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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
During the 15-year period of his commercial ascendency, 1976-1991, from the breakthrough hit "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" with the Elvin Bishop Group to the last chart entries of Starship, Mickey Thomas was a band singer whose soaring tenor powered through rock and blues arrangements. In the ensuing 20 years, he fronted groups using the Starship moniker on the oldies circuit and engaged in occasional recording projects, notably 2010's blues outing, The Bluesmasters Featuring Mickey Thomas. The solo album Marauder is another such effort, this time presenting a Mickey Thomas covers collection. It's a reasonable idea, given that he's always been more of a singer than ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
During the 15-year period of his commercial ascendency, 1976-1991, from the breakthrough hit "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" with the Elvin Bishop Group to the last chart entries of Starship, Mickey Thomas was a band singer whose soaring tenor powered through rock and blues arrangements. In the ensuing 20 years, he fronted groups using the Starship moniker on the oldies circuit and engaged in occasional recording projects, notably 2010's blues outing, The Bluesmasters Featuring Mickey Thomas. The solo album Marauder is another such effort, this time presenting a Mickey Thomas covers collection. It's a reasonable idea, given that he's always been more of a singer than anything else, and it allows him to pay tribute to his influences and acknowledge some peers. There are so many selections from the Fab Four that it wouldn't be surprising to discover that the original idea was to make a "Mickey Thomas Sings the Beatles" album. He is particularly reverent when it comes to Paul McCartney, with songs like "Maybe I'm Amazed" and "Oh! Darling" revealing his debt, but the inclusion of John Lennon's "Rain" with a bit of "Tomorrow Never Knows" and "Across the Universe" with a bit of "Hello Goodbye", plus George Harrison's "Wah Wah" round out the significance of the Beatles, group and solo, in Thomas' development. Beyond the Beatles, however, he mostly sticks to the British Empire, whether looking back to the Rolling Stones a country-blues treatment of "Gimme Shelter" that leads things off or registering his affection for contemporaries like Peter Gabriel a faithful version of "Sledgehammer" or Oasis "Champagne Supernova". Although his taste is impeccable, he may not be well advised to take on the music of grittier singers like Joe Cocker "Delta Lady" or Bob Seger "Hollywood Nights", since, even as he's aged, Thomas hasn't acquired much gravel in his pure tones and seems lightweight in comparison. On the other hand, he approaches AC/DC's "Moneytalks" with a seeming intention to playfully impersonate Brian Johnson, and he mostly succeeds. As he makes his living on the road, Thomas may now be justified in tossing some of these songs into his set. Yes, it was Paul Carrack who made a hit out of "Tempted" for Squeeze, but Mickey Thomas does a creditable job with it, and a hit is still a hit.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/5/2011
  • Label: Gigatone Ent.
  • UPC: 892265003038
  • Catalog Number: 303
  • Sales rank: 179,729

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gimme Shelter (4:38)
  2. 2 Sledgehammer (5:20)
  3. 3 Maybe I'm Amazed (3:12)
  4. 4 Champagne Supernova (6:42)
  5. 5 Rain (3:46)
  6. 6 Chasing Cars (4:29)
  7. 7 Across the Universe (4:35)
  8. 8 Supermassive Black Hole (4:10)
  9. 9 Voices (4:58)
  10. 10 Oh! Darling (3:14)
  11. 11 Delta Lady (3:31)
  12. 12 Hollywood Nights (5:00)
  13. 13 Life Is a Highway - Jay Dot (4:54)
  14. 14 Moneytalks (3:38)
  15. 15 Tempted (4:09)
  16. 16 Wah Wah (3:49)
  17. 17 Hollywood Nights
  18. 18 Sledgehammer
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mickey Thomas Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Robert Buck Bass
Mic Gillette Horn
Tom Politzer Horn
Prairie Prince Drums
Bill Slais Horn
Roger Smith Keyboards
Bobby Vega Bass
James Preston Drums
Dave Shallock Bass
Jeff Tamelier Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Phil Bennett Keyboards
Mark McGee Guitar
Peter DeLeon Keyboards
Devon Baldwin Background Vocals
Lane Cameron Harmonica
Ralph Davies Horn
Alan Koshiyama Keyboards
Serge Lysak Drums
Tony Jones Keyboards
Marla Major Background Vocals
Kenji Armstrong Keyboards
Eric Andersen Keyboards, Background Vocals
Chuck Hansen Horn
Paul Sileski Drums
Untiy Community Choir Background Vocals
Susan Ballard Background Vocals
Lindsay Erin Background Vocals
Dino Vergolini Guitar
Bill Bently Background Vocals
Sheldon Morgan Percussion
Mitchell Koulouris Percussion
Andre Nedeoglo Drums
Walter Bare Guitar
Technical Credits
Peter Gabriel Composer
George Harrison Composer
Mick Jagger Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Tom Cochrane Composer
Mickey Thomas Liner Notes
Robert Buck Executive Producer
Keith Richards Composer
Bob Seger Composer
Noel Gallagher Composer
Nichole Taylor Executive Producer
Jeff Tamelier Producer
Kirk Thompson Executive Producer
Richard Keck Executive Producer
Rod Okamoto Executive Producer
Kevin Plouse Executive Producer
Kenji Armstrong Executive Producer
Katina Myers Executive Producer
Eric Andersen Executive Producer
Charles Phares Executive Producer
Charles Compton Sr. Executive Producer
Catherine Schwalbert Executive Producer
Pam Church Executive Producer
Paul Sileski Executive Producer
Susan Ballard Executive Producer
Lindsay Erin Executive Producer
Leslie Paris Executive Producer
Jay Myers Executive Producer
Eric Grout Executive Producer
Dino Vergolini Executive Producer
Katherine Helix Executive Producer
Sheldon Morgan Executive Producer
Robin Deer Executive Producer
Mitchell Koulouris Composer
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