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Harsh Light of Day [Japan Bonus Track]

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All Music Guide - Bryan Buss
When a band breaks through the way Grammy-nominated Fastball did with 1998's platinum All the Pain Money Can Buy and its two hit singles "The Way" and "Out of My Head," it's easy for music critics and cynics to write the group off as a one-album wonder. However, with the expansive The Harsh Light of Day, Miles Zuniga (on guitar and vocals), Tony Scalzo (on bass and vocals), and Joey Shuffield (on drums) show enormous growth as musicians and songwriters. To release an album with rock songs this tight in a year of boy bands, pop rap, and teen nymphs is brave, but when you need to live up to the album's predecessor as well, the move might even be considered foolish, but ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bryan Buss
When a band breaks through the way Grammy-nominated Fastball did with 1998's platinum All the Pain Money Can Buy and its two hit singles "The Way" and "Out of My Head," it's easy for music critics and cynics to write the group off as a one-album wonder. However, with the expansive The Harsh Light of Day, Miles Zuniga (on guitar and vocals), Tony Scalzo (on bass and vocals), and Joey Shuffield (on drums) show enormous growth as musicians and songwriters. To release an album with rock songs this tight in a year of boy bands, pop rap, and teen nymphs is brave, but when you need to live up to the album's predecessor as well, the move might even be considered foolish, but Fastball pulls the trick off with vastly different songs that are able to stand on their own but also form a cohesive unit. With each multi-layered cut, the trio shows pop songwriting skills not often seen in such cookie-cutter times -- especially in the particularly staid field of alt-rock. Employing piano courtesy of Billy Preston (on "You're an Ocean") and a mariachi orchestra courtesy of Jose Hernandez and guitar courtesy of Brian Setzer (on "Love Is Expensive and Free"), this bold album takes you on an aural adventure of strings, guitars, and hooks paired with intelligent lyrics and taut instrumentation. It's nice to see a band that is more than a one-trick pony. Fastball may just be the harsh light of day the alternative market needs. [The Japanese release adds two tracks: "Love Doesn't Kill You" and "Black Rain."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/6/2000
  • Label: Avex Trax Japan
  • EAN: 4988064130184
  • Catalog Number: 13018

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 This Not My Life (3:01)
  2. 2 You're an Ocean (3:17)
  3. 3 Goodbye (3:13)
  4. 4 Love Is Expensive and Free (3:02)
  5. 5 Vampires (3:10)
  6. 6 Wind Me Up (4:00)
  7. 7 Morning Star (3:59)
  8. 8 Time (3:16)
  9. 9 Dark Street (3:28)
  10. 10 Funny How It Fades Away (4:09)
  11. 11 Don't Give up on Me (3:33)
  12. 12 Whatever Gets You On (4:07)
  13. 13 Love Doesn't Kill You (2:54)
  14. 14 Black Rain (2:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fastball Primary Artist
Billy Preston Piano
Brian Setzer Electric Guitar
Phil Ayling English Horn
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Kim Bullard Organ, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Loops, Synthesizer Bass
Reggie Burrell Background Vocals
Luis Conte Percussion, Conga
Randy Kerber Piano
Julian Raymond Background Vocals
Marty Rifkin Lap Steel Guitar
Bennett Salvay Organ, Piano, Celeste, Electric Piano
Michael Ward Slide Guitar
Evan Wilson Viola
Angelica Garcia Background Vocals
Miles Zuniga Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Tony Scalzo Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Joey Shuffield Percussion, Drums
Kudisan Kai Background Vocals
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick Cello
Technical Credits
John Aguto Engineer
Alan Estes Vibe Master
Brian Gardner Mastering
Greg Goldman Engineer
Julian Raymond Producer
Bennett Salvay Orchestral Arrangements
Fastball Producer
Miles Zuniga Composer
Jeff Chonis Drum Technician
Tony Scalzo Composer
Brett Allen Guitar Techician
Enny Joo Art Direction
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