Spanish Wells

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Like his countryman Sting, ex-Blessed singer William Topley draws influence from disparate genres to create a sound that is distinctly his own. Also like Sting at least during his Police years, Topley is able to respectfully integrate touches of reggae into his music without offending the listener particularly evident in "Kingston Morning" and "Ten Ten". Topley's rich baritone is also well suited to classic American soul, which he uses as a frequent touchstone. He shows some real chops on "Cold Hard Road" -- which has a genuine Deep Soul feel vibe à la Otis Redding -- while "I Am the Man" is a nice fusion of reggae and '60s soul. There's also a driving Motown element to the ...
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All Music Guide - Erik Hage
Like his countryman Sting, ex-Blessed singer William Topley draws influence from disparate genres to create a sound that is distinctly his own. Also like Sting at least during his Police years, Topley is able to respectfully integrate touches of reggae into his music without offending the listener particularly evident in "Kingston Morning" and "Ten Ten". Topley's rich baritone is also well suited to classic American soul, which he uses as a frequent touchstone. He shows some real chops on "Cold Hard Road" -- which has a genuine Deep Soul feel vibe à la Otis Redding -- while "I Am the Man" is a nice fusion of reggae and '60s soul. There's also a driving Motown element to the chorus of "Nothing to Laugh About." With Spanish Wells, Topley offers an eclectic album that provides a nice canvas for his powerful voice. The high production value and instrumentation places it well into adult contemporary territory -- but it is a highly listenable, more challenging brand of AC see the aforementioned Sting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/1999
  • Label: Mercury Nashville
  • UPC: 008817008424
  • Catalog Number: 170084

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Kingston Morning (3:58)
  2. 2 Ten Ten (4:46)
  3. 3 Walk Like I Do (3:38)
  4. 4 Nothing Else Matters (3:52)
  5. 5 Wide Sargasso Sea (4:04)
  6. 6 Upon the Vine (4:54)
  7. 7 Cold Hard Road (2:59)
  8. 8 How Did You Know? (4:21)
  9. 9 Spanish Wells (4:32)
  10. 10 I Am the Man (4:33)
  11. 11 Nothing to Laugh About (1:20)
  12. 12 Cowpoke (4:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
William Topley Primary Artist, Vocals
James Eller Bass
Mark Taylor Piano, Hammond Organ
Colin Vearncombe Background Vocals
Mike Westergaard Percussion, Keyboards
Luke Brighty Guitar, Background Vocals
Jim Kimberley Drums, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
James Eller Producer, Engineer
William Topley Producer
Jim Kemp Art Direction
Paul Crockford Executive Producer
Mike Westergaard Producer, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Pleasant Discovery

    William was the opening act when I saw Mark Knopfler perform recently. He was a very pleasnt surprise - a rich baritone voice, great mastery of phrasing and inflection. To compare him to David Clayton-Thomas would be unfair, but that's what came to mind. Some of the most interesting and innovative lyrics - and no two songs are alike. The common thread is his big, highly melodious voice, which is very easy on the ears. I feel this CD is the best of his much too limited release list. This is good entertainment! This guy deserves your listen.

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