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Walker, Brett - 1994 Nevertheless

ARTIST: Walker, Brett
ALBUM: Nevertheless
LABEL: Empire Records
YEAR: 1994
CD REISSUE: 1994, Xero Corporation (Japan), XRCN-113 * 2012, Divebomb Records, DIVE034


LINEUP: Brett Walker - main performer * Moon Calhoun - drums * David Prater - drums, percussion, production * Buddy Allen, Brian Jones - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 Hard To Find An Easy Way * 02 Lecia * 03 Everything I Want To Do * 04 Take Me Home * 05 Never Gave Roses * 06 Quicksand * 07 Didn't Mean To Say Goodbye * 08 Bring Back The Night * 09 No Fire Without You * 10 Bad Time For Goodbye * 11 More Than A Memory * 12 Give A Little Love

He's no longer with us, but the late Brett Walker left a legacy of music that appeals greatly to GDM'ers. Walker first came to attention with his project Person 2 Person, which operated around the late 80's era. A prolific songwriter, Walker was in the same circle as Jeff Paris, Mark Spiro, Stan Bush, Moon Calhoun and other notable Los Angeles figures. He's written some excellent tunes, his best known piece of work is 'Waiting For Love', covered by Canadians Alias, plus he wrote 'Stranger' for the Michael Thompson Band on their 1989 debut 'How Long' (you remember the song right? 'I'm not a stranger.. not a stranger'..). Brett's official entrance probably came a few years later than he would've liked. A mid to late 80's entrance would've been better timed, not the middle of the grunge onslaught. Signed to Swedish label Empire Records, produced by David Prater and eventually released in 1994 (though this was written and recorded in 1991 according to the credits on the liner notes), 'Nevertheless' became a beacon of light amid the melodic rock darkness of the mid 90's.

The Songs
'Hard To Find An Easy Way' kicks into gear from the start. A hardened slice of candy that sits squarely in the same territory as mid 80's Bryan Adams with perhaps a touch of Stan Meissner. A perfect opener if you ask me. A dedication to (then) wife 'Lecia' is put to music, and it sounds melodic and radio friendly. Good friend Nick Gilder chips in with a co-write on 'Everything I Want To Do', which takes on a melodic rock/country crossover sound. 'Take Me Home' is another to touch the Bryan Adams template, the guitar solos in particular sounds as if Keith Scott played on them. 'Never Gave Roses' shifts into acoustic territory, but it doesn't get out of second gear. 'Quicksand' is not the I-Ten version, but is in itself a fairly decent tune. 'Didn't Mean To Say Goodbye' drops onto the same surf-break as Stan Meissner, and you could probably add 'Bring Back The Night' too. We get back into pure AOR with 'No Fire Without You', which jumps into the top three tracks on the album. I'm loving the grooving bass parts on 'Bad Time For Goodbye', complete with cool pre-chorus and chorus sections. The guitars are heavied up for 'More Than A Memory', could this be Nelson? Err not quite, but close. The album finishes up with the restrained 'Give A Little Love', a mostly mellow slow rocker with some outburst guitar solos to change it up.

In Summary
American label Divebomb Records did a decent thing and reissued the album in 2012, with an extra track ('Midnight Angel') and an interview and photos added to the booklet as well. It was good to have this committed to the public record before Brett's unexpected passing in 2013. Brett's Person 2 Person material never officially made it to CD. The bootleg label Time Warp Records did release an unauthorised CD in 2009, but their complete CD catalogue has since been banned for sale over at MelodicRock Records will release a posthumous collection of Brett Walker material toward the end of 2017. I believe it will be a 2CD release, making it a 'must have' for the CD collection. In the meantime, check out the back-catalogue of Walker albums from 1994 to 2013 - there are four of them. I'm sure there is something for everyone.

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#1 | mickey on August 23 2017 15:23:27
what a great album, IMHO a masterpiece.
#2 | rostoned on August 23 2017 17:26:26
The 'fake' Time Warp issue of Person 2 Person demos was nothing but a CDR made on demand by McCaslin in Vegas and a friend in another state, very recently as well, so the 2009 date was a total bogus to fool you into the idea they were a classic bootleg label. The 'real' Time Warp back in the day (see ZZZYZK, etc) used to print silver CD bootlegs and not home made CDRs like above, but I am not sure if it was run as well from McCaslin in Vegas or not..

The silly thing this recent bogus TW (home made CDRs) specialized in, was downloading Camelblue AOR blog entries and then selling those entries as CDR faking old release dates! how poor..argh
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