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Aaron Jay - 1990 Inside Out

ARTIST: Aaron, Jay
ALBUM: Inside Out
LABEL: Warner Bros
SERIAL: 9 26306-2
YEAR: 1990


LINEUP: Jay Aaron - guitars, lead vocals, keyboards, effects * Randy Ward - guitars * Reggie Witty - bass, vocals * Chris Skiles - drums * Joe Clark - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Misery's Edge * 02 Don't Let Go * 03 Call Me Tonight * 04 Burning High And Bright * 05 I Believe In You * 06 Ronda * 07 All Day Long * 08 Loving You Is Like Holding The Wind * 09 Carry The Wheel * 10 You're So Far Away

The main-man behind this mob is the one in the title.. Jay Aaron.. well actually Jay Aaron Podolnick. With a proper surname like that, you'd hardly get a shoe in the A & R door, so it's hardly surprising that Jay cut the title short, no disrespect to his family and all.. From Austin Texas, Jay has a good reputation as an overall musician and producer. In fact, one of his earlier bands featured a very young chap by the name of Eric Johnson on guitar. His management at the time included Bill Ham, the chap responsible for the success of Texan legends ZZ Top. So with all the big-guns behind him (unfortunately not his original lead guitarist Billy White who had by this stage departed to play with Dokken), including a deal with significant major Warner Bros, Jay's 'Inside Out' album followed suit, and was released during 1990. The music is hard to describe: in part Paul Sabu or Jeff Paris styled rock, with very little to indicate that this lot are from Texas. No three-chord boogie and blues here folks.. very complex and lush arrangements.. in some cases they work fantastically, in others.. less so, but overall, a darned good effort nonetheless.

The Songs
The Paul Sabu soundalike is no more apparent than on the opener 'Misery's Edge', a very cool tune, spoilt somewhat by that annoying harmonica throughout. The next track 'Don't let Go' has an INXS vibe, and vibrates melodically through the speakers in an approving manner. Check out the surging power of 'I Believe In You', another Sabu like tune.. ooh yeah now this is more like it! Great stuff. However, we're not quite finished yet.. 'Ronda' is Jay's excellent attempt at mainstream AOR and it works a treat.. very radio friendly. My favourite track is the stunning 'All Day Long', those intricate melodies and atmospherics still linger long after the track has finished. A couple of tunes where it sounds less convincing are 'Burning High And Bright', a seven minute extravaganza which meanders too much for my liking, and 'Loving You Is Like Holding The Wind'. Unfortunately the title and lyrics don't quite meet in the middle. The production on the latter doesn't sound quite right to these ears.. hmmm.

In Summary
It became apparent that this album would not do particularly well very early on in 1990, the band and overall venture being kissed by fate (or death.. whatever one came first). A shame really as this album was damned good, but had some moments which could well have been ironed out by the time album number 2 arrived. Unfortunately that was not to be the case. However, Jay continues to be involved in the production side of the music industry with his Austin based business Villa Muse Studios. For AORsters who have yet to hear this album, take a punt. Check out Ebay to buy yourself a copy. You may be pleasantly surprised.

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#1 | Eric on July 05 2008 23:37:11
A really nice disc and one that was very easy to find cheap in used bins. Not anymore naturally. One of the better releases from 1990.
#2 | rostoned on March 04 2018 13:22:56
A retailer online has an industrial CDR dated 1990 for sale of Jay Aaron titled "Compilation CD 2" with 6 different tracks than those on the WB debut. Anyone has more info? helpless
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