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Back Room Blood

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Back in the early 1960s, when Bob Dylan was writing protest songs and inventing folk-rock, Gerry Goffin was penning such pop lyrics as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" More than three decades later, Goffin, with help from Dylan and some of his sidemen, made a creditable Dylan-style album in Back Room Blood and filled it with lyrics as embittered as any Dylan ever wrote. The similarities began with Goffin's voice, as hoarse and tuneless as Dylan's, though the closest approximation may be to say that Goffin sounded like Billy DeVille after chain-smoking a pack of Camels. Goffin threw down the gauntlet with the opening track, a by-the-numbers rocker called "Never Too Late to ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Back in the early 1960s, when Bob Dylan was writing protest songs and inventing folk-rock, Gerry Goffin was penning such pop lyrics as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" More than three decades later, Goffin, with help from Dylan and some of his sidemen, made a creditable Dylan-style album in Back Room Blood and filled it with lyrics as embittered as any Dylan ever wrote. The similarities began with Goffin's voice, as hoarse and tuneless as Dylan's, though the closest approximation may be to say that Goffin sounded like Billy DeVille after chain-smoking a pack of Camels. Goffin threw down the gauntlet with the opening track, a by-the-numbers rocker called "Never Too Late to Rock and Roll," and then went through a laundry list of concerns, from relationships to politics and religion, all in a tone of serious-as-death pessimism. Unlike Dylan who co-wrote two songs, co-produced one of them, and was a sideman, Goffin didn't leaven the vitriol with either humor or any of the pop elements he knew so well, which made the record an extremely sour message from a man with a demonstrated ability to be sweet. Still, if you're looking for the otherwise nonexistent 1996 Bob Dylan album, here it is.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/7/1996
  • Label: Genes Records
  • UPC: 722485413228
  • Catalog Number: 4132
  • Sales rank: 158,378

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gerry Goffin Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Producer
Gerald Albright Contributor
Pete Carr Contributor
Gerry Goffin Producer
Barry Goldberg Producer
Peggi Blu Contributor, Vocal Supervision
Tal Bergman Contributor
Nick Brophy Engineer
Tim Drummond Producer, Contributor
Jimmy "BeBop" Evans Contributor
Chris Garcia Contributor
Mark Goldberg Contributor
Eddie Hinton Contributor
Paul Hornsby Contributor
Tony Marsico Contributor
Jerry Masters Contributor
Greg Morrow Contributor
Daniel O'Brien Graphic Design
Ted Perlman Producer, Engineer, Vocal Supervision
Tim Pierce Contributor
Gene Rosenthal Mastering
Ralph Schuckett Producer
Jack Sherman Contributor
Ian Wallace Contributor
Gary Mallaber Contributor
Michael Sherwood Contributor
Lawrence Packer Mastering
Vicki Thomas Contributor
Denise Tapp Liner Notes
Matt Gruber Engineer
Wendy Phillips Graphic Design
Darren Falcone Contributor
Lev Contributor
Danie O'Brien Graphic Design
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