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Influence
     

Influence

by Shaw Blades
 

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A classic rock act issuing an album's worth of cover tunes that influenced them early on -- sound familiar? It certainly should, as next to tribute and "unplugged" sets, albums comprised entirely of cover songs flooded the marketplace during the late '90s and early 21st century. Former Damn Yankees bandmates Tommy Shaw and Jack Blades

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A classic rock act issuing an album's worth of cover tunes that influenced them early on -- sound familiar? It certainly should, as next to tribute and "unplugged" sets, albums comprised entirely of cover songs flooded the marketplace during the late '90s and early 21st century. Former Damn Yankees bandmates Tommy Shaw and Jack Blades (and also veterans of Styx and Night Ranger, respectively) were the next in line in 2007, with the release of the aptly titled Influence. Shaw and Blades always possessed great vocal harmonies together, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that the majority of the tunes on Influence are heavy on the harmonies, especially a fine reading of Seals & Crofts' "Summer Breeze," as well as Yes' "Your Move" and the Mamas & the Papas' "California Dreamin'." Next only to the Beatles and the Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel are often considered to be one of the first pop
ock acts to utilize vocal harmonies, and as a result, not one, but two Simon & Garfunkel covers reside here -- a surprisingly hard rocking "I Am a Rock" and a more tranquil "The Sound of Silence." Impressively consistent from beginning to end, Influence is certainly one of the better "all-covers" albums of recent times.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/06/2007
Label:
Vh1 Classics
UPC:
0894316001062
catalogNumber:
106

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Performance Credits

Shaw Blades   Primary Artist
Tommy Shaw   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Jack Blades   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Electric Bass,Vocals
Kelly Keagy   Drums
Michael Lardie   Keyboards
Randy Mitchell   Loops
Colin Blades   Background Vocals
Ben Krames   Drums
Brian Tischy   Drums

Technical Credits

Paul Simon   Composer
Chris Squire   Composer
Greg Lake   Composer
Tommy Shaw   Producer,Audio Production
Jack Blades   Producer,Audio Production
Dash Crofts   Composer
Mike Garvey   Contributor
Michael Lardie   Engineer
J.C. Phillips   Composer
M. Phillips   Composer
Paul DeGooyer   Contributor
A. Clarke   Composer
Eric Sherman   Contributor
Connie Howell   Licensing
Hillary Kahn   Licensing
Erik Luftglass   Contributor
Jeff Yapp   Contributor

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