's. Kortchmar also involved himself in eclectic acts such as The Section and The Attitudes in that decade, while retaining his position as a sought after session man. Kortchmar has only two solo albums to his name, 1973's 'Kooch' and this excellent album, his last solo effort to date. It saw Kortchmar attempting a heavier style of rock, which in his own words was an attempt to distance himself from the soft rock scene he had become identified with.

The Songs
This album could easily fit into the new wave scene which was prevalent at the time, although this is better than anything by Elvis Costello for example. The opener 'You And What Army' is a classic three minute piece of The Who styled rock, incredible power chords and chorus making for a must hear track. This type of forceful rock is what The Who themselves should have been aiming for on 'Face Dances'. Lost In The Shuffle' has a Jackson Browne melody line evident, another artist Kortchmar was heavily involved with. The jangly guitar of 'Killers Kiss' could almost be a Rolling Stones track from the 'Emotional Rescue' era, but this also fits into that Graham Parker type of pub rock. There's a slight reggae backing to 'The Ghost Of Errol Flynn', quite common at the time, although 'Endless Sleep' boasts much tougher riffs. The two minute title track is all hard rock and Kortchmar's guitar work is often aggressive during 'Ego Tripper'. Displaying a fine ear for melody is 'Hair Of The Dog' and a stab at AOR isn't out of the question either, 'Where The Eagle Flies' heavy on lush keyboards and vocal harmonies ending a fine album in style.

In Summary
This is a highly accomplished album and amazingly would be Kortchmar's last appearance as an solo artist, as he kept busy as a producer and session man, working with such luminaries as Don Henley, Neil Young and Billy Joel. Kortchmar has been involved with several bands since 1996, including Slow Leak and Midnight Eleven, but as expected are a long way from the hard rock of 'Innuendo', which despite being a product of its time is the ultimate slice of three minute, power chord filled rock which simply does not exist anymore.

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#1 | gdazegod on February 06 2009 03:21:19
This is also on CD, via Wounded Bird.
#2 | Eric on February 06 2009 12:52:33
Good stuff!
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