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Schmit, Timothy B - 1990 Tell Me The Truth

ARTIST: Schmit, Timothy B
ALBUM: Tell Me The Truth
YEAR: 1990


LINEUP: Timothy B. Schmit - bass, percussion, drums, guitars, lead vocals, backing vocals

Guest Musicians: Bruce Gaitsch, Rick Vito, Frank Simes, Anthony Taibi, Joseph Taibi - guitars * Daniel Timms - organ * Bill Payne - piano * Scott Plunkett, Jai Winding, Bill Payne, Jeffrey 'C.J.' Vanston - keyboards * Stan Lynch, Michael Baird, Jeff Porcaro, John 'J.R.' Robinson, Don Henley - drums, percussion * Siedah Garrett, Michele Giglio, Rita Coolidge, Marilyn Martin, Don Henley, David Lasley, Gene Miller, Whitney Wagner, Lucy Walsh-Recor, Maxine Willard Waters - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Tell Me The Truth * 02 Was It Just The Moonlight * 03 Something Sad * 04 Down By The River * 05 In Roxy's Eyes * 06 Let Me Go * 07 Perfect Strangers * 08 All I Want To Do * 09 Tonight * 10 For The Children


If you are fan of West Coast rock, then you will be well aware of the bands Poco and The Eagles. And if the name Timothy B Schmit is familiar, then you'll know he was a member of both bands at one point. It is the latter band that he is most familiar, their mammoth selling album 'The Long Run' featured Timothy singing 'I Can't Tell You Why' which as we know was a huge hit them. The Eagles broke up in 1980 with all personnel moving off to various parts of the rock music compass. Schmit ended up releasing two albums of his own during the 80s, plus he participated on many other albums during the decade. 1990's 'Tell Me The Truth' continued Schmit's legacy to rock music combining well with a West Coast type of sheen. In other words it meant smooth melodies with a little roughened up rock 'n' roll. There is also quite a lot of hi-tech sounding material to be heard so that will appeal to most of the AOR crew here.

The Songs
The title track kicks things off, and in the vein of Don Henley a la 'Dirty Laundry', this one is quite quirky and early 80s hi-tech style. Probably the most AOR track on this one is the second track ' Was It Just The Moonlight', a great contender for a single though it is not representative of his overall sound. 'Something Sad' it is a soft West Coast ballad with more than a hint of his earlier bands. It's a lovely little tune. One can't help wondering that there is a certain similarity to Peter Mayer with the next track ' Down By The River'. The New Orleans references indicate that this is delta blues type of song. 'In Roxy's Eyes' is a smooth number, ballad based mostly with lush vocal parts. There is more hi-tech goodness to be had on 'Let Me Go', sort of like Richard Marx. There are some nice moments on the song 'Perfect Strangers', again it has that hi-tech/AOR sound with some nice guitar parts as well. Returning to that Poco/Eagles sound is the acoustic 'All I Want To Do', it has a basic structure but the vocal harmonies are beautiful. 'Tonight' has a cruisy feel, it swings with a mid tempo bounce and is quite pleasant on the ear. The finale 'For The Children' is an anthem of sorts with a choir kicking in on the chorus. A big sounding track, a nice way to finish.

In Summary
Schmit continues to release solo albums to this day. With the reunification of The Eagles in the mid-90s, Schmit rejoined the band on their 1994 comeback album ' Hell Freezes Over', and continues to work with them up until the current day. His latest solo at the time of writing was 2009's 'Expando'. Investigate his solo material with curiosity and caution.

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