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Shipley, Ellen - 1983 Call Of The Wild

ARTIST: Shipley, Ellen
ALBUM: Call Of The Wild
LABEL: Capitol
SERIAL: ST-12289
YEAR: 1983


LINEUP: Ellen Shipley - lead and backing vocals

Guests: Sid McGinnis, Curt Neishloss, Richie Cerniglia - guitar * Morris Brown - guitar, percussion, production * Michael Braun - drums * Steve Holley - drums, percussion * Lou Cortlezzi - saxophone * Steve Goldman - percussion, production * Bashiri Johnson - percussion * Lloyd Landesman - keyboards, synthesizer, percussion * Ralph Shuckett - keyboards, synthesizer, backing vocals * Brian Stanley - bass * Desmond Child, Lotti Golden, Rick Nowels, Rose Stone, Maria Vidal, Don Yowell - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Heart Out Of Tome * 02 Love's Out On The Line * 03 Stranded * 04 I Come Undone * 05 Look The Other Way * 06 Call Of The Wild * 07 Let Me Take You Under * 08 He's Not There * 09 Fugitive Kind

WEBLINKS: www.reverbnation.com/ellenshipley

Ellen Shipley was a name on the move during the late 70's and early 80's. From New York, Shipley was one of a handful of pioneering female vocalists in that power pop tradition emanating from the city that never sleeps, who ended up with RCA Records as her backer for two of her three albums. The third 'Call Of The Wild' is reviewed here. Having a debut album back in 1979, and her popular second-up effort 'Breaking Through The Ice Age' from 1980, I'll go on record and say all three of her albums up to this point are worth having in your collection on vinyl. Yes, I say vinyl, because none of them have been officially released on CD. Each LP takes on a different persona, and by the time 'Call Of The Wild' came out, Shipley's sound had matured and gravitated toward what was popular in 1983. Go with the flow I think it's called. Still, there's a lot to like with all her music, so let's take a listen.

The Songs
There's no doubting this is a slicker production than the previous two albums. With typical 80's production values, 'Call Of The Wild' features the usual musical suspects such as synths and electronic percussion, so if you like that sort of stuff then you've found a home with this record. Comparable to efforts such as Berlin, Face To Face, this probably isn't Ellen to a tee, I think you'll find her first LP would take that prize. Still, for a site like Glory Daze, much of this will be like candy for kiddies. You'll get no complaint when listening to the opening triage of songs such as 'Heart Out Of Time', 'Love's Out On The Line', or the pulsing pump of 'Stranded'. Synths come to the fore on 'I Come Undone', many GDM readers will enjoy this song, as this sits squarely in AOR territory. 'Look The Other Way' is all about 80's pop rock with a foot in the camp of many contenders. Think The Breaks, even Quarterflash beyond their debut LP. The assembled studio musos break out their percussion for the title-track 'Call Of The Wild', while 'Let Me Take You Under' is similar to Louise Goffin's material, though not nearly as delicate. I quite liked the galloping surge of 'He's Not There', a very different arrangement when compared to the more popular version released by Santana back in 1977. The album concludes with another AOR dab, this time 'Fugitive Kind'.

In Summary
All in all a great little album, which has yet to see the light of day as an official CD release. There has been some recent talk on the Net indicating this may be a contender for a reissue. Wouldn't that be great if that were the case. I got an email from Ellen last month, lamenting the fact that artists have been sold down the river, as their music goes up for grabs on Spotify and Google Play Music for next to nothing (as in returns to the artist). I know how she feels, I no longer have accounts there, the whole principle sucks. Let's hope that Rock Candy Records can do this one justice, or any of her albums, as an official CD. In the meantime, go find Ellen's LP's on Ebay or something, and start building your vinyl collection up again.

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#1 | Eric on April 16 2016 12:57:14
Well, not so sure reissues would be profitable considering I saw this and her other albums in cut-out bins for years. They just didn't sell.
#2 | gdazegod on April 16 2016 13:07:09
Times have changed. People are actively seeking these cutout rarities now. Even I have picked up a few rare items over the last year. Thank you Ebay.
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