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Kirwan, Danny - 1979 Hello There Big Boy!

ARTIST: Kirwan, Danny
ALBUM: Hello There Big Boy!
YEAR: 1979
CD REISSUE: 2006, Air Mail Recordings (Japan), AIRAC-1177


LINEUP: Danny Kirwan - lead vocals, guitars * Kirby, Bob Weston - guitars * Tex Comer - bass * Fran Byrne - drums * John Cook - keyboards, organ, synthesizer * Kevin Kitchen - electric piano * Chris Fletcher - percussion * Dana Gillespie - vocals * Tony Rivers, Stuart Calver, John Perry - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Wings Of A Dove * 02 Gettin' The Feelin' * 03 End Up Crying * 04 Caroline * 05 You * 06 Only You * 07 California * 08 Spaceman * 09 Summer Days And Summer Nights

In the dramatic soap opera that was and still is Fleetwood Mac one of the saddest chapter's of the group's incredible legacy is that of guitarist Danny Kirwan. Joining the band in 1968, his first recording with the band turned out to be a UK number with the single 'Albatross' and it was Kirwan's gorgeous floating guitar style that brought a new dimension to the Fleetwood Mac sound, gradually moving the band away from the blues workouts favored by guitarist Peter Green. With Green eventually out of the picture, Kirwan's star began to rise particularly on the mesmerizing 1971 album 'Future Games' and the follow-up 'Bare Trees'. Unfortunately for Kirwan his love of the bottle and schizophrenic behavior put an end to his relationship with Fleetwood Mac, fired midway through a 1972 American tour after a guitar smashing altercation with Bob Welch. Down but not deterred, Kirwan went solo, releasing three brilliant pop albums in the late '70s.

The Songs
'Hello There Big Boy!' was the last of the trio and while it lacks the excitement of 1975's 'Second Chapter' and the excellent 'Midnight In San Juan' released a year later; there is much here to like. Kirwan was never an artist with a political chip on his shoulder as his songs were about love and relationships and this album is no exception. He idolized Paul McCartney and even covered 'Let It Be' on his previous release and while some of that influence remains, the tone is definitely lighter. Of note guitarist Bob Weston who replaced Kirwan in Fleetwood Mac makes an appearance on a couple on tracks including the America influenced 'Gettin' The Feelin' which is pure mellow gold pop as is the entire record really. While some Kirwan fans give this record the brush-off in the consistency department, I think it's one of the best pop records of 1979 and just one listen to the haunting 'Caroline', the child-like 'You' and the made for radio single 'Only You' with it's brilliant middle eight while not forgetting 'California' and the excellent and very big Mac styled 'Spaceman' should be enough to convince even the most jaded rock fan I'm right in saying so.

In Summary
None of Kirwan's albums sold very well, partially due to the musician's unwillingness to tour and he never recorded anything after this album with increased alcoholism telling the tale. Inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 as part of Fleetwood Mac, he was naturally a no-show and it's been rumored for years that he is either homeless or living in a London mental institution which is incredibly tragic for someone so talented.

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#1 | dangerzone on May 12 2017 15:58:58
Despite the dodgy cover, this is a great album. It sounds more like 1974 than 1979 however.
#2 | gdazegod on May 12 2017 23:43:27
Danny Kirwan's other two records were: 'Second Chapter' (1975) and 'Midnight In San Juan' (1976). Maybe I can get all three onto Mega later today.
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