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Newman, Troy - 1991 Gypsy Moon

ARTIST: Newman, Troy
ALBUM: Gypsy Moon
LABEL: East West
SERIAL: 91670
YEAR: 1991


LINEUP: Troy Newman - lead vocals, acoustic guitars, bells * Danny Kortchmar, David Lindley, Waddy Wachtel, Rick Vito - guitars * Craig Fall - mandolin, rhythm guitar * George Hawkins - bass, vocals * Jeffrey Vanston - keyboards * Jerry Goodman - electric violin * Russ Kunkel - drums, percussion * Nicolette Larson, Billy Burnette - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Love Gets Rough * 02 Raining * 03 God Only Knows * 04 Always Time * 05 I Can Feel It * 06 Whisper * 07 Gone Are The Days * 08 Drive My Car * 09 So Deep * 10 It Takes Time

I had this album 'Gypsy Moon' on CD from the very early days of 1991. I don't know what compelled me to sell that original CD.. Silly me. I'll eventually get another copy. Anyhow, we had reviewed his second album 'It's Like This' from 1995, but strangely overlooked this 1991 debut. At the time of this release, it was very difficult getting any information about Troy Newman, and it's unfortunate that his bio and career have only come to light in recent years, since he has subsequently passed away during 1997 due to failing health. What I can tell about Troy in a bit of subsequent research, is that he is a West Australian boy - originally from Perth! Since moving to this far-flung state late last year, I've been slowly getting myself familiar with the music scene out west and its history, both recent and past. Troy falls into the latter category. Growing up in the general area of Karrakatta and Nedlands - both suburbs in West Perth, Troy went to Hollywood Senior High (now amalgamated into Shenton College), and was in a band called The Boys alongside Eddie Parise and Frank Celenza, who both later moved on to the Baby Animals.. Instead of pursuing local opportunities in Perth, Troy moved out east to Sydney - driving across the vast Nullabor Plains, and on the strength of his abilities and promise, signed a deal with Warner Music. Very soon he was on his way to Los Angeles to work with some of the best in the industry, to record his debut album 'Gypsy Moon'.

The Songs
This album was produced by Greg Ladanyi, who was noted for creating very lush and well produced records. The combination of noted session guys such as Danny Kortchmar, Waddy Wachtel and Russ Kunkel gives this album an earthy quality. There is a definite sheen that points to a glossy production, but the redeeming features here are Newman's obvious songwriting and compositional talent, and the ability of these session musicians to bring them to life. However, for me, it's Troy's voice that sells the whole package. It's hard to pin a definitive reference point for the vocals, but I think you'd be looking for comparisons out of the Nashville scene rather than Australia - truth be told. Opener 'Love Gets Rough' is a tune I've loved for years (refer the video below), as is the near gospel/R&B groove of 'Raining'.. A very cool track. 'God Only Knows' is hard on the southern blues vibe, but Troy really excels on commercial material like 'Always Time' and 'Gone Are The Days'. 'I Can Feel It' is a great upbeat tune, with a hint of INXS and Diesel but in a more earthy tone. Interestingly, Troy reverts to The Beatles staple 'Drive My Car', though this car is going at half speed and crossing lanes at every opportunity. Showcasing Troy's songwriting are the closing pair of 'So Deep' and 'It Takes Time', both subtler songs, the latter in particular a lush piece focusing on vocals, acoustic guitar and orchestral layers.

In Summary
Troy did a bit of work promoting the album around Australia at the time, plus there was the aforementioned video for 'Love Gets Rough', as well, he was involved with the musical 'Bad Boy Johnny and the Prophets of Doom'. Unfortunately for Troy, his life was spotted with personal tragedies including the death of his brother Adam, and perhaps he could've been accused of taking the wrong lifestyle option. East/West did not offer him a second album, instead Curb/Edel came to the party for 1995's 'It's Like This', another good record with Troy's trademark voice and style. Both albums are worth owning, and a great celebration of a musical talent who is now no longer with us.

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