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Falcon, Billy - 1991 Pretty Blue World

ARTIST: Falcon, Billy
ALBUM: Pretty Blue World
LABEL: Jambco
SERIAL: 848-800-2
YEAR: 1991


LINEUP: Billy Falcon - Guitar, Vocals

Guitars - Jon Bon Jovi, Aldo Nova, Danny Kortchmar * Keyboards - Aldo Nova, Robbie Buchanan * Piano, Organ - Benmont Tench * Bass - Bob Glaub, Randy Jackson * Percussion - Michael Fisher, John Philip Shenale * Saxophone - Brandon Fields (sporano), Jimmy 'Z' Zavala (tenor) * Drums - Kenny Aronoff * Vocals - Rose Junior Falcone * Background Vocals - Kip Lennon, Arnold McCutler, Sir Harry Bowens, Jon Bon Jovi, Bobby King, Arnold McCuller * Choir - Kenny Ford, Jania Foxworth, Kimberly Johnson, Quincy McCary, Charle McCrary, Crystal Scott

TRACK LISTING: 01 Power Windows * 02 Heaven's Highest Hill * 03 What She Will * 04 Pretty Blue World * 05 Die Twice * 06 Still Got A Prayer * 07 Not Funny Anymore * 08 My New Girlfriend * 09 This Burning Love * 10 Married In The Morning


Singer songwriter Billy Falcon has been skirting around the fringes of the music industry for a number of years. The former Long Island resident is now based in Nashville, and it would seem that his brand of Americana, melodic midwest pop rock is an ideal fit for the home of the Tennessee Titans! Falcon will be well known to Bon Jovi fans, having written numerous songs that have appeared on their albums, plus of course, this album 'Pretty Blue World' was released on Jon Bon Jovi's very own Jambo label. Falcon was still a young buck when he released his debut 'Billy Falcon's Burning Rose' back in 1978. By 1991, 'Pretty Blue World was his sixth release, and it showcases a style similar to the likes of Bob Seger and John Cougar Mellancamp at the other extreme. Danny Kortchmar and JBJ helped co-produce this effort, which will in all likelihood, appeal to some of you AORsters out there (not all), because the record does have an earthy twang about it, plus Falcon's vocal is an acquired taste.

The Songs
Lead off track 'Power Windows' is a great tune, and it was his most popular song from his extensive discography. The Cougar-Mellancamp fused with Tom Petty comparison makes an immediate impression. The next song 'Heavens Highest Hill' is a somber heartbreaking tale recounting the passing of Billy's wife Myla from breast cancer. It eeks out all the emotion in a gritty fashion, without it being too over sentimental. 'What She Will' is a bluesy affair with sax to flesh out the sound. Falcon's jangly acoustic shuffle rears its head on the title track 'Pretty Blue World', a likeable track with choir chorus in the background. 'Die Twice' has a harder edge to it, not too dissimilar to Jon Bon Jovi's own solo material, obviously that means it's got a slight New Jersey feel to it. 'Not Funny Anymore' showcases Falcon's solid songwriting abilities while 'My New Girlfriend' bustles along with a happy vibe. 'This Burning Love' is an aching ballad with emotion squeezed like a wet sponge, 'Married In The Morning' reminds me of John Cougar Mellancamp's 'Paper In Fire' in places while the closer 'Oh Boy' delves deeply into Americana territory.

In Summary
According to Billy's website, he has released eleven records to date. That's a pretty healthy strike rate all things considered. Also in related family news, look out for the name of Rose Falcon, who is Billy's daughter - and has a record contract stitched up with Columbia Records. Woah! As mentioned, 'Pretty Blue World' scrapes in to our GLORY-DAZE pages, it's not a purist melodic album in that sense, but showed enough potential at the time.

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#1 | Eric on October 24 2009 16:00:34
Not a big fan of his vocal's either. I remember Billy Falcon's Burning Rose (the band) were quite popular on the Long Island bar scene, but his early record's were way too Springsteen-ish for my tastes.
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