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Messina, Jim - 1983 One More Mile

ARTIST: Messina, Jim
ALBUM: One More Mile
LABEL: Warner Bros
SERIAL: 1-23825
YEAR: 1983
CD REISSUE: 1996, Warner Bros, 9 26560-2 * 2008, Wounded Bird, WOU 3825


LINEUP: Jim Messina - lead vocals, guitar, percussion * Chas Sandford - rhythm guitar * Mark Leonard - bass * Doane Perry, Jim Saad - drums * Ernie Watts - sax * Alan Pasqua, Jai Winding, Robbie Buchanan - piano * Jai Winding, Alan Pasqua, Peter Wolf, Michael Boddicker - synthesizer * Pauline Wilson, Chuck Cochran, Tommy Funderburk, Henry Kapono, Edie Lehmann, Bridget Benenate - bcking vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 One More Mile * 02 Meant To Be Together * 03 I Got Radio * 04 Playin' That Rock N Roll * 05 The Island (Instrumental) * 06 Treat Her Right * 07 We Got To Get Back * 08 Big Tease * 09 Can't Live Without You * 10 Forever My Love


He was one of the founders of country rock legends Poco, and prior to that a member of Buffalo Springfield. The 70's was spent in musical union with Kenny Loggins for the successful country rock/folk duo of Loggins And Messina. Not only was Jim Messina a busy touring musician, he was also a successful studio engineer, with a day job at Sunset Sound Studios in Los Angeles. After opting out of the music industry at the end of the 70's, he returned to a solo career with Warner Bros, for 1979's 'Oasis'. Another album in 1981 ('Messina') was followed by this excellent set 'One More Mile'. A great line-up, plus a sound not far removed from Jesse Colin Young's superb 'The Perfect Stranger', but with a bit more west-coast thrown in for good measure.

The Songs
There's a lot to like with this album for regular GDM readers. Yes, the style and production is very typical of the 1983 era, with intrusions of synth, sax and punchy arrangements. There's scant influence of Jim's country rock/folk past, instead it cruises down a hi-tech and west-coast highway. The opening pairing of 'One More Mile' and 'Meant To Be Together'. The latter is surely a Jesse Colin Young doppelganger! The breezy 'I Got Radio' is very friendly and commercial, ear-catchy for sure. 'Playin' That Rock N Roll' is straight out of the jukebox, while 'The Island' is an instrumental played in a Hawaiian style, by all accounts. Synths precede 'Treat Her Right', another bouncy number born out of the studio, so too 'Can't Live Without You', whereas 'We Got To Get Back' could be Lee Ritenour playing Champaign's 'How About Us'. Very cool. The closer 'Forever My Love' is a lush acoustic number that concludes this album with aplomb.

In Summary
After this album, Messina continued a solo career, but also made time for a Poco reunion with a number of their key members returning also for 1989's 'Legacy' CD, released on Reprise Records. Jim continues to this day as a solo musician, plus engineer and studio owner. A busy bloke indeed! A discography worth assessing, with a couple of his solo albums reissued by Wounded Bird. [word count 360]

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#1 | swazi on March 02 2016 16:45:25
Yes, a very nice release, indeed! I purchased it because of his POCO ties and because I liked the cover. I wasn't disappointed at all. Recommended!
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