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Coming up for Air
     

Coming up for Air

by Michael Stanley Band
 

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Rock singer/songwriter/guitarist Michael Stanley's 1996 album Coming Up for Air was his first solo release in more than 20 years. The Cleveland native released two solo albums in the early 1970s before forming the Michael Stanley Band -- regional superstars, but moderately successful in the rest of the country -- and the Ghost Poets with MSB alumni. Coming

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Rock singer/songwriter/guitarist Michael Stanley's 1996 album Coming Up for Air was his first solo release in more than 20 years. The Cleveland native released two solo albums in the early 1970s before forming the Michael Stanley Band -- regional superstars, but moderately successful in the rest of the country -- and the Ghost Poets with MSB alumni. Coming Up for Air features 13 songs, a reliable balance of hearty rockers and tender ballads that Stanley and other Midwestern rockers like Bob Seger are known for. Former MSB members, like keyboardist/co-producer Bob Pelander, guitarist Danny Powers, and drummer Tommy Dobeck, assist Stanley on the album. "After Hollywood" has a light, irresistible melody and chorus. "Coming Up for Air" is a major surprise because it's an atmospheric blend of haunting new age and progressive rock; Stanley was inspired to write the song after suffering a premature heart attack. Stanley's canon includes songs attacking the music industry, and "Poison Pen" is a bitter, somewhat funky rebuke of music critics. Humor and innuendo abound in "Sendaway Underwear," an organ- and horns-driven tribute to mail-order lingerie. "Everybody" is a tough, gritty examination of social problems; Stanley and Sasha push each other vocally with terrific results. Smooth, saxophone-laced R&B is a major influence on "Complicated," one of the catchiest tunes on the album. Stanley's sense of humor rises again on the terrifically cheeky rocker "Horizontal Mambo," a self-explanatory ode to you-know-what. At times, Stanley exercises too much self-restraint when it comes to his vocals, but Coming Up for Air still helps him maintain a consistent level of career-long quality that most other musicians can only dream about. The enhanced, multimedia CD includes many extras that highlight Stanley's career.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/05/1996
Label:
Intersound Records
UPC:
0015095917423
catalogNumber:
9174

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Tracks

  1. After Hollywood  - Michael Stanley
  2. Coming up for Air  - Michael Stanley
  3. Poison Pen  - Michael Stanley
  4. Talking in Tongues  - Michael Stanley
  5. Sendaway Underwear  - Michael Stanley
  6. Everybody  - Michael Stanley
  7. Wherever You Go  - Michael Stanley
  8. Yesterday's Eyes  - Michael Stanley
  9. Complicated  - Michael Stanley
  10. Just Between Friends  - Michael Stanley
  11. Horizontal Mambo  - Michael Stanley
  12. Sha-La-La-La  - Michael Stanley
  13. Terms of Surrender  - Michael Stanley

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Performance Credits

Michael Stanley Band   Primary Artist
Michael Stanley   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar
Joe Vitale   Percussion
Tommy Dobeck   Drums
Terry Kellman   Background Vocals
Rodney Psyka   Background Vocals
Marc Lee Shannon   Electric Guitar
Bill Szymczyk   cowbell
Neil Zaza   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Michael Gismondi   Fretless Bass Guitar
Bob Pelander   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Piano,Gong,Background Vocals
Danny Powers   Guitar
Buzz Goodwin   Background Vocals
Jennifer Lee   Background Vocals
Jimmy Ley   Harp
Kenny Anderson   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Allen Greene   Guitar

Technical Credits

Michael Stanley   Producer,Engineer,Contributor
Neil Zaza   Contributor
Bob Pelander   Producer
Allan Queen   Programming,Graphic Design
Jill McCarthy   Print Design
Claire Stigall   Text
Shawn Salter   Graphic Design

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