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Beat of Love/The Things That You Dream
     

Beat of Love/The Things That You Dream

by Randy VanWarmer
 

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Like Collectors' Choice's 2007 disc before it, Edsel's 2012 two-fer of Beat of Love and The Things That You Dream pairs Randy VanWarmer's final two albums for Bearsville without adding any bonus tracks. Beat of Love continues with the futuristic new wave pulse of Terraform but threads back some of the softer sounds, yet Randy VanWarmer

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Like Collectors' Choice's 2007 disc before it, Edsel's 2012 two-fer of Beat of Love and The Things That You Dream pairs Randy VanWarmer's final two albums for Bearsville without adding any bonus tracks. Beat of Love continues with the futuristic new wave pulse of Terraform but threads back some of the softer sounds, yet Randy VanWarmer doesn't indulge in sentiment. If anything, he piles on the snark, often in the form of tongue-in-cheek reggae numbers, a sign of his musical dexterity. He also throws in the cold, steely electro-pop of "Suzi Found a Weapon," a full-on rocker in "When I'm Dead and Gone," and a bunch of lushly produced pop, and all these twists and turns never seem abrupt; they're nimbly threaded together so Beat of Love flows easily -- so easily that one might overlook just what a layered and successful mainstream pop album it is, actually. The Things That You Dream, arriving two years after Beat of Love, covers a similar amount of ground but it ditches the cynical snark and the reggae affectations, choosing to double down on the soft pop and the cleanly lit AOR rock. Any lingering new wave influence is apparent in the latter, where the guitars battle with the keyboards, and that makes for the liveliest music here, including a version of "Shadows of the Night" that would later be a hit for Pat Benatar but sounds like a hard-rocking REO Speedwagon tune in VanWarmer's hands. He dabbles in covers elsewhere, doing a perfectly fine version of the Lovin' Spoonful's "Do You Believe in Magic," and if the album winds up sounding slightly schizophrenic, flitting between two sounds -- Beat of Love had the advantage of dabbling in a bunch of different sounds -- its best moments are clever and tuneful early-'80s mainstream pop
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Product Details

Release Date:
04/10/2012
Label:
Edsel Records Uk
UPC:
0740155107239
catalogNumber:
5510723

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Randy VanWarmer   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocoder
John Sebastian   Harmonica,Autoharp,Harmonium
Dick Katz   Strings
Jeff Golub   Guitar
Brian Briggs   Synthesizer,Guitar,Background Vocals
Revelation   Background Vocals
Ralph Carney   Tenor Saxophone
Kevin Owens   Background Vocals
Jeff Baxter   Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Byron Berline   Violin
Tony Brock   Drums
Gary Burke   Percussion,Drums
Cindy Cashdollar   Dobro,Background Vocals
Gary Chang   Percussion,fairlight
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Jim Cregan   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jay Davis   Bass Guitar
Benny Diggs   Background Vocals
Shane Fontayne   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Harmonium
Morris Gray   Background Vocals
Wells Kelly   Percussion,Conga,Drums
David Kershenbaum   Background Vocals
Ian Kimmet   Background Vocals
Mark McKenna   Background Vocals
Kevin Savigar   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Murray Weinstock   Keyboards
Leigh Fox   Bass
Mike Braun   Percussion,Drums
Robin Le Mesurier   Electric Guitar
Robin Le Mesurirer   Electric Guitar
Bobby Hamilton   Piano,Background Vocals,Vocoder,Prophet Synthesizer,Synthesizer Bass
Billy Savigar   Piano
Billy Estes   Percussion,Background Vocals
Josh Shneider   Alto Saxophone
Joe Lomoriello   Bass Guitar
Phillip Balou   Background Vocals
Tom Nichols   Piano
New World Philharmonica   Strings

Technical Credits

John Sebastian   Composer
Randy VanWarmer   Composer
Benny Gallagher   Composer
John Holbrook   Producer,Engineer
Peter Kelsey   Engineer
David Kershenbaum   Producer
Ian Kimmet   Composer,Producer
Graham Lyle   Composer
Mark McKenna   Engineer
Adam Mitchell   Composer
Paul Myers   Liner Notes
Del Newman   String Arrangements,String Conductor
George Tutko   Engineer
Murray Weinstock   Horn Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Tim Ritchie   Art Direction
David Leigh Byron   Composer
Bobby Hamilton   Composer
Mick Hodkinson   Composer

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