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Springfield, Rick - 1984 Beautiful Feelings

ARTIST: Springfield, Rick
ALBUM: Beautiful Feelings
LABEL: Mercury
SERIAL: 824-107-1
YEAR: 1984


LINEUP: Rick Springfield - vocals; 'Rocket' Richotte - guitar; Michael Pecanic - bass; Dave Siebels - keyboards; David Crigger - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Bruce * 02 Just One Look * 03 Solitary One * 04 Spanish Eyes * 05 Everybody's Cheating * 06 Looking For The One * 07 Cold Feet * 08 Brand New Feeling * 09 Beautiful Feelings * 10 Guenevere


What to make of this one? Springfield recorded the vocals in 1978 for an album that was never completed. In 1984 to cash in on the Springfield craze, music was recorded to fit the vocals. A dodgy cash in? Maybe. But half the songs are outstanding and it's a shame Rick never finished them himself. The songs are given the royal 1984 treatment luckily, which means melodic guitar work and a ton of synths. It's relatively short at a half hour, but the final results beckon a closer inspection.

The Songs
If these songs had been finished in 1978 one suspects they wouldn't have sounded as good, naturally due to improvements in production. Out of ten songs five are Springfield specials and 'Bruce' might be one of the mans best songs to date. Its content concerns Springfield's apathy at being mistaken for Bruce Springsteen, due to the 'Spring' in their names of course. Everyone gets them confused, women he sleeps with, record execs, even his own mother. The melody is lovably corny, the key to its success. The synths are crudely pleasing and 'Rocket's solo is a melodic workout. Springfield gets the vocals dead on, sounding annoyed and frustrated as you would expect. A winner! So is 'The Solitary One' which ups the AOR frenzy to melting point. The session men are quite superb, giving this a real period feel. 'Spanish Eyes' is an embryonic version of 'Don't Talk To Strangers', with the same melody line, but shines in its own right. 'Looking For The One' and 'Cold Feet' keep the momentum going, a solid back to back pair of listener-friendly melody. There are some duffers, namely 'Guenevere' and 'Beautiful Feelings', but if Springfield never intended these to be released it's hard to blame him.

In Summary
These five tracks make this more than a curiosity. What Springfield himself made of this I don't know, but it didn't ruin his reputation. 'Hard To Hold' did that. That these five songs are equal to much of his best 80's work is further evidence of his peerless capacity for quality songwriting. In turn this makes 'Beautiful Feelings' worthy of trying to score. You might be surprised.

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#1 | swazi on September 23 2010 11:28:11
Quite an expensive bugger on CD ...! Sad
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