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Meisner, Randy - 1982 Randy Meisner

ARTIST: Meisner, Randy
ALBUM: Randy Meisner
SERIAL: FE 38121
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: 2003, Wounded Bird (USA), WOU 3812


LINEUP: Randy Meisner - vocals, guitar, bass * John Corey - guitar * Tom Erak - bass * Denny Carmassi - drums * Mitchell Froom, Howard Leese - synthesizer * Dixon House - organ

TRACK LISTING: 01 Never Been In Love * 02 Darkness Of The Heart * 03 Jealousy * 04 Tonight * 05 Playin' In The Deep End * 06 Strangers * 07 Still Runnin' * 08 Nothing Is Said (Till The Artist Is Dead) * 09 Doin' It For Delilah


As one of the founders of The Eagles (and Poco), Meisner enjoyed astounding success until he departed the band following the tour for 'Hotel California.' Realistically Meisner could have never played a note ever again and been set for life after the countless millions of records shifted by his old band. But Meisner responded with his first self titled album in 1978 and followed it up with 1980's 'One More Song' which saw Meisner heading down the AOR path. This album was in the same vein, a polished set of radio friendly rock. It would also be the last album heard from Meisner on a solo basis.

The Songs
Meisner backed himself up with some quality session musicians and 'Never Been In Love' opens the album brightly, a true AOR track in every regard. 'Darkness Of The Heart' has a Michael Stanley Band sort of vibe, especially with the piano and backing vocals of Ann and Nancy Wilson. It's not bad, especially when the guitars kick in. 'Jealousy' is a heavy handed rocker with saxophone in the mix, but has a good, urgent sense of melody and some nice synth touches. Meisner covers Bryan Adams' 'Tonight' to reasonable effect and I sense this was meant to be the hit single for the album. The nostalgic 'Playin' In The Deep End' is a good rocker, on the same page as Jackson Browne and a co write between Meisner and Dixon House. 'Strangers' is a good contribution from Elton John and Meisner gives it a sound that harks back to his Eagles years. 'Still Runnin' features a good mix of tough guitar work and deft keyboard work, but there's something about 'Nothing Is Said ('Til The Artist Is Dead)' that leaves me a little unmoved. It's by the numbers rock and the chorus is flat unfortunately. 'Doin It For Delilah' is an old fashioned rock and roll workout, but I can't help but wish there had been more AOR. This is again reminiscent of The Eagles, namely 'Already Gone.'

In Summary
Meisner seemed to call it a day on his solo career following this album and the albums that have appeared since have been discs of live and unreleased material. Considering what Meisner achieved in a short span with his solo career, it would be fair to say he left his mark and this is a good representation of where Meisner and music was at in 1982.

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#1 | Nick C on January 28 2010 12:27:23
Randy Meisner may well be my fave bass player ever, not because of any kind of flashy playing but his understatement and how his technique enhanced a song rather than detracted from it.

The Eagles were never the same after he left/thrown out...they lost their soul and were happy to do middle of the road Hollywoodized bland workouts. Having said that Long Road out of Eden had it's moments and was a nice surprise for a jaded devotee.
#2 | Eric on January 28 2010 12:34:17
Yeah, I have to agree- without Meisner, The Eagles lacked that 'spark'. His background vocals added a special dimension to everything they did and who can forget 'Take it to the Limit'?
#3 | jefflynnefan on January 28 2010 17:59:55
Randy with Billy Swan (I can Help) and Jimmy Griffin (Bread) put a band together in 1990 called 'Black Tie'. They released the album called 'When The Night Falls'. They do a great little version of a old song called 'If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody'. The arrangement on the song is unique. It came out on 'Bench Records' so it's scarce. I should point out that the whole cd has a 50's rock sound to it. Sort of like Roy Wood's 'Eddy and The Falcons' album. I like all of Randy's stuff, nice review!
#4 | gdazegod on December 11 2011 02:57:00

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