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Feehan, Tim - 2003 Tracks I Forgot About

ARTIST: Feehan, Tim
ALBUM: Tracks I Forgot About
SERIAL: 0681-75
YEAR: 2003


LINEUP: Tim Feehan - vocals, guitars, keyboards, drums * Gene Black, Bruce Gaitsch, Brian Macleod - guitars * Jason Scheff - vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Love Junkie * 02 Caught In The Middle * 03 Call Of The Wild * 04 You Gotta Love That * 05 Dive * 06 Temporary Insanity * 07 Don't Need An Invitation * 08 Gates Of Heaven * 09 You Still Breathe * 10 Even If It Hurts * 11 Save Your Honey * 12 Forever Mine * 13 Mind Over Matter * 14 Frustrated

We all know Tim Feehan as that workaholic Canadian AOR artist, with a collection of albums behind him. As with any workaholic, you can bet your bottom dollar that a surplus of material is left behind. Such is the case here, with Tim's unreleased tracks (yeah, the ones that he forgot about!) now being released by the MTM Music label. It's not quite clear when this material was released (I'll guess and say between 1988 and 1992), and over the course over the 14 songs, the sound interchanges between the styles that Tim was playing between 1982 and 1996. The sound veers more toward his 'Full Contact' era, which for most, is probably his best period. Less West Coast and more hard rock.

The Songs
Starting out with 'Love Junkie', we are initially exposed to Feehan's hi-tech funky style, which is also replicated on 'You Gotta Love That'. Musically it could be a less dance-oriented Robbie Nevill for instance. More in keeping with his typical guitar-fuelled approach as heard on 'Full Contact' are tracks like 'Caught In The Middle' and 'Even If It Hurts'. Moving on to 'Don't Need No Invitation' we see Chicago's Jason Scheff doing the lead vocal, and smooth AOR it is too. It's followed by the literally storming 'Gates Of Heaven', strident guitars and a punchy rhythm section throughout. The ballad 'Forever Mine' sounds like a Stan Bush tune.. an acoustic tune mainly, but warm and heartfelt nonetheless. The other ballad 'You Still Breathe' is probably better, less acoustic, more electric and a tune which soars. 'Mind Over Matter' and 'Frustrated' are patented Feehan AOR tunes, his unique approach never best exemplified than on this pairing. The only reworking of any earlier released stuff is the track 'Dive!' taken from 'Full Contact' album.

In Summary
For what it's worth, the CD is not one that contains filler material. Most of it is very good and strong enough to be released in its entirety.. hence this release I guess. The only issue for me is the sameyness of it all.. similar style, similar intro with that single one beat kick-drum preceding everything. I would have liked to have heard some of his West Coast styled material from his earlier days, but perhaps he forgot about those ones? lol! Still, a very good collection of tunes from a true AOR identity.

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#1 | richardb on June 15 2008 14:57:57
I Like this and it's certainly his hardest rocking album. However I do find the album a bit two dimensional in places and as you rightly state George the drums do make it sound 'processed'.

Richard B
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