Dan Reed Network [Bonus Tracks]

Dan Reed Network [Bonus Tracks]

by Dan Reed Network
     
 
Although Living Color's debut, released the same year, got much more attention, the first album from this Pacific Northwest quintet also made a strong effort at breaking down pop music's racial barriers. The multi-ethnic group had its roots deep in traditional AOR, but the songs on Dan Reed Network get their freshness from the swinging R&B grooves underneath

Overview

Although Living Color's debut, released the same year, got much more attention, the first album from this Pacific Northwest quintet also made a strong effort at breaking down pop music's racial barriers. The multi-ethnic group had its roots deep in traditional AOR, but the songs on Dan Reed Network get their freshness from the swinging R&B grooves underneath the big guitars and Bic-flicking anthems. It's an approach that worked well a decade earlier for Mothers Finest; Reed and Co. go a step further, dressing their funk-rock up for chart consumption with help from producer Bruce Fairbairn. Although Fairbairn's touch was golden on Aerosmith's brilliant 1987 comeback album, Permanent Vacation, it's occasionally too heavy-handed here; chattering synths mar "I'm So Sorry," and he unwisely indulges the band in an old-fashioned, overblown (though admittedly catchy) power ballad, "Tamin' the Wild Nights." Still, producer and band mesh with exciting results on the tribal-flavored single "Ritual" and the locomotive rock-disco of "Human." And on "Forgot to Make Her Mine" and "Baby Don't Fade," the shuffling beats, gritty guitars, and Reed's charismatic vocals get even closer to wiping out musical color lines. Dan Reed Network never quite obliterates those lines completely, but listening to the group try is entertaining, at least.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/2003
Label:
Lemon Records Uk
UPC:
5013929760523
catalogNumber:
5

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dan Reed Network   Primary Artist
Dan Reed   Vocals,Group Member
Melvin Brannon   Bass,Group Member
Brion James   Guitar,Group Member
Blake Sakamoto   Keyboards,Group Member

Technical Credits

Marlon McClain   Producer
Dan Reed   Composer
Patti Drosins   Art Direction
Bruce Fairbairn   Producer
David Frank   Composer
Mike Fraser   Engineer
Michael N-Pocket Mavrolas   Producer
M. Murphy   Composer
Michael Bays   Art Direction
Mick Brigden   Art Direction
Garry Sharpe-Young   Biographical Notes

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