Influence

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/6/2007
  • Label: Vh1 Classics
  • UPC: 894316001062
  • Catalog Number: 106
  • Sales rank: 46,193

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Summer Breeze (3:36)
  2. 2 Time of the Season (3:51)
  3. 3 Your Move (3:44)
  4. 4 I Am a Rock (3:51)
  5. 5 Lucky Man (4:38)
  6. 6 The Sound of Silence (3:15)
  7. 7 California Dreamin' (2:42)
  8. 8 On a Carousel (3:27)
  9. 9 Dirty Work (3:19)
  10. 10 For What It's Worth (3:07)
  11. 11 Dance with Me (3:27)
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Album Credits

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
John Kalodner Mastering
Michael Lardie Engineer
J.C. Phillips Composer
M. Phillips Composer
Paul DeGooyer Contributor
A. Clarke Composer
Dave Donelly Mastering
Eric Sherman Contributor
Connie Howell Licensing
Hillary Kahn Licensing
Erik Luftglass Contributor
Jeff Yapp Contributor
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