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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
After nearly ten years away from the recording studio and 25 years after the official breakup of the Records, John Wicks makes up for lost time with 2007's Rotate, in which he handily demonstrates that his talents as a songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist are still in splendid shape. Calling this "the Records" is a bit of a cheat, since Wicks is the only member of the original group on board Berton Averre of the Knack does pop up on several tracks, if that helps, but while this will never replace Shades in Bed or Crashes in the hearts of fans, Rotate is a fine exercise in contemporary power pop that ought to please folks who loved his old band. The songs on Rotate aren't ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
After nearly ten years away from the recording studio and 25 years after the official breakup of the Records, John Wicks makes up for lost time with 2007's Rotate, in which he handily demonstrates that his talents as a songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist are still in splendid shape. Calling this "the Records" is a bit of a cheat, since Wicks is the only member of the original group on board Berton Averre of the Knack does pop up on several tracks, if that helps, but while this will never replace Shades in Bed or Crashes in the hearts of fans, Rotate is a fine exercise in contemporary power pop that ought to please folks who loved his old band. The songs on Rotate aren't quite as snappy as vintage Records sides, and there's a more contemplative tone to songs like "So Close to Home" and "Rising Stars" than one might expect, but while Wicks seems to have learned a few new tricks, he still writes clever melodies with rich melodic hooks, and the banks of harmonies and tight but expansive production also handled by Wicks serve these tunes very well indeed. Seven different recording studios are credited in the liner notes, suggesting this project was recorded over a sizable amount of time and distance, but beyond the slightly inconsistent drum sounds some of which are live while others are clearly machines, the results reflect a unified pop vision that hasn't failed Wicks after years out of the spotlight. If Rotate doesn't quite sound like the Records, it leaves no doubt that John Wicks is still a vital artist with plenty to offer, and if you have a taste for vintage pop from the new wave era, this album brings that sound into the 21st century with all its pleasures intact. Rotate was originally released by the independent Kool Kat label in 2007; in 2009, the album was reissued in edited and re-sequenced form by Collectables Records, with the ballad "Whenever You're Near" and a cover of the Beatles' "We Can Work It Out" cut from the running order. While neither is a major loss, it's a shame Collectables couldn't be bothered to re-release the album in full -- and the new cover art is significantly worse than the original, which wasn't exactly inspired to begin with.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/1/2011
  • Label: Fuel 2000
  • UPC: 030206189629
  • Catalog Number: 061896
  • Sales rank: 231,267

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Oh Yeah! - The Records (3:56)
  2. 2 Different Shades of Green - The Records (3:45)
  3. 3 That Girl is Emily - The Records (5:02)
  4. 4 Rotate - The Records (5:25)
  5. 5 So Close To Home - The Records (5:14)
  6. 6 Edges of a Dream - The Records (4:13)
  7. 7 Rising Stars - The Records (4:32)
  8. 8 Desert Sky - The Records (6:01)
  9. 9 The Lost Years - The Records (5:02)
  10. 10 Whenever You're Near - The Records (3:46)
  11. 11 Come On Round - The Records (4:11)
  12. 12 Masquerade - The Records (4:47)
  13. 13 You Place Your Bets - The Records (3:47)
  14. 14 Starry Eyes - The Records (4:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Wicks And The Records Primary Artist
Duncan Mackay Drums, Keyboards
Berton Averre Guitar
Gary Schwartz Bass
John Wicks Guitar, Vocals
Randy Hoffman Guitar, Vibes
Chris Abshire Guitar
Joe Parsons Drums, Vocals
Robbie Rist Drums
Tommy Montes Drums
Evan Pollack Drums
Chas Cronk Guitar, Drums
Dennis Taylor Guitar
Zak Nilsson Drums, Keyboards
Shaun Donovan Background Vocals
Joel Titman Drums
Dave Egelhofer Guitar
Bill Holland Keyboards
Technical Credits
Will Birch Composer, Lyricist
Steve Boyer Producer
John Wicks Composer, Lyricist, Producer
Len Fico Executive Producer
Dennis Taylor Producer
Robert Rhyu Producer, Engineer
John "FKN" Calacci Producer
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