Rock While I Can Rock: The Geffen Years

Rock While I Can Rock: The Geffen Years

by Steve Forbert
     
 
It's easy for folks to think of Steve Forbert as a singer/songwriter who burned out early -- after all, his debut album, 1978's Alive on Arrival, was his strongest critical success, and the follow-up, 1979's Jackrabbit Slim, was his biggest seller (and featured his only hit single, "Romeo's Tune"). But while his next two albums were hit-and-miss and

Overview

It's easy for folks to think of Steve Forbert as a singer/songwriter who burned out early -- after all, his debut album, 1978's Alive on Arrival, was his strongest critical success, and the follow-up, 1979's Jackrabbit Slim, was his biggest seller (and featured his only hit single, "Romeo's Tune"). But while his next two albums were hit-and-miss and Forbert dropped off the radar after record company troubles kept him out of the studio for six years, 1988's Streets of This Town found him in fine form, with a set of new songs that revealed an intelligence and maturity that bested most of his previous work. The American in Me was an equally strong follow-up in 1992, but it suffered from the same problem that dogged Streets of This Town -- Geffen, Forbert's new label, wasn't sure just how to promote either album, and neither found the audience they deserved. Geffen has been good enough -- 11 years after The American in Me fell on deaf ears -- to give the two albums a second chance with the compilation Rock While I Can Rock: The Geffen Years, which features both sets in their entirety on one disc. Digital remastering has done wonders for the audio quality of the material, and the passage of more than a decade as been kind to this music; Forbert's wordplay is stronger, more subtle, and less callow here than on his early sides, and the musical accompaniment (anchored by Forbert's road band the Rough Squirrels on Streets of This Town and by a studio crew fronted by producer Pete Anderson on The American in Me) is strong and sophisticated without sounding pretentious, and rocks out with easy confidence. This collection also includes a U.K.-only B-side, "The Only Normal People," which is a sharp and witty find that fans will doubtless enjoy. Rock While I Can Rock: The Geffen Years captures an underappreciated artist during a creative high point that more than a few listeners missed, and it's well worth a backward glance for both fans and newcomers.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/28/2003
Label:
Fontana Geffen
UPC:
0602498609170
catalogNumber:
126902

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Forbert   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Nils Lofgren   Electric Guitar
Alex Acuña   Percussion
Pete Anderson   Electric Guitar
Clay Barnes   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Ernest Carter   Percussion
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Danny Counts   Bass
Anthony Crawford   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jeff Donovan   Drums
Skip Edwards   Keyboards
Paul Errico   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Tommy Funderburk   Background Vocals
Bob Glaub   Bass
Andrea Robinson   Background Vocals
Donald W. Spicer   Bass
Dusty Wakeman   Bass
Gary White   Bass
Bobby Lloyd Hicks   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Steve Forbert   Arranger,Composer
Pete Anderson   Arranger,Producer
Scott Baggett   Engineer
Tim Coats   Engineer
Ralph Forbes   drum programming
Jim Scott   Engineer
Donald W. Spicer   Producer
Garry Tallent   Producer
Jan Topoleski   Engineer
Dusty Wakeman   Engineer
Vartan   Art Direction
Scott Schinder   Liner Notes

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