november 13, 2017

Randy Meisner - Randy Meisner (1978) - Lp

Randy Herman Meisner (born March 8, 1946) is an American former musician, singer and songwriter best known as a founding member of the Eagles and Poco.
Throughout his professional musical career, Meisner's main role was that of bassist and backing high-harmony vocalist as both a group member and session musician.
He is best known for the Eagles hit song "Take It to the Limit", which he co-wrote and sang. Randy Meisner played bass and sang with a local band named The Dynamics (later The Drivin' Dynamics) from 1961 to 1965.
In May 1968, after auditioning alongside the likes of Gregg Allman and Timothy B. Schmit, Meisner joined Poco (originally named Pogo) with former Buffalo Springfield members Richie Furay and Jim Messina. Meisner appears on the group's first album, Pickin' Up the Pieces, but quit the band shortly before the record was released.


In September 1971, Meisner, along with Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Bernie Leadon, formed the Eagles, signing with David Geffen's new label, Asylum Records,[11] and they released their eponymous debut album in 1972. While he usually manned the bass and handled backing vocals for the Eagles, he wrote and/or co-wrote songs on each of the group's first five albums, most notably "Take It to the Limit," the band's first million-selling single, on One of These Nights.
Following his departure from the Eagles, Meisner went on to release solo albums in 1978 Randy Meisner.
The track "Bad Man", was featured in the film FM, which also included an appearance by his one-time employer Linda Ronstadt.

It's no surprise that Randy Meisner's first solo album sounds a great deal like an offshoot of the Eagles' work, as he'd recorded it not long after quitting that band after a six-year stint. The songs run between the extremes of fluid, guitar-driven rockers ("Bad Man," "Every Other Day") and ballads draped in flowing lyricism with harmony singing ("Daughter of the Sky"), including major contributions from his one-time teenage bandmate Donny Ullstrom. Apart from a somewhat dullish rendition of "Save the Last Dance for Me," the album works well, particularly a soulful and highly personalized rendition of "Take It to the Limit."
What is surprising is the absence of original material -- apart from the latter Eagles number, everything is contributed by other writers. Meisner and producer Alan Brackett (who doubles on backing vocals and contributes two key songs, "Lonesome Cowgirl" and "I Really Want You Here Tonight") are well able to take songs by Bill Lamb and others and mold them to Meisner's sound and style. Guitarists Jerry Swallow and Steve Edwards, pianist John Hobbs, bassist Kerry Morris, and drummer Kelly Shanahan make a good band, and Ernie Watts contributes a beautifully understated sax solo on "I Really Want You Here Tonight." "Every Other Day" sounds like a lost Eagles number, and "Heartsong" lives up to its title, ending the album on a deeply introspective note.

Side A
A1. Bad Man  (2:36)
A2. Daughter Of The Sky  (4:13)
A3. It Hurts To Be In Love  (2:27)
A4. Save The Last Dance For Me  (2:54)
A5. Please Be With Me  (3:19)
A6. Take It To The Limit  (4:17)

Side B
B1. Lonesome Cowgirl  (3:42)
B2. Too Many Lovers  (4:02)
B3. If You Wanna Be Happy  (2:44)
B4. I Really Want You Here Tonight  (3:48)
B5. Every Other Day  (3:52)
B6. Heartsong  (3:58)

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Credits
Release: 1978
Genre: Country Rock
Format: LP
Label: Asylum Records
Catalog# AS 53079
Prijs: €5,00

Vinyl: Gebruikerssporen
Hoes: Goed

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